#1
Hey guys, this is probably a dumb question, but can anyone explain to me what does really an overdrive pedal do? Is it just used for eg. a boost when you play a solo live, or it can influence the overall tone?

I have a Marshall JCM410C tube amp, so in what ways would it affect me? Does it also influence stuff like pinch harmonics?

Thanks in advance!
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#2
Overdrives have many different uses. The main idea is to push the input of the amp. Use it on a clean channel for a good crunch. Use them on a dirty channel to add gain. I use to boost my lead channel. Makes the low end much tighter.
#3
Overdrive on it's own is less harsh than distortion, more bluesy. In front of an overdriven amp though it boosts the gain while tightening the bass.
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#4
Thanks guys, I actually always thought I need a tighter low end. Any recommendation on pedals? The Boss SD1 doesn't seem bad. :/
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#5
If you put two different ones in a row ( the first one having high tones, drive and low volume ; but the second one having medium tone and drive with a high volume) then you can make both bass and treble much tighter as well as hugely increasing your amps tone and volume.
#6
That actually sounds like a pretty good idea (even though I still don't have enough money to buy 2) but I'll definitely experiment with that. Any recommendations on which OD to get?
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#8
check out the ibanez tube screamer if your just looking to tighten up your signal. for an overdrive i would suggest a full tone OCD
#9
Tubescreamer (TS9 : change 2 resistors to make it a TS808, save like $70 - $100)
Fulltone Fulldrive 2 MOSFET
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I have a TS9DX, TS808 and Fulltone Fulldrive 2 MOSFET.
I like all 3 equally. Set them for various levels of gain and tone.
#11
yeah it normally makes the pinches jump way out.
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