#1
Hey i'm kinda lost as to what kind of pedal i should get. Currently i'm playing classic rock beats like Guns N Roses, AC DC, ZZ Top, CCR, Lynyrd Skynyrd Nirvana and still mixing in the pop punk like blink 182, New Found Glory.

Currently i have a plain ol Boss DS-1....non-modded.

What would you recommend? Overdrive, Distortion, or a Fuzz pedal?
What is the difference between a distortion and a fuzz like the big muff?

Hoping you guys can help me out before i buy something.

Currently playing an Epiphone Les Paul Standard into a Blackheart Little Giant
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Boss RC-2 Loop Station
#2
MXR 104+ distortion maybe, great for classic.

I have a DS-1 also and I think that you should see if you can get your keeley modded. They absolutely blow away the unmodded ones. They'll get a lot of the tones you want.


You're DS-1 is fine for Nirvana and grunge even unmodded

For classic rock maybe you should look at an OD pedal like a bad monkey, Fulltone OCD or tubescreamer, and before the trolls attack I mean run it into the clean channel, not as a boost
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#3
There is no clean on a blackheart...
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#4
+1 for the Fulltone OCD though. I use the thing as my go-to overdrive/distortion, and regardless of genre or tonal requirements, it works wonders.
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#6
can you guys tell me what the Big Muff is used for then? Is that not considered a 'distortion'?
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Epiphone Les Paul Standard
Fender Acoustic DG-22 Ebony
Bugera 6262 combo
Blackheart Little Giant Half-stack
Korg Pitchblack Tuner
Boss RC-2 Loop Station
#7
The Big Muff is a fuzz pedal. It has a different tone.

Listen to some White Stripes stuff to hear what an American Big Muff sounds like, and some early Smashing Pumpkins for what a Russian Big Muff sounds like (although Billy Corgan's Muff was modded).
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#8
Those are not true bypass are they?
My Gear
Epiphone Les Paul Standard
Fender Acoustic DG-22 Ebony
Bugera 6262 combo
Blackheart Little Giant Half-stack
Korg Pitchblack Tuner
Boss RC-2 Loop Station
#9
I'm not sure, doesn't really matter though, your vox wah and boss ds1 aren't true bypass either.

A fuzz can sound farty and blatty at extreme settings especially on bass strings, at lower settings it's a bit harder to describe. Fuzz is fuzz. The muff is a more focused (imo) fuzz which lends it to sounding somewhat like a fuzzy distortion.

Distortion pedals use hard clipping. They are clearer sounding (usually) and sharper than fuzz. There's a huge variety from the plain jane ds1 all the way to distortions that do a pretty good marshall impression. Many work well as a gritty boost on a tube amp.

Overdrives are distortion pedals designed to sound like an overdriven tube amp. They tend to have less gain and since they're designed to sound like tube amps they do a good job boosting tube amps if they can get past unity gain.
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#10
If price isn't a huge concern, check out the Visual Sound V2 Jekyll and Hyde, it provides a solid overdrive and distortion which, combined with an amp that already does cleans well, can cover almost any genre except VERY distorted metal
#11
my russian big muff sounds awesome on my Valve JR. you might check out the EXH big muff w/tone wicker great pedal at a good price. imo the russian muff has the best sound a little tighter and sharper sounding. either one will for sure fatten up your tone.
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Last edited by mmjohn at Mar 12, 2009,