#1
I've seen some bands use a pedal to go from a clean tone gradually into distortion. I was just wondering what kind of pedal that is? Is it just a volume pedal that overdrives the tubes when it's turned up?

I tried to find a video of it but I couldnt. I know I've seen the Fall of Troy do it alot.
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well usually tube amps distorion are very responsive with your playing, so the harder you play, the more distorted it will be, or you can use a volume pedal
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well usually tube amps distorion are very responsive with your playing, so the harder you play, the more distorted it will be, or you can use a volume pedal


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On my multieffects pedal, there is a function where you set the expression pedal to increase gain as you press down harder.
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A volume pedal will do the trick, as will the volume knob on your guitar. All it is doing is driving the amp less than the full output of your guitar.
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not really. thats not what I was asking. I was asking about the pedal
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ok theres NO pedal. thomas erak's amp is just extremely responsive to his volume control. by turning down the vol on his guitar he can clean up his sound. when he wants to distort his sound he just rolls the control up slowly giving it that effect...
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Okay then, softer picking+volume knob manipulation/volume pedal=gradual distortion on a tube amp.

now /thread?
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Okay then, softer picking+volume knob manipulation/volume pedal=gradual distortion on a tube amp.

now /thread?

fine. /thread. I guess I just have to have my amp railed like Thomas
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Well there is also the Gig-Fx V.O.D. (variable overdrive) it's an expression pedal type pedal and the farther forward you rock it, the more gain.
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well usually tube amps distorion are very responsive with your playing, so the harder you play, the more distorted it will be, or you can use a volume pedal


Indeed. I can take my clean channel on my Marshall and dig in real hard and get a break up.
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Perhaps not /thread yet, I've always wondered how Vai went so smoothely and gradually from the heavily distorted solo back to the clean riff in Tender Surrender.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yw74sDWPH7U

From about 3:50 - 4:00 is the part I'm talking about. Is that all from how he's playing?
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Perhaps not /thread yet, I've always wondered how Vai went so smoothely and gradually from the heavily distorted solo back to the clean riff in Tender Surrender.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yw74sDWPH7U

From about 3:50 - 4:00 is the part I'm talking about. Is that all from how he's playing?


yeah, he just plays harder, that's all
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yeah, he just plays harder, that's all


Wow, that is quite a difference.... interesting.
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Wow, that is quite a difference.... interesting.

If you have good pickups and a responcive amplifier like the Legacy, turning your volume down a tad and playing softer can REALLY increase the dynamic range.