#1
i think there's 6.... like

clean
slightly overdrive (blues type stuff)
ac/dc type stuff (rock)
harder rock stuff (nirvana guns and roses)
judas priest stuff (early metal)
than the highest you can go is black metal death metal grind core
#2
there is an infinite amount of levels
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#3
Only I posess the power of the 7th level of distortion.
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#5
the best is when there's so much gain its just static, no notes, it really makes your guitar stand out
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#6
There is unlimited divisions. But it's mainly:

Clean
Dirty clean
Crunch
Light overdrive (this is when you can start palm-muting)
Medium overdrive
High overdrive (this is most metal these days. though of course it varies)
Death/Black metal (these guys will have like 3 distortion pedals in a row, all full on)

That's how I divide it. But I tend to just say "clean" "dirty" "distorted" "more distorted"

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#7
There's more than just levels of gain. EQing plays a huge role, not to mention the tonal characteristics of the guitars and amps. Gain is a very small part of it.

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#8
Quote by m4l666
There is unlimited divisions. But it's mainly:

Clean
Dirty clean
Crunch
Light overdrive (this is when you can start palm-muting)
Medium overdrive
High overdrive (this is most metal these days. though of course it varies)
Death/Black metal (these guys will have like 3 distortion pedals in a row, all full on)

That's how I divide it. But I tend to just say "clean" "dirty" "distorted" "more distorted"


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#9
Every band uses a different level. I think you're asking how many levels of "heavy" there are. Overdrive and distortion are not the only two effects that affect a guitar's "heaviness" in tone. For example, put your gain on 7 with your mids on 6 and compare it with your gain on 7 with your mids at 3,. Big difference huh? Scooping your mids is common in "heavier" music.

Basically, there are billions of different combinations of tone.
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#10
You could have hundreds of dirt pedals and that still wouldn't cover it.
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#11
There are unlimited levels but it gets to a point where it's just feedback and noise where it's clipped
For me there are only 2 levels:
Clean
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#14
....pointless?
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#16
all the way up to 11 I say
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#17
i think it's a continuum...
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#19
Pick a pedal, or an amp...doesn't matter which. It'll have a few knobs each of which is on a rotary potentiomenter. Now, even if you approach this practically and say for argument's sake that the minimum amount of motion for a noticeable change in sound is 1 degree that's about 320 "levels" of distortion from one control on one thing. So for a typical 3 knob pedal thats 320*320*320 which is 32 768 000 "levels" from a single pedal. If you then consider the volume pot on the guitar, + minimal amp controls of bass, middle, treble, gain and volume then we're currently up to 3.51843721 × 10 to the power 22 distinct tones from a single amp, guitar and pedal....
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#22
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Pick a pedal, or an amp...doesn't matter which. It'll have a few knobs each of which is on a rotary potentiomenter. Now, even if you approach this practically and say for argument's sake that the minimum amount of motion for a noticeable change in sound is 1 degree that's about 320 "levels" of distortion from one control on one thing. So for a typical 3 knob pedal thats 320*320*320 which is 32 768 000 "levels" from a single pedal. If you then consider the volume pot on the guitar, + minimal amp controls of bass, middle, treble, gain and volume then we're currently up to 3.51843721 × 10 to the power 22 distinct tones from a single amp, guitar and pedal....

#23
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Over 9000 levels.


Vegeta, what does the scouter say about his distortion level?

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#24
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Pick a pedal, or an amp...doesn't matter which. It'll have a few knobs each of which is on a rotary potentiomenter. Now, even if you approach this practically and say for argument's sake that the minimum amount of motion for a noticeable change in sound is 1 degree that's about 320 "levels" of distortion from one control on one thing. So for a typical 3 knob pedal thats 320*320*320 which is 32 768 000 "levels" from a single pedal. If you then consider the volume pot on the guitar, + minimal amp controls of bass, middle, treble, gain and volume then we're currently up to 3.51843721 × 10 to the power 22 distinct tones from a single amp, guitar and pedal....

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#27
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Over 9000 levels.


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#28
The levels of gain are limitless. EQ is very important as well. I find medium gain on a high gain source to sound best than truely high gain. Too much gain and it becomes just noise. EQ is really important.