#1
I am going to be buying a distorion pedal fairly soon, and i had a couple of questions.

Is it best to use the distortion pedal over your amp's high gain channel? on its crunch channel? or on its clean channel?

And if the distortion pedal has a built in EQ, then what should the EQ on my amp be so that it isn't over kill?

thanks alot guys, sorry im a noob.
#2
don't use a distortion pedal ofer the gain channel. it will sound like ****
you can use an overdrive over a gain channel to make it go from like normal gain to really high gain
i don't really know enough to answer the eq question
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#4
ok, if you put a pedal over your high gain or crunch channel use it only for leads, so they pop out more and then turn it off for rhythms. zakk wylde does this i believe, however i use mine in front of my clean channel cuz my other channel sucks
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#5
i figured you use it on the clean channels. Its just that it seems like such a waste to buy a good amp and then the tone you get is from the distortion pedal you buy.
#6
it just depends on what you wanna sound like and personal preference
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#7
Use the distortion pedal into a clean channel. Unless used with a very low gain, volume and everything. Just like vai uses his keeley ds1 with his legacy.
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#8
It really depends on what amp you have.

What amp do you have?

[EDIT]

I see you have a Bugera - don't buy a distortion pedal, you don't need one and there's no point. An EQ pedal would be useful for tone shaping or boosting, as would a Tubescreamer type-overdrive pedal, again mainly to give you a mid boodst. Both those would be used over the amps distortion usually because you want the sound to cut through a bit more when soloing.

You could also get a chorus pedal for sweeter clean tones, a delay or a wah-wah.

But no distortion pedals, you'd just be wasting your money.
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