#1
I need to know a good distortion to buy, my cousin got a dod grunge pedal and it

sounds pretty tight, and has sustain like crazy, i mean seriously crazy long sustain. I

need a good distortion pedal, like a fuzz or something probably, without a monster

amount of noise/hum, and incredible sustain that's epic. Anyone know a good pedal like

that that's easy to find? tell me
#2
Go with a Boss Ds-1
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#4
Maybe an EHX muff of some kind? Maybe a metal muff?

I have the Digitech Distortion Factory, it has models of 7 different amps, it's pretty solid if you buy the AC adapter (it eats batteries like crazy).
#5
I have a Digitech Distortion Factory, that has 7 unique distortions which you can morph yourself. another good one is the new Boss Drive Zone Twin Pedal, which has all sorts of distortion modes. just go to Boss to check it out
#6
the big muff is real solid

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I have a Digitech Distortion Factory, that has 7 unique distortions which you can morph yourself. another good one is the new Boss Drive Zone Twin Pedal, which has all sorts of distortion modes. just go to Boss to check it out


dont get the df7, my friend has one, ive played it, its almost impossible to find a good tone out of it. like he rarely uses it.

and if your gonna go boss, the ds1 is pretty standard, and if you want it to be more versitile you can always get it modded for really cheap, most mod sites do ds1s. if your looking for a heavier distortion i'd go with the ds2
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#7
The metal zone is pretty tight, and despite the name it works in all genres. Or most, anyway.
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#9
If you can possibly scrape up $200 USD, I'd recommend saving up for the Damage Control Solid Metal dual-12AX7 tube pedal. I mean, hey, it's got real tubes, man! Check out the demos on YouTube. It sounds f*cking amazing!
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#11
metal muff is good, Proco Rat is way better!!!
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#12
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the big muff is real solid


dont get the df7, my friend has one, ive played it, its almost impossible to find a good tone out of it. like he rarely uses it.

and if your gonna go boss, the ds1 is pretty standard, and if you want it to be more versitile you can always get it modded for really cheap, most mod sites do ds1s. if your looking for a heavier distortion i'd go with the ds2
The DF7 is hard to get good tones out of because there's a lot of knobs and whatnot to deal with. When I first got it I hated it buy now that i've gotten the settings right I can make it sound great.
#13
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The metal zone is pretty tight, and despite the name it works in all genres. Or most, anyway.




Never ever ever ever ever!!!!

For the best distortion pedals, there are plenty around, especially on EBay. The DS-1 is mediocre and you can do much better. Try the Maxon Sonic Distortion. It is quite nice. It's on the Maxon's website.

If you got the dough, try something from Damage Control or the MEsa Bottle ROcket or more likely, the Mesa V-Twin.
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#14
Oh yes, Pro Co Rats are very nice as well. So probably Maxon Sonic Distortion or Pro Co Rat.
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#15
i have a df-7 and a fuzz factory which are good but sustain is weak. How is sustain on the rat and maxon sonic distortion? And i mean the pro co rat2, is that any good?
#16
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Never ever ever ever ever!!!!

For the best distortion pedals, there are plenty around, especially on EBay. The DS-1 is mediocre and you can do much better. Try the Maxon Sonic Distortion. It is quite nice. It's on the Maxon's website.

If you got the dough, try something from Damage Control or the MEsa Bottle ROcket or more likely, the Mesa V-Twin.

yeah, youre full of it.
ds-1 is on a million pedalboards of everyone we listen to and admire and they can make it sound good(even live)
the sonic distortion is just gainy tubescreamer.
the mesa bottle rockets and v-twins suck, which was why they were discontinued. you cant make the tubes cook at 9 volts.
dc is the only decent recommendation you gave.
#17
try a radial tonebone, either classic or hot british
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#18
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Go with a Boss Ds-1



My friend has a DS-1 and i hate it. I haven't really heard a good Boss Distortion pedal yet.

Check these out;

EHX Metal Muff
MXR Dist+
Proco Rat
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#19
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yeah, youre full of it.
ds-1 is on a million pedalboards of everyone we listen to and admire and they can make it sound good(even live)
the sonic distortion is just gainy tubescreamer.
the mesa bottle rockets and v-twins suck, which was why they were discontinued. you cant make the tubes cook at 9 volts.
dc is the only decent recommendation you gave.


I mentioned the DS-1 as being mediocre because that is by far the best out of the BOss distortion pedal range. I know many people use it but that doesn't necessarily mean it's an incentive for everyone to follow suit.

Let me rephrase. The DS-1 is ok, but there is much better for the same or slightly higher price.

The Mesa V-Twin I played was excellent for a distortion pedal! The tube doesn't get very hot but it sure distorts the sound very nicely.

The Sonic Distortion is essentially a heavier tubescreamer but it sounds way better than a DS-1 and that's undeniable

Besides, most artists that use a DS-1 endorse it and use it on maybe one of their songs for a brief time-frame but essentially, there is much better.
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#20
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Let me rephrase. The DS-1 is ok, but there is much better for the same or slightly higher price.


