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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

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Digitech SDRUM Strummable Drums, drum machine in stomp box format, creates drum patterns based on scatches and strums across muted strings, 5 studio quality drumkit sounds, 12 different hats/rides styles, stores up to 36 differents songs, 3 song parts programmable...

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Arturia KeyLab Essentials 61

USB MIDI Keyboard 61 Velocity-sensitive keys, 8 Velocity dynamic pads with aftertouch, A Clickable encoder, 9 Rotary control, 9 Faders, 13 Keys, Transport section with 4 function buttons, LCD display, Pitchbend and modulation wheel, Chord Play mode, Mackie /...

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Stairville Octagon 20x6W Tourpack 4

Stairville Octagon Theater 20x6W 4x Tourpack incl. Flightcase, 20x6W CW / WW / A, Complete Tourpack with 4 pieces Stairville Octagon Theater 20x6W in a stable roadcase. Professional LED Theatre Spot with infinitely adjustable colour temperature. The, Octagon Theatre is...

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Roland SPD::ONE Wav

Roland SPD::ONE Wav pad, one rubber pad playable with sticks, hands and feet, 4 GBs storage for 12 WAV samples plus click track (muted one main output) (WAV format 44,1kHz, 16 bits, mono/stereo), volume knobs for master and headphone outputs,...

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Roli Block Touch

Additional Module for Roli Seaboard Block Allows direct adjustment of the Roli Block Seaboard, Connectable with just one click, Works wirelessly with other blocks, Works with ROLIs free NOISE app (iPhone/iPad), 6 BLOCKS DNA connections, Battery: Charges via connection...

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Electro Harmonix Expression Pedal

Effects Pedal Expression pedal, The control range can be fine tuned and inverted, Polarity switch for maximum compatibility with a wide range of devices, Advanced, lightweight yet rugged polymer construction, Includes 1.8 m stereo cable, Control: Range, Push Buttons:...

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Arturia KeyLab Essentials 49

USB MIDI Keyboard 49 Velocity-sensitive keys, 8 Velocity-sensitive pads with aftertouch, 1 clickable encoder, 9 Rotary control, 9 Faders, 13 Buttons, Transport section with 4 function buttons, LCD display, Pitchbend and modulation wheel, Chord Play mode, Mackie / HUI...

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Stairville Quad Par Profile 5x8W RGBW 45°

Flat LED PAR Slim design and rich colours, even in the pastel range, Thanks to its compact size, the Quad Par Profile can be mounted or placed almost anywhere, 8 W Quad-colour LEDs ensure its amazing light output, and...

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E-drum Mesh Set For beginners, Including drum rack and cabling Drum module: 108 Sounds, 10 Drum kits, 40 Songs, Metronome tempo 30-280, Integrated reverb, 2x 6.3mm Mono jack outputs, 3.5 mm Stereo line-in jack, 3.5 mm...

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Airturn PED Pro

Multi-functional Bluetooth Controller with Two Foot-switches Wireless page turner for turning digital content (such as notes, eBooks, presentation programs, etc.), For Mac, PC, iPad or Android tablet computers that support Bluetooth Smart Ready, Flat construction with height of 18...

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