#1
I'm sure this has been answered a million times on this forum, but what is the difference between distortion and overdrive?
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#2
An overdrive pedal overdrives a tube amp even more, and tightens up the sound, while adding somewhat of a boost in volume and gain.

A distortion pedal can be used at any volume, and will give the sound of very high gain overdriven sound.
#4
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An overdrive pedal overdrives a tube amp even more, and tightens up the sound, while adding somewhat of a boost in volume and gain.

A distortion pedal can be used at any volume, and will give the sound of very high gain overdriven sound.


just to add to that, distortion is used mainly in metal, hardcore, etc.
overdrive is more of a blues, pop rock thing.
#5
Oh so overdrive is only for tube amps?
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#7
You can use an overdrive pedal on a solid state amp, but it won't sound good, because it has no tubes to overdrive. To get an "overdriven" sound, simply roll back the gain on your distortion channel. Since overdrive is not as distorted and high gain as distortion, hence the distortion is called distortion, lol.
#8
Ah, alright. Thanks
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