There is a whole line of Behringer guitar effects that are somtimes not held in the best regard in the guitar community. Yes, Behringer guitar pedals are very cheap and known for not being exactly built tough. That doesn’t mean there are not some legitimate times when maybe you should give a Behringer pedal a try. In this article, we will look at reasons it may not be a bad idea to have a couple of these in your guitar arsenal.
A Great Way to Try Something New
Let’s say your primary stomping ground is good, old-fashioned classic rock. Maybe you have an overdrive pedal, a little distortion, and maybe even a compressor or something like that. Then, you are out one night and you hear a funk or R&B band jamming and you are all about that chorus, phaser, or flanger sound. Well, there are pedals that go into the hundreds of dollars for each of these categories, but maybe you are just getting your feet wet and want to give it a try. A Behringer pedal can be a good entry level to a new effects style. A Behringer chorus pedal won’t set you back more than thirty or forty bucks, and it can give you an opportunity to see if that sound is right for you. Maybe it’s just not your thing, or maybe it opens up a whole new dimension of guitar playing for you. At that level of investment, it’s no big deal if you ultimately decide that you want to graduate up to the big leagues and drop some big money on a chorus pedal from a better brand. Most guitarists can’t afford every pedal out there, and a couple of hundred bucks may be a major investment. Picking up a Behringer pedal can be a great way to try something out, and you’re not out that much if you change your mind or decide to upgrade.
More Expensive Doesn’t Always Equal Better
We all know the age-old saying… you get what you pay for. Well, we’re not gonna try to fool you here. In the real world, you really do what you pay for in most cases, and guitar effects is no exception. Chances are a $250 distortion pedal is going to be better than a $29.95 Behringer special. However, it’s not always the case. Remember, there is personal preference involved here as well. Maybe that Behringer pedal just gives you a sound in configuration with your particular equipment that you just can’t get anywhere else. Probably not, but it could happen. Also, sometimes you have to look at things from functionality. For example, a Behringer tuner may cost a fraction of the cost, but at the end of the day, if it tunes your guitar, then what’s the problem? Of course, we all know that even tuners can have many different features, and we will be getting into that in another article soon, but still, if the Behringer can do the job, then what of it? More expensive doesn’t always mean better. Just most of the time.
Build May Not Be Important to You
The first thing you will hear about Behringer pedals is that they are all plastic and one stomp away from being in the trash pile. No way that thing can stand up to life on the road. These arguments are absolutely, 100% true. However, not everyone is living the gig life. Maybe you truly only want the Behringer for jamming out in the bedroom. Maybe you simply aren’t planning on taking it anywhere and it’s going to be perfectly safe. Then, the toughness of the construction of Behringer guitar effects pedals may not really be an important issue for you and your particular situation. That’s okay. There’s also a trade-off involved for that lack of construction. Most Behringer pedals are as much as 60-70% cheaper than their better built conterparts. The cool thing about that is that if you like Behringer, you could actually buy two or three of them for the price of a more expensive pedal. So maybe it tearing up still doesn’t end up costing you as much in the long run. These are all things to consider when trying to decide if Behringer pedals might be a good fit for you.
Behringer Pedals Hold Their Value Too
Like most products in the guitar world, Behringer pedals hold their value just fine. They may not cost that much to begin with, but you can count on being able to sell it pretty easily and not to lose that much of your original purchase price. That’s just another reason to give it a try. Maybe there is a Behringer pedal that suits your needs just fine for a fraction of the price. If it works for you, then who cares what anyone else thinks? We certainly wouldn’t want any up and coming player to never experiment with different effects because the cost is prohibitive. We would rather you try out some funky new effects on a Behringer than not at all for sure. And when the time comes to trade up or trade away, you can rest easy knowing that most of your investment will be recouped without any problem.
Behringer guitar effects are not the cream of the crop. We know this. However, these inexpensive pedals serve their purpose in the marketplace. They are great for beginners and great for players that want to branch out and try something new without breaking the bank. They aren’t built all that well. It’s true. That isn’t a major consideration for everyone, however. The bottom line is that it is your sound, and you should try whatever you want to on your journey to find that guitar tone that will define your own personal style. Behringer effects can be a good gateway to bigger and better things.
As a side note, we would just like to point out one more thing about Behringer. While it is true that Behringer guitar pedals have kind of become the cheap option for effects, this is not a knock on the Behringer name as a whole. Behringer makes plenty of good equipment, so we just wanted to make it clear that this article is not passing judgment on their brand name as a whole. We will revist other Behringer products where it may be a different story (including the price), but that is for another day and another article. In the future, we will be reviewing many of the individual Behringer pedals and giving our thoughts on how they stack up to the more expensive competition. Thanks for reading, and let us know if you have had any good or bad experiences with Behringer pedals in the comments below.