#1
hi all, this is the 3 month anniversary of me starting to learn the electric guitar, and so far am having a great time, loving every second. im beginning to get a bit better (well at least i think so anyway ) and am thinking of getting a distortion pedal, to try and get a bit of a nicer sound. i have a crate gx-15 amp and an aria stg series guitar. ive been looking into the boss ds-1 as i kinds like the tone it gives and is not too expensive, i dont want to get another amp after playing for such a short time. anyone got any reccomendations, - music i play is AC/DC guns and roses, but at the moment im pretty much trying to learn any song that takes my fancy - aswell as trying to make my own riffs ect. anyone got any good suggestions?

thanks in advance
#2
Quote by robodude789
hi all, this is the 3 month anniversary of me starting to learn the electric guitar, and so far am having a great time, loving every second. im beginning to get a bit better (well at least i think so anyway ) and am thinking of getting a distortion pedal, to try and get a bit of a nicer sound. i have a crate gx-15 amp and an aria stg series guitar. ive been looking into the boss ds-1 as i kinds like the tone it gives and is not too expensive, i dont want to get another amp after playing for such a short time. anyone got any reccomendations, - music i play is AC/DC guns and roses, but at the moment im pretty much trying to learn any song that takes my fancy - aswell as trying to make my own riffs ect. anyone got any good suggestions?

thanks in advance


If you like the DS-1 then get it.

The Digitech Bad Monkey is nice ($50) and if run after the DS-1 will make it sound that much better.

Personally, my suggestion would be to save up and get a good amp as soon as possible. A good amp is perhaps the most important link in the tone chain.
#3
Thing with pedals is, don't waste your money on cheap, bad ones. I hate the original crybaby and digitech delay pedals I have.
#4
i would just use the gain on your amp
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#5
Quote by buddyboombotz
Thing with pedals is, don't waste your money on cheap, bad ones. I hate the original crybaby and digitech delay pedals I have.


I agree, which is why I saved up and bought a Carl Martin Quattro.

However, some of the cheaper pedals still sound good -- Bad Monkey, Metal Muff, etc...
#7
Look into any Boss distortion i suppose, and if possible find a Made in Japan model (it'll be used). Maybe look into an MXR.

The main thing is to try out a bunch of pedals yourself (if possible) and pick the one that impresses you.
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#8
Quote by rhcp-legends
i would just use the gain on your amp

Some amps can't handle gain too well. I have a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, and running through distortion pedals seems to work better than the OD on the amp itself.

If you want a BOSS, then get it. I've used a cheap $20 FAB distortion simply for practice but I plan on getting a DS-1 for live play.
#9
Quote by Pyrotechie
Some amps can't handle gain too well. I have a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, and running through distortion pedals seems to work better than the OD on the amp itself.

If you want a BOSS, then get it. I've used a cheap $20 FAB distortion simply for practice but I plan on getting a DS-1 for live play.


Yeah...other than the Bassman, Fender distortion pretty much sucks for anything other than a bit of "Bluesy Dirt".
#10
Well if u want just a single distortion pedal, i guess BOSS is the way to go, BUT if ur interested in getting a multi-effect pedal (which is quite cheap still), i suggest getting a ZOOM G2. Trust me its great for beginners
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#11
Go with the DS-1, it's cheap, sounds good, and when you upgrade it'll still have use in your rig as long as you have it