#1
what is the difference between overdrive and distortion?

#2
overdrive is generally used on tube amps, to push more power through the tubes causing them to overdrive sooner, causing more distortion.

Distortion is generally used on solid states, or tube amps if your an idiot, and it takes the distortion from the pedal and substitutes it into the amp.
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#3
to put it into perspective, slash's tone is nice tube overdrive...............wheras dimebag's tone is solid state
#5
fuzz.
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#7
bleh


overdrive and distortion are the same thing.

the correct term, though, would be signal clipping. but overdrive and distortion are commonly used to describe signal clipping in varying degrees. like when signal clipping is light, it's refered to as overdrive. and when there is more signal clipping, it's reffered to as distortion.

now lets understand signal clipping.
on tube amps, the guitar signal goes through the tubes to be amplifiyed more or less. anyway, when the signal becomes stonger (you hit the strings harder, add a boost, turn the volume up), the signal becomes to much for the tubes to handle, and the signal begins to clip. think of it like trying to fit a square through a circle hole. when the the square gets to big, the sides start getting "clipped" off. ass the signal strenght is increased, the signal clips more. this is how its done by tubes.

solid state signal clipping is essentialy the same thing, but it doesn't sound as good, especially in the power amp section.

"fuzz" is extreme signal clipping. think of it like, anything that goes into a fuzz box, comes out with a crew cut.


hendrix tone is overdrive, and fuzz occasionaly.


so while techincally overdrive and distortion are litteraly the same thing, they are used to reffer to varying degrees of the same thing.
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#8
do famous peoples use tube + overdrive rather than solid + disortion because it's WAYYY better or because it's somewhat better and they can afford it
#9
really it's preference. some people prefer solid state distortion (dimebag), but imo, tube by itself is the best. but tube + OD can be just as good.
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#11
yeah... or an SD (or DS?)

but if the solid state is a transtube solid state then what would be better, OD or distortion?
#12
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If the at most distortion I want is Hendrix tone should I still get a Boss OS-2?


the only reason i would recommend that is if the amp you have or get is not a master volume, such as my peavey classic 30. it sounds great for heavier hendrix but that comes at a cost of some hearing. and i also would get a better pedal than a boss, look into maxon
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#13
For a Hendrix tone, you don't really need anything except a tube amp, a V847, and a Fuzz Face.
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#14
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do famous peoples use tube + overdrive rather than solid + disortion because it's WAYYY better or because it's somewhat better and they can afford it



The reason that most people prefer Valve distortion is because most valve amps produce even numbered harmonics, most SS amps produce odd numbered - supposedly the even numbered harmonic is easier on the ear.

For a better explanation check this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valve_sound
#15
then which type of distortion (overdrive, distortion, or fuzz) will give you the best "punk rock" sound?
#16
hmm... my suggestion would be go HERE, find a band whose tone you like and see what they use
#17
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For a Hendrix tone, you don't really need anything except a tube amp, a V847, and a Fuzz Face.

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Yeah, his hands were like........... big...
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#19
I actually, I heard somewhere the "distortion" effect was achieved by messing around with the speaker (i think, as the story goes, he poked holes in it in certain locations, and modified the cone).
#20
^Originally, that was how Link Wray got the first usable OD/distortion at high volumes.

Listen to his song "Rumble!" for an example of what that sounded like.
#21
Is it true that using a Distortion pedal with a tube amp can wear the tubes out quicker? Is it bad for the amp in general?
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