What the BEST Distortion/Overdrive Pedal?

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  1. Voxman

    Voxman Moderator Staff Member

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    I just bought a grunge pedal @ GTR center on sale for $35 ... after 4 hours I went back to return it for a refund as it was very uneven, harsh, and buzzy, even backed off, and had a child like distortion that kids favor over tone! When I took it back they needed a reason to type into the puter and I asked if they could tpye what I really felt? He said, " of course " so I said just tell em the " pedal sucks" , and he did as they refunded. I just thought no matter what, it would be a bargain at that price ... it wasn't :dontknow: To each his own I guess
     
  2. Stareater

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    The Grunge sounds great out of my preamp. However, like I said, the preamp version has only gain & master volume control. No tone controls at all. Maybe it makes a difference. About 99% of the reviews on Harmony Central are positive, and I have nothing bad to say about my version. If you're going in looking for tube amp overdrive or Tubescreamer-like tone, you'd be starting off on the wrong note. It's buzzsaw metal-type distortion, not an overdrive.
     
  3. Voxman

    Voxman Moderator Staff Member

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    Very true ... it's buzzsaw! :)
     
  4. Stareater

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    Certainly is, Vox. I should've clarified that better when I recommended it, as it's not the distortion to go for if you're looking Tubescreamer-type smoothness. Not for everyone, without a doubt! Talk about buzzsaw, look what I found when I opened up my preamp:

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    Now that's what I call a "grinding" distortion! I'm not sure if Bob Vila is endorsed by DigiTech, however.:funny:
     
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    Next up..The New Yankee Workshop presents Norm Abraham making a BMWL model electric guitar! ;D
     
  6. Lex Lurid

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    :o THAT will be something to behold I'd imagine? ;)

    Pip Pip
    Lexie :)
     
  7. Stareater

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    Awwright, this one heeyah is only faw hundred dawlahs. I accept awl mayjah credit cods!

    :funny:
     
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    cool eric clapton built your guiar :?
     
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    for me it's between the Boss DS-1 and a Big Muff Pi, I like both I own neither but given the chance I wouldn;t know which one to get. The Muff makes me smile though so it has some extra credit for me.
     
  10. Spunky

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    I'm looking for a booster pedal that doesn't add any fuzz or distortion.
    I want to overdrive my tube preamp..

    Any suggestions?
     
  11. guitarweasel

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    [quote author=Spunky link=topic=7618.msg101859#msg101859 date=1145925894]
    I'm looking for a booster pedal that doesn't add any fuzz or distortion.
    I want to overdrive my tube preamp..

    Any suggestions?
    [/quote]

    Yeah....A Fultone Fat Boost ! :funny:
     
  12. Spunky

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    Expensive little buggers.........

    $169.00.....

    used on eBay about $145.00



    YIKES! :)
     
  13. Spunky

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    I just spent $139.00 on A Budda Wah pedal.........

    Any cheaper alternatives to the Fulltone?
     
  14. guitarweasel

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    Yeah......remember I gave mine away........accidentally :cry:
     
  15. Spunky

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    Just proves dat Bastid never sent your pedal to me......

    drat!
     
  16. Strange Brew

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    I have been using this for about three years... does everything I want

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    It's an Award Session JD10mk 2 stomp-box... made ubder the name of "Morley JD-10" for the USA......
    It's built by my friend, Stewart Ward - the guy behind the "Sessionette" amps.

    It suits me very well

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    http://www.award-session.com/jd10.html
     
  17. Spunky

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    SB....

    Dang that thingy looks complercated......heeeyuck

    I'll check into it....thakeeeee
     
  18. Strange Brew

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    LOL spunks...

    You're right, it does!

    But once you get to know what to fiddle with - and what to leave alone - it's a cinch.


    The casing is a little bit "home made" looking, but the quality of the unit (and the features) make it a great value and a great sounding unit. I don't know how easy they are to find in USA.

    They can be found here for about 100 bucks, if you are lucky
     
  19. Spunky

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    Dang SB.....

    You make it sound like a wife!
    $189.00 at pedalgeek.com
    $129.00 at pickupcentral.com

    Looking for even better pricing.... ;)


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    But once you get to know what to fiddle with - and what to leave alone - it's a cinch.

    The casing is a little bit "home made" looking, but the quality of the unit (and the features) make it a great value and a great sounding unit. [/quote]
     
  20. Stareater

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    How about an MXR Micro Amp or Duncan Pickup Booster? $70 and $76 respectively, and they're supposed to give a clean EQ gain boost. I've read that the Duncans have some reliability problems, mainly with the switch.
     

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