#1
What is main reasen ppl use distortion or overdrive pedals when they have amp which provides these? Is it just for EXTRA GNARLY ASS distortion? Or for amps with ****e OD channel etc? Or is it better quality/ adjustable? I do feel my laney TS200 has ok dis and OD but not like some you hear..
#2
It is mainly because the pedals can make better distortion but it is also so you can switch between clean and distortion. You would be silly to go to your amp in the middle of the gig. Also you can hook up more pedals( i think ^^) and therefore you switch between more styles during a gig.
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#3
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What is main reasen ppl use distortion or overdrive pedals when they have amp which provides these? Is it just for EXTRA GNARLY ASS distortion? Or for amps with ****e OD channel etc? Or is it better quality/ adjustable? I do feel my laney TS200 has ok dis and OD but not like some you hear..


Many distortion pedals have better quality distortion than some amps, like my Roland Cube 60. I used to use R-Fier distortion until I got my Boss Metalcore distortion pedal...now I can't stop using that pedal's distortion!
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#4
Also you can on most pedals adjust the volume, so if you need your distortion part to be quieter then it shall be.
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#5
I've got a Traynor YCV40, and though the dist channel is okay for solos, it's piss for anything else. So i've got a DS-1 and a Blackstar Overdrive to give me tone i actually want.
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#6
The main reason people like Zakk Wylde use OD pedals is b/c they need a tighter soundor the sound isnt right. Or they use OD pedals as boosts on their amp for solos or leads.
#7
Overdrive pedals are pedals that are supposed to replicate an overdriven valve amplifiers. Distortion pedals are essentially the same thing but with harder clipping. The thing about it though is that you can't replicate dynamics and the harmonic properties of amp drive. I'd take amp drive over pedals any day.

EDIT: Anybody notice the pattern about who uses distortion pedals?
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#8
Yeah I mainly got one because the od on my amp could only get a simple sound and with a Metalcore pedal the distortion sounded a lot better.
#9
I love my metal zone
I love my DS-1
I love my tubescreamer
I hate my onboard distortion

Only time I use my onboard distortion is when I turn the amp model onto nu metal, and use the tube screamer to boost the gain.
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#10
Well i can switch btw clean and dist thro amps footswitch, and iv got fairly good tube amp.. but doesnt quite cut it.. Also sometimes i hear buzzing from amp when i play load (low notes) does this indicate a fault?
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Many distortion pedals have better quality distortion than some amps, like my Roland Cube 60. I used to use R-Fier distortion until I got my Boss Metalcore distortion pedal...now I can't stop using that pedal's distortion!

Whats that pedal like mate? I have the same amp btw.