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post Jul 20 2011, 05:22 PM
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So recently I've been interested in solid state distortion. I think it has a character that cannot be found in tube amplifiers. Not to say that its better, just different. Its not really my tone of preference, but I just want to change things up a bit. Most of the metal distortion pedals I've heard haven't been to my liking, they're usually too gritty or trebly. But heres two that I think have a good metal tone, especially that Dime sound. They got so much gain even a Strat with single coils sounds heavy, as you'll see in the demo.

So do you guys have any metal distortion pedals that you recommend?





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post Jul 20 2011, 07:21 PM
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Great ones! I didn't try too many metal pedals... I always recommend the one that I use:




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I've got one metal pedal that's just great, not very widely used I belive - beats me why since it's one out of few that produce a convincing sound. Warp factor, it's not over the top like the name would suggest. It's got a very full sound, not gritty but very smooth.
Couldn't find any miked demos, only crappy "sorry for the bad sound"-webcam takes. One was quite ok



Then there's one I kept a hold onto for 20 years, Gollmer fat dist. No videos of that one, not hi gain either so...


If I were to get one pedal today I'm leaning towards a Emma ReezaFRATzitz but that's to simulate tube sound so I wouldn't know if it qualifies for this thread wink.gif



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that dime sounds like a monster, i love the "compressed" sound of transistor dist.
and mxr is always good.


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post Jul 20 2011, 09:42 PM
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ibanez Smash Box Distortion Pedal
This is a real nice pedal, i'll be getting it pretty soon!


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post Jul 22 2011, 11:23 AM
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i love the sound of a trashy DS1 tone into marshall


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post Jul 22 2011, 11:34 AM
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Digitech DF-7 is my favourite, very versatile pedal, a whole variety of distortion sounds from that, 7 pedals in one, nice smile.gif

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post Jul 22 2011, 12:04 PM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Jul 22 2011, 11:23 AM) *
i love the sound of a trashy DS1 tone into marshall


Yeah, apparantly even some guy called Steve Vai used to use a DS-1 for his lead breaks smile.gif


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post Jul 22 2011, 01:17 PM
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Satriani used it for lead too, and Cobain used it for grunge rhythm, it's universal smile.gif


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QUOTE (MickeM @ Jul 20 2011, 03:06 PM) *
I've got one metal pedal that's just great, not very widely used I belive - beats me why since it's one out of few that produce a convincing sound. Warp factor, it's not over the top like the name would suggest. It's got a very full sound, not gritty but very smooth.
Couldn't find any miked demos, only crappy "sorry for the bad sound"-webcam takes. One was quite ok



Then there's one I kept a hold onto for 20 years, Gollmer fat dist. No videos of that one, not hi gain either so...


If I were to get one pedal today I'm leaning towards a Emma ReezaFRATzitz but that's to simulate tube sound so I wouldn't know if it qualifies for this thread wink.gif


Very interesting pedal recommendations biggrin.gif I like that the Warp pedal is a little odd looking, but I don't know how well it will fit on a pedal board blink.gif

QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Jul 22 2011, 06:23 AM) *
i love the sound of a trashy DS1 tone into marshall


I remember I was pretty impressed the first time I heard a DS1 played live. It was plugged into a solid state Fender half stack and had a pretty rocking sound. It actually sounded better than the JCM900 that the other guitarist up on stage was playing. To be fair to the Marshall, it was poorly dialed in, because it sounded terrible. Anyhow, I'll definitely look into getting a DS1 sometime in the future, but for now I'm looking for an all-out-insane gain pedal biggrin.gif


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post Jul 23 2011, 02:59 AM
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Unless I missed it, I can't believe nobody mentioned the Legendary TUBE SCREAMER (and Super Screamer/ Turbo Screamer etc.)

