#1
Ok so I have this problem, I won a VOX amp 100 watt don't know the exact model and it's presets aren't very good.

I've tried messing around on manual but unless i'm playing a clean setting the chords just drown all the other sounds out, for example I play a C then I was to pick the 3 top strings after strumming the chord, you can hear the chord but the pickin gis just drowned out and it's so annoying because I end up playing everything on clean, which I don't want because were a rock band! :P

So i'm looking for a distortion pedal that doens't just overpower everything else I play at the same time.
#2
Boss DS1
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#5
BOSS DS-1, DS-2, HM-2, HM-3

EHX Big Muff, Metal Muff, English Muff'N

also, check out the DigiTech ones
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BOSS DS-1, DS-2, HM-2, HM-3

EHX Big Muff, Metal Muff, English Muff'N

also, check out the DigiTech ones


+1

Please note; with good equipment it can take AGES to get the best tones out of.

I know this sounds contradictive, but it's just how it works.
#7
I have a DS-1, and i like it. U should at least try out a Big Muff and a Metal Muff. For metal, Boss's MetalZone and MetalCore pedals are good. Digitech has a Death Metal distortion, if u want heavy, thats ur pedal.
#8
...presets

Just learn to use your amp instead of expecting everything to be done for you.
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#9
Thanks, i'm going to go into town tomorrow so i'll take a look, at metal muff and Boss DS1, the line 6 pod looks like a beat, a bit out of my price range though.
#10
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I have a DS-1, and i like it. U should at least try out a Big Muff and a Metal Muff. For metal, Boss's MetalZone and MetalCore pedals are good. Digitech has a Death Metal distortion, if u want heavy, thats ur pedal.


the Boss Metal Distortion Pedals are declining in quality, the Metal Zone & Metal Core are pretty weak, and the DigiTech Death Metal is too raspy for my taste
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#11
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...presets

Just learn to use your amp instead of expecting everything to be done for you.



Woah, I didn't say I used just the presets, you have to pick a preset, then go to manual to mess around, i've tried messing on manual with every preset, like I said unless its on a clean setting it's no good
#12
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...presets

Just learn to use your amp instead of expecting everything to be done for you.


Is it just me or are ALL presets ****ing rubbish? On amps/pedals everything?!

Actually on my RP350 there were about 3 good ones out of 75, since then I've managed to get **** loads of good sounds of my own.

I hate presets...
#13
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the Boss Metal Distortion Pedals are declining in quality, the Metal Zone & Metal Core are pretty weak, and the DigiTech Death Metal is too raspy for my taste


I have a Death Metal on my RP350 and it is ****ing **** - one of the worst things on there actually, maybe it's just a bad "version" but the metal zone is 100x better.
#14
yeah, i played the Death Metal, cause it was in the same signal path as the Screamin' Blues, and i was killing time

it sounded like a choking demon

worthy of the 'death' yes, the 'metal', not so much
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Boss Metalzone - one of the worst pedals known to man...
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yeah, i played the Death Metal, cause it was in the same signal path as the Screamin' Blues, and i was killing time

it sounded like a choking demon

worthy of the 'death' yes, the 'metal', not so much


Are you talking about on the RP350 or the actual Death metal pedal?

Cause it really sucks a **** on the RP350, where as the metal zone is wayyyy better for anything hardrock/metal.
#18
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Boss Metalzone - one of the worst pedals known to man...


I actually find it passable (on my RP350) with my strat and hot-rod.. I don't primarily play metal before I get flamed!

Once you move past the 7th fret it sounds like turd though.

Is the metal muff a much bigger improvement? I've only heard/seen good things from it.
#19
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#20
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I actually find it passable (on my RP350) with my strat and hot-rod.. I don't primarily play metal before I get flamed!

Once you move past the 7th fret it sounds like turd though.

Is the metal muff a much bigger improvement? I've only heard/seen good things from it.

