#1
Hey UG,

Here's the thing.

I sometimes need to go from heavy heavy distortion to crunch in a split second, and can't even use my hands to do it (because of the way the riffs are, i have to change from standard picking to hybrid/tapping but that's not important) so switching pickups or rolling down the volume knob is out of question.

My amp only has 2 channels. Clean and dirty.

Is there such a thing as a pedal that would make a distorted channel crunchy? Sort of like a gate that only "lets some of the distortion out", muffles the sound. Basically a "reverse distortion" pedal. I'd imagine It'd be really simple, just one knob to adjust the gate and an on off switch.

Thanks.
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#2
You could always use a volume or EQ pedal to cut your guitar's signal? But what most people tend to do is to get an overdrive, set their amp to a crunch setting and turn on the overdrive when they need the extra gain and turn it off when they don't. That usually tends to sound better.
#3
Electro-Harmonix makes a pedal called the Signal Pad that's basically a reverse boost pedal. It would be the same as turning the volume knob on your guitar down.
#4
turn the output down on an overdrive pedal, works like a charm
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#5
Like all these things that have been previously stated but also there is the option of using the volume on your guitar.
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#6
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Like all these things that have been previously stated but also there is the option of using the volume on your guitar.


well he did ask specifically through a pedal so

^this is good though
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#8
get an overdrive pedal. when you nee dto go from heavy to crunch, switch to the clean channel and turn the overdrive on. to make it a little smoother, turn the overdrive on while doing the last couple seconds of the heavy riff, then hit the footswitch to go to the clean channel.
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