WantsLesPaul
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#1
I'm thinking about buying a distortion pedal sometime in the future for my one channel amp, so I can go from clean to dirty with ease.

What I would like it to sound like:

Early Rise Against, before they started using Dual Rectos with JCM2000 DSL's and Rivera Knuckleheads
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and these are the pedals I've been looking at:

- Wampler Plextortion
- Wampler Super plextortion (Discontinued)
- Wampler Pinnacle (It's not just a Van Halen in a box, right? )
- Catalinbread DSL (Not enough gain?)
- MI Audio Crunch Box

Other suggestions are welcome too.

I currently play through a Rikstone C15a R, which I'm told by the guy who builds them that it's a Matchless Lightning clone, which I believe is based on the Vox AC15.

My budget is about 150-200€.
blazing riff
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#2
I'm not an expert pedalwise and don't know the pedals you stated above but the AMT ELECTRONIS M1 will get you to sound very close like playing through a Marshall JCM800
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#3
All good pedals, check out the Mad Proffesor Mighty Red Distortion as well. It's basically a hot rodded tubescreamer with loads of gain.
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#4
xotic makes some marhsall-ish in a box pedals.

i just bought their EP booster - very high quality.
WantsLesPaul
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#5
Will check those pedals out.

I'm just a bit worried how will they sound through my amp, because it's a bright amp and with my Riviera really trebly, so it might be a bit picky about distortion pedals. Also, I'm using a 2x12 with V30s with it.
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#6
The MRD is quite dark. I actually bought a pedal to brighten it up.
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#7
A small, pedal sized preamp can be good for higher quality and accurate tones, but if you are looking for stomboxes, some local boutiqe shops make cheap pedals, with high quality and including many mods.
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#9
Catalinbread DLS nails the 800. Also the MI Audio Crunchbox does the whole hot rodded 800 tone
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WantsLesPaul
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#11
Right now the Plextortions and Mighty Red seem the most interesting to me.I also found a Suhr Riot, which also looks and judging from youtube demos sounds very good.

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I found mine to lack gain enough for 800 tones. have not tried 18v though...


I have heard that too.
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#14
I have read nothing but good things about the MI Audio Crunch Box.
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Quote by Offworld92
I have read nothing but good things about the MI Audio Crunch Box.


not for your use but just to mention.

i have the MI Audio Blues Pro, its ts based, but sounds very different and gets a lot more gain. i have been nothing but happy with it. very durable, and it sounds better than nearly every TS clone i have owned/played.

i DO know thats not what you are looking for, just wanted to give you some affirmation on MI audio quality/tone, etc. they are a very underrated company. they do not get mentioned enough.

the DLS is awesome, the one i tried nailed JCM800 gain. but i haven't owned one. really good tone though.
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#17
Pinnacle Deluxe will have the gain you need. Love the pedal!!
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#18
Quote by stykerwolf
I found mine to lack gain enough for 800 tones. have not tried 18v though...


18v helps, but it sounded just like my old JCM800
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#20
Played around with my Ibanez TS7 on "Hot" mode with the drive set around 12 o'clock today. It actually sounds pretty decent and chunky, atleast on the lower strings. On higher strings it sounds kinda harsh and solid state kind of fizzy, noisy too.

I'm really excited to see what a quality distortion box could do.