This legendary pedal is used by hundreds of the greatest guitar players out there, including Metallica, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Mayer, Trey Anastasio, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and The Edge
The original Ibanez Tube Screamer is one of the most popular and imitated overdrive pedals of all time. Note that the Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer reissue is made in the same factory, with the same parts, to get the same tone. This pedal has three controls to help get the tone you need. Continue reading “Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer”
The Soul Food Overdrive is sensitive to your playing and you can control the amount of overdrive with a softer attack or your volume control.
The Soul Food Overdrive is yet another great effect pedal from the people at Electro-Harmonix. This is their representation of the KLON CENTAUR overdrive pedal, one that can cost thousands of dollars. This pedal features boosted power rails to give the guitar signal more headroom and definition. Continue reading “Electro-Harmonix Soul Food Overdrive”
A very expressive overdrive, the MojoMojo is very responsive to the way you play, as many great players, such as Vernon Reid, Larry Mitchell, Johnny Hiland, and Boz Boorer have found.
The TC Electronic MojoMojo Overdrive is designed with extra headroom and precise control in mind. Made in Denmark, the pedal features an inner circuit that boosts the voltage three to four times the amount of most overdrive pedals. This extra voltage is what adds the headroom. This is similar to some other pedals, wherein you can swap out a 9-volt adapter for an 18-volt adapter, to gain more headroom. Continue reading “TC Electronic MojoMojo Overdrive”
The Crayon does clean up quite a bit, with Volume and Gain, a two-band EQ with two independent controls, and Bass and Treble controls designed for a wide range of usable tones.
The Electro-Harmonix Crayon Full Range pedal is designed to overdrive the full frequency range of the signal. This is unlike most overdrives, which concentrate on the midrange frequencies. Continue reading “Electro-Harmonix Crayon Full Range Overdrive Pedal”
A micro overdrive pedal with a huge sound that’s similar to Plexi-era British tube amps.
The Outlaw Effects Deputy Marshal has three control knobs for fine-tuning your sound. Level allows you to adjust the overall volume, which is in great abundance in this pedal, unity being achieved around the 9 o’clock position. Continue reading “Outlaw Effects Deputy Marshal”
You’ve heard of Fuzz pedals, and probably used one. But do you know how they work?
Fuzz is a type of distortion that was originally marketed in the early 1960s as a device that you can use to emulate the sound of Orchestra instruments such as the Trumpet, Cello, Bassoon, Saxophone, etc. It was a Saxophone sound that Keith Richards wanted for the beginning of “Satisfaction,” that prompted him to try out a Fuzz pedal. It was also during this time that the Kinks, Link Wray, and many other early Rock & Roll and Blues guitar players reportedly punched holes in their speakers to get a fuzzy sound. You can hear a torn speaker in “Rocket 88” (the first Rock & Roll song), by Ike Turner and Jackie Brenston. Other notable songs from that time that feature Fuzz are “You Really Got Me,” by The Kinks and “Rumble,” by Link Wray. The aggressive Fuzz tone of this song actually caused people to feel fearful, so it was banned from the radio.
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Overdrive pedals designed to give you all of the crunch that you need without emptying your pockets.
Effect pedals are a great way to change or enhance your sound. You can get almost any sound you can think up, somewhere in a pedal. You can do anything from adding a slap-back echo to turning your guitar into a synth. Continue reading “Budget Guitar Overdrive Pedals — Discover the Best”
If you are in the market for a guitar overdrive pedal, this list will point you in the right direction
For many of us, the overdrive that is built into our amplifier, even if it is a good one, can become stale and restrictive over time, thus leaving you looking for something more. An overdrive pedal can be the perfect solution. Pedals are usually much cheaper than a new amplifier, and much less bulky. There are so many overdrive pedals available that it won’t be too hard to find one or more that you like, thereby leaving you free to create for yourself a truly custom sound that is unique to you. Right now we’re going to look at some of the best guitar overdrive pedals available out there, and we’ll talk about why they are so great, and also what makes them that way.
We’re going to take a look at vintage designs as well as modern overdrive pedals, to see how things have changed, and how they have remained the same. These are all going to be Overdrive pedals, so we will probably see a few tube emulators, and pedals designed to sound like an amp naturally breaking up. You’ll get some good crunch and even distortion out of many of these pedals, but these are not Fuzz pedals or Metal distortion pedals; those are for another time.
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If you are in the market for a truly amazing, world-class Fuzz pedal, look no further; the Fulltone 69 is your baby.
Of all the fuzz pedals I have tried, the Fulltone 69 is really the king. This is an incredibly transparent pedal with a top-shelf fuzz that can be easily rolled back for great tonal variations. Here’s more of what you should know about this impressive pedal:
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There is a good reason why the MXR Phase 100 M-107 Guitar Pedal is still around!
Maybe you have an MXR Phase 90, maybe you are thinking of buying one, or maybe you are considering an upgrade. Either way the MXR Phase 100 M-107 is a great alternative to the Phase 90 if you want a bit more control over the overall shape of the wet signal. As the older cousin of the MXR Phase 90, the Phase 100 offers the same great tone but a few more features. The biggest difference is the notch control that lets you select the wave pattern. In conjunction with the speed control, you can dial in the exact phase sound that you want.
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