#1
I'm seriously confused on what overdrive pedals (bad monkey, boss, maxon, ibanez) are supposed to do. I've heard things like theyre not distortion pedals and they give your guitars a boost.


well my question is, can i use the overdrive pedal AND a distortion pedal also at the same time?

if not, are there any pedals that can give me some kind of boost? like maybe the boss eq pedal.
#2
Overdrives push your tubes harder so you get more breakup, increasing gain and volume.

If you want a "boost" of a certain frequency, i.e. treble boost/mid boost/bass boost, look into an EQ pedal.
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#3
but can you run an overdrive pedal WITH a distortion pedal at the same time?
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but can you run an overdrive pedal WITH a distortion pedal at the same time?


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#6
not really...basically the idea of overdrive pedals over an amps dist channel is that u have the level of the pedal really high and the gain/drive of the pedal really low...the tone knob on the pedal can be wherever sounds best so i d say you could do od--->dist pedal---> amp but i d try it with the amp on clean first cause like u said the gain will be alot
#7
The purpose of an overdrive is to slightly distort the signal.
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Overdrives push your tubes harder so you get more breakup, increasing gain and volume.

If you want a "boost" of a certain frequency, i.e. treble boost/mid boost/bass boost, look into an EQ pedal.

No they don't, they simply simulate the sound of a mildly overdriven tube amp, so when you use them with a tube amp it sounds like the tubes are distorting more than they actually are.
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#10
Yep. They just add some clipping to the sound, which then goes into the amp to get distorted more. They don't do anything to the valves.
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#11
Indeed. The mixup comes from how people often use overdrive pedals - it's very popular to use them as "clean boosts", when they only boost the signal instead of just distorting it. This causes the preamp of tube amps to be driven more, giving more gain. However, that's not what overdrive pedals are made for. They do work very well as clean boosts, tho.
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#12
Both the boss sd1 and the bad monkey's instructions state they reproduce or simulate the sound of an overdriven tube amp. They do work well as a clean boost also. The thin sounding boss sd1 also works really well to tighten up an overdriven tube amp which is a bit flabby. As you can see on overdrive is a pretty versitile pedal and come in many flavours. You could run an overdrive into a distortion pedal or another overdrive pedal if that gives you the sound you want.