#1
hey guys, i am currently less than satisfied with my distorted sound, and would like some help finding a new one. right now im using a valveking 4x12 and a digitech expression factory for my rig, and the distortion just sounds bad on the pedal. so i need a new distortion pedal and figured you fine knowledgable people could give me some recomendations. i would like a pedal that has distortion OD and fuzz all in one, but just a good distortion will work. as a sound im aiming for, id like a good alice in chainsey sound.
#2
Wait... You have the Valveking Halfstack, and you want a distortion pedal? Just use the amps overdrive. If that's not heavy enough, spend 50 bucks or so on the Digitech Bad Monkey. It's a tried and true setup to get a metal sound on a budget. You shouldn't need a distortion pedal with an amp like that.

However, if you're dead set on wasting the amp and using a distortion box, I'd look into the Jekyll and Hyde pedal or however you spell it. It's apparently distortion and overdrive in one stomp box.
#3
i think the Jekyll and Hyde pedal is the best distortion and overdrive pedal out there. You can get alot of different types of distortions and overdrives out of it and can even imitate the Ibanez TS808 perfectly IMO. I got a guy to put true bypass mod on it for $60. It sound great. If your on a budget I would say Boss Ds-2
#4
i bought a blackstar ht-distx today and its simply amazing
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#5
don't buy a distorsion pedal for a tube amp, buy a Grapic EQ (Boss Ge-7)
#6
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don't buy a distorsion pedal for a tube amp, buy a Grapic EQ (Boss Ge-7)

just because he has a tube amp he shouldn't seek out a specific tone? what? Sounds to me like alice in chains use distortion pedals.

I'm undecided as to whether they use Big muffs or not, but a lot of alt. rock bands from that time used them. Usually that or a ProCo Rat would do the trick though. The Rat is very versatile, i don't know if it can get fuzz tones, but it can give smooth overdrive to hard distorted sounds.
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.
#8
Use your overdrive channel on your amp. No distortion pedal will be as good as that.
Also: get another cab. VK cabs are crap. Sell it for 250 and get a nice 2*12 V30 cab for 300-400. And than i mean a good one!
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#9
Quote by LP_CL
Use your overdrive channel on your amp. No distortion pedal will be as good as that.
Also: get another cab. VK cabs are crap. Sell it for 250 and get a nice 2*12 V30 cab for 300-400. And than i mean a good one!

"good" is subjective. And as i said before, he seems to be looking for a 1990s alternative rock tone. Most guitarists then used distortion pedals through clean amp settings. An overdriven valve amp with a boost like a TS9 won't give the same hard-clipped, wall of sound, i wish people would stop saying "don't use distortion pedals with a tube amp!!!".
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.
#10
it also depends on whats its used for, i have a mid gain tube amp, and i cant get high gain without a pedal, and the mid gain is only reachable when its cranked, which makes it very loud, but with my distortion pedal i can get a nice mid-high gain sound on lower volumes,

i have a tube driven pedal that did cost more than my amp head, maby thats whats make me like it so much,
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#11
i would recommend the marshall guvnor plus. it has a nice sound to it. you can buy it for £40 - £60 from your nearest guitar shop.
#12
The Boss DS-2 is a good all round distortion pedal. But, why not use the overdrive on your amp? You would get a much better sound out of that.
#15
buy a tube distortion pedal like a Blackstar or that new Seymour Duncan Twin Tube Mayhem.
that way you get distortion and keep the tube warmth.
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#16
whoa, i just woke up (11:30 ) and i gotta say i wasnt expecting this many replies. the reason i dont want to use the amps OD is because i feel like it lacks some tone and gain unless its cranked, and being i live in a neighborhood, thats kinda not happening. blompcube is definitely getting what im talking about. i love jerry cantrells tone, and i cant get that right now with my pedals.

now, i have considered most of the above, the metal muff (w/top boost of course), the ds-2, the twin tube mayhem, damage control pedals and the blackstars. unfortunately i have only been able to play the ds-2. and it was...eh...unsatisfactory fo my needs. has anyone ever heard of the electro-harmonix holy stain? if i remember right that does have od distortion and fuzz. anyone got any feedback on that?
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#19
The ProCo Rat is great for what you're after; its really versatile, with good tone, and is especially good for those 90s alt rock sounds.
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#21
^ i eyed that also for a long time but when i got the money i got a blackstar distx instead since it was sold in the local store, and i had to order the twin tube mayhem from germany if i wanted it :P maybe did the wrong choice i dunno but i like this blackstar alot so it was worth it
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#23
i just realized something... you know whatd be really kickass is if in jollyrancher gummies they included the blue rasberry flavor. thats my favorite one and they dont gummyize it? dude...not cool...
#24
i think the seymour duncan is better for metal but the blackstar would probably be better for versatility
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