#1
Ive got a Marshall dsl401 and i love its tone except that it cant get enough distortion for my needs. Ive got a line 6 pod xt live but im not a big fan of the distortions on it.

Is there a good pedal that will get me a really heavy, chunky yet smooth punk tone but still keeps the marshally goodness?
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#4
Don't check out the Ibanez Tube Screamer 808 reissues.
Maxon's versions are better. They're the team that designed the TS series, and more Ibanez pedals.

I'd recommend checking fuzz pedals. They're pretty awesome.
IMO, fuzz > distortion.
Some good models...
The Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi...
There are fuzz pedals out there, tons of Fuzz Face clones, but most of em aren't that great...Maybe the Dunlop Jimi Hendrix Classic Fuzz Pedal...I haven't tried it...
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#5
Get a few pedals.

I'd get a tube screamer (contradiction to above!! RAWR).

Tube screamer is your best bet imo.
#6
Try using different tubes. By the way, you, sir rock, for having the same amp as me
#7
Oh yeah, and you can do a lot just by how Channel Volume and Master Volume are set in relation to each other. Example: If Ch Volume is lower than Master you'll get a really rocky marshall sound, whereas if Channel Volume is higher than Master youll get a sort of more Lead-y sound.
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Get a few pedals.

I'd get a tube screamer (contradiction to above!! RAWR).


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He wasn't contradicting the Tube Screamer, he was contradicting ibanez tubescreamers. Maxton make Ts's as well, that are known to be better and more expensive.
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#9
ive got a dsl401 and had the same problem......... instantly sorted with a visual sound sound jekyl and hyde
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#10
Maxon tube screamer, or i've heard the original ibanez ones are best
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#11
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He wasn't contradicting the Tube Screamer, he was contradicting ibanez tubescreamers.

Exactly.

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Maxon make Ts's as well, that are known to be better and more expensive.

Actually, they're cheaper.
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Maxon-OD808-Overdrive?sku=155025
Maxon TS-808 - $135 US.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-TS808-Vintage-Tube-Screamer-Reissue?sku=150343
Ibanez TS-808 Reissue - $170 US.
And the originals go for 500 bucks on eBay.

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Maxon tube screamer, or i've heard the original ibanez ones are best

You heard wrong. Maxon FTW.

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ive got a dsl401 and had the same problem......... instantly sorted with a visual sound sound jekyl and hyde

The Jekyll and Hyde is based on the TS series.
#12
budget? there are many options.
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#13
Either crank the amp, or get an OD, or an attenuator, or clean boost etc.
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#14
You are always going to lose some of the niceness (espesh the dynamics and bite) if you put an OD pedal in front of a tube amp, but your best bet would be to go to a shop that has DSL401's in stock and a good selection of OD pedals and ask them if you can try a few of them out with that amp, preferably with whatever guitar you've got (or something similar)
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#15
Thanks guys. I have a tube screemer on my pod xt live but it sound poo. Does anyone know if the zfex box of rock is good?

Ummm budget wise its prolly $350 Australian max.
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#16
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Ive got a Marshall dsl401 and i love its tone except that it cant get enough distortion for my needs. Ive got a line 6 pod xt live but im not a big fan of the distortions on it.

Is there a good pedal that will get me a really heavy, chunky yet smooth punk tone but still keeps the marshally goodness?


as mentioned, try a tubescreamer, try maxing out the volume on the OD pedal but keeping the distortion at zero
#17
I have a Boss BD-2 Blues Driver that I put in front of my DSL401, gives it a nice extra kick, maybe try one out too as well as a TS.
#18
tubescreamer or a Blues driver, bring up the level, and adjust the tone to a point where you dont hear a tonal change from the amp to the pedal, then adjust gain according to how much you want to add. itll sound great.

i used to use a line 6 pod too, but even in my amps effects loop it really kills the tone and makes it sound super sucky! PODs sound better straight to a soundboard, or for recording riffs and stuff.
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#19
I suggest a clean boost. IMO a TS808 sounds best driving an amp right on the edge of distortion into distortion, and not getting more distortion from an already distorted setup. It makes it sound muddy.
Maybe something along the lines of an MXR Microamp. I also have some in my signature.
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#20
I say clean boost. If you like your amps sound and you just need a little more balls, the clean boost will get you there. Most OD's will color the sound, but the clean boost is just like turning your guitar up to 11.
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