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Old 04-24-2013, 07:49 PM   #1
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Question Overdrive/Distortion pedal suggestion

Hi I'm looking for an overdrive or distorion pedal , to play alternative rock/grunge . I know anyone would suggest the DS-1 , but i don't like that big amout of crunch . I really hate the fuzz that most of distortion pedals give . I'd rather prefer a pedal with lower gain , but clearer sound , rather then fuzzy and noisy pedals . I also hate the high amount of crunch . I think i should be looking for an overdrive pedal , but , even if it maybe can handle well the rythm parts , it may fail in the solo parts . You can't play the Smells Like Teen Spirit's solo with an overdrive pedal , it may sound too bluesy . So can anyone suggest me a pedal that sounds in the middle of overdrive and distortion range , besides the DS-1 ? I love to hear clear tones from my guitar , not noisy and fuzzy ones .

ps. I hate Metal , Thrash and all this kind of stuff
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:44 PM   #2
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I bought an SD-1, and I love the sound that it creates. It can take a clean channel, and push it into a nice overdrive. I use mine as more of a boost, with the gain low and the level cranked. I found that it pushes the front end of the amp just enough to get great tone. I have a/b'ed it with a DS-1 and a metal zone, and found that it created the widest range of usable tones. It does have a lot of mid-range in the sound, compaired to some other pedals, but I think it gives it a great classic rock tone.
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:54 PM   #3
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To be honest, most people don't recommend the DS-1. I really like my SD-1, but it has been modded and I use it more of a boost. There are a lot of great TS style pedals out there. I would check out some Pro Guitar Shop demos as well as other demos to get an idea of what you want.

You might want to include a budget/tones your after (for example/reference) and where your looking to buy that way we can help.
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:07 PM   #4
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ZOMG! Is it the REAL Slim Shady??? O.O

What amp? It'd be easier to help if we know what you're playing through.
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:14 PM   #5
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What your playing through is important. I don't think a TS type pedal is the kind of sound he's after. But honestly, I'm not sure what pedal is.
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Old 04-25-2013, 12:58 AM   #6
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I think perhaps one of these would get the job done. It's got a sort of blend-able overdrive and distortion. Is it my favorite overdrive or distortion pedal on their own merit? No. Is it pretty suitable for what I think you're going for? Yes.

I can bust out some pretty good Smells Like Teen Spirit tone with it just a hair to the distortion side of the color knob. If I'm looking for a more distorted "fizzy" sound I just keep eeking it to the distortion side until I get what I want. On the other hand if I'm going for a more crisp/crunchy sound I slap the color knob to 9 o'clock and it sounds pretty good.

You could also go with just a Tubescreamer-ish pedal. Maybe a Badmonkey.
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:31 AM   #7
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Eh i set that username 1 year ago , it was the first name that came in my mind .

I mostly practice through my friend's Behringer 30w amp , solid , i dont know the model . I use a Digitech rp200 MFx with my telecaster , and i play Nirvana , Blur , Green Day , Alice in Chains etc. I prefer rock sounds rather then metal-ish sounds , even when playing grunge/punk , and my rp200 has exagerated fuzzy distortions

edit. I live in Albania , there are not too many local stores here , and you can only find boutique gear there . So i'm probably gonna buy it on Ebay or Thomann , or somewhere else . Price range -60$

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Old 04-25-2013, 07:45 AM   #8
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CMAT mods signa drive. very versatile. anything from a clean boost to a more hardcore tubescreamer with more gain.
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:53 AM   #9
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Find a used DOD Grunge pedal. They can do low to higain if you want them to.

If you can not find the DOD, Digitech does make a re-issue of the Grunge pedal if the DOD version is un-available
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I would stack two overdrive pedals together, using one for your main rhythm tone and boost for a lead tone. I stack my guv'nor with my tube-screamer clone to get a lead sound or for more hair. Also TS, whats your budget? It will kinda help with suggestions.
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My budget is -60$ , or up to 80$ for a realy good pedal . I've heard Bad Monkey does not have true bypass , is that true ?
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:42 AM   #12
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My budget is -60$ , or up to 80$ for a realy good pedal . I've heard Bad Monkey does not have true bypass , is that true ?

No it does not have true bypass, but I think it still sounds really good and I use one all the time along with another TS type pedal in my chain. I get complements on my tone all the time
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No it does not have true bypass, but I think it still sounds really good and I use one all the time along with another TS type pedal in my chain. I get complements on my tone all the time

Most of the songs i play pass from clean to dirty , like most of nirvana songs (smells like teen spirit,lithium,heart shaped box etc) , so i realy need the true bypass . Do you think the bad monkey can handle that ?
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Most of the songs i play pass from clean to dirty , like most of nirvana songs (smells like teen spirit,lithium,heart shaped box etc) , so i realy need the true bypass . Do you think the bad monkey can handle that ?

Yeah, I use cleans some times and the Bad Monkey works just fine.

You may want to look at the Digitech Grunge pedal. It is a really good sounding pedal for what you want to do. I use the Bad Monkey as a clean boost and not as a sorce of distortion. I set the level to max, the gain to 0 and the tone controls to my preference.
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Yeah, I use cleans some times and the Bad Monkey works just fine.

You may want to look at the Digitech Grunge pedal. It is a really good sounding pedal for what you want to do. I use the Bad Monkey as a clean boost and not as a sorce of distortion. I set the level to max, the gain to 0 and the tone controls to my preference.

Ah , got it I actually need a main distortion or overdrive pedal , something in the middle . The Grunge pedal is way too crunchy , it's more thrashy than grungy . I was thinking of buying a good pedal first , to hear some good dirty notes from my guitar , then maybe after some time buy the grunge pedal just for the solos .
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this is a very grungey rat-style distortion. for less fizzy, check out starting at 3 minutes.

C mats are great. hand made in usa, high quality, and this pedal layout is very diverse as you can see in the vid. my Signa drive is like 3 pedals in 1. can make it very cost effective.
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I think perhaps one of these would get the job done.

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I think perhaps one of these would get the job done. It's got a sort of blend-able overdrive and distortion. Is it my favorite overdrive or distortion pedal on their own merit? No. Is it pretty suitable for what I think you're going for? Yes.

I can bust out some pretty good Smells Like Teen Spirit tone with it just a hair to the distortion side of the color knob. If I'm looking for a more distorted "fizzy" sound I just keep eeking it to the distortion side until I get what I want. On the other hand if I'm going for a more crisp/crunchy sound I slap the color knob to 9 o'clock and it sounds pretty good.

You could also go with just a Tubescreamer-ish pedal. Maybe a Badmonkey.



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