Overdrive -vs- Distortion

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  1. guitarman1956

    guitarman1956 Supporting Member

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    I'm a Classic Rocker that uses overdrive. But, I've often wondered what's the big deal about Distortion? Can anyone shed some "education light" on me?

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  2. rob2001

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    I see it like this... an OD pedal is more for pushing your amp harder. A distortion pedal is more for stand alone dirt tones. But it does seem like the lines are blurred with alot of pedals.
     
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    That's because distortion is caused by overdriving the components.
    Likewise, the amp will be overdriven into distortion by strong signals at any, or all, stages depending on many factors.
     
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    It's just symantics. If it sounds good who cares what you call it.
     
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    It's a good question. Often I see the term 'hi-gain' used as well as 'low to medium gain'. Is the "drawing line" between OD and Distortion between 'medium' and 'high' gain?? Comparing f.i. the BJF Dyna Red Distortion and the Landgraff Dynamic Overdrive, I find that the LDO kicks out as much gain as the DRD. Well, maybe it's just semantic preferences after all?!!?!?
     

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