Poll: Which of these?
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View poll results: Which of these?
Metal Master
5 42%
Hot Head Distortion
0 0%
Screamin Blues
2 17%
Hot Rod Distortion
1 8%
RAT 2
4 33%
Turbo Rat
0 0%
Voters: 12.
#1
hey guys i need your opinions. my uncle is coming home from abroad and said he'd buy me a distortion pedal when he comes home. i was wondering which of these would be great for blues to hard rock and even metal. Digitech and Pro Co were the only ones available at the nearest music store so i thought of buying one. i was going to ask him to buy me a Boss but the store that carries it was miles away from our home. so i saw these at the store's website:

Digitech:
1. Hot Head Distortion
2. Metal Master
3. Hot Rod Distortion
4. Screaming Blues
Pro Co:
1. RAT 2
2. Turbo Rat

by the way, if anyone would want to know my amp, it's an MG.
i don't use it for gigs and i have no problems with it. so any help would be appreciated. thanks.
Ibanez RG321MH (Air Classic/Tone Zone)
Fernandes Telecaster (Twang King/stock bridge pickup)
Blackstar HT-20 (Scumback 55 speaker/ Tung Sol tubes)
TC Electronic Nova Repeater
Lava Cables Clear Connect, Soar and Mini ELC
#2
New amp would be best IMO.
But, what pedals have your tried?
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Guitar:
- Ibanez S670FM w/ JB
- Fender 'Lite Ash' Stratocaster
- Fender '72 Deluxe Telecaster
- Arbiter LP Jr. Doublecut
Amp:
- Laney VC15

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#5
Quote by Simsimius
New amp would be best IMO.
But, what pedals have your tried?


a new amp is out of my options.
i've tried the Screamin Blues and Hot Head and i liked both. but i was still looking for something with more punch, something that can do metal as well yet can still get that bluesy tone.

Quote by Winsbury
try them out for yourself and see which one you prefer? how about that?


i've tried out 2 of them. the others were out of stock when i went there. i've been hearing good and bad reviews of the others that is why i put them in the options too.
Ibanez RG321MH (Air Classic/Tone Zone)
Fernandes Telecaster (Twang King/stock bridge pickup)
Blackstar HT-20 (Scumback 55 speaker/ Tung Sol tubes)
TC Electronic Nova Repeater
Lava Cables Clear Connect, Soar and Mini ELC
#6
Quote by leviticus_22953
a new amp is out of my options.
i've tried the Screamin Blues and Hot Head and i liked both. but i was still looking for something with more punch, something that can do metal as well yet can still get that bluesy tone.


I'm no expert with pedals, but I've tried a Marshall Jackhammer (sorry - I recommend it when I feel it may be of use), and it was able to get some really nice tones if tweaked. And I mean really nice. You get a really nice blues tone or a full on metal experience. You will have to try out both the OD and distortion mode and see what one fits you better (OD is the best mode - the gain it has sounds quite nice on my amp's clean channel). It's pretty cheap too.

Although, try it out first, as it's not for everyone, but when I've tried it, it sounded really nice (thus the recommendation). BUT, not everyone likes it - as it takes ages to tweak for the perfect sound, and as the distortion mode isn't good, and it may not sound good on your MG.
Sunn O))):
Quote by Doppelgänger
You could always just sleep beside your refrigerator.

Guitar:
- Ibanez S670FM w/ JB
- Fender 'Lite Ash' Stratocaster
- Fender '72 Deluxe Telecaster
- Arbiter LP Jr. Doublecut
Amp:
- Laney VC15

'72 Tele Appreciation Group
RIP DIO
#7
what if i shell out some money and buy an RP multi-effects pedal? would that be a good choice or still get the single distortion pedals?
Ibanez RG321MH (Air Classic/Tone Zone)
Fernandes Telecaster (Twang King/stock bridge pickup)
Blackstar HT-20 (Scumback 55 speaker/ Tung Sol tubes)
TC Electronic Nova Repeater
Lava Cables Clear Connect, Soar and Mini ELC
#8
Multi-effects pedals aren't too good. They normally have everything (dist, effects), but done badly, and will never sound like the real thing.

BUT, as you're practicing, they would be ideal things to use.
Sunn O))):
Quote by Doppelgänger
You could always just sleep beside your refrigerator.

Guitar:
- Ibanez S670FM w/ JB
- Fender 'Lite Ash' Stratocaster
- Fender '72 Deluxe Telecaster
- Arbiter LP Jr. Doublecut
Amp:
- Laney VC15

'72 Tele Appreciation Group
RIP DIO
#9
Quote by Simsimius
Multi-effects pedals aren't too good. They normally have everything (dist, effects), but done badly, and will never sound like the real thing.

BUT, as you're practicing, they would be ideal things to use.


yeah. i know multi-effects have packed effects but with poor quality. what if i use it for gigs?
Ibanez RG321MH (Air Classic/Tone Zone)
Fernandes Telecaster (Twang King/stock bridge pickup)
Blackstar HT-20 (Scumback 55 speaker/ Tung Sol tubes)
TC Electronic Nova Repeater
Lava Cables Clear Connect, Soar and Mini ELC
#10
Quote by leviticus_22953
yeah. i know multi-effects have packed effects but with poor quality. what if i use it for gigs?


I wouldn't gig with an MG :P.

But, I suppose if you connected the multi-effects to the PA (using NO amp - so it's just guitar > multi-effects > PA system), that will work. In fact, Meshuggah uses to use a POD plugged directly into a PA system. No amps whatsoever (but they now use Vettas).

