#1
Sorry for being so un-informed about this.
My question is how do you achieve great distortion? Is it a pedal, a combination of pedals, amps or what?

I know the Ibanez TS-9 is popular, why is that?

I used a Digitech Metal Master but it had so much gain that is was difficult to play chords.


Thanks for your help!
#2
You need a good amp for good distortion.

The metal master is a horrible pedal. Run that through a crap amp and you will get horrid distortion.
#3
Boss Turbo Distortion DS-2 it is amazing.
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#4
yeah its both your amp and the pedal you use
i have a digitech grunge pedal and i like that but if you have a ****ty amp then no matter what you use it will still sound bad
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You need a good amp for good distortion.

The metal master is a horrible pedal. Run that through a crap amp and you will get horrid distortion.

This.
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Boss Turbo Distortion DS-2 it is amazing.

No.

You need a decent amp really, people like the tubescreamers because they give a nice mid hump for solo boosts and such and can really tighten up the sound if used as a booster.
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#6
great distortion comes only from the amp most of the times. you can get distortion ouyt of pedals, but it won't sound as good as from a good amp.

pedals are sometimes used to boost the amp though, so it distorts more.
#7
A good amp is the basis of your sound; with a good amp even theoretically awful pedals can sounds great if you tweak them right. Some pedals are really underappreciated (like DS-2, mister Yngwi3!) just because they are cheap and mostly used with awful practice amps. My DS-2 sounds pretty good through my VC15, EQing is the key to success!

But all in all - good tube amp and an overdrive/distortion pedal is what you need.
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#8
Well "Great Distortion" is subjective... you might like uber br00talz death metal distortion, or you might like a little crunchy blues overdrive. It all depends on the style of music and person playing it.

Although most would agree that in general the best distortion comes from tube amplifiers....
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