Best Distortion pedal $100 or less

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  1. jrw32

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    Hello,
    I'm sure this has been asked time & again, but what do you all recommend for a great sounding distortion pedal $100 or less (new or used)? I'm not looking for anything too heavy or super hi-gain, just a nice creamy/warm distortion that doesn't get too muddy & still lets the notes ring clear. I've tried a bunch of Boss pedals & find them too brittle/shrill, but want something w/ more gain than my TS-9. If I could think of an ideal distortion tone, I'd say the tones Ross Childress used to get when in Collective Soul! :) Thanks in advance!
     
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    i've seen mi tube zones go on ebay for like $125 theres lots of sound clips on their site, if you watch ebay like a hawk you might find one for 100
     
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    A used Barber Direct Drive.
     
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    Yup
     
  6. popsongsmith

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    Used Boss SD-1 for $30 + Monte Allums SD808 mod with high gain for $20 = $50 for one of the best OD pedals at any price.

    only catch is, you'll need patience, a steady hand and not be farsighted ;^]
     
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    +1 :AOK
     
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    +1 for the Monte-Allums mod. Not that difficult, just requires some soldering practice time. Modding a used and cheap Boss pedal is actually good way to get that.
     
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    +1
    Get a new or used SD-1, DS-1, or even OD-3... and then get some good mods on them, either DIY pr pay someone to mod them
     
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    I'd go for the Monte Allums DIY route also. I have both the DS-1 and SD-1. The SD-1 is killer and the DS-1 recto-mod is a great Marshal style.
     
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    For higher gain go with the BYOC Shredder (marshall shredmaster clone). Great high-gain pedal. Much more articulate than the MI Audio Crunchbox.
     
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    The Humphries psycho doodle.

    Awsome, versatile pedal for about 80 bucks new.
     
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    MOHO mods Rat is nice and smooth.
     
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    Get a GGG (General Guitar Gadgets) BSIAB II (Brown Sound In A Box II).
    Leave off the last two .0022uF caps at then end and you won't regret it.
     
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    RAT or Danelectro FAB distortion (yeah, the $15) its awesome.
     
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    The tone of the Rat is good (although not really suited to the music I make). I have had GREAT success running a TS9 into a Rat, however. I think they compliment each other very nicely. The TS smoothes things out and kicks into feedback nicely, while the rat adds some grind. I think you could find a used modded rat (keeley or other) for about 100.
     
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