Their seems to be some confusion over these two terms. Can someone clear this up for me?
Look this up in the search bar.

Distortion is a bit heavier and more biting, like what you would expect for metal. Overdrive is more like an overdriven tube amp (hence the name) and is better for blues, etc.


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someone has via search bar no doubt
od is the term for when a tube amp has been pushed to distort, to overdrive, not has heavy as all out distortion, but if you coombine an od pedal to an od'd amp you can get distortion, or some amps can do it themselves
in short distortion is incredibling strong od
Alrite, so if my amp only has a gain knob, at what point does OD turn into distortion? Also is distortion described as being more muddy than OD?
the easiest way to describe it is distortion is harder clipping, whereas overdrive is smoother.
I like analogue Solid State amps that make no effort to be "tube-like", and I'm proud of it...

...A little too proud, to be honest.