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Thomann's Cool Online Guides: Distortion Effect Pedals

5. Overdrive

These are the true successors to the early fuzz boxes. Overdrive pedals are designed to create the sound of an overdriven tube amplifier without having to resort to high volumes.

Early examples include the MXR Distortion pedal, favoured by the late, great Randy Rhoads of Ozzy Osbourne’s band, and the Electro Harmonix Big Muff. Boss made their mark with the OD-1, and of course the Ibanez Tubescreamer (TS808) set a standard that many guitarists believe has yet to be surpassed.

Often, guitarists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Gary Moore would actually keep the distortion path low, allowing the actual volume to be increased. The result is a rich, warm sound that adds greater depth to the sound of the amp itself.

Not every guitarist relied upon the relatively expensive TS808 to create these kinds of sounds, as many alternatives started to become available at more affordable prices. Still, the scarcity of the Tubescreamer has assured its cult status and high value.

The classic Ibanez Tubescreamer

Like the Tubescreamer, today’s pedals give you high levels of control over the signal, allowing you to boost midrange frequencies and thin out the lower end simultaneously. With this level of control, you can create superb, penetrating lead sounds without the harsh shrillness of a thin, trebly sound - unless, of course, you want it that way...

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Distortion Effect Pedals overview

Elektron Digitakt Millenium ST-95 tc electronic Flashback 2 Delay Vox Adio Air GT Harley Benton CST-24T Ocean Flame Vox AC2 Rhythm Bass Denon DN-300C MKII ADJ Pro Event Table tc electronic M100 Novation Circuit Mono Station Rockboard LT XL Power Bank Harley Benton HB-40B 2017
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Elektron Digitakt

Digital Drum Machine 8 Internal audio tracks, 8 Dedicated MIDI tracks, 1 Multimode filter per audio track, 1 Assignable LFO per track, Delay and Reverb send effects, Built-in sequencer, Support for sampling, OLED display, 64 MB Sample memory, 1...

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730 €
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Millenium ST-95

Standing Aid Ideal for keyboardists, guitarists and DJs, Seat height, backrest and footrests individually adjustable, Seat upholstery and backrest with cover, Seat height adjustable from 545 - 965 mm, Padded seat, Weight: 6 kg, Material: Steel, Colour: Black, Suitable...

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79 €
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tc electronic Flashback 2 Delay

Effect Pedal for Electric Guitar Delay, The new TC MASH technology turns the foot switch into a pressure sensitive expression controller, New Ethereal Delay algorithm, For mono use, the stereo input can be used as a Tap Tempo input...

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185 €
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Vox Adio Air GT

Modelling Electric Guitar Combo Power: 50 W, Equipped with: 2x 3"speakers for a wide stereo sound, Bluetooth allows wireless playback of music and remote control via app, VET Modelling technology for authentic amp sounds, Up to 23 amplifier models,...

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299 €
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Harley Benton CST-24T Ocean Flame

Electric Guitar Deluxe series, Body: Mahogany, Top: Flamed maple, Set-in neck: Mahogany, Fretboard: Roseacer, 24 frets, Pearloid Dot fretboard inlays, Scale: 635 mm, Nut width: 42 mm, Pickups: 2 Wilkinson WHHB Alnico Open humbuckers, 1 Volume control, 1 Tone...

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222 €
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Vox AC2 Rhythm Bass

Vox AC2 Rhythm Bass, Basscombo, 2x3" Speaker, 2 Watt, 5 effects, 3 selectable sounds normal flat and scoop, inputs for bassguitar and aux in, headphone output, 81 rhythm patterns, tempo 40-240 BPM, power supply via 6 AA batteries (alkaline or...

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69 €
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Denon DN-300C MKII

Denon DN-300C MK II, CD/USB Player, Slot-In CD - Drive, USB Audio Player, USB plays MP3 audio file formats, 3,5 mm Jack Input, Display, symmetric XLR Output, stereo RCA Output, adjustable speed ±15%, Random, Repeat and Power-on-Play, IR Remote, 10-key...

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239 €
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ADJ Pro Event Table

ADJ Pro Event Table, Compact and collapsible, Lightweight, around 18 kg, Functional and professional looking, table height: 880mm, dimensions table 1200x580mm; Dimensions (LxWxH): 50” x 24” x 45.5” / 1270 x 610 x 1155 mm, Dimensions for own Logo (WxH):...

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325 €
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tc electronic M100

tc electronic M100; Stereo Multi-Effects Processor; 16 TC-Effects including reverb, delay, chorus, flanger, phaser, rotary speaker, pitch shifter and multi-effects; Edit and Tap/Select function; 24-bit AD/DA converters; Stereo Input Level control with LED level indication; Mix Balance and Output Level...

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111 €
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Novation Circuit Mono Station

Paraphonic Analogue Synthesizer 2 Oscillators with individual control of sync and tuning parameters, Filter can be used as high, low or bandpass filters with 12 or 24 dB, Three distortion modes, Monophone and paraphone modes with individual glide control,...

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520 €
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Rockboard LT XL Power Bank

Mobile power supply for effects pedals 3 High-capacity lithium-ion batteries, Battery capacity: 6600 mAh, Can still be used during a recharge, Can also be used for charging smartphones and other USB devices, On / Off switch, 2x 2.1 x...

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48 €
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Harley Benton HB-40B 2017

Harley Benton HB-40B 2017, compact electric bass combo amplifier, 40 watt, 10" custom voiced speaker, TEC tube-emulating circuit, instrument input, gain control, integrated compressor with LED indicator, 3-band equalizer (bass, parametric middle, treble), volume control, headphone output, aux-input for play-along...

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98 €
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