#1
I have a Vox AD30VT. I know it has an Overdrive preset, but I wanted to experiment a little on my own to get a nice overdriven sound. Is there much difference between overdrive and distortion?

I have read that Overdrive is pretty much turning a tube amp volume to max. What if that isn't possible due to family, etc.?

Would a pedal be my best choice?
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#2
1) Generally overdrive is softer and distortion more brutal.

2) Buy a pedal.

3) Yes.
#3
Overdrive usually only sounds good on tube amps because you get power tube break up. IMO solid state break up sounds really bad.

Like Poglia suggested, try some pedals out.


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#4
Very good. Any suggestions on affordable pedals? I know I will have to go try some out. I will have to find a place nearby that has the Vox and pedals.
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Fender Hot Rod Deville 212
#5
I have an AD30VT. There's a power attenuator at the back, turn it down, crank the amp higher, it does make a difference. Or just get a nice clean channel and get a decent overdrive pedal.

Also, the distortion you're referring to is basically overdrive. Distortion is anything that affects/distorts the signal from the guitar to the speaker. But, distortion is usually just a more 'extreme' overdrive.
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#6
Well as far as i know, Overdrive gives you a softer distorted sound, think AC/DC. Distortion gives you a more metal kind of sound (think Metallica?). I have a Boss SuperOverdrive pedal, and i like it a lot, especialy for what i play.
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#7
Quote by jaffawoman
I have an AD30VT. There's a power attenuator at the back, turn it down, crank the amp higher, it does make a difference. Or just get a nice clean channel and get a decent overdrive pedal.

Also, the distortion you're referring to is basically overdrive. Distortion is anything that affects/distorts the signal from the guitar to the speaker. But, distortion is usually just a more 'extreme' overdrive.



Yep, I have fooled with that. I guess I will try the clean channel with the attenuator turned down and see what that sounds like. I have only used the presets so far adn can't really find what I am looking for.
Gear:
Fender Strat
Epi Joe Pass Signature
Epi LP Plus Top
Jackson Dinky
Fender Hot Rod Deville 212
#8
Another of these...

Overdrive = pushing tubes in an amp.
Distortion = result of tubes being pushed. Those higher end high gain amps naturally distort thus giving you the tone you want.

Distortion PEDALS = simulation of the distortion produced in amplifier.
Overdrive PEDALS = boost signal in order to push tubes, hence getting to the state of distortion.
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