#1
Well are they?


Do you in all honesty need one if you have a good amp?
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#2
If your amp isn't giving you the distortion you want then yes, you need a distortion/od pedal.

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#3
ummmm, an overdrive is always a nice thing to have, boost and tighten your gain a little bit

but no to the distortion pedal... unless it's an OCD
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#4
Good ones are worth the money - the sucky ones really do suck though. If you're going to buy one then get the one that's right for you no matter what the cost (same as most guitar equipment really).
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#5
If you have an amp that does great cleans, but ****ty distortion (Fender amps for example), then yeah, dist. pedals are bitchin' to have.
#6
it depends on the distortion pedal and what you want to use it for.

a lot of people seem to think that distortion pedals are just "a substitute for amp distortion". but they can be used for a number of different things which are not limited to the 3 i can think of on the spot:

-allowing you to get a different distorted tone to contrast against what your amp has
-allowing you to switch between clean and distortion on a single channel amp
-a hard-edged boost for a tube amp, which is my favourite use for a distortion pedal. It gives the tone something an overdrive pedal can't give.
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#7
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it depends on the distortion pedal and what you want to use it for.

a lot of people seem to think that distortion pedals are just "a substitute for amp distortion". but they can be used for a number of different things which are not limited to the 3 i can think of on the spot:

-allowing you to get a different distorted tone to contrast against what your amp has
-allowing you to switch between clean and distortion on a single channel amp
-a hard-edged boost for a tube amp, which is my favourite use for a distortion pedal. It gives the tone something an overdrive pedal can't give.

but if you had an amp that had two seperate distortion channels suchs as lead and crunch, what other tone options would a pedal offer?
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#8
A thicker, saturated tone if you stack the distortion.

Or another type of distortion tone. Yes, you can have three!
#9
I run my Metal Muff thorugh my good tube amp all the time, it makes a world of difference. So yeah, distortion pedals are definitely worth it for certain tones.
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#10
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but if you had an amp that had two seperate distortion channels suchs as lead and crunch, what other tone options would a pedal offer?
Try buying some and find out. They all sound a little different.
#11
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but if you had an amp that had two seperate distortion channels suchs as lead and crunch, what other tone options would a pedal offer?

Put it this way: I used to play through a Soldano Decatone, an amp with three channels, two of which are dirty, and one of which has more gain on tap than any human being will ever need...........and I still ran an OD up front.

Different dirt boxes give you different distortion characteristics and different amounts of distortion.
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#12
Quote by unininium
Good ones are worth the money - the sucky ones really do suck though. If you're going to buy one then get the one that's right for you no matter what the cost (same as most guitar equipment really).


I second that, better to spend $800 on 1 kick ass pedal that will do 90% of what you need than to spend $1000 on 5 or 6 one-trick ponies to do 95% of what you need it to do.

Excellent dist pedals will give you access to tone and sonic ranges your amp might not be able to achieve.
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#13
Some people run clean amps with no on board distortion or overdrive, so a few dirt pedals are necessary.

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#14
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I run my Metal Muff thorugh my good tube amp all the time, it makes a world of difference. So yeah, distortion pedals are definitely worth it for certain tones.

Truth. If you have a good clean/lowgain amp, you can keep that but get some distortion too.
Sounds like my setup (well...my decent tube amp. It's no twin reverb, but it works).
#15
Once again, it depends on whether you like your amp distortion.

I have always liked to use pedals instead of a footswitch, but that might have to change depending on what I find out of my JCM 900 once I get it.
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#16
joe satriani has a great sig amp with great disrtortion. but he still will often use a dist. pedal on his clean channel.
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#17
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If your amp isn't giving you the distortion you want then yes, you need a distortion/od pedal.

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#18
Well seeing as how distortion pedals are known to give guys named leroy and skipp incurable foot fungus it really depends on how many and how large your testicles are.

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