Don't really know, I just usually turn my amp up, or boost it with an OD pedal if i need more gain. The Metal Zone is jst god awful, thin, weedy and way too distorted...it manages to be both ear-gratingly bright and sludgy at the same time. By all accounts the Muff is a much better pedal, but can still tend towards the fuzzy side of things.
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#21
At the risk of ticking somebody off I have to say that its kind of a proverb on UG (with some folks) "Don't buy pedals with the word metal in the name." And I hate Digitech. I can explain more if I survive the flaming.
#22
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At the risk of ticking somebody off I have to say that its kind of a proverb on UG (with some folks) "Don't buy pedals with the word metal in the name." And I hate Digitech. I can explain more if I survive the flaming.


Go for it.

(I like my RP350 though)...
#23
Ok. The Digitech sound sterile and digital. They kill the natural dynamic range of the guitar. The lower-end Digitech products like to break at the wrong times (I've owned a couple, what a waste.) All the metal pedals I have heard (have not heard them all by any means) sounded buzzy and sharp. Might have not set the EQ's right, but I wasn't impressed. I would check out an OCD or the regular Big Muff PI.
#24
Don't really know, I just usually turn my amp up, or boost it with an OD pedal if i need more gain. The Metal Zone is jst god awful, thin, weedy and way too distorted...it manages to be both ear-gratingly bright and sludgy at the same time. By all accounts the Muff is a much better pedal, but can still tend towards the fuzzy side of things.
why does every1 say the metalzone sucks? i have 1 and it is good, not thin not weedy and not way too distorted. it works perfectly! seriously tell me why ppl think there so bad when mine works great?
#25
Well you just may have the right combination of guitar, amp and style that optimizes the sound of the pedal. Its known to happen. I have played gear that many others dislike and gotten some good sounds.
#26
Boss Blues Driver. Transparent and responds to your picking. Most of the pedals mentioned in this thread aren't/doesn't.
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So i'm looking for a distortion pedal that doens't just overpower everything else I play at the same time.


Pro Co Rat
MXR Distortion+
Ibanez Tube Screamer (though it's technically an overdrive)
Crowther Hot Cake
Marshall Shredmaster, Jackhammer or Guv'ner
Jenkell & Hyde (I forget the maker)
Maybe a Boss DS-1

NOT anything with "metal" in the title. They have there place, but from the sounds of things, they're not what you are after. And I understand completely what uldhppi means.
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#30
The Marshall Guv'nor is a great distortion box.
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#31
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Boss DS1


I absolutely agree. This was the first pedal I ever bought, and I love it. My other guitarist actually still has it at his house now cause he wanted to use it. It's really worth the price ($50).
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I absolutely agree. This was the first pedal I ever bought, and I love it. My other guitarist actually still has it at his house now cause he wanted to use it. It's really worth the price ($50).
I never actually got around to using it, LOL.
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#34
yea i got a BOSS ds-1 off ebay, u can find real good pedals there for a really cheap price
#35
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I never actually got around to using it, LOL.


Well, we used it on the bass guitar for a recording. The DS-1 really is a good buy though.
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#36
boss ds-1 distortion or the boss ml-2 metal core pedal
if you want to have a solo boost, the ibanez ts9 is boost and overdrive
just a few suggestions
#37
A lot of the pedals mentioned in this thread are good, certainly if you're on a tight budget the DS-1 can't be beat. As far as the "Things with 'Metal' in their names" goes, I haven't played any of the ones mentioned enough to say anything except that the Death Metal is a piece of muddy, boomy crap. The one thing no one mentioned, though, was the Line 6 Uber Metal. I have one, and through an already metal-sounding amp like a 6505, it's just obnoxious and buzzy, but through the clean channel on a Vox or similar (I have a VR30) the Pulverize mode warms up beautifully, and you can get some of the best Randy Rhoads and Metallica tones I've heard for under $500.
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