#1
so when i look around at amp threads a lot of people say "o get this amp and an OD pedal and ur set" or something like that so im wondering what do they do?

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overdrives are used to get the most natural sounding overdrive out of a tube amp by simulating cranking the volume and pushing the tubes.

some people use them to give their already dirty amps extra gain for easier pinch harmonics, longer sustain and more meat on the notes (see: Zakk Wylde).
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so do u use them on top of the lead channel or do u use em on the clean channel as a distortion pedal
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so do u use them on top of the lead channel or do u use em on the clean channel as a distortion pedal


u use them for a boost so on the clean channel they will give you a little crunch for a slightly overdriven sound and on the lead channel they give you more gain.
mainly used with tube amps though.
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so do u use them on top of the lead channel or do u use em on the clean channel as a distortion pedal

Depends what you use them for.

If you want it to tighten up your amp's sound, add more natural overdrive to the distortion channel or boost your amp to cut through better at a solo, you obviously want to run it on the distortion channel.

If you want to add a little grit to your cleans, you want it on the clean channel.
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depends what you want. i love using it one a clean amp to push it into overdrive, but it preforms equally well when my amp is cranked for added sustain.

btw: i wouldn't worry about OD's yet. sell your spider and get a nice fender pro jr. 379.99
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depends what you want. i love using it one a clean amp to push it into overdrive, but it preforms equally well when my amp is cranked for added sustain.

btw: i wouldn't worry about OD's yet. sell your spider and get a nice fender pro jr. 379.99


well im saving for a new tube amp (most likely a peavey 5150 combo look at sig) so i was just wondering
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ah. nvrmnd then.
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Basically, overdrive pedals are like distortion pedals - they just simulate lower levels of distortion. Sort of that bluesy sound, you know? Then someone noticed that you can use them as clean boosts - turn the gain to 0 and level way up, and you'll boost the signal without coloring it too much. This can be used on both the clean and distortion channels of an amp (usually tube amp, they respond better to boosting, although it works with some SS amps too), on the clean channel you get a little bit of grit while on the distortion channel the tone is tightened and there's some gain added.

I hope this clears something up
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Basically, overdrive pedals are like distortion pedals - they just simulate lower levels of distortion. Sort of that bluesy sound, you know? Then someone noticed that you can use them as clean boosts - turn the gain to 0 and level way up, and you'll boost the signal without coloring it too much. This can be used on both the clean and distortion channels of an amp (usually tube amp, they respond better to boosting, although it works with some SS amps too), on the clean channel you get a little bit of grit while on the distortion channel the tone is tightened and there's some gain added.

I hope this clears something up


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#12
isnt overdrive pedals just the same as distortion pedals or is there a slight difference?