#1
I was just wondering what you guys do to get distortion on high gain amps.

1. Use a distortion pedal
Or
2. Use the distortion channel on the amp
Or do you just use the distortion pedal as a boost on an already overdriven amp.
Last edited by exotic at Apr 5, 2008,
#2
A distortion pedal uses hard clipping, so it sounds harsher and more aggressive. Overdrives usually work better with high gain amps, as they use what's called soft clipping, which is how a tube clips into overdrive.

You usually use an OD pedal as a boost on lead channel of a tube amp. You keep the overdrive very low, and the level cranked up. This boosts the signal a little, and adds some color from the OD pedal. It helps tighten up the sound a little, and gives you a little added tonal variation. You can do the same thing with a distortion pedal, as they are very similiar, it's just a little harsher sounding.
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#3
^ that or you just use the distortion channel on the amp on it's own.
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I usually just use the channels 3 and 4 on my amp. Sometimes I'll put a TS-9 in front.
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#5
The purpose of a high gain amp is to have the natural gain, not from pedals.

If you have a great high gain amp, and you're still messing around with distortion pedals and want more, you're either stupid or have some issues.
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The purpose of a high gain amp is to have the natural gain, not from pedals.

If you have a great high gain amp, and you're still messing around with distortion pedals and want more, you're either stupid or have some issues.


+1 , pedals are for small practice amps anyway least for distortion anyway, but having good pickups can make a big difference
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+1 , pedals are for small practice amps anyway least for distortion anyway, but having good pickups can make a big difference


Distortion pedals are also for amps that can't get that level gain naturally, but you use the amp because it suits your main style well (and you play, say, some metal on the side).
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The purpose of a high gain amp is to have the natural gain, not from pedals.

If you have a great high gain amp, and you're still messing around with distortion pedals and want more, you're either stupid or have some issues.

Joe Satriani has dist. pedal, and he has a pretty high gain amp.
#9
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Joe Satriani has dist. pedal, and he has a pretty high gain amp.


he uses a modded boss ds-1, a weak distortion pedal, as just a simple boost.
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#10
the lead channel all tube amp distortion
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