What's a good/great distortion pedal?

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by JSeth, Jan 27, 2008.


  1. JSeth

    JSeth Member

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    :joI know i'm asking for it here, lots of opinions, I'm certain, but I'm wondering what distortion pedal is a really good one? A friend has a klon and likes it a lot - and I've heard of some others... a Zachary?
    I have a Deluxe Reverb, 1974-ish, and play a hot-rodded 345 thru it.
    Any help? Price is part of the deal, but so long as it's not prohibitive I can swing it...
    Thanks, in advance,:dude
    John Seth Sherman
     
  2. koa

    koa Supporting Member

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    I can'tsay enough good things about the MI Audio Crunchbox, and you can get em for around 85.00 shipped here on the emporium :AOK
     
  3. iualum

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    ...just one distortion box?...gimme the DS-830 & its sledgehammer gain, thank you very much :AOK ...
     
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    Crunch Box with an external presence knob
     
  5. majorledhead

    majorledhead Supporting Member

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    Do you want distortion, boost, or overdrive ? 70's, 80's or modern tones ? You using humbuckers or single coils ? All of these variables should be part of the process in choosing whats best for you. For the money some of the Keeley or Analogman modded Boss pedals sound pretty good. The Crunch Box is crunchy but I wasn't impressed with the tone if you back off on the volume knob.Its like a mullet in a box.
     
  6. jcoggins7

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    I'm pretty sure that the Klon is not really a distortion at all, but a booster.
     
  7. tzamosti

    tzamosti Silver Supporting Member

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    Well...my favorites are: BJFE EGDM, White-Face Rat, Reezafratzitz. But it depends on the sound, more vintage, more raw or more modern...what are you going for?
     
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    I play a DRRI with a strat and a Les Paul. Currently use an OCD as my main dirt with a sparkle drive for a solo boost. My other favorites that I routinely switch from time to time is a Jekyll and Hyde, and my always fabulous 80's Rat2.
     
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    kingpinboogie Daphne My Girl Silver Supporting Member

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    Lovepedal Eternity, but they is expensive!! Best deal goin' is The Firefly- booteek goodness for around $135.00:BEER
     
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    Old Marshall Guv`nor.
     
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  12. SFW

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    Depending on how much gain you are looking to get, I would recommend the Hughes & Kettner Tube Factor. It does a nice OD and the Distortion side of the pedal will get to a nice JCM800 + levels of gain. It also takes boost pedals very well.

    Clip of said pedal-

    http://soundclick.com/share?songid=6206027
     

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