#1
Hi there, I just recently bought a JVM 410H and a 1936 lead cab and am trying to figure out a pedal setup.

I have used solid state combo amps up to this point so i was able to achieve the sound i wanted through the digital presets, and thus I am uneducated on how to get the sound I want.

I enjoy playing stuff from AC/DC, Metallica, Iron maiden and the such

I was wondering what the difference between a distortion pedal and a overdrive pedal really is, which one is better for a great metal sound, and also any other tips or knowledge on pedals you could give me to help me out with my awesome new tube amp

thank you in advance
#2
Generally, if you have the gain at 0 an overdrive can be used as a plain boost. A distortion pedal will add gain regardless of the settings. Imo, thats the best way to describe the difference.
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Quote by Joey00115
I was wondering what the difference between a distortion pedal and a overdrive pedal really is, which one is better for a great metal sound, and also any other tips or knowledge on pedals you could give me to help me out with my awesome new tube amp


i am not being a smartass here: there is no ruling body to declare the difference between distortion pedal and an OD pedal. there is just no real agreed/ruled upon characteristic that defines one from another.

people who claim an absolute/universal definition are generally just picking an arbitrary attribute and placing emphasis on that feature as being a defining characteristic. there is a huge gray undefined area between OD's and distortions.

i say this because there has been needless heated debates between people arguing about what makes an OD different from a distortion pedal [different from a fuzz, etc]

but speaking in the most general of terms distortion pedals are mostly considered to provide more gain/distortion than OD's.

also very generally (no hard rules here) people tend to use distortion pedals to get a heavier/metal type of sound, but OD pedals can also be used to great effect in metal by running a dirty amp and and using an OD to push the preamp a bit harder.

you could run a distortion style pedal like a ratt proco for a great metal tone.

you could run an OD style pedal like a tubescreamer with the volume up real high and the gain down real low into your dirty amp for a great metal tone.

since you already have a pretty hot multi-channel marshall i'd probably recommend you getting and OD style effect to drive your preamp a bit harder if you wanted. though from clips i have heard i'd doubt you'd even really need it, that amp doesn't seem to break a sweat doing metal.
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#5
I use an OD when the amp is crunchy to make it crunchy hard rock. Or use it with the amp clean to make a pushed not clean/but not fully crunchy noise.

I use a distortion pedal on clean to give me a different sounding distortion than my amp distortion because I sometimes tire of the same distortion song after song after song after song. This way I can cop Marshall tones on non marshall amps and Mesa tones on non mesa amps.
Last edited by cheesefries at Feb 17, 2014,
#6
get a boss sd1

gain low, level high, tone around 2 o'clock. use that to boost the od channel.

for the amp, set everything at 12 o'clock (apart from the volume control) and work from there. that should give you a reasonable midpoint to start tweaking from.
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#7
I'd use an OD in front of a saturated preamp and play with my guitar's volume and the pedal itself. I also find useful and fun to stack different OD/Fuzz pedals to get different flavors, even mixing them with the amps clipping. With a couple of pedals and a proper use of the guitar's volume control there are a lot of possibilities.

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