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Old 11-04-2012, 09:41 PM   #1
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Question Distortion Pedal Advice

Hello, I'm obviously a new member here, and I'd appreciate if any of you have a word of advice for me. I'm looking at getting a new distortion pedal. The gear I currently have include an Orange Crush 35 watt amp, Ibanez FZ-7 fuzz, EHX Memory Boy, Digitech Synth Wah, Dunlop Crybaby Wah, an old DOD phaser, and a Digitech Grunge (not a fan of this particular pedal anymore), and I use a Squier Jagmaster and a Godin Radiator 'semi-hollow' guitar. I'm looking for a pedal versatile enough (if possible) to go from a Nirvana-esque tone to shoegaze and back again. Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:44 PM   #2
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DOD Grunge or the new Digitech Grunge pedals. The Digitech is soposed to be prettymuch identical to the DOD (they are sister companys)
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:18 PM   #3
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Depending on how much you have as a budget you might be better off with a new amp.
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:20 PM   #4
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Depending on how much you have as a budget you might be better off with a new amp.

I agree. The Jagmaster should be able to cover the guitar part of the Nirvana sound, and the pedals were pretty minimal.
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:49 PM   #5
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Check out the Proco rat in particular, big muffs always work or a ds1 or 2 is pretty standard, I have a hm2 which does some great shoegaze but isn't exactly versatilr
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:54 PM   #6
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Yeah, boss DS-1 or DS-2, Proco Rat, and Big Muff.

Kurt Cobain used all four of those distortions in his career. Big Muff will get you a pretty shoegazey tone too.

However, depending on your budget, a better amp might be a better choice.

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Old 11-05-2012, 12:15 AM   #7
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Try out the Mooer Crunch Box, or any of the Mooer od/dist. I have the Cruncher and it sounds real good. It's kinda big sounding, but still clear and definitely worth a try. I've never had to push the gain past the middle and even then it's still pretty chunky. I think ********.com is still having them on sale 50% off (reg price is $88 but the coupon brings it down to $44) so it's a good pedal for a good price.
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:36 PM   #8
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thanks everyone. I like my amp for the slight overdrive it provides, I'm just looking for something for those times that I need more distortion. I appreciate all the suggestions, and will look into them.
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:39 PM   #9
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You can get a DOD Grunge pedal for $20ish used on GC's used site. It will work perfectly for what you want.
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Old 11-05-2012, 03:18 PM   #10
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Depending on how much you have as a budget you might be better off with a new amp.


agreed

that being said, a 25 joyo or something like that might tide you over in the meantime without killing your new amp budget.
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Old 11-05-2012, 03:44 PM   #11
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how well does the big muff handle power/barre chords? my current fuzz just muddies anything more complex than double stops. and I'm not looking to overhaul my amp setup just yet. I realize it's not the best, but I'm not dissatisfied with it, like I am with my digitech grunge.
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Old 11-05-2012, 03:53 PM   #12
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huh. I always liked my grunge.

proco rat. awesome dirt pedal.
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:07 PM   #13
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how well does the big muff handle power/barre chords? my current fuzz just muddies anything more complex than double stops. and I'm not looking to overhaul my amp setup just yet. I realize it's not the best, but I'm not dissatisfied with it, like I am with my digitech grunge.


It's not that you're dissatisfied, it's just that it's difficult to get your distortion pedals to sound right through the kind of amp you're using. Getting a new distortion pedal might just be fizzy and unusable unless you get a new amp.

However, if you have your heart set on your current amp, tt does sound like a Big Muff is what you want. I would recommend going to a store and trying it out first though.
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:52 PM   #14
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the closest store near me has everything suggested except the ds-2 and mooer. so I can test them next time I stop in. thanks everyone. I'm hoping I can get closer to that alt rock guitar riff sound while still being able to pull off some noisy, out-there textures.
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:42 PM   #15
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Wampler Plextortion. Check Zzounds or AMS for a new one. I got mine used on eBay.
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