I was wondering if there are any differences between distortion, gain and overdrive. I don't have any effects pedals or anything, just a crappy Fender FM15G, so I don't really know
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Generally they are just names for the same thing. However, when I think of disortion I think of heavy crunch. When I think of overdrive I picture a smooth, warm bluesy tone. Not quite clean but just a little fuzzy. Gain is usually not described as a tone but more of the amount of distortion or overdrive. Hope that makes sense...
Distortion = heavier sound, like Metallica
Overdrive = smoother sound, such as GNR

Gain is a measure of how much distortion/overdrive you are using.
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