The smooth, rich, gain and pointy bite are just hard to beat. I actually kept my old Digitech GNX3 all these years due to the Tube Screamer emulator it has. Here is a great history of the pedal. It's the Little green pedal you see on so many pro players pedal boards.

http://www.analogman.com/tshist.htm

The screamer though is more of a lead pedal. Not a rythm pedal. For good chunk, you might look at the one that started it all the BOSS HM-2.

This little pedal is quite honestly credited with creating the "Gothenburg Sound" of Melodic Death Metal with Scooped Mids and metallic crunch. Here is a link with some history.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boss_Corporation


You can find these cheap in an average pawn shop or small music store and they are worth having around.

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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Jul 22 2011, 09:59 PM) *
Unless I missed it, I can't believe nobody mentioned the Legendary TUBE SCREAMER (and Super Screamer/ Turbo Screamer etc.)

The smooth, rich, gain and pointy bite are just hard to beat. I actually kept my old Digitech GNX3 all these years due to the Tube Screamer emulator it has. Here is a great history of the pedal. It's the Little green pedal you see on so many pro players pedal boards.

http://www.analogman.com/tshist.htm

The screamer though is more of a lead pedal. Not a rythm pedal. For good chunk, you might look at the one that started it all the BOSS HM-2.

This little pedal is quite honestly credited with creating the "Gothenburg Sound" of Melodic Death Metal with Scooped Mids and metallic crunch. Here is a link with some history.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boss_Corporation


You can find these cheap in an average pawn shop or small music store and they are worth having around.

Todd


I actually have a TS808 clone kit thats waiting for me to assemble it wink.gif But I was looking for a distortion pedal with lots of gain, which brings me to the second pedal you recommended, the Boss HM-2. Thats pretty much what I was looking for, a classic solid state sound. I'm watching a few on eBay right now, thanks for recommending it biggrin.gif


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post Jul 23 2011, 08:15 PM
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Not sure what's the budget, but how bout Sansamp? I've played a bit with GT2 and it's very good, it has fuzzy character and it's very flexible. Not sure about how much higain it can go, but it has lots of drive as far as I remember. There are character series as well, US Steel possible being cool



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post Jul 28 2011, 06:18 AM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Jul 23 2011, 03:15 PM) *
Not sure what's the budget, but how bout Sansamp? I've played a bit with GT2 and it's very good, it has fuzzy character and it's very flexible. Not sure about how much higain it can go, but it has lots of drive as far as I remember. There are character series as well, US Steel possible being cool


As far as the budget is concerned, I'm really just looking for something used that I can play with and experiment. Almost all of my gear I buy used, then sell for the same price, if not even more than I got it for. But that Sansamp pedal you recommended is really nice. I'll keep an eye out for it on the used market biggrin.gif

QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Jul 22 2011, 09:59 PM) *
The screamer though is more of a lead pedal. Not a rythm pedal. For good chunk, you might look at the one that started it all the BOSS HM-2.

This little pedal is quite honestly credited with creating the "Gothenburg Sound" of Melodic Death Metal with Scooped Mids and metallic crunch. Here is a link with some history.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boss_Corporation

You can find these cheap in an average pawn shop or small music store and they are worth having around.

Todd


I'm watching a few of these on eBay right now. Whats should I expect to pay for a Japanese version of this pedal?


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QUOTE (Mudbone @ Jul 23 2011, 12:54 PM) *
I actually have a TS808 clone kit thats waiting for me to assemble it wink.gif But I was looking for a distortion pedal with lots of gain, which brings me to the second pedal you recommended, the Boss HM-2. Thats pretty much what I was looking for, a classic solid state sound. I'm watching a few on eBay right now, thanks for recommending it biggrin.gif


Fine choices on Both! smile.gif Th TS808 is a legendary pedal. But it shines best when put on top of some other sort of gain almost as a boost switch for leads. It's fine by itself, but really adds the final touch to say a Mesa Boogie Head on Lead Channel.

The HM2 is hard to beat smile.gif It's the originator.


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tubescreamer works very good with overdriven jcm800, boosting the front end creates nice tone for rhythm and lead.


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