#1
Ok so i live in a very small town. I work in a feed store here and the local farmers come and sit and talk all the time. So the other day it was really slow and there were a couple of people sitting there. I had my old Boss DS-1 sitting on the counter, because i was replacing the input. So anyway one of the farmers asked me what it was, and i told him a distortion pedal. He looked at me and asked "Whats that?". I realized i had no idea how to describe it to him.

So thats my question to you. How would you describe distortion?
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#3
Play them some clean, then distorted licks. Also, if you can play their favorite songs, you might get paid to play ****ty music!
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#4
Free bird is good. But i really dont have the chance to play in the store. I just get extra time to fix a few things. i think my boss might fire me if i turned an amp on. lol.
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#5
I guess it's really hard to explain distortion... maybe point them in the direction of a clean acoustic guitar, then cite any blues musician who puts a little bit of grit on their signal?

How do you feel about that Randall RX120? Big "practice" amp? Or a nice stack?
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#6
Simple explanation: distortion is a continuous break up in the sound such like adding a rattle or a buzz to the guitar's tone.

Crappy Attempt at a Redneck Accent Explanation: it gon' soun' mo' purdy as ya' turn 'dat 'dere volume up an' it stars' 'ta git 'da sound to start a janglin'.
#7
unless they really are depressingly narrow minded they are sure to have heard some kind of rock music at some point, like on the radio. Just tell them it gives the guitar a rough crunched up sound which works well for rock music.
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#8
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Simple explanation: distortion is a continuous break up in the sound such like adding a rattle or a buzz to the guitar's tone.

Crappy Attempt at a Redneck Accent Explanation: it gon' soun' mo' purdy as ya' turn 'dat 'dere volume up an' it stars' 'ta git 'da sound to start a janglin'.


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#9
just tell them it gives you that rock n roll sound

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#10
tell them it gives your guitar a crunchy sound
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#11
Explain to them that a clean signal is an almost perfect sine wave and distortion is the clipping of the tops and bottoms of the waves making them flatter. Blues music generally has a very small amount of clipping and the waves aren't flattened as much, in heavy metal the waves are gonnna be almost perfectly flat on the top from all the clipping.

Wait, you said farmers, damn.

Show them these pictures:

Clean:


Distorted:
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#12
Yes unfortunately they are very narrow minded and i doubt they even know sound travels in waves. But the redneck translation is probably the best choice. Thats how bad it is. Im gonna try the acoustic guitar explanation first. They should get it.

For the guy who asked about my amp. Ye pretty much a big practice amp. It can get good tone but i almost alway find myself using my fender. It just sound cleaner.
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#13
"It adds dirt to the sound"

Simple. Right to the point.
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