So, if you buy a good multi-effects (that models effects and amps) unit, you'll be fine.
Sunn O))):
Quote by Doppelgänger
You could always just sleep beside your refrigerator.

Guitar:
- Ibanez S670FM w/ JB
- Fender 'Lite Ash' Stratocaster
- Fender '72 Deluxe Telecaster
- Arbiter LP Jr. Doublecut
Amp:
- Laney VC15

'72 Tele Appreciation Group
RIP DIO
#11
dude try a Radial Tonebone and an EH Metal Muff, they are both awesome pedals.
#12
Quote by Simsimius
I wouldn't gig with an MG :P.

But, I suppose if you connected the multi-effects to the PA (using NO amp - so it's just guitar > multi-effects > PA system), that will work. In fact, Meshuggah uses to use a POD plugged directly into a PA system. No amps whatsoever (but they now use Vettas).

So, if you buy a good multi-effects (that models effects and amps) unit, you'll be fine.


i dont use my MG for gigs anymore. i've done it thrice and used only the clean channel.

so what do you think about the RP250?
Ibanez RG321MH (Air Classic/Tone Zone)
Fernandes Telecaster (Twang King/stock bridge pickup)
Blackstar HT-20 (Scumback 55 speaker/ Tung Sol tubes)
TC Electronic Nova Repeater
Lava Cables Clear Connect, Soar and Mini ELC
#13
Quote by SZ320man
dude try a Radial Tonebone and an EH Metal Muff, they are both awesome pedals.


nah. i would love to have a Metal Muff but only digitech and pro co are available.
Ibanez RG321MH (Air Classic/Tone Zone)
Fernandes Telecaster (Twang King/stock bridge pickup)
Blackstar HT-20 (Scumback 55 speaker/ Tung Sol tubes)
TC Electronic Nova Repeater
Lava Cables Clear Connect, Soar and Mini ELC
#14
Quote by leviticus_22953
i dont use my MG for gigs anymore. i've done it thrice and used only the clean channel.

so what do you think about the RP250?


Well, it should be good. Go for it if you want.
Just don't buy any Behringer - my V-Amp isn't very good in terms of modeling quality.
Sunn O))):
Quote by Doppelgänger
You could always just sleep beside your refrigerator.

Guitar:
- Ibanez S670FM w/ JB
- Fender 'Lite Ash' Stratocaster
- Fender '72 Deluxe Telecaster
- Arbiter LP Jr. Doublecut
Amp:
- Laney VC15

'72 Tele Appreciation Group
RIP DIO
#15
Quote by Simsimius
Well, it should be good. Go for it if you want.
Just don't buy any Behringer - my V-Amp isn't very good in terms of modeling quality.


yeah. they also carry behringer but i didn't put them on my choice cause i know they're not of good quality.
Ibanez RG321MH (Air Classic/Tone Zone)
Fernandes Telecaster (Twang King/stock bridge pickup)
Blackstar HT-20 (Scumback 55 speaker/ Tung Sol tubes)
TC Electronic Nova Repeater
Lava Cables Clear Connect, Soar and Mini ELC
#16
Quote by leviticus_22953
yeah. they also carry behringer but i didn't put them on my choice cause i know they're not of good quality.


Good choice, not looking at them.

So, go with RP. It should be fine.
Sunn O))):
Quote by Doppelgänger
You could always just sleep beside your refrigerator.

Guitar:
- Ibanez S670FM w/ JB
- Fender 'Lite Ash' Stratocaster
- Fender '72 Deluxe Telecaster
- Arbiter LP Jr. Doublecut
Amp:
- Laney VC15

'72 Tele Appreciation Group
RIP DIO
#17
Tech 21 Sansamp Tri-AC! Hehe, just bought one, lying on my desk right now
Ibanez SAS32FM
Dunlop Crybaby
Korg Pitchblack
Boss LS-2
Boss SD-1 + 2 x Clones... all modded of course
Fulltone GT2
Hardwire DL-8
Big Muff (Russian)
Vox Pathfinder 15R
Vox AC30CC2
#18
Quote by Simsimius
Good choice, not looking at them.

So, go with RP. It should be fine.


thanks.
Ibanez RG321MH (Air Classic/Tone Zone)
Fernandes Telecaster (Twang King/stock bridge pickup)
Blackstar HT-20 (Scumback 55 speaker/ Tung Sol tubes)
TC Electronic Nova Repeater
Lava Cables Clear Connect, Soar and Mini ELC
#19
Quote by nbroers
Tech 21 Sansamp Tri-AC! Hehe, just bought one, lying on my desk right now


i've heard of that. but it's not available here.
Ibanez RG321MH (Air Classic/Tone Zone)
Fernandes Telecaster (Twang King/stock bridge pickup)
Blackstar HT-20 (Scumback 55 speaker/ Tung Sol tubes)
TC Electronic Nova Repeater
Lava Cables Clear Connect, Soar and Mini ELC
#20
Quote by leviticus_22953
i've heard of that. but it's not available here.


Listen to the samples on the Tech 21 website, they're great!

Maybe try to locate a retailer that'll import one for you. (Thought I would never buy anything unless I've heard it with my setup!).
Ibanez SAS32FM
Dunlop Crybaby
Korg Pitchblack
Boss LS-2
Boss SD-1 + 2 x Clones... all modded of course
Fulltone GT2
Hardwire DL-8
Big Muff (Russian)
Vox Pathfinder 15R
Vox AC30CC2