#1
hi guys

i just wondering about valve amps and distortion/overdrive pedals.
my main question is...
do you use solid state pedals to overdrive the valves in the amp?
or do you use valve pedals?

i know there re people who will say "just use the gain channel on your amp" but lets say im talking about a fender single channel amp and i love the cleans but i want more distortion than just cranking it.

any opinions?
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#2
Valves in pedals are usually just a gimmick.
#3
90% of pedals are SS, and 90% of valve pedals are more marketing than function... Just my estimates, but you get the idea... Go with a good old, SS pedal.
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#4
Two of my best sounding pedals are tube, and a couple of my other best sounding pedals are SS. You wouldn't know whether a pedal is tube or SS unless you were told (or looked at it). I don't like to say it's a gimmick because it either sounds good or it doesn't. And neither of my tube pedals are using non-functional tubes. They are part of the design.

Choose based on budget and the way it sounds. No need to insist on one or the other.
#5
I'll save you the problem, get a Marshall lol
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I'll save you the problem, get a Boss HM-2 lol


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#7
Yeah, an overwhelming majority of pedals are SS, only a small percentage are tube powered. And even then, a lot of tube pedals (especially lower quality ones), have a tube running in starvation mode (low voltage) which really doesn't help anything and is just a gimmick. If you can find a tubed pedal running in high voltage, then the tube does add a bit of warmth, but most of time not enough to justify the extra cost.

But I will say that my H&K Tube Factor kicks most OD's butts.
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Mmmm Boss HM

Anyway...it's pretty much been said before. There's nothing wrong with non-tube pedals and for some applications they can be better. Tube pedals can be great too, but it's not like they're intrinsically better or anything
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