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#1
i mean if u have great distortion on ur amp already...why would u buy distortion pedals??
also if u have a foot switch u can switch in and out of it
#2
Its for when the distortion on your amp isnt good
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#3
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Its for when the distortion on your amp isnt good

ic...so if i already have like 3 distortion pedals... i wouldnt buy an amp with good distortion, id just get one with good clean is that it?
#4
only if you like them
you shouldnt really buy an amp based on existing pedals, since it'l proabaly stay around longer than the pedals
basically
if you have an amp tht'll only do blues-rock, but want to do metal
get a distortion pedal
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#5
In most cases, distortion pedals are better than the distortion on your amp. Believe it.
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#6
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In most cases, distortion pedals are better than the distortion on your amp. Believe it.


Disagree with that. A lot.

Distortions pedals are created to imitate amp distortion. And the imitations rarely end up as good as the original.
#7
Quote by Antimage27
ic...so if i already have like 3 distortion pedals... i wouldnt buy an amp with good distortion, id just get one with good clean is that it?



That's one option.

People also buy distortion pedals when they have a single channel amp. Or when they want a variety of distorted tones. For example, I use a fuzz pedal, an overdrive pedal, and my amp's gain channel. Different situations call for different kinds of distortion.
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#9
I like to use distortion or overdrive pedals in unison to my amp. Just for the extra push and sound.

Usually use my TS-9
#11
Or for extra gain
Running OD even into the high gain channel on my mesa makes it sound a lot better
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#12
well...i have a satchurator right now
and im thinking about getting the traynor blue 50
#13
What about the people who run pedals in front of their amps? I personally wouldn't want to put, for example, Delay or Reverb into the front end of my amp and then distort them one the way out. And then there's varying levels and types of distortion. Maybe you have a Marshall Stack and it has a great dirty channel, but what if you want an overdrive? One of the many 'Screamer' pedals might suit that need. What if you want a harder fuzz sound? Then you might want to go with a Big Muff or Fuzz Face. There are many, many reasons to buy distortion stomp boxes.
#14
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In most cases, distortion pedals are better than the distortion on your amp. Believe it.

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Then you probably buy really shit amps.

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#15
another question....then why does the boss DS1 sell so well??? its probably the worst distortion pedal ive ever heard
#16
Around here, it's Metalzones. Really really bad pedals. Yet at every local show here, there's at least two Metalzones.

Really really bad distortion sound.

Probably the only distortion pedal I like is the Ibanez SM7 Smash Box.
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#17
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another question....then why does the boss DS1 sell so well??? its probably the worst distortion pedal ive ever heard

Because it's Boss, the ''Industry Standard''.
I'm guessing that 90% of the big artists that use them have them modded.
Either that or it's an acquired taste. I can't stand Fuzz but look how many people use that.
#18
usually to get a different distotion tone without having to have multiple amps
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#19
I have a valve king 112 from peavey and i still bought a ML-2 boss pedal...A pedal is always handy, even when your amps distortion is great.
#20
Because stealing distortion pedals is against the law.
#21
Quote by Antimage27
another question....then why does the boss DS1 sell so well??? its probably the worst distortion pedal ive ever heard

Several reasons. Firstly, it's because kurt cobain used one exclusively until he broke it and got a DS-2 instead, secondly it's because newbies always buy boss just because they are boss, and thirdly they might want a colourless, sterile sounding distortion, either because that's how they want to sound, or because they already have a good overdriven tone going from their amp and they just want to add some hard-clipping to it without it re-colouring their tone.

there are many valid reasons for getting a distortion pedal though -

1. If you have a single channel amp with no footswitchable boost option, or an amp with no distortion at all, and you want to switch between clean and distortion, then you have to get a distortion pedal to do it.
2. For practice/lower volume - some amps don't have master volumes and need to be turned up to 11 before they start to distort.
3. You might want to use distortion with an already overdriven tube amp as a boost for solos where an overdrive pedal would create too much of a smooth sound.
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#22
Quote by Antimage27
another question....then why does the boss DS1 sell so well??? its probably the worst distortion pedal ive ever heard

It's cheap and kids who dont want to save up $80 for a decent dist. grab them up
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#23
The DS-1 is a decent pedal. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles but it gets the job done. Its perfect for my genre of punk rock.
#24
Quote by Adarsh
Around here, it's Metalzones. Really really bad pedals. Yet at every local show here, there's at least two Metalzones.

