I'm going to echo Neo's suggest about a multi-effects unit.
The Boss ME-80 I use allows me to have 8 effects available at once, and each one has it's own settings to customize to your taste. There are no digital screens to be scrolled through, and it's essentially like having 8 stompboxes in one unit, a built-in tuner, built in looper, plus a volume pedal which can also be set as a wah or pitch shifter. Once you've got the knobs set for each individual effect the way you like it ... fuggetaboutit.
Boss gear is rock solid, and a single unit is easy to drop in a bag and take to a jam / gig, with no patch cables to frig with. I run a simple circuit path as Guitar > Boss > Amp, but it can go in your effects loop also. Bought separately, all these pedals would run a person over $1,000 easily, but the combo unit sells for under $400. Had mine for a couple of years now, and never looked back.
ACOUSTICS: Cordoba D10-CE / LaPatrie "Concert" / Takamine GD30CE-12 / Norman ST30
ELECTRICS: EP Les Paul Custom Pro / Gretsch Streamliner G2420T / Cort GB34 Bass
AMPS: Traynor YCS50 / Peavey VK212 / Traynor AM150T / Fender Rumble 150
EFFECTS: Boss ME-80 Multi-effects / Ibanez WD7 wah