#1
I am looking for a new distortion pedal but i have no idea what to get. I play a lot of rock, metal, and stuff close to that. My budget is up to about 100$.
I heard metal zone is a good brand but I am still clueless. A multi use one would be great thing also, so I can get a lot of different distortions. I am new in this area so i am comletly clueless.
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#2
Screw the Metalzone. I'd get the Barber Dirty Bomb Distortion, though it's not optimal.

If you can stretch your budget, I'd really go for the Tech 21 Sansamp GT-2. Maybe go used?

The Tech 21 Sansamp GT-2 will do everything that you listed, and in my opinion is your best choice.
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#3
What is your amp, and what kinds of bands do you want to base your tone off of?
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#6
Why not save your money and get something decent?
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#7
Dirty Bomb owns ALL. Especially for the price. BUT it is also amp dependant...what amp do you use?
#9
TS, what major city is closest to you?
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#10
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Hardwire Metal Distortion

This.

The TL-2 Metal Distortion by Digitech is perfect for your price range.
#13
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Blackstar HT Dist/DistX mayhaps?


Yeah that would be my other vote. They are around $50 more, if you can save a little longer or bit the bullet then it would be worth it.
#14
K if it helps the closest guitar shop is Georges Guitar center in Jacksonville, i play with a Line Six Spider 15, the sound i want to emulate is anything that cn be metal that is why I want a pedal that can achieve a lot of different sounds


So far ive seen:
Tech 21 transamp Gt-2
Hardwire Metal Distortion
TL-2 Metal Distortion by Digitech
Blackstar HT Dist/DistX*


My budget can be a little flexible but i am still in the dark on all of this
I looked around in the internet and have decided that the Blackstar is way out of my price range so now its down to the tech 21, hard wire, or digitech. unless you people think somthing else is better.
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K if it helps the closest guitar shop is Georges Guitar center in Jacksonville, i play with a Line Six Spider 15, the sound i want to emulate is anything that cn be metal that is why I want a pedal that can achieve a lot of different sounds


So far ive seen:
Tech 21 transamp Gt-2
Hardwire Metal Distortion
TL-2 Metal Distortion by Digitech
Blackstar HT Dist/DistX


My budget can be a little flexible but i am still in the dark on all of this
thanks


Line 6 Spider? Forget it. No pedals will sound nice through that amp. No bandwaggoning here, I have tried it.

You should sell that Spider, use the pedal money you saved + revenue from selling the amp and fund that towards a new amp that will sound WORLDS better than a Spider + distortion pedal.
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Line 6 Spider? Forget it. No pedals will sound nice through that amp. No bandwaggoning here, I have tried it.

You should sell that Spider, use the pedal money you saved + revenue from selling the amp and fund that towards a new amp that will sound WORLDS better than a Spider + distortion pedal.

ilooked through reviews and they said it sounded great through shitty amps so.... maybe not. only if it does sound like shit then i will get a new one.
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ilooked through reviews and they said it sounded great through shitty amps so.... maybe not. only if it does sound like shit then i will get a new one.


The problem here is that the Spider is a modelling amp. Modelling amps are designed to be able to emulate sounds on their own. That's not your biggest problem though. The biggest problem is that the Spider is solid state. Running a dirt pedal through a solid state will cause it to clip. It will not sound good, at all.

If you want to experiment, go ahead, but just be warned you will probably want to return it a few days later.

EDIT: what reviews were you looking at?
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#19
As much as I love modelers I have to agree with that. My AD30VT supposedly took pedals very well, but it didn't stack with the gain on the models well at all.

I've no idea why that is either, which bothers me.
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#20
OP - Those are some great pedals but you're much better off saving up for a better amp first. Getting a nice pedal and putting it through your current amp will pretty much defeat it's purpose.

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#21
ya, i use to own the line 6 75HD 1/2 stack.. god it was awfull, i tryed my Metal zone MT-2 through it... HORRIDE!!!! OMG it was so bad... Spiders do not like pedals at all.

isn`t the Insane channel good enuff LOL, that channel is pretty brutal, but ya i`d save for a new amp.

don`t really know what amp to recommed though, since all the amps i know of are way over what you can afford

see if you can find a really cheap used Marshall JCM
#22
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The problem here is that the Spider is a modelling amp. Modelling amps are designed to be able to emulate sounds on their own. That's not your biggest problem though. The biggest problem is that the Spider is solid state. Running a dirt pedal through a solid state will cause it to clip. It will not sound good, at all.

If you want to experiment, go ahead, but just be warned you will probably want to return it a few days later.

EDIT: what reviews were you looking at?

not quite. using something that actually boosts your signal, like a tubescreamer or a BD2, in the same way you boost a tube amp (Volume maxed and low gain) will cause clipping. a distortion pedal clips the signal inside the pedal before it is sent to the amp.
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#23
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OP - Those are some great pedals but you're much better off saving up for a better amp first. Getting a nice pedal and putting it through your current amp will pretty much defeat it's purpose.

It's like playing football in a wheelchair - it handicaps you.



Hey, you can play football in a wheelchair, just rig a V-8 to the back of it to give you some speed and put a spiked bumper on the front

But yeah, you should save up for a decent, or half way decent amp. But if you must then a Hardwire TL-2 pedal is prolly the best option to look at, I'm actually looking at one right now.
#24
TS, if you're looking for a new distortion pedal and are interested in the ones that have been said already, upgrade your amp first. Most likely you'll run those pedals through the clean channel of your Spider, and quite honestly, it'll suck.

I went into my local shop and wanted to try the Jemini, and the storeowner (expecting to make a sale) said, "DON'T for any reason plug that into a MODELLING AMP"
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#25
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d to be able to emulate sounds on their own. That's not your biggest problem though. The biggest problem is that the Spider is solid state. Running a dirt pedal through a solid state will cause it to clip. It will not sound good, at all.


What? No. This is wrong on several counts. First off a modelling amp isn't the same as an SS amp. Really I wish people would stop classifying them as so. They convert the signal to a digital one and can do all sorts of things you generally can't with an analogue SS circuit. If you program it not to have SS clipping, it won't.

Also, SS amps don't clip like you're probably taught in Signal Theory 101. Transistors in theory have a certain point at which they have "harsh" square wave clipping as opposed to a tube(keep in mind distortion also happens earlier with a tube) but generally circuits are designed to not let that happen. Otherwise how would pedals like Tube Screamers work, which use SS clipping to produce tube-like tones? FETs which are more commonly used these days also produce tube-like harmonics.

And on the third count, "harsh" clipping doesn't always sound awful as it's what some fuzz pedals do.

And fourthly that's not how OD pedals work anyway. They don't have to boost the volume of your signal.
#26
For what it's worth I'm using a Hardwire CM-2 to boost my practice amp (a Peavey Bandit 112) and it noticeably improves it's tone.
#27
Looks like I got owned..twice.

Point is, Spider's suck with or without pedals. Just get a new amp .
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#28
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Looks like I got owned..twice.

Point is, Spider's suck with or without pedals. Just get a new amp .


It's okay as long as you realise it and read up a bit more... you're right but for the wrong reasons, modelers don't tend to take pedals well. Don't know why really though. My Microcube is pretty decent with pedals. Depends on which one.