#1
Just curious what everyone prefers and why.

Currently, I am using a pedal because I don't have a foot switch for my amp.
#2
I prefer to use the distortion of my amp. I will sometimes use an OD pedal to boost my signal, but I prefer an amp that can do it over a pedal.

Most people here are gonna have very similar views
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#3
Depends which amp I'm using.

With my Laney VC30, I use OD/distortion pedals through the clean channel, with the drive channel set up as my lead boost.

With my Jet City JCA22H, I use the amp's channels for OD & distortion with a TC Spark as the lead boost.
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#4
For me its the same, use the amp drive and add an OD pedal to increase the amount of distortion. But if you are using SS amp, yes some of those have low quality distortion so a pedal may be a huge improvement in sound.
#6
Depends on the amp. I have a Randall RG80, I use the amp distortion and a TS9. I have a Jet City JCA20H and it's a single channel so I dial it in cleanish and use a distortion pedal if I need a somewhat clean tone and distortion and if I don't need clean I crank it and use the TS9 in front. Then I have a Crate 2x12 combo that I use just the amp distortion since it's got a footswitch and 2 channels.
#7
Amp distortion and the boost like Robb said. I used to have a classic 30 and for that amp I relied on a distortion pedal to get there. Really comes down to the amp. My Vox is not the amp I use for distortion and I don't try too, however it my fuzz pedal sounds better through that than through my Mesa. So, short point, amp distortion is where I go.
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#8
I use a dirt pedal cranked to holy hell, I have a one channel non master volume tube amp.
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#9
Depends on the amp.

And anyway, why can't I use both?
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#10
Well I use a simulated Mesa Dual Rec for all of my tones currently, riding the guitar's volume pot for various gain levels. Goes from semi clean to full on metal.
#11
Quote by Robbgnarly
I prefer to use the distortion of my amp. I will sometimes use an OD pedal to boost my signal, but I prefer an amp that can do it over a pedal.


+1

It does depends on the tones I'm after and the amp I'm using, though. Generally if I'm after heavier tones and/or am using a high gain amp, I prefer the amp (with a boost, but the amp's still doing most of the heavy lifting really). With lower gain amps, or for things like fuzz etc., pedals can be nice too.
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#13
Dirt from pedals usually: my Fender HRD doesn't have the best overdrive channel, and I rarely- OK, never- push my amp to natural breakup levels.
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#14
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Dirt from pedals usually: my Fender HRD doesn't have the best overdrive channel, and I rarely- OK, never- push my amp to natural breakup levels.


I agree with you, I have a HRD too its too loud for home practise and small venues to push it to natural breakup. What I do is go on the more drive channel and set the drive at 5 and place a tube screamer before, generally, resulting in a very smooth distortion. For riffing on the lower strings (when I require more bass) I use MXR ZW-44 instead of TS9.
#16
I use a distortion pedal (Boss DS 1), sounds much better than the amp distortion channel (Roland Cube 15).

And it depends on the amp distortion channel, if you like it then use a foot switch. If you don't, then use a distortion pedal.