david1707
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#1
I'm pretty new to the guitar and would like to know, what's the differance between distortion and overdrive.
thelax
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#3
Quote by Tokki Wartooth


that is kinda sarcastic, real useful, and funny as hell.
did not know such thing existed
doive
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#4
*reported*
i'm pretty sure this is a "new threads on this topic will be closed thread" it is in gg+a aat least i think...
Sguit
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#5
Short answer: overdrive has smoother saturation, and distortion harder saturation, it's more complicated than that though.

Long answer: Well overdrive and distortion are just names, it means nothing. What I said above is what these names usually refer to, but some pedals labeled "overdrive" have enough gain to go in "distortion" teritory and vice vera. Basically, both work the same way.
Silma
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#6
Quote by Sguit
Short answer: overdrive has smoother saturation, and distortion harder saturation, it's more complicated than that though.

Long answer: Well overdrive and distortion are just names, it means nothing. What I said above is what these names usually refer to, but some pedals labeled "overdrive" have enough gain to go in "distortion" teritory and vice vera. Basically, both work the same way.



what he said.

the general idea is that distortion is a heavier version of overdrive.
so you've got the clear tone, the overdrive which has more gain that the clear tone, and distortion which has even more gain than the overdrive. But keep in mind that this is all very relevant.
ikey_
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#8
best way to learn is to hear it. youtube it.

youtube tubescreamer or blues driver (overdrive) and any otehr kind of distortion pedal. try muff box, boss ds1, digitech death metal