#1
I think its about time i got a distortion pedal. I dont like the distortion sound on my amp (Fender Champion 20) and I was wondering if buying a pedal with a better distortion sound would fix that issue. I dont know how these things work im a newb . Can anyone recommend a cheap but good pedal? Thank You.


p.s. guitar is Epiphone Les Paul Special II if that changes anything
#2
Time for a new rig! Not worth putting any money into anything besides a new amp, then a better axe. Whats your location and budget?

If a new amp isn't an option, you can get BOSS OD/Distortion pedals for $40 or less all day long.
#3
It really depends on what kind of distortion you want and how picky you are. List some bands and we'll be of better assistance.
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Time for a new rig! Not worth putting any money into anything besides a new amp, then a better axe. Whats your location and budget?

Agreed.

A distortion pedal through the Fender Champion won't be much of an improvement, and that Epiphone LP Special II isn't helping you either.

But I'd replace the guitar first. The distortion you can get from the Champion will probably sound better if you use a nice guitar, with good pickups.
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#6
it (probably) will, but the problem is the amp and the guitar will also affect how the pedal sounds. pedals are awesome, but they're only a band-aid (at best) if you have a more serious problem which is causing the bad tone (i.e. the amp or guitar being to blame).
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It really depends on what kind of distortion you want and how picky you are. List some bands and we'll be of better assistance.



Bands like Arctic Monkeys (typically a Favourite Worst Nightmare/their 1st album kind of sound), White Stripes,early strokes, maybe even Nirvana.
#8
Not being too familiar with Arctic Monkeys, the other bands lend me to think some sort of fuzz pedal through a tube amp. There are many variants of fuzz pedals out there, I think a good starting point would be a big muff, however, as already stated you need some upgraded gear.
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Quote by JGM258
Time for a new rig! Not worth putting any money into anything besides a new amp, then a better axe. Whats your location and budget?

If a new amp isn't an option, you can get BOSS OD/Distortion pedals for $40 or less all day long.


Unless it's the DS-1 then you're gonna have an even worse sound.
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#10
i dunno about that. the ds1 and sd1 are pretty good. from what i can remember the bd2 and od3 are, as well.

but as i said above, how good they sound is sort of limited by the amp (especially) and the guitar.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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#11
Lookup up www.tech21nyc.com, gt-2 probably but all their stuff is good, Black star ht series will be another good choice, I tested the HT-2 and it covers everything, from blues to Metallica/Slayer. DigiTech df-7 on the cheap is also an option...or the Boss od-20 distortion modeler used.