Mines short Ė V4 Fulltone OCD and Boss TU-3 Tuner pedal. Lots of pedals come and go but those two are essential.
Those are also the first two I recommend to a new player to get started.
Canít sound good if youíre not in tune!
The OCD add a really useful ďDirtĒ tone to any amp Iíve used it with Ė 59 Bassman, Champ, Supersonic, EVH 5150III, Carvin X100B and Mesa TA-30....Itís the one OD that always ďPlays well with othersĒ for me.
Whatís your short list and WHY?