Best Distortion Pedals
If you are in the market for a new distortion pedal or you are wanting to find out more info before you make a decision to buy a new pedal, then we are here for you. At Best Distortion Pedals you get news, updates, reviews, and sales about the best all around distortion, overdrive and fuzztone pedals that are known for their versatility, sound and value. We can help you create that sound you’re looking for because we are musicians ourselves. Browse around and see what you come up with and thanks for stopping by.
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Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi (USA) Distortion Pedal
The NYC original. The distortion countless guitarists and rock legends like Hendrix and Santana have relied on for its rich, creamy, violin-like sustain. A timeless piece, the Big Muff Pi has been defining the sound of rock guitar for over 30 years. From Pink Floyd to The White Stripes, everyone wants…Read More
Taking a closer look into the three different types of distortion pedals:
Distortion pedals come in a variety of styles and sounds but, there are three common types; Distortion, Fuzz and Overdrive pedals.
Each of the above mentioned types create different guitar tones that may or may not fit your style of playing. You would probably want to test run before you purhase a distortion pedal to decide whether it fits your style of playing. Although, you can adjust the gain/distortion, volume/level and tone on some of these pedals you may not like the feel or sound of certain distortion pedals. In any case you should at least watch and listen to a review on one of the video channels on the internet for certain effects pedals you may be interested in.
Below we’ll go through a short description of the three main types of distortion pedals as mentioned above to help in the search for your sound.
Distortion – A standard distortion pedal will usually have controls for, level-to match your amps volume or boost it for solo’s, tone-to fatten up or brighten your sound and drive or gain that can range from gentle rock distortion to the meanest metal, depending on the model your looking in . In addition to the basic controls as mentioned before, some models will add controls like an octaver which would play the note you are playing one octave lower or amp modeling in which the sound and controls would be of certain well known amp and that amplifiers natural distortion. Depending on the style of music you are looking for
Overdrive – Overdrive pedals are intended to give you both a warm boost in gain and or volume and tone. Most overdrives let you adjust volume, gain and tone. While not as strong in distortion as a fuzz pedal or distortion pedal, an overdrive pedal can push the clean sound of an amp that is on the verge of breakup and give it that edge for soloing or hard driving rythyms. You can also stack it on top of a distortion pedal, and if adjusted correctly, can push your amp into perfect soloing territory. Also used as a single unit for a clean amp sound they’re great for adding an edge to your sound while also preserving the nuances of your playing which is perfect for classic rock and blues playing.
Fuzz – Fuzz pedals sound like what they are named after, fuzzy with a heavy low end to the sound. Fuzz pedals reproduce a retro sound, like back in the 60’s and 70’s. Jimi Hendrix’s signature sound was based on a fuzz pedal, thick, rich distortion with heavy sustain. Hard rock, stoner rock, alternative rock are a good example of today’s uses of a fuzz pedal. A standard fuzz pedal control layout would consist of volume, gain/fuzz and tone. Fuzz pedals are better used, in my opinion, as a stand alone distortion pedal as the sound may tend to get way too muddy without note definition if stacked with other distortion units.
Distortion pedals come suited for every style of music that you’re into at the time and all the amount of gain that you need to either to push your sound over the edge or let it stand out ever so slightly. Let your ears be the judge as to what you want to express. You have all the saturation you need at your finger tips, or should I say, “at your feet”.
PwP (play with passion), J. A.
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