Really really bad distortion sound.

Probably the only distortion pedal I like is the Ibanez SM7 Smash Box.

I hate my Smash Box .
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#25
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if you have an amp tht'll only do blues-rock, but want to do metal get a distortion pedal


Yup, that's what I ran in to. Went out and got a Fender Hot Rod Deville but then realized that the distortion sucks on it, it can only do growly overdriven blues sounds, so I went and bought a satchurator pedal.
#26
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In most cases, distortion pedals are better than the distortion on your amp. Believe it.


disagree.

two main reasons, going back to the original question: either the distortion on your amp isn't much good, or you like your amp's distortion but want to be able to get a different style/flavour of distortion for some songs.

going back to whether you should buy the traynor- go and try the amp, and see if its distortion sounds better than your pedals. also try your pedals through the traynor to see how they sound. they may let you get a different sound of which the traynor isn't capable (make it even more versatile, in other words). or you may decide to just dump your pedals...
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#27
if you have some ****y amp, go for a pedal. if you have a nice tube amp, sell the pedal

besides, some guitarists prefer pedal rather than tube distortion ex: satriani uses a ds-1 (mod of course)
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#28
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if you have some ****y amp, go for a pedal. if you have a nice tube amp, sell the pedal

besides, some guitarists prefer pedal rather than tube distortion ex: satriani uses a ds-1 (mod of course)

no, because the pedal could still be useful, as a boost or into the clean channel for some more versatility - different flavours of distortion perhaps?
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#30
I have my TS9 because I don't fancy cranking my amp to get OD.

I have my Big Muff because a low-gain US-voiced Class-AB tube amp doesn't have fuzz.

I intend to buy a Metal Muff because a low-gain US-voiced Class-AB tube amp doesn't have anything for metal without something like a Metal Muff.
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#31
to have different kinds of gain/drive/dirt/distortion for different types of playing/sounds you want...and cause not all amps have good crunch channels. actually LOTS of amps have crappy overdrive channels...wow i just found like 7 words for distortion
#32
Quote by Adarsh
Around here, it's Metalzones. Really really bad pedals. Yet at every local show here, there's at least two Metalzones.

Really really bad distortion sound.

Probably the only distortion pedal I like is the Ibanez SM7 Smash Box.


I perfer the Metal Zone to all the other Boss distortions.

edit: wait ****, I use a Metal Core
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#33
Why don't people use proper English instead of using single letters and numbers?
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#34
All Boss distortion pedals are piles of garbage imo. The BD-2 is ok, but i would just go with a ts9 then. The only time Boss is good is if you buy from Keeley, then they take a turn and just become pretty epic pedals
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#35
Quote by Antimage27
another question....then why does the boss DS1 sell so well??? its probably the worst distortion pedal ive ever heard


The DS-1 is totally transparent and will respond to your playing very well when used thru a tube amp.

Like all good OD/Dist pedals, it boosts out the harmonic overtones of your amp without adding any color.
#36
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Or for extra gain
Running OD even into the high gain channel on my mesa makes it sound a lot better

+1

Versatility and open mindedness never killed anyone.
...With amplifiction atleast.

Im grabing a Fuzz soon and maybe even an OD.
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#38
Aww, I thought we where gonna be hating on distortion. Overdrive rules! Necrosis, ditto for me, I hate cranking my amp, it's too loud.
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#39
Quote by BeerChurch
The DS-1 is totally transparent and will respond to your playing very well when used thru a tube amp.

Like all good OD/Dist pedals, it boosts out the harmonic overtones of your amp without adding any color.


the ds1 is totally transparent?

o_O
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#40
I want a swollen Pickle for my new JSX. I Love the clear, tight distortion on the amp, but I like some good ole fuzz for the retro stuff....

Just like some said before...it helps a single amp bridge the gap between tastey Blues and More modern high-gain nu...stuff...
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