#1
Okay I'm new to the whole effects pedal thing and I'm looking to buy my first.

I'd like a distorted sound suited to metal or hard rock. I'm looking for something under £75 (I don't want professional level sound, I've only been playing 2 and a half years)

Any advice is welcome (as long as it comes from personal experience, not what you've heard about a pedal)

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Wow, thanks for the help man, really appreciated. Because when i started this thread I clearly wanted you to pick faults with my equipment? I'm not experienced so I don't need top class distortion, that's why I put this question to this forum.
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#5
You can try a Line 6 Uber or Boss DS-1. Try testing it at a local store just to see how it sounds through a Spider III, and whether or not you still want to go the pedal route. Digital modeling amps don't take to pedals well. I know because I had a Spider II and tried my old Digitech Grunge through it.

The Spider's Metal Green and Insane Green channels had nice distortion for metal IMO. You should invest in an FBV Express or other channel switcher, and play with your amp's EQ settings a little until you find the sound you want. You should also be able to use the Distortion Boost as well, by holding down the Tap Tempo button and turning the Gain pass 12 o'clock. Just my opinion. A channel switcher is more versatile then a pedal in this instance.
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#6
MXR DD-11, or maybe a new amp, no jp, but seriously, the DD-11 is very nice.
#7
Thanks for the help
I already have the FBV express, and I'll give the distortion boost a go.
Cheers.
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#8
Hey if you're looking for a more overdriven sound, the Boss FDR-1 can get you there. Give it a try at your local shop. I used to use one on the Twang Green channel, with the amp's gain set to 5, and the pedal's gain set to about 7 or 8. Has a little bark to it too.

I tried the Digi Bad Monkey and the Digi Blues. None came closer to the sound I wanted the the FDR-1.
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#9
How heavy are you looking to go?
The metal muff by EHX is a very good pedal
#10
Okay thanks guys, I think I'm gonna try out the Line 6 Uber, FDR-1 or DS-1.
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I found out that the line 6 uber metal was actually a good pedal....is it better than the metal muff? cos it was cheaper.
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Wow, thanks for the help man, really appreciated. Because when i started this thread I clearly wanted you to pick faults with my equipment? I'm not experienced so I don't need top class distortion, that's why I put this question to this forum.

There's no point wasting your money on a distortion pedal, you're not going to get anything appreciably better than the Spider's onboard models. Also a pedal is going to be extrememly limitead as you can only really use it on the clean chanel.

If you don't need top class distortion then the Spider's stock sounds are perfectly good enough. If they aren't then you need a new amp, not a pedal.

People aren't picking faults with your equipment - the Spider's shortcomings are well documented already. All they're doing is trying to advise you on the most cost effective use of your money.

You want a better sound, a pedal won't give you that.
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There's no point wasting your money on a distortion pedal, you're not going to get anything appreciably better than the Spider's onboard models. Also a pedal is going to be extrememly limitead as you can only really use it on the clean chanel.

If you don't need top class distortion then the Spider's stock sounds are perfectly good enough. If they aren't then you need a new amp, not a pedal.

People aren't picking faults with your equipment - the Spider's shortcomings are well documented already. All they're doing is trying to advise you on the most cost effective use of your money.

You want a better sound, a pedal won't give you that.


No I appreciate your reply because there was actually some explanation, whereas the above gave me none. Thanks
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