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All the various names for a certain type of pedal has me confused. A pedal like the Ibanez Tube Screamer would be what type of pedal, a distortion, overdrive, or fuzz pedal? Is there a real difference between those types of pedals or is it mostly just a matter of how much they distort the signal that pushes a pedal from being an overdrive pedal to being a distortion pedal for example. What would someone like Joe Bonamassa or SRV use mainly or would they actually use two and switch between them as needed.
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Quote by Arrawin
All the various names for a certain type of pedal has me confused. A pedal like the Ibanez Tube Screamer would be what type of pedal, a distortion, overdrive, or fuzz pedal? Is there a real difference between those types of pedals or is it mostly just a matter of how much they distort the signal that pushes a pedal from being an overdrive pedal to being a distortion pedal for example. What would someone like Joe Bonamassa or SRV use mainly or would they actually use two and switch between them as needed.

a tubescreamer is an overdrive. the original idea behind them was to have a pedal that could simulate a really cranked amp back before amps had a master volume. it is a form of distortion but by definition not really the same.  a distortion  pedal is meant to simulate a high gain amp (or amp driven to high gain).  it was discovered that when you put an overdrive in front of an already distorting amp that it helped smooth out the sound and made things more controllable at lower volumes. 

both Joe and SRV use(d) overdrives in front of their amps. both also have used fuzz pedals which is another form of distortion. hope this very basic explanation helps