#1
Hey guys,
Firstly, if there is a thread somewhere that would answer my questions, please, direct me there and I'll glady delete this thread.
Moving on,
I definitely need a distortion or overdrive pedal for my amp. Getting a new amp isn't an option, and I'd like the have the pedal anyway. I'm just not getting the gain and crunch that I want occasionally.
So, my first question is: What is the different between a distortion pedal, and an overdrive pedal? Which do I want?

Next: Which should I be looking at?
I wouldn't want to go too much higher than 150 bucks as I will be asking for this for Christmas. (I hate asking for stuff for Christmas, but I'm being harassed and told to do so :p

As of right now, those are all the questions I have.
Thanks a lot guys!
#2
an overdrive pedal pushes an amps distortion and on clean it sharpens up the sound, a distortion pedal does as it suggests and distorts your clean sound. a really good dist pedal for metal is the ehx metal muff, overdrives look at mxr
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#3
An OD pedal is used for light-mid crunch or for boosting a tube amp.
A Dist pedal is devoted to immediate distortion.

What amp do you have?
#4
Quote by jolleymuse
an overdrive pedal pushes an amps distortion and on clean it sharpens up the sound, a distortion pedal does as it suggests and distorts your clean sound. a really good dist pedal for metal is the ehx metal muff, overdrives look at mxr


I havent tried the metal muff but im looking at the Ibanez Tube King. Seems like no has ever heard of it. Get it before its f*cked up by Ibanez (reissue)
#7
Ds-1!!!!

just say no
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#8
i find that OD is best for picking riffs/rhythm guitar, and distortion is good for heavy chords that don't have emphasis on strum pattern.

IMHO - i like OD way better

I reccommend the Boss OS-2 however, it is a distortion/overdrive pedal, with a knob that transitions between the two, a very nice mix. you can also have it on full distortion or full overdrive, the distortion sounds exactly like a Boss DS-1 and the Overdrive is pretty similar to the Boss SD-2
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#9
what kind of tones do you want to achieve with the pedal? you wont be using an od to boost a spider 3, so an od will get you a crunchy tone but wont take you into metal territory. if you want an OD an ibanez tube screamer is a great choice, but you can get a digitech bad monkey for 40-50 bucks and thats a good OD to. for metal, a metal muff is a good choice.
#10
^+1

I like OD too. Fulltone OCD would be perfect but i dont think you could affford it.

Ds-1 is like an entry level dist pedal. Sorry.
#11
since you have a solid state amp, overdrive will only be a light gain, distortion will be able to go heavier. But, fyi, pedals on modeling amps don't really mix. It might help a tad because the spider's gain channels are just terrible. I'd look at a metal muff, a ds-2 or a Jekyll and Hyde.
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#12
^ I'm using the Samick SM25-R not the Spider.
Kinda better. But not really

Thanks for that link btw Browny! But Imma just milk a few more opinions out of this thread while it's here.
K so, is an overdrive pedal, or a distortion pedal what I want? :S
I've gotten mixed opinions.
I want to get into like...hard rock territory. And as for that one comments about strumming pattern--a LOT of my work involves the strumming pattern being noticed. So would OD be better?