#1
It is labeled an Overdrive, but it has a distortion knob. I'm confused, which is it?


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#2
The difference between OD and distortion is so blurred that you could reasonably refer to a lot of pedals as either one and be able to defend the decision. The presence of a distortion knob doesn't mean a pedal can't be an overdrive, not that the term means much in the first place.
#3
Seems like the Plexi has a pretty bad rap on amazon. Anyone own one on UG and care to comment on its quality?
#4
I like mine, cleans up nicely with the volume knob, and sounds pretty british.

The gain pot appears to be the wrong type however. From 9-3 o clock does barely anything. From 3-6 is where all the range is.

Good for it's price
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#5
Ok. Cool. Hoping to go hear one tonight. Could snag one dirt cheap!
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Vox Valvetronix VT40
Vox AC4tv 1x10
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MXR '78 Custom Badass Distortion
#6
Distortion is litterally a change of any sort in one signal at a certain point.

When talking about guitar effects, overdrives usually produce a bit of symmetric soft clipping (have a look on Wikipedia if you are curious), resulting in what is referred to as soft, smooth distortion.
Distortion pedals instead usually produce a lot of hard clipping, symmetric or asymmetric depending on the circuit (again, Wikipedia is a friend of yours), resulting in a harsher sound.

In the end, overdrives produce distortion as dostortions do, though the latter tend to produce more.

I don't have experience with the hot plexi in particular, though I'm very happy with my joyo pedal - very solid and good sounding.
Maybe you'll find more about that one in particular if you ask in the joyo pedals thread in this section.
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#7
Thanks! Will look into that!
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#8
if you ask me it sounds great if you have an amp that suits it (as i said in the joyo thread, it can be bright to a fault). it's a bit of a one-trick pony, though, if you ask me. it basically does the early van halen tone.

i'd say it's a high gain overdrive/low gain distortion. assuming it is a carl martin clone, i think it has the clippers in a feedback loop around the op-amp, so that would suggest it's an overdrive. But as colin rightly says, it's such a grey area that i probably wouldn't obsess over it, either.
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