#2
distortion is an exreme version of overdrive, OD is what you get when you crank a tube amp. and read the stickies
#3
anyone, correct me if i'm wrong, but i believe distortion is just a more over-the-top version of overdrive

in essence, i think they are pretty much the same

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distortion is an exreme version of overdrive, OD is what you get when you crank a tube amp. and read the stickies


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Would overdrive work better in a tube amp than distortion? Talking about pedals now, btw, lol.
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Would overdrive work better in a tube amp than distortion? Talking about pedals now, btw, lol.


Yes, in most cases. But it's important to realise that the best OD comes from a tube amp itself. This is why famous amps like Marshalls are highly prized (well, the older ones.), because they have a lovely, creamy, 'crunch' to them, which is the overdrive.
#7
Overdrive-
Overdrive is often confused with distortion due to a similar "kind" of sound.. but overdrive re-creates the natural warm sound of a vintage tube amp that is being "overdriven" or is breaking up. when a tube amps volume is pushed beyond its capacity, they "break up" and begin to sound crunchy and distorted, the resulting sound is overdrive.

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Distortion -
Distortion is what makes metal, rock, punk, grunge, etc... sound the way it does. you know what i mean, the crunchy riffs the screeming pinch harmonics and solos , that dirty ass bone crunching sound of death and pain marching across the land AAAARRRGGHHHH!!! that my friend, is distortion. Distortion is, sound wise anyways, a very extreme version of overdrive. That?s why a lot people think they're hearing distortion when they hear overdrive. Distortion cuts off the extreme high and low frequencies. In other words, it eliminates the highest highs and lowest lows, creating a distortion effect. distortion ranges from mild to ball shattering in intensity and thickness.

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- Punk, Grunge, Heavy Metal, Death Metal and all other forms of metal you can think of
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Overdrive-
Overdrive is often confused with distortion due to a similar "kind" of sound.. but overdrive re-creates the natural warm sound of a vintage tube amp that is being "overdriven" or is breaking up. when a tube amps volume is pushed beyond its capacity, they "break up" and begin to sound crunchy and distorted, the resulting sound is overdrive.

styles
- Blues, Blues Rock, Fusion, Classic Rock


Distortion -
Distortion is what makes metal, rock, punk, grunge, etc... sound the way it does. you know what i mean, the crunchy riffs the screeming pinch harmonics and solos , that dirty ass bone crunching sound of death and pain marching across the land AAAARRRGGHHHH!!! that my friend, is distortion. Distortion is, sound wise anyways, a very extreme version of overdrive. That?s why a lot people think they're hearing distortion when they hear overdrive. Distortion cuts off the extreme high and low frequencies. In other words, it eliminates the highest highs and lowest lows, creating a distortion effect. distortion ranges from mild to ball shattering in intensity and thickness.

styles
- Punk, Grunge, Heavy Metal, Death Metal and all other forms of metal you can think of


Thanks, that helps a lot .
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#9
how about fuzz?
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#10
Distortion and Overdrive boxes are nearly the same thing, it's just how they clip the signals. Overdrives use soft clipping like a naturally overdriven tube, distortion uses hard clipping which sounds harsher. I think a fuzz probably falls under hard clipping. Not sure though.
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