#1
hi i was interested in buying a distortion pedal but not too sure which ones are good i was looking a boss pedal as i have heard they are quite good but i really don't know which ones are. I'm looking for quite a relatively cheapish one.
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#2
Actual budget? Musical style?
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#3
i kind of like all types of music basically rock and i would be prepared to spend no more than £50
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you could look at a boss ds-1 and do a keeley mod to it



i have been looking at the DS-2 and they don't seem too expensive are they in anyway better than the DS-1?
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i got an awesome deal Boss Metalzone Mt-2 and Classic Cry Baby Wah brand new in packaging $200 australian
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TBH Boss makes great pedals, but i think overdrives and distortions are really their biggest weak point. My suggestion would be to try and find some kind of EXH Little Big Muff or an Ibanez TS9 Tubescreamer.

I owned a Boss DS-1 and OD-3 and neither one of them really gave me the full warmth I was looking for. Once I got a TS9 I was so much happier with my tone. If you can afford it look at ths TS9DX or even the critically acclaimed TS808. Some people might tell you the Maxon Clones of the Ibanez pedals are better, but I honestly don't notice much of a difference.

Also my buddies Big Muff sounds fantastic, actually works decent for bass to.
#8
digitech hardwire metal distortion

http://www.hardwirepedals.com/tl2-metal-distortion-overview.php

i dont know if hardwire is owned by digitech anymore...
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#9
You're not going to get anything great for £50, but find a used Boss DS-1. The stock DS-1's IMO are really bad, so find a cheap DS-1 and mod it.
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#10
tonerider british distortion. it's pretty good. about as good as you're going to get for £50, anyway. does sound a wee bit metallic, and it's pretty high gain, but it's a nice pedal. Put it like this, i store my boss pedals in their boxes. the tonerider one is still on my board.

what amp are you going to be running it through? what kind of distortion tone are you after- marshall/hot rod marshall?
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#12
done get the boss ds-1/2. actually dont get any boss distortion pedal. they suck unless u mod them.

with that budget, u wont get a nice dist pedal. increase ur budget a bit and get a digitech hardwire sc-2 valve distortion or a ProCo Rat.
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#13
honestly the only good boss distortion pedal that i've heard good things about is the Blues Driver, and even that i've been told really isn't that great.
#14
thanks for all the advise.

i wasn't looking for a completely amazing pedal just something that's going to give me a good/ok sound because i'm not going to use it a lot and i never wanted to spend a lot on it as i am learning to drive i would rather spend my money on lessons tbh.
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#17
Effect pedals are just that, effects. It's you who creates music so don't expect too much and don't be afraid to experiment either. BOSS pedals are sturdy and well designed units, you can't go wrong with most of them. As long as you hear the desired tone in your head clearly, it's just a matter of tinkering to get there with your equipment.

Choose one: http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/products.php?search=1&k=distortion&m=---+search+by+manufacturer+---&t=Stomp+Boxes&x=16&y=9&c=FX%2FPedals&s=

The Muff is something between a fuzz and a distortion, then there's the Proco Rat, they are rather on the gritty side, the BOSS DS pedals are somewhat smoother. But you can get pretty similar tones out of them.
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#18
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They're fuzzes. They'll give you an unique, thick, bassy, muffled, and, erm, fuzzy tone. These tend to be very special sounding and not useful for everything. Don't get one unless you want that sound.

Also, why are you getting a dist. pedal in the first place? What about your amp's distortion?
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Also, why are you getting a dist. pedal in the first place? What about your amp's distortion?



i am currently using my old crappy marshall mg 30dfx amp because something has happened to my peavey vypyr amp and it's now not working so i have been looking for a distortion pedal.
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#20
It won't probably be much of a change. Save for a new amp, sell the MG to a starter
#21
you should definitely save you're money for some kind of tube amp. no matter how many effects you have in front of it, the MG, or really an solid state amp isn't really going to sound good.
#22
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...really an solid state amp isn't really going to sound good.


I don't think that's true.
#23
on what basis? i'm sick of people trying to tell me that they can get an amazing tone out of solid state, but fact is you can't. Sure they make good solid state amps, but they still won't compare to any GOOD TUBE AMP

seriously name me professional artists that use solid state amps, any?
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i am currently using my old crappy marshall mg 30dfx amp because something has happened to my peavey vypyr amp and it's now not working so i have been looking for a distortion pedal.

What happened to the vypyr? I might be buying one soon(tube version) but I'm doubting their reliability
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#25
only thing you might not liek about the vypyr amp is that it's a modeling amp, keep that in mind. The valveking might be a better choice
#26
what type of distortion tone do you want?
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#27
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seriously name me professional artists that use solid state amps, any?
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Solid state amps have a bad rep because most of the solid state amps people come across are cheap beginner amps. But the few high-quality solid state amps there are can sound really, really good. No valve amp will get better sparkling clean tones than a good solid state amp and no valve amp will ever quite manage the most extreme distortion like a solid state amp will either, not least because of all the excess background noise a valve amplifier will generate while the solid state will remain very quiet no matter how hard you drive it. This is why heavy metal and alternative metal 300w behemoths like the Line 6 HD147 exist and also why a Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus will set you back close to a grand.


I'm not saying this means all solid state amps should be given a chance, there are definitely some that are crap. But it's equally silly to write off the technology as a whole too. For jazz there is simply nothing better than a good solid state amp and they certainly have their place within metal too. I could easily present you with some songs where you wouldn't be able to tell if it was a valve or a solid state amp being used. Hell I'm borrowing an HD147 at the moment alongside my usual Peavy class A valve amp, give me a day and I can record solid state modelling vs class A all-valve tradition and I think you'll be hard-pressed to tell which amp is which, other than the valve amp picks up a lot of static and other background noise and makes a helluva noise when I change guitars.
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#28
I just get annoyed when kids on here try to tell me a Peavey Vypyr, Line 6 Spider, Crate MX15, or a Marshall MG is going to sound better than most tube amps. I'll certainly give you the benefet of the doubt that there are a few good solid state amps, but the ratio of good solid state amps to good tube amps is pretty drastic.
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