You show me a better, NEW pedal that I can get for $90 AUD, and I'll donate the price of it to the cancer charity of your choice.

I'm serious.
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#21
Try a ProCo Rat or a Electro Harmonix Big Muff fuzz pedal. The Big Muff will give you a more fuzzy, sustained sound, but the rat is more versatile as a distortion, and can get fuzzy sound if you want it to. The EH pedal will be better for fuzz though. take your pick.
#22
I'd go with a Big Muff, or something like that. Don't go Boss, my friend has a Metal Zone and a Ds1, and in my opinion, they both sound like crap.
#23
i tryed both- the rat and the metal muff.....the rat can give you way more variations of metal than the muff.....so you'll have to take the rat if you want a more versatile and a better sounding pedal; end of the story!
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#24
Do you guys think that the metal muff can do good hard rock lead tones? Or is it more for metal rhythm? I'm gonna go to GC today and want to try some out since right now to get the tone i want i have to use my amp almost all the way up with an od.
#25
metal muff is for metal though with the right settings you can get acceptable rock tones out of it
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#27
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If you can possibly scrape up $200 USD, I'd recommend saving up for the Damage Control Solid Metal dual-12AX7 tube pedal. I mean, hey, it's got real tubes, man! Check out the demos on YouTube. It sounds f*cking amazing!


I've tried that, and it's terrible. It will not work decently unless you put in a 2000 dollar amp and not everyone can or wants to afford that, also tubes in a pedal is almost the same as a tube/ss amp combination. It's a marketing trick, that really doesn't make all that much of a difference. And please stop trying to sound like a commercial, cause as much as you do I'd almost think you're an employee of them.

edit: and the J&H the guy above me mentioned is one I support as well, it's a bit more expensive but way more versatile and more quality -wich I know from experience since I own the bloody thing-
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#28
^ive actually had a bunch of the DC pedals in my company for more than a 5 minute trip to guitar center. they sound great with many different price ranges of guitar amps. and as for the "tube pedal marketing gimmick" theyre actually biased HOTTER than preamp tubes in amps. youre just being a cunt.
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#29
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#30
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the jeckll and hyde makes every guitar sound the same. robs guitars of their uniqueness. when a 1500 dollar telecaster sounds exactly like a starter les paul, somethings not right.


But don't lots of distortion pedals do that to some extent?
#31
^ dude, even with my modded METALZONES or a DS-1 my guitars sound different. its just something inherently wrong with the way they designed it. i had honestly never exeperienced that with any distortion pedals i own(A LOT) before then.
#32
Boss DS-1, and the Monte mod
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#33
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I mentioned the DS-1 as being mediocre because that is by far the best out of the BOss distortion pedal range.

Wow looks like you're forgetting a few. SD-1, OD-1, OD-3, BD-2, DS-2, OS-2
If anything the ds-1 is in the lower range out of the box. It's after the ds-1 is modded that it really shines.
#35
yesss dude. ProCo Rat for sureeeeeeeeeee
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#36
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Wow looks like you're forgetting a few. SD-1, OD-1, OD-3, BD-2, DS-2, OS-2
If anything the ds-1 is in the lower range out of the box. It's after the ds-1 is modded that it really shines.


True, the Keeley modded DS-1 is very nice. A very correct statement that a modded DS-1 is excellent. I think Analog Man do a DS-1 mod too.

Now, about your list.

The Boss SD-1 is very average and IMO, i hated it. It's lifeless and grainy. Hated it. Haven't tried a modded one though.

OD-1, I haven't tried one but if the OD-3 is anything to go by, blurgh.

OD-3, already consulted.

BD-2: Wow, there are so many better overdrives out there than a Blues Driver. Try a Maxon OD-808, does the same task much more effectively.

DS-2: Really the same as a stock DS-1 with a gain boost.

OS-2: Have heard but not tried, and I didn't really like it when I heard it.
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#37
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I've tried that, and it's terrible. It will not work decently unless you put in a 2000 dollar amp and not everyone can or wants to afford that, also tubes in a pedal is almost the same as a tube/ss amp combination. It's a marketing trick, that really doesn't make all that much of a difference. And please stop trying to sound like a commercial, cause as much as you do I'd almost think you're an employee of them.
You've tried a Damage Control Solid Metal pedal, and you think it's terrible? Well, I have a dual-12AX7 tube preamp and it sounds f*cking awesome. I don't see why the exact same tubes in a pedal form factor couldn't sound good (the DC pedals have dual-12AX7, 250V-biased tubes). And no, I don't work for DC, I just think that if there's a pedal out there that sounds about a billion f*cking times better than some $80 piece-of-sh*t "metal" pedal, it would be good thing if more people knew about it.
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#38
i got a metal muff the otha day....ITS CRAZY!!!!
i recomend it if you want the kind of KoRn, system of a down style.
its is good for lots of otha genre s but i got it for those reasons
if you can't afford the big metal muff with the top boost feature,
get a nano/ pocket one!!!!
#39
mt-2 gets me about 14 seconds of sustain and more then enough distortion with abit of fuzz if you dial it in right.