#1
So I've always used the gain on my amps, and I've never really delved into the world of pedals. I'm wanting to try and get a sound that Paul Gilbert gets, like choppy and sharp distortion, rather than this muddy sound I'm getting.

I've got a Crate V50 amp, which is a 50W tube amp which runs on 2 6L6 tubes if I recall properly.

I've checked out the Boss DS-1, but I haven't tested it yet.

Does anyone have any reccomendations for a sharp, choppy distortion pedal?

I don't have too much money to splash on it, maybe $200 max. Keep in mind that I'm in NZ and at the moment it's like 1USD to 2 NZD. A new Boss pedal costs about $130NZD.
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#2
What do you mean by choppy? When I think choppy, I think of fuzz.

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#3
Maybe not necessarily choppy. Like sharper attack or something I guess. Right now it sounds like it's just laying white noise over it and calling it distortion. That's an exaggeration but yeah.
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Maybe give us a clip of the kind of sound you are looking for because I really have no clue what you are talking about. Check out what fuzz sounds like as well (could be it).

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im gonna say get a new amp.
crate = fail

You must be missing a chromosome, my friend. Crate V series amps are pretty good amps. Not everyone plays "metal" and needs a 6505.

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#7
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You must be missing a chromosome, my friend. Crate V series amps are pretty good amps. Not everyone plays "metal" and needs a 6505.


very true. Have you looked at any of the Boss's?
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You must be missing a chromosome, my friend. Crate V series amps are pretty good amps. Not everyone plays "metal" and needs a 6505.


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#9
If you want more attack
have you tried just picking harder?
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#10
Paul Gilbert uses British voiced amps like Laney and Marshall. I'm not sure about the V series, but most amps can swap between 6L6 and EL34 tubes, which is the type of tube you would want to get a more British sound out of your amp. This would probably sound better than most stompboxes for a Paul Gilbert tone.
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#11
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ES1RypBww_g

That's him playing Technical Difficulties.

Yeah I might try changing the tubes. I'd have to rebias it right? I'd probably take it to the shop to get it done. Any particular brands I should get? Or stay away from?
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#12
Keep in mind that he doesn't use a lot of gain. He angles his pick until he gets a nice scratchy sound. Search for "Paul Gilbert pick mechanics" or something like that in Youtube.
#13
If you want his choppy piercing sound increase your presence knob.
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#15
try an eq pedal so you can shape your tone the way you want it.
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