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#1
I was curious if there is a piece of gear that does this. Basically a pedal that rocks back and fourth like a volume swell or a whammy or wah pedal. Its function would be to add distortion though. So basically when the pedal is all the way down, it is your regular signal, then as you move it foward it slowly and lightly distorts and then all the way foward would be a heavy distortion. And I guess maybe on the side could be a knob that adjusts the sweep of the distortion. I just thought it wold be cool to have something so I could strike a chord and my volume wouldnt change but i could slowly just distort it for a cool intro or something.
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#2
I haven't heard of such a pedal, but you could probably build it pretty easily. You could wire a foot pedal to the gain knob on your amp. It'd be complex, as you'd need compression to make sure the non-distorted sound was loud enough, but it could be done.
#3
Yeah, I've seen this somewhere. Not sure if it is a stand alone unit or part of a multi-effects pedal.
#4
that would be pretty cool idk it probly doesnt exist
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#5
yeah, it'd be cool to have a distortion expression pedal , the wah would be useful too, nice idea man, built it and i'll buy it xD

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#6
There are modded tubescreamers and dirt boxes that have a jack for an expression pedal added to them to control the Gain/Drive.
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#7
Some amps have it, the first Mesa Mark II did this if I remember correctly... you put a passive volume pedal in the loop and rock it forward, it would add gain.
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ik on my digitech rp250 that i use to have, i could set any parameter to the expression pedal, including distortion. it wouldve been awesome if it didnt sound ****ty

idk if theres anything worth while that could do it though
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#9
Yes, it's called the volume knob on your guitar.

When you turn it down, it turns the pickup output down, thus lowering your distortion...
#11
cool idea but if you want that, to me it would make more sense to just get a distorion pedal. Unless it is build so it sends a clean signal when it's all the way back, then say, half way it adds a sort of vintage tone and feel, then all the way it gives more of that 6505 fizz and chug. Like presets in a way.

Very similar to your idea though lol


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#12
There's also that pedal that adds distortion as your picking dynamics change.
#13
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There's also that pedal that adds distortion as your picking dynamics change.

awesome, link?
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Sounds similar to auto-wahs, but with distortion.
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#15
^ You mean envelope filter - an autowah is time based.
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#16
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^ You mean envelope filter - an autowah is time based.

Whatever. On all two modelers I've ever played on that have had it, it's been called auto-wah.
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#17
My bridge pickup ****ed up somehow, longstory short, when I turn down tone, it only cleans it up. With tone off fully, I get a clean sound while retaining all highs.


I love it, except my pickup sounds like ****. If anyone knows what this is, could they please tell me how to do the same to another guitar?
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#19
Most multi-fx have this function built into them.
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Yes, it's called the volume knob on your guitar.

When you turn it down, it turns the pickup output down, thus lowering your distortion...



I knew somebody would say this. I know the volume knob is useful for adjusting your gain on the go, but frankly I've found that as the knob gets turned down too low, the tone just sounds like crap (could be my amp maybe, probably not my guitars fault though), not to mention, it adjusts the volume. I don't want the volume to change, just the gain. But I should have said that I didn't mean the volume pot.
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Thanks for the responses. I was just curious whether this sorta thing existed and you guys gave me a lot of solid reponses.
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#24
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I knew somebody would say this. I know the volume knob is useful for adjusting your gain on the go, but frankly I've found that as the knob gets turned down too low, the tone just sounds like crap (could be my amp maybe, probably not my guitars fault though), not to mention, it adjusts the volume. I don't want the volume to change, just the gain. But I should have said that I didn't mean the volume pot.


Actually, if you're playing a tube amp and you're in pushed power tube territory, you can to some extent use the volume knob to vary your gain. Once your power tubes are pushed, adding more volume only adds more gain and does not affect your volume very much.
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#25
If you just use the gain channel of your amp and a decent volume pedal you can do this. I'm not sure why you would need a special distortion pedal. And the only reason it changes tone when you roll your guitar volume down is because you haven't updated the wiring to get rid of the rolloff.
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#26
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I knew somebody would say this. I know the volume knob is useful for adjusting your gain on the go, but frankly I've found that as the knob gets turned down too low, the tone just sounds like crap (could be my amp maybe, probably not my guitars fault though), not to mention, it adjusts the volume. I don't want the volume to change, just the gain. But I should have said that I didn't mean the volume pot.

You need a (different) treble bleed cap on your volume pot. But you could do all that with a volume control.
#28
A volume pedal would work, as it changes the level. More level = more grit, assuming you're not using disgusting amounts of preamp fizz....
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#29
Use the search bar, there was another thread exactly the same as this a while ago.
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#30
the 3rd hand expression can bu used to control gain
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#34
Build one, should be interesting and I'm sure you could do it cheaper than that one up there
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#36
i think nobels do a distortion pedal that you can connect an external expression pedal to which allows you to control the gain with your foot. my nobels clean boost has an expression pedal input, which could be set up to effectively do a similar thing.
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#37
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^ those things are very flimsy and breakable

They are also volume-like pedals that control gain like the TS asked about. They do exist and I proved it. Plus, I highly doubt anyone here has played on because they are hard to find, even on the internet. If someone did use one before, they would have said something about it.
#38
For what the OP wants to achieve i.e.
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I just thought it wold be cool to have something so I could strike a chord and my volume wouldnt change but i could slowly just distort it for a cool intro or something.

I can't see this working as the struck chord would lose volume before the distortion makes any headway. I don't even think compression/sustain would help this either.
#39
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^ my idea about using a blend box with expression pedal control would keep everything at unity level and retain the high frequencies. nobody liked it though

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#40
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^ my idea about using a blend box with expression pedal control would keep everything at unity level and retain the high frequencies. nobody liked it though

i like that idea. it's something i've been wanting to try out myself for a while
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