Where do you get your distorted tones from

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by jeffh40, Jan 12, 2018.


Where do you get your dirt.

  1. Amp

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  2. Pedals

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  3. Amp pushed by an OD pedal

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  4. I always play clean.

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  1. guitargeek6298

    guitargeek6298 Member

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    Pretty much this is what I do. On my 2204 clone or my 4010, I set the amp for light crunch, I have an od with the volume cranked and the gain low for more gain, and a compressor before the od that I'll turn on for a little more sustain for solos.

    Roll back the volume for cleans and I'm good.
     
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  2. JCW308

    JCW308 Supporting Member

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    New Helix owner here. I am using amps only now for my OD tones, with a compressor or boost in front of the amps. I set a foot switch to raise the gain and lower the master volume to keep it balanced.
     
  3. NortheastHick

    NortheastHick Supporting Member

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    I've yet to own an amplifier that didn't benefit from being tickled a bit in the front end with an OD pedal. Even high-gain amps, I prefer to run the gain a little lower and hit it with a pedal.
     
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  4. BADHAK

    BADHAK Member

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    When I'm at home I rarely use pedals. Just plug straight in , set the amp for a medium crunch that's got enough sustain to solo when the guitar volume is near full, and have at it. But when I'm rehearsing /gigging, I always have a OD set to boost for solos/heavy and in the mix I just love what the pedal does to the amp.
     
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  5. MantraSky

    MantraSky Supporting Member

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    Live playing I use a Overdrive/Dist pedal lightly as the amp "opens up" sounds so good then maybe a little push for sustain (longer/feedback at times), some amps like an SLO sounds so good Guitar straight into the amp with nothing else (although I do have my rack EFX/Tuner/IR as well). In my home studio I use a KOT overdrive along with the amps distortion for more push at the front of the amp, they have Great Master Volumes and going into an IR Load, I can push it a bit and still get it to a whisper level (audible-level) then to the DAW to give it a "Larger sound" as though as playing live, loud, full width, focused.
     
  6. Digidog

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    About a 50/50 split between amp and pedals. It all depends on what characteristics I want from the dirt.
     

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