Gain Stacking! How The Pros Do It
Todd Simpson
May 23 2020, 01:12 AM
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Have you heard of GAIN STACKING? Using an OVERDRIVE pedal and a DISTORTION pedal stacked together? It's more common than you might think. Most folks tend to use one or the other. They are missing out on a huge variety of tone. This doesn't require two actual pedals. For folks using a mutl fx unit, you can just pick an overdrive and a distortion and use them in the same patch. Depending on how you set the controls, you can get a huge tone that still is very articulate and not fizzy or so blurry with gain that you can't make out the notes. Check out this video.

QUESTION: WHO STACKS OVERDRIVE / DISTORTION PEDALS IN THEIR RIG/PATCHES?


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Steve Gilfield
May 26 2020, 08:18 PM
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Isn't stacking a distortion pedal with an overdrive pedal, essentially the same thing as using an overdrive pedal on your amp's dirty channel?

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Todd Simpson
May 26 2020, 10:45 PM
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Yup. It's pretty much the same. It's just like doing it but with the gain stage in your amp inside one of the pedals. You'd probably use it going in to a clean channel. Doing it this way you get the tone of the edals you choose.

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Isn't stacking a distortion pedal with an overdrive pedal, essentially the same thing as using an overdrive pedal on your amp's dirty channel?

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