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I'm looking for a distortion pedal that will add some boost and grit to my tone without overwhelming it and muddying up my playing. Almost every search I do returns pedals that are either for metal or bluesy/classic-rock solo boosts.

I'm looking more to get a tone similar to these:

* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4cGA4hArS0
* https://theeffects.bandcamp.com/

So kind of twangy, dynamic distortion over an otherwise clean tone. Any suggestions? Thanks for reading.

closed as off-topic by Tim, Tetsujin, guidot, Todd Wilcox, Richard Jan 22 '18 at 17:55

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    Welcome to the site. Unfortunately, it's not set up to answer questions such as this - gear recommendation, so it might be a good idea to couch the question in a different way, although I can't come up with any ideas. Sorry! – Tim Jan 22 '18 at 15:37
  • As Tim mentioned, we aren't supposed to do gear recommendations here so I won't suggest any specific pedal. But it sounds like you probably want something between a clean boost and an overdrive. Maybe a "Klon clone" (nearly every pedal company makes something similar to this). – user37496 Jan 22 '18 at 17:51
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I would say that if you think they are all muddy, then you aren't looking for a distortion pedal, you are looking for gain. Technically, high gain pushing the amp above some magic number like 80% of output is causing distortion, but it is not really the sort you get from pedals which have additional circuitry to add "color."

The problem is, if you have a big amp, it can be very hard to push it without it being very loud, but you might try putting your amp loud but just breaking up, add in a gain-boost pedal, and add in a wah that is always on at some sweet spot you like (start with 75%). You should get a crisp sound that can be attenuated by dropping the guitar pickup volume knob to 80%, and completely clean at 50%.

If you put in a compressor at the beginning, you lose some ability to controle loudness, but you get a really good full boosted clean sound at 25-50% (guitar pickup) volume.

  • this is great. Quite a few options I haven't tried yet. Thanks for your input. – kylerthecreator Jan 22 '18 at 17:12
  • Technically, high gain pushing the amp above some magic number like 80% of output is causing distortion, but it is not really the sort you get from pedals which have additional circuitry to add "color." I don't understand what you're trying to say with this sentence. Distortion pedals and guitar preamp distortion are essentially the same electrical processes, it's just pedals typically do it with transistors and amps more often do it with tubes. You can get tube pedals and there are plenty of transistor amps. There isn't some magic difference. – Todd Wilcox Jan 22 '18 at 20:28

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