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If you have only ever played out of your basic amp and never tried an effects pedal then now is the time. Regardless of what pedal you choose you will be amazed at the difference in tone and power of playing. I still remember when I first plugged into my Boss Metal pedal! Wow I felt like a true rock star and that was going through my crap 20 watt practice amp. When I eventually bought a proper Marshall 80w valve state I could not believe the difference.
I guess what I am really trying to say is if you are taking your guitar playing seriously then invest in the best products you can and it will pay off in the long run.
Part of the fun playing guitar is sounding like other musicians, but I think one of the other aspects is when you can really perfect your tone and create something that is yours and nobody else has ever done before.