#1
Hey guys, I think most of you would agree that amp distortion> pedal distortion.

Why do most (the vast majority) of professional guitar players who have nice amp distortion use distortion pedals?

Players like Petrucci, Vai, and Satch all use pedals and they have sweet amps.
How do they incorporate both distortions and what's the point?
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#3
How can it offer more control than an amp's EQ?
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#4
Also, most of the time the pedals are not distortion pedals. They are usually overdrives or fuzzes (not to mention the plethora of other types of effects) that are not offered directly by their amplifiers. Pedals are also very fun and can be very much more tweakable.
EDIT: An amp's EQ is only an EQ. An equaliser can only take you so far (fine-tune your frequency distribution). A pedal can offer things such as gating, biasing, coloration, harmonics, etc... (and this is just for drive-category pedals).

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#6
Most simply have endorsed products under their name, if you saw pettrucci demonstrating his rig ''pedalboard'' it'S mainly a mega-footswitch board that's wired to basically each of his effects and amps. Most don't even need distortion pedals, overdrives, that's it. The pros don't have a **** to give about distortions, they use different amps to get their sounds, thus having much better tones out of everything. Speaking about true guitar greats, not your everyday shredder who's going to be topped by the next one tomorrow.
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#7
the distortion can add dynamics to your sound without altering your tone that much, adding more treble or mid while keeping your amps eq the same, it can make your gain sound tighter
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#8
Why, when he has the JSX, does Satriani use the Satchurator?
I know he's endorsed, but before he used a DS-1.
So did Vai before he got the Jemini.

And I know the difference between Od and Dist.
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#9
Quote by Soul Eater
Why, when he has the JSX, does Satriani use the Satchurator?
I know he's endorsed, but before he used a DS-1.
So did Vai before he got the Jemini.

And I know the difference between Od and Dist.


This is called business. Once those famous guitarists put their name under those pedals, it's value goes higher and sells easier.

They use their amps. Their pedals are for boost but mainly they use their amps.
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#10
Quote by Soul Eater
Why, when he has the JSX, does Satriani use the Satchurator?
I know he's endorsed, but before he used a DS-1.
So did Vai before he got the Jemini.

And I know the difference between Od and Dist.

I dunno, since he uses the clean channel.
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#11
So the guys who designed their own amplifiers aren't even using the tones they made?
Strange.
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#13
OK so back to original topic:
how do you combine a distortion pedal with the gain from your amp.
Not a boost, that's different. I'm talking about a pedal that adds gain, like a DS-1.

And which do you take more gain from, the pedal or the preamp?
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#14
Quote by Soul Eater
OK so back to original topic:
how do you combine a distortion pedal with the gain from your amp.
Not a boost, that's different. I'm talking about a pedal that adds gain, like a DS-1.

And which do you take more gain from, the pedal or the preamp?



push the footswitch?


you can use it with the amp clean, or on a slight OD. that usually sounds better than adding the disto while the amp is already pretty heavily overdriven in my opinion.

if you use it as a clean/volume boost, use it while the amp is overdriven.