#1
i'm not very good with guitar effects. but i love myself some good modern rock distortion. now here's my question. i have a mesa dual rectifier...would it be pointless to buy a distortion pedal (found a new digitech hot head for 30 on craigslist) when I can just go into modern high gain with my rectifier? if someone could help me understand this or give me advice towards this, it'd be greatly appreciated. thanks guys.
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#3
that's what i thought. i love the distortion on that thing, but i was just wondering why ppl buy seperate distortion pedals when their amps can just as easily do the job. thanks for the quick reply
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#4
dude try your amp if it is the wrong sound for you yea by all means get a pedal but from the sound of stuff u think your amp is fine so save yur 30 for summit else
#5
Unless you want a different sound that the Boogie, which is what a pedal would do for you run though the clean channel.
Otherwise, the Boogie's distortion is pretty much as modern and heavy as they come.
#6
I would not think you actually need a distortion pedal, but some players use it as a clean boost or for a different flavor of distortion (used alone or added to the natural distortion of the amp.) I think any guitar player should have one in their pedal chain. I don't care much for Digitech in general, I would wait to get recommendations on a better sounding pedal.
#7
all right, thanks for the all the replies guys. ima just forget about that digitech pedal altogether. i thought i was gonna be fine with the mesa's distortion, but i just wanted to make sure. you guys seem to know what you're talking about on here . saved me 30 bucks. thanks again guys.
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Ovation 1778LX Elite Acoustic-Electric
#8
with the setup you got, its about as modern and high gain as you'll need. some people like to tinker with overdrive (not distortions) pedals while on the gain channel tho.
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#9
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that's what i thought. i love the distortion on that thing, but i was just wondering why ppl buy seperate distortion pedals when their amps can just as easily do the job. thanks for the quick reply


Because not every amp can do every type of sound out there. I started with a blues junior, playing classic rock, and then I started to get into powermetal. Blues Junior =/= powermetal. Likewise, should your influences change, and you start to like lots of heavy crunchy midrange high gain, then you'd probably buy a distortion pedal like a CrunchBox to tide you over while saving for a new amp.
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#10
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Because not every amp can do every type of sound out there. I started with a blues junior, playing classic rock, and then I started to get into powermetal. Blues Junior =/= powermetal. Likewise, should your influences change, and you start to like lots of heavy crunchy midrange high gain, then you'd probably buy a distortion pedal like a CrunchBox to tide you over while saving for a new amp.

CBs can do power metal?
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#11
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CBs can do power metal?


Yep. Especially with a light boost from another pedal.
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#12
What do you use?
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#13
CB set to 3/4 gain, and a Timmy on clean boost. I find it kills any extra buzzsaw like sounds and cleans it up well, with a decent treble cut. I've done it with my OCD too.
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#14
Quote by uldhppi
I would not think you actually need a distortion pedal, but some players use it as a clean boost or for a different flavor of distortion (used alone or added to the natural distortion of the amp.) I think any guitar player should have one in their pedal chain. I don't care much for Digitech in general, I would wait to get recommendations on a better sounding pedal.


a distortion pedal, or an overdrive pedal? for some reason Cannibal Corpse uses boss metal zones with their rectos. and i LOVE the texture on their new album, especially infinite misery
#15
Quote by Reincaster
CB set to 3/4 gain, and a Timmy on clean boost. I find it kills any extra buzzsaw like sounds and cleans it up well, with a decent treble cut. I've done it with my OCD too.

Awesome, I'm need of a good high gain distortion and cleans for practice, since my first SS sounds like poop.

EDIT: Rein, do you think a Tube Zone will be better for my purposes?
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#16
The only sort of pedal you should be using with a Dual Recto to add gain would be a tubescreamer or the like as a boost. A distortion pedal would ruin the whole point of shelling out over a grand for a tube amp.
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#17
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Your mesa will do the job. They're very versatile amps.


Recto's aren't very versatile
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