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Old 11-21-2012, 12:00 AM   #1
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The right distortion pedal for me?

I've been playing for 6 years and i'm ashamed to admit i've never owned any pedals. I always got away with my current amp but i need to expand now. I've read many sites talking about distortion pedals but i still don't feel like they've targeted me and helped me find what i need.

Artists I listen to/want to sound more like include Protest The Hero, The Flatliners, Title Fight. Stuff like that, and if it works with modern metal that'd be great too.

I hope to be getting an ISP Decimator soon and a distortion pedal is pretty damn important. Hell, maybe i'm really looking for an overdrive pedal and i don't know it, but i don't think that's right.

If I'm missing anything, let me know. Any help is appreciated.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:01 AM   #2
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current amp and guitar?
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:05 AM   #3
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Oh yeah, sorry. I have a Schecter Hellraiser C-1 and use one of two amps: a Crate GFX-212T 120w, and a Marshall MG100FX.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:09 AM   #4
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You're about to get a flood of "What you really need is a new amp"

Anyway, I'd say the AMT P-drive is worth a look.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:14 AM   #5
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TS, legitimately I am not wanting to start a fight with anyone, but it will probably ensue, so be warned. I don't think that you should grab pedals quite yet, as their is a strong chance your amp is the source of your tone disappointment, and a good distortion pedal, ever how good, probably is not going to help. I would recommend saving for a new amp, or if you wanted to get a jump start for ideas, start a new amp thread.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:15 AM   #6
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Yeah, i know I don't plan on keeping it for long anyway. But i'll check that one out, thanks.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:18 AM   #7
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TS, legitimately I am not wanting to start a fight with anyone, but it will probably ensue, so be warned. I don't think that you should grab pedals quite yet, as their is a strong chance your amp is the source of your tone disappointment, and a good distortion pedal, ever how good, probably is not going to help. I would recommend saving for a new amp, or if you wanted to get a jump start for ideas, start a new amp thread.

I definitely thought about that. The MG falls completely under that category, but the Crate isn't nearly as bad, but maybe i just have limited experience with amps. I have thought about selling them both off to save up, but that sounded time consuming. But if it really is beneficial, it shouldn't matter i suppose.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:21 AM   #8
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While I agree the Crate isn't as bad, it ain't great either. Putting a pedal through either one of those will probably leave you feeling disappointed, like you wasted your money, when in fact it isn't the pedal's fault at all. I have done this before, if you can't tell.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:24 AM   #9
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Good point. I'd rather start off with good sound than go into something like this risking it. I'll take your words of wisdom and use them.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:30 AM   #10
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Good on you man. I can definitely recommend starting a "what amp?" thread. There is a sticky at the top of the GGnA homepage that has a list of info we need. Start a new thread and fill that stuff out (be as specific as you feel comfortable being, it helps, I swear!) if you want some suggestions, we can find something for you to start saving for.
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Old 11-21-2012, 01:59 AM   #11
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Well, if you really need another source of tone to hold you until you get a new amp, Danelectro FAB Metal; it's only $15 bucks and sounds marginally better than an MT-2. Plus it's not a ton of money thrown at nothing.


But yeah, you really need a good amp.
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Old 11-21-2012, 06:25 AM   #12
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The other guys have covered what I was going to say. Start a new thread, and give us all of the information listed here:

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/foru...d.php?t=1387138

Then, we'll have you well on your way to better tone and a happier amp experience
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:29 AM   #13
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Despite how shitty they sound, you can probably get a decent amount of coin for those two amps. I'd guess at least $100 a piece, possibly more. Sell those, add that cash to what you wanted to spend on a pedal and you're on your way to a decent amp. For a decent amp I'd say you want to spend at least $400, and you definitely want to go used.

Where in MD are you? I'm out towards Frederick.
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Despite how shitty they sound, you can probably get a decent amount of coin for those two amps. I'd guess at least $100 a piece, possibly more. Sell those, add that cash to what you wanted to spend on a pedal and you're on your way to a decent amp. For a decent amp I'd say you want to spend at least $400, and you definitely want to go used.

Where in MD are you? I'm out towards Frederick.


He could definitely get more than $100 each. I got $40 for my MG30 by taking it to a Pawn Shop. He could easily get more than that. I wouldn't take a dime under $150 for the MG, although you might be able to get $200 if you sell it to someone else. The Crate you MIGHT be able to squeeze $200 out of it, but it's more likely you'll be able to get $125 - $175.
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