per page of 605 products
View
by Grid
View
by List
  • MXR DD25V2 Limited Edition Dookie Drive V2 Guitar Effects Pedal

    MXR DD25V2 Limited Edition Dookie Drive V2 Guitar Effects Pedal

     
    0.0

    (No reviews)

    Be the first to

    Write a Review

    MSRP: Old Price $271.41 Discounted Price $189.99 Save: $81.42 (30%)

  • Fender Smolder Acoustic Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal

    Fender Smolder Acoustic Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal

     
    0.0

    (No reviews)

    Be the first to

    Write a Review

    Discounted Price $149.99

  • Fender The Trapper Dual Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal

    Fender The Trapper Dual Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal

     
    0.0

    (No reviews)

    Be the first to

    Write a Review

    Discounted Price $179.99

  • Fender MTG:LA Tube Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal

    Fender MTG:LA Tube Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal

     
    0.0

    (No reviews)

    Be the first to

    Write a Review

    Discounted Price $199.99

  • Fender Compugilist Compressor/Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal

    Fender Compugilist Compressor/Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal

     
    0.0

    (No reviews)

    Be the first to

    Write a Review

    Discounted Price $169.99

  • JHS Pedals Cheese Ball Fuzz/Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal

  • Walrus Audio Iron Horse LM308 Distortion V2 Halloween Guitar Effect Pedal

  • Electro-Harmonix Ram's Head Big Muff Pi Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal

    Electro-Harmonix Ram's Head Big Muff Pi Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal

     
    4.7

    (7 reviews)

    MSRP: Old Price $132.00 Discounted Price $99.00 Save: $33.00 (25%)

  • Walrus Audio EB-10 Preamp/EQ/Boost Guitar Effects Pedal

    Walrus Audio EB-10 Preamp/EQ/Boost Guitar Effects Pedal

     
    0.0

    (No reviews)

    Be the first to

    Write a Review

    Discounted Price $229.00

  • Vertex Ultra-Phonix HRM Overdrive Guitar Effect Pedal

    Vertex Ultra-Phonix HRM Overdrive Guitar Effect Pedal

     
    0.0

    (No reviews)

    Be the first to

    Write a Review

    Discounted Price $199.99

  • Vertex Dynamic Distortion V2 Distortion Guitar Effect Pedal

    Vertex Dynamic Distortion V2 Distortion Guitar Effect Pedal

     
    0.0

    (No reviews)

    Be the first to

    Write a Review

    Discounted Price $199.99

  • Vertex Tone Secret OD Overdrive Guitar Effect Pedal

    Vertex Tone Secret OD Overdrive Guitar Effect Pedal

     
    0.0

    (No reviews)

    Be the first to

    Write a Review

    Discounted Price $199.99

  • Vertex Vertex Boost Guitar Effect Pedal

    Vertex Vertex Boost Guitar Effect Pedal

     
    0.0

    (No reviews)

    Be the first to

    Write a Review

    Discounted Price $199.99

  • Electro-Harmonix Nano Operation Overlord Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal

    Electro-Harmonix Nano Operation Overlord Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal

     
    0.0

    (No reviews)

    Be the first to

    Write a Review

    MSRP: Old Price $118.90 Discounted Price $89.40 Save: $29.50 (24.81%)

  • Tech 21 Steve Harris Signature SH1 SansAmp Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal

    Tech 21 Steve Harris Signature SH1 SansAmp Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal

     
    0.0

    (No reviews)

    Be the first to

    Write a Review

    MSRP: Old Price $415.00 Discounted Price $299.00 Save: $116.00 (27.95%)

  • Page: Next End
    per page of 605 products
    View
    by Grid
    View
    by List
    Read more

    Distortion/Overdrive/Fuzz/Boost Pedals

    While some players look to their amplifiers for their distorted, or dirty, tones, others look to guitar effects pedals. There are different types of pedals a guitarist might turn to for some crunch: Overdrive, Distortion, Fuzz, and Boost. These pedals, utilizing solid-state transistors, op-amps, and diodes, aim to replicate the sound one gets from an overdriven tube amplifier. Though these effects are similar, they each have their own sound, and you will find some guitarists with more than one of these pedals on their pedalboard depending on their genre or playing style.

    Overdrive & Distortion Pedals

    Overdrive and distortion, terms sometimes used interchangeably, are two very unique effects with different sonic characteristics. Overdrive is typically warmer and more subtle, while distortion is more extreme and really cuts through.

    When overdrive pedals were introduced, their goal was to replicate the sound of an overdriven tube amp. This is done using what is called soft clipping, which means less of the signal is being clipped, resulting in a more natural sounding breakup perfect for such genres as blues, indie, or classic rock. While there are many overdrive pedals on the market, some of the most iconic are the Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer, the Fulltone OCD, and the Boss OD-3.

    Distortion pedals, on the other hand, use hard clipping which creates a more aggressive, high-gain tone one would typically associate with punk, alternative, or metal. If this is more your speed, check out pedals such as the Boss DS-1, the ProCo Rat 2, and the MXR M104 Distortion+ just to name a few.

    Fuzz

    When it comes to guitar effects, fuzz is probably the most polarizing. Some guitarists love it, while other guitarists can't stand it.

    The fuzz sound came from musicians using faulty equipment, which resulted in an interesting form of extreme distortion. The most famous example of this is Dave Davies of The Kinks slashing his speaker cone with a razorblade, resulting in the fuzzy and distorted guitar tone on their 1964 hit song "You Really Got Me". While the initial goal of the fuzz pedal was to mimic an overdriven amp, it failed to do that accurately, but in turn created its own unique sound. Artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, and Billy Corgan have famously used fuzz in some of their most iconic songs.

    If you're looking to add some fuzz to your arsenal, a good place to start is the ZVex Fuzz Factory or the historic Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi.

    Boost

    Boost is the outlier of this group, as it doesn't affect your guitar signal in the same way that overdrive, distortion, or fuzz do. The main purpose of a boost pedal is to raise the volume, or certain frequencies, of your guitar signal, helping your guitar cut through a mix for solos or more guitar driven parts of songs. The other purpose of a boost is to drive the front of an amp, causing the amp to break up and distort. A lot of pedal builders will combine a boost circuit with an overdrive, distortion, or fuzz circuit in one pedal, allowing you to boost the signal for an even more dynamic sound.

    Your tone in need of a little boost? Check out pedals like the Electro-Harmonix LPB-1, Xotic EP Booster, or the Keeley Electronics Mini Katana.

    Looking to dirty up your tone with an overdrive, distortion, fuzz, or boost pedal? Not sure what type of effect would be best? Give us a call at 1-800-4SAMASH, or chat with us online, and speak to one of our experts today!
    What’s the Difference Between Boost, Overdrive, Distortion, and Fuzz?
    Before The Tube Screamer: Early Distortion Solutions