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post Dec 17 2009, 02:34 PM
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I've grown unhappy with my EH Metal Muff dist pedal with my 18watt amp. It has always been a little on the buzzy side, but with this amp it's just too much. I use a Marshall Guv'nor (vintage) for overdirve and it does well. Looking for a ballsier sounding dist pedal.

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post Dec 17 2009, 02:49 PM
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I prefer a good amps distortion over a pedal distortion...

You might want to get another amp that has a good distortion of it's own. There are a lot of cool distortion pedals out there but I have yet to hear one that doesn't loose to a good amp distortion!


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post Dec 17 2009, 05:26 PM
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This one is will cost ya... but It gets great reviews. the Boiling point by ROCKBOX.
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post Dec 17 2009, 05:37 PM
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I love this one: Visual Sound Jekyll & Hyde
I have the old version but the new one should sound very similar.


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post Dec 19 2009, 10:11 PM
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QUOTE (ZakkWylde @ Dec 17 2009, 02:49 PM) *
I prefer a good amps distortion over a pedal distortion...


same here, the VOX ones get a great distortion!


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post Dec 19 2009, 10:46 PM
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I have a couple different that mostly are laying around, never was impressed with neither Boss' nor Digitech's but the Hughes & Kettner Warp factor sounds surprisingly good for a pedal. And I don't play drop tuning which it's claimed to do best and still I'm happy.

I have the HT-5 head and I'm happy with it's distortion, it's the same as in the dual channel pedal, which I think is the same as in their distortion pedal. The HT Dist-X is a step up the ladder in angry distortion.

Also I think the Marshall dist pedals sound kind of nice. Both the 80's Guvnor but also the newer one and the Jackhammer (is it called?) which has a more modern dist.


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post Dec 19 2009, 11:20 PM
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Check out brian wamplers pedals, i have the pinnacle which is nice but the triple wreak pedal is a thinly veiled nod to the triple rec sound, check em out mate!
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post Dec 20 2009, 03:26 AM
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What amp do you have? Is it a tube amp? If it is, perhaps it may be wise to get a booster stomp, because what you get when overdriving the tubes can never be compared with small cheap diodes that clip the signal.
On the other hand, if your amp is a good clean amp with good headroom, getting a good distortion stomp like Fulltone OCD, or Tonebone Classic may be wise. If you don't have enough headroom in the amp, you probably won't get the best out of any overdrive stomp you buy

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post Dec 21 2009, 11:03 PM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Dec 19 2009, 09:26 PM) *
What amp do you have? Is it a tube amp? If it is, perhaps it may be wise to get a booster stomp, because what you get when overdriving the tubes can never be compared with small cheap diodes that clip the signal.
On the other hand, if your amp is a good clean amp with good headroom, getting a good distortion stomp like Fulltone OCD, or Tonebone Classic may be wise. If you don't have enough headroom in the amp, you probably won't get the best out of any overdrive stomp you buy



A boost may be the ticket then. This is a Marshall 18 watt clone. It has a simple preamp and derives most of its distortion from the power amp. Yes, a tube amp, it's not Fender clean by any stretch so I imagine it has little headroom.


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post Dec 22 2009, 12:06 AM
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Another thing to consider is that EH is a fuzz pedal. I keep reading that (most?) fuzz pedals tend to get a little funny with humbuckers. I've seen a few that have a specific switch to account for the difference in pickups and I'm not sure if the EH metal muff does that. I have to wonder if maybe you'd also want to make sure you're getting either tube OD or distortion and NOT fuzz in whatever new pedal you try.



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post Dec 24 2009, 11:27 AM
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QUOTE (jafomatic @ Dec 21 2009, 06:06 PM) *
Another thing to consider is that EH is a fuzz pedal. I keep reading that (most?) fuzz pedals tend to get a little funny with humbuckers. I've seen a few that have a specific switch to account for the difference in pickups and I'm not sure if the EH metal muff does that. I have to wonder if maybe you'd also want to make sure you're getting either tube OD or distortion and NOT fuzz in whatever new pedal you try.



Well, that's true. In this particular setup it just gets a little fizzy/buzzy on the top. I've been tweaking out some better tones lately tho.
Are you talking about one of the real tube pedals?


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post Dec 24 2009, 01:56 PM
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Toroso! Try to learn the Festive Competition songs? then you can win your gear instead of buying it, that's cool, I know tongue.gif


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post Dec 24 2009, 02:02 PM
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QUOTE (kaznie_NL @ Dec 24 2009, 07:56 AM) *
Toroso! Try to learn the Festive Competition songs? then you can win your gear instead of buying it, that's cool, I know tongue.gif


I just may! I have a little free time right now. biggrin.gif Actually, I wondered why no one recommended this pedal seeing how it's a prize now. huh.gif


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