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Please Help Find a Distortion Pedal?

matt1969

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I need a Distortion pedal that will work with single coil pickups into my Marshall Plexi.

I been using a Rat for years but it doesn't have the bottom end I want & when I finally get it to sound decent, it's too loud when I turn it on.

I also tried a EH Big Muff.

Any ideas? :dunno
 

JerEvil

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How much gain do you need on tap?

I really like the VFE Dark Horse, Black Arts Black Forest and Quantum Mystic and the new Egnater pedals (Goldsmith, Silversmith) sound really promising.
 

Lele

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Matt, you didn't say for what style, how much gain...
Without knowing more, I'd suggest to check some youtube videos about:
Hardwire SC-2 Valve distortion
Xotic BB preamp (and its clones...)
I think it's also easy to find them second-hand, and to sell them if you don't like the result for your music and your gear system.
 

DecoWaves

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MXR Super Badass Distortion has received great reviews across the board ... very affordable ... from an Overdrive Sound to Metal ... and a nice EQ built-in for Flexibility.

I don't have one but I was very temped and tried one out earlier this summer.
 

matt1969

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Sorry I wasn't more specific....I play mostly covers from classic rock of the 60s & 70s, 80 hard rock / heavy metal, 90s alternative, Blues Rock, Punk......

I tried every Rat mod I could find - no go. I tried tube screamers & a Boss SD1. They sound good for tightening up humbuckers but I'd like to play heavy distortion with Strats.

When I play my LP Standard or Home made Superstrat, I usually don't use anything but the amp.
 

matt1969

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I must add that I have a problem with output. It seems that with every distortion pedal I try, I reach unity with the pedal's volume barely on. This makes it impossible to get a pedal to open up & do its job. Sucks big time.
 






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