Polytune 3 not the mini one. get the full size, or get a petersen or a sonic research. Those will be your forever staple and you will use them more than any other pedal, so buy quality.
Strymon Mobius for flavours of chorus, flanging, phaser, vibe, rotary, trem, autoswell, bitcrusher - it's basically one with the lot and every sound in it will get you pretty close to where you want straight off the bat. It's also saving you a tone of realestate on your pedalboard. requires about 300mA of 9vdc to punch it along if you have an isolated supply rail.
JHS @+ for a "slayin OD" or a Bonsai if you want tubescreamer flavours, I have both, and They have slowly found themselves to be rather 'fixed' in my signal chain - which is to say, I'm no JHS fanboy - quite the opposite actually, but I have found the pedals to be absolutely indispensable for those iconic sounds. My fave setting on the bonsai happens to be the keeley mod - so you could buy a TS and get robert keeley to mod it....
Booster - hmmm tough call. Really depends. I use a Hudson broadcast at 18v and on the low gain side so I can get boost and some bottom end shelving, along with some grit if it is desired. I also have a Da Treble Booster, but I wouldn't expect anyone to go and shell out for a vintage TB, when there are plenty of other good FET boosters out there (some are getting pricey though).
Compressor - Cali76. It's not cheap, but it's fantastic. Empress also for superfast or Greer Lamplighter if you want an optical one. If you're going for that 70's tone, then you need a dynacomp or a Ross. I prefer more studio-like urei 1176 style.
I would suggest you simply go try stuff. You might find that any of the suggestions those here have made may simply not be to your personal taste.
Pedals are an individual thing, you need to find what works for you - but by all means take the suggestions people have made in this thread and see where it leads you.
Xotic EP booster are great and sound even better at 18vdc also a boss sd-1 is a great addition (1980s if you can find one) enjoy your tone search
What did you end up deciding for?Thank you all for your recommendations and for sharing your boards/ideas.
I can't reply to all of you without taking an hour to do so. But, thanks to all of the advice here I know exactly how I want my board now after some more shopping, reading, and youtube etc etc.
Appreciate everyone's input. I am good to go now.
I have been using a few pedals for the last couple of years. Just got around to buying a pedal train classic jr and I would like to start completing it. I would love to hear some recommendations. I play Blues, blues rock, R&B, Hardrock/metal. No Jazz or pop. Delay is always on. Amp has built-in reverb.
I would like to find a couple of things to round out my sound. I would be open to a larger power supply if needed. But, I feel that if I move the looper off the supply and just connect when I want to use it that I could have an extra slot to find what I want easily.
I do plan on buying a MC404 Wah to put a battery in, but outside of that I feel that I need a few things;
1. A tuner recommendation is my greatest need, I think. I have been using my phone for the better part of a decade to tune. It will take a spot on the power supply unless it is relatively low current.
2. An overdrive for a super Saiyan lead tone. I noticed that I am not really using the fuzz to its full potential. I appear to use it as a lead boost with the Sparkle Mod. I would like to use it as a fuzz so I think another overdrive would be a good idea. The sparkle drive stays in the lead mod. So, I think getting an OD that is a better lead tone is a good idea to stop using the fuzz like that. Then I could take advantage of the versatility of the Sparkle Drive Mod and convert it to a dirty rhythm signal.
3. Chorus/Flanger or something else. Not really sure what I would prefer here as I am not huge on either but for songs like purple rain would be necessary. Open to suggestions here.
4. Xotic EP booster vs SP comp? Heard a lot of things about these two.
Any suggestions or insight would be awesome. Thanks in advance.
Setup is currently this into a DV Mark Daw Dawg 60 x Orange PPC212Blk with Strats/Vintage Vs6:
What did you end up deciding for?
Nice! Sounds like you have plenty of fun aheadStroboStomp HD-9Volt on ISO5
CAE MC404-9Volt Battery.
BB Andy Timmons PreAmp-9Volt on ISO5
Walrus Eras Distortion-9Volt on ISO5
Black Arts ToneWorks Pharaoh-9Volt on ISO5
MXR Carbon Copy-12Volt on ISO5
MJM Guitar FX Sixties Vibe-18Volt on ISO5
Jam Man Looper-Wall adapter
Sparkle Drive Mod-In reserve
This resolves all wants/needs and I do not have to buy another power supply unless I want to bring the sparkle drive mod back into the circuit..which is probably going to happen in the future.