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  • Need a Good Distortion for Not Much $$$

    Howdy all,

    I need a good distortion pedal. Let me tell you about my rig and that might help you to better help me.

    I have a Line 6 Flextone III Plus. Yes, it's a fine amp and while I'd love to have a Deluxe Reverb, my pocket book won't currently allow it. Until then, the Flextone is what I use. I don't go nuts with amp models and I don't use them thinking I'm going to really get the true sound of the amp/cab it's modeling. I just dial in good sounds and use them.

    Anyway, my rig goes like this:

    Amplifier - Line6 Flextone III
    Pedal(s) - Marshall ED-1 comp, Visual Sound Route 66 V2, Boss ME-33

    I run the signal chain like this: Guitar ->Marshall comp ->Route 66 ->amplifier. I run the ME-33 through the effects loop. I use it for extra delays, reverb, phase shifter, and other modulation effects. I have a Line6 foot controller that allows me to switch between banks/patches and use the expression pedal as a volume/wah. Most of my effects (chorus, delay, reverb) come from the amp. All in all, a pretty good setup. The only effect the amp does not have is OD/distortion. You have to use whatever amp model's gain. Some are decent and some are not. I mainly use the Plexi Lead 100 for my and and a 4x12 V30 cab for my cabinet. I have for presets per bank. #1 is pretty clean, #2 is clean with a little hair on it, #3 has a little more hair, and #4 has even more.

    What I don't have is that really nice saturated distortion. That amp models just don't get there. What I use the Route 66 for is basic comp (always on - I'm a Tele player and it works for me) and the OD section is a solo boost. It adds a little gain and volume for soloing with nice sustain. The Marshal comp is off unless I'm doing a Telecaster twanging chicken picking solo ala albert Lee, Brent Mason, etc. The OD section of the Route 66 is basically a TS9 copy; so it isn't really gainey anyway.

    Okay, now you know my rig and most every nuance of it and how I use it. What I would like is the best distortion pedal for the money. I want something that will get me as saturated as I like but be able to be dialed back. Here are some I've been thinking about.

    1. Visual Sound Jekyll & Hyde Distortion
    2. Seymour Duncan SFX04 Twin Tube Mayhem Distortion
    3. Boss OD-20 Drive Zone Distortion/Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal

    My thought about the Boss is flexibility and versatility. Okay, there you have it. I welcome and and all suggestions, recommendations, and advice.
    -Butch

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    BTW, here's a good shot of my rig.

    -Butch

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    • #3
      Re: Need a Good Distortion for Not Much $$$

      Don't know how heavy you want to get, but I would say Boss DS-1 or MXR Distortion Plus

      I like the Boss MT-2 for heavier stuff, although many people hate it...

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        Re: Need a Good Distortion for Not Much $$$

        I also love the Boss SD-1, but maybe it is not enough for your needs

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          Re: Need a Good Distortion for Not Much $$$

          Originally posted by lucaspaço View Post
          Don't know how heavy you want to get, but I would say Boss DS-1 or MXR Distortion Plus

          I like the Boss MT-2 for heavier stuff, although many people hate it...
          I'm looking to be able to get pretty heavy if needed; but if I had to give an example, I really like Joe Satriani's tone on "The Extremist" CD. Rhythm is nice and saturated but articulate across strings. His solo/lead tone is good too.
          -Butch

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          • #6
            Re: Need a Good Distortion for Not Much $$$

            Vox Joe Satriani Satchurator perhaps? Don't know about its price

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            • #7
              Re: Need a Good Distortion for Not Much $$$

              No idea how it pairs with a modelling amp, but I love the sounds I'm getting with the MXR Distortion + and Proco Rat and my Tele. I use either one and engage the Micro Amp + in front for more saturation/sustain.

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                • #9
                  Re: Need a Good Distortion for Not Much $$$

                  Experiment with the ME-33 as a distortion pedal in front of the amp and in the loop. A lot of modeling amps sound bad when trying to use external distortion effects.

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                    Re: Need a Good Distortion for Not Much $$$

                    Joyo has clones of some of the classic pedals for cheap
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                    • #11
                      Re: Need a Good Distortion for Not Much $$$

                      there isnt enough gain in the flextone pushed by the rt66? theres a bogner, soldano, and mesa's in there

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                      • #12
                        Re: Need a Good Distortion for Not Much $$$

                        Originally posted by dominus View Post
                        Experiment with the ME-33 as a distortion pedal in front of the amp and in the loop.
                        How do I do that?


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                          Re: Need a Good Distortion for Not Much $$$

                          Boss DS-1 is dirt cheap and aweosme...Joyo US Dream is dirt cheap and awesome as well...

                          Those are two I'd recommend

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                            Re: Need a Good Distortion for Not Much $$$

                            Originally posted by treyhaislip View Post
                            Boss DS-1 is dirt cheap and aweosme...Joyo US Dream is dirt cheap and awesome as well...

                            Those are two I'd recommend
                            I was going to say the same thing. I see DS-1s around here used for about $19 all the time.


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                              Re: Need a Good Distortion for Not Much $$$

                              Originally posted by jeremy View Post
                              there isnt enough gain in the flextone pushed by the rt66? theres a bogner, soldano, and mesa's in there
                              With the Dual/Triple Rec models, yes, there is enough gain; but I don't like their tones. I want something to color the existing amp model I'm using.
                              -Butch

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