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Old 07-19-2011, 01:13 PM   #1
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Punk rock distortion pedal

So, I just joined a friends punk band and its a blast. Definitely my favorite Genre. The problem is my only distortion right now is an MXR Distortion III, which is a solid pedal for classic rock, but is too... im not sure how to describe it, its too precise I guess. It makes it hard to really get noise even when its cranked.

I was looking at a big muff, or rat 2. any other recommendations for what to check out in about a 50-100 dollar range? Seems like a fuzz would be more my taste.

Ive read a couple forums of people recommending DS1s and the like.. i really dislike those pedals and don't quite get their popularity other than costing 20 bucks used. but don't want to start a flame war. so... punk pedals? go!

I like heavier punk stuff like Misfits, Bad Religion, Ramones that sorta thing

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Old 07-19-2011, 01:25 PM   #2
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i use a fuzz face, that can get pretty wild when it and the amp are both cranked
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Old 07-19-2011, 01:25 PM   #3
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you could go the DIY route and build one.
boss used to make a distortion called the power driver, if you can find one on ebay/craigslist theyr quite nice. i use both a rat and a big muff (which is modded) and love them both. i would stay away from the ds-1 unless you get an older one, or have it keeley modded.


on a side note running a power driver set with low gain into another distortion pedal sounds awesome.
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Old 07-19-2011, 01:25 PM   #4
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or try the zvex fuzz factory
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Old 07-19-2011, 01:39 PM   #5
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Fuzz factory is awesome, One of my friends had one. unfortunately its like 150 used on ebay.
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Old 07-19-2011, 01:40 PM   #6
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It's punk! Just jab som holes in your amp!
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Old 07-19-2011, 01:49 PM   #7
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It's punk! Just jab som holes in your amp!

This. Just get a cheap distortion pedal with "Metal" in the name and sounds like ass, and voila!

(Not saying punk sucks, I love punk. But those musicians usually don't put too much thought into their rigs.)
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Old 07-19-2011, 02:01 PM   #8
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This. Just get a cheap distortion pedal with "Metal" in the name and sounds like ass, and voila!

(Not saying punk sucks, I love punk. But those musicians usually don't put too much thought into their rigs.)



Kinda true, but I guess personally I want something where I am proud of the sound. nothing too fancy, but a tweak-able sound I can work with, no one is going to enjoy my music if it sound like a blown muffler
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Old 07-19-2011, 02:03 PM   #9
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This. Just get a cheap distortion pedal with "Metal" in the name and sounds like ass, and voila!

(Not saying punk sucks, I love punk. But those musicians usually don't put too much thought into their rigs.)


You would be surprised...
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Old 07-19-2011, 02:39 PM   #10
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Look at the AMT Electronics Legend series pedals. They are realy nice and are guitar preamps, not a distortion pedal. They have models of Mesa,Marshall,Engl,Peavey,ect.. and they sound remarkably good.they run about $135. Look them up on youtube and see for yourself.
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Old 07-19-2011, 03:09 PM   #11
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A Rat is probably perfect for a raunchy punk sound.
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A Rat is probably perfect for a raunchy punk sound.

+1

the rat is very raw and raunchy sounding but not as "trashy" as the DS-1 (assuming it was the overall trashy-ness of the DS-1 that you didn't like?)
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Old 07-19-2011, 04:06 PM   #13
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I guess its kinda hard for me to picture a sound as "trashy" but yea it was very thin sounding. I don't know, I guess not a really pleasant sound to my ears. would a rat have more gain than my mxr III?
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Old 07-19-2011, 04:06 PM   #14
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Personally I'd go with a Marshall Guv'nor (the old version) if you can find one. I swear they can do everything! I swear by 'em.
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Old 07-19-2011, 04:13 PM   #15
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Any opinions on Muff v rat v VS Jeckyll and Hyde?
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Old 07-19-2011, 04:33 PM   #16
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A big muff is kind of a distortiony fuzz i guess, it can get pretty good for noise use when you turn the sustain up high, especially if you're running the volume up into a loud amp too.

Then if you wanted something really harsh get a fuzz factory or i'd argue you could get the zvex mastotron, i got one of them and you can get some good noisey tones out of that quite easily, same applies for the fuzz factory though.
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Old 07-20-2011, 07:32 AM   #17
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Welp, little big muff on ebay pretty cheap($40 US) soo I took a gamble, I have not heard a single bad thing about the pedal so I cant wait to give it a proper listen. the worst I've heard people say is "well its a good sound just not my taste"
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Old 07-20-2011, 07:46 AM   #18
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I think a lot of people hear the word punk and just say "gear doesn't really matter, tear you speakers, crank up the mids and go wild" when really a lot of "punk" usess a sound that has lower mids and is much more bassey - certainly the last few Bad Religion albums have been like that. The sound is more concise and controlled than older punk, to the point it is crossing into metal sounding gear. I have a Guv'nor and don't find it ideal for modern punk, but it is great for Ramonesy type stuff.
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Old 07-20-2011, 11:12 AM   #19
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Mi audio crunch box . punk rock is about midrangey crunch and that pedal does it very well in emulating a marshall jcm type distortion .

forget about fuzz for punk rock .. you not gonna that than fast crunchy palmuting roff with a fuzz .

any marshall in a box thats decent quality should get you in that territory . stretch a little more than your 50 ( pedal in that price range suck anyway ).. go in 100 $ used price range and grab a Mi audio crunch box . great boutique type pedal that work fine .
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Old 07-20-2011, 11:45 AM   #20
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Some of you guys have a strange idea about punk. The Pistols sound is a fully cranked Fender Twin, The Clash is either a cranked Twin or a Music Man, the Ramones were JMP's and JCM800's. Modern Punk is a lot of Mesa Rectos and Marshalls.
So where do you get the idea that any old disgusting metal pedal is punk? Punk is a valve amp cranked until your ears bleed.
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