#1
im looking for a distort pedal, somewhere in the $120 range. The amp i have right now, peavey transtube 258, has horible distortion, so im looking for an alternative. i play punk, blues and some metal, my skill range is intermediate. i have coil pickups, this guitar
#2
I can recomend the Digitech hardwire CM-2 overdrive with that, and you should get all what you want in conjuction with the amps DS channel.
Everything from a clean boost, light crunch, or balls to the walls.

Or any good overdrive for that matter would be good.

A distortion pedal could do the job but it wouldn't fit all the criteria in the blues department.

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/DigiTech-Hardwire-Series-CM2-Overdrive-Guitar-Effects-Pedal?sku=500136

Id recomend the BBE grean screamer but its not on sale anymore and its really worth it just to dishout 20 bucks extra to get a CM-2.
#3
buy a new amp first and buy the CM-2 OD or a maxon OD
or maybe buy a V2 Jekyll&Hyde
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