#1
I'm officially giving up trying to get a new amp (college tuition+no scholarship= ) but I've come to realize that a nice distortion pedal should be able to fill the tonal holes in my rig so here's what I want suggestions for:

Sounds/Tones: low gain overdrive to mid gain distortion, I really like older rock sounds like the EVH brown sound, should respond well to dynamics/the volume control on my guitar(ie. 2 & 10 shouldn't sound the same)

Price: $200 is the absolute max

New, used, otherwise: new, unless there is something awesome I can only afford used

Current rig: Strat(b/m/n: Super Distortion, stock, Tone Zone) -> 7 band EQ -> BYOC Octave Fuzz -> Randall RG75

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So far from what I've looked at, though expensive I'm liking the the Wampler Pinnacle but I want to know what other options are out there before I buy something so any suggestions, comments, cheap shots, lame jokes...
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#2
Rothwell Hellbender is pretty awesome, it sells for just over $200 I believe
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Rothwell Hellbender is pretty awesome, it sells for just over $200 I believe

Thats a dick comment.

And also, BBE Green Screamers are nice, Boss Super Overdrive, Ibanez Tube Screamer
#4
It really depends on what kind of sound you're looking for. That being said, the Big Muff, Fuzzface, and Tube Screamer are a few of my favs.
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Rothwell Hellbender is pretty awesome, it sells for just over $200 I believe

ProGuitarShop has it for $200 exactly & the clips sound pretty good

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It really depends on what kind of sound you're looking for. That being said, the Big Muff, Fuzzface, and Tube Screamer are a few of my favs.

80's rock distortion like Van Halen. I've got fuzz covered and though I like tube screamers they're not quite what I'm looking for.
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Thats a dick comment.

And also, BBE Green Screamers are nice, Boss Super Overdrive, Ibanez Tube Screamer



How is that a dick comment?
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Quote by Dio10101
Thats a dick comment.

And also, BBE Green Screamers are nice, Boss Super Overdrive, Ibanez Tube Screamer


You really are UG's biggest idiot.

Also take a look at the other Wampler pedals voiced like a Marshall. Then there's the Catalinbread DLS which is awesome. And the ZVexter Box of Rock.
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Quote by FatalGear41
Blackstar's HT-Blackfire has received some great reviews. It is new, so it may be hard to find:

http://www.blackstaramps.co.uk/products/ht/htblackfire.html

Their HT-DISTX pedal is also very good:

http://www.blackstaramps.co.uk/products/ht/htdistx.html

Those are higher gain than what I'm looking for, more low to mid gain, but did remind me about the HT-Dist which sounds good and I like all the tweakable knobs.

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Also take a look at the other Wampler pedals voiced like a Marshall. Then there's the Catalinbread DLS which is awesome. And the ZVexter Box of Rock.

I looked at all of Wampler's distortion pedals and liked the Pinnacle the best. I've herd good things about the Catalinabread and Zvexter so I'll definitely check those out.
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You already have a fuzz... Don't you know what an overdrive does when you place it directly after a fuzz in the signal chain? It smoothes it out, compresses, and gives you a mad-thick distortion.

But I don't know that it's all that "80s" sounding... Still, I'd recommend at least trying it. I use a Boss BD-2 Blues Driver after a Way Huge Swollen Pickle, and it works incredibly well, but it's actually a higher gain tone than EVH brown... Similar but a bit more compressed, less 'open' sounding, and a tad muddier.

Otherwise I'd recommend trying:

Visual Sound Jekyll & Hyde
Way Huge Fat Sandwhich
MXR Distortion III

Personally i think the Fat Sandwhich is probably your best bet on it's own (PRO GUITAR SHOP DEMO - FAT SANDWICH); as far as in combination with your current fuzz, it's difficult to know. Best of luck!
Last edited by RadioMuse at Aug 27, 2010,
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You already have a fuzz... Don't you know what an overdrive does when you place it directly after a fuzz in the signal chain? It smoothes it out, compresses, and gives you a mad-thick distortion.

Yeah, I've done that with an old cheap od pedal I used to have before it crapped out on me and I got some awesome sounds from it. I might get a cheap od like a TS7 or something eventually to do that with.

The Fat Sandwich sounded rather harsh in that demo.
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#12
you're not going to get the brown sound from a single pedal, but for my 02 i like the mxr808 od.
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