Ok I have a question. On my amp i have a distorion button and can turn the gain up and down to achieve more or less distortion. what i want to know is, can i get a pedal that does the same thing. like let me dial in how much distortion i want like a gain knob. and can you recomend a good pedal that will do this? thank you very much for your help.
You can get pedals that do exactly that. I don't have any experience with any tho, so I'll let someone else recommend some.
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the classic, all-purpose distortion pedal is the Boss DS-1. i own one, and for the most part i prefer it to the Overdrive models of my Vox amp. it's only about $40, so you can't go wrong, and it's dead simple to use. 2 knobs, that's it, one for gain, one for tone. you can get so much out of it, it's not even funny.
Also, check out the new Gutiar Player magazine. it has a distortion pedal roundup that could be very helpful for you.
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Bonzo, be sure that what you want is distortion, and not overdrive. Distortion can be found in heavier music, System of a Down, Nirvana, Metallica... Overdrive would be more like Zep, Clapton, etc.
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Ibanez TS9 Tubescreamer is an excellent pedal. it is the best overdrive out there.
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Just have to throw this one into the mix, Big Muff Pi. Very distorted but so very nice.
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You might also want to look at the newish Zoom G2 Pedal, i just got one recently replacing my 505 and it's very good i think
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Behringer V-Tone GDI21 - excellent range of amp models with overdrive/distortion and basic EQ thrown in. Lovely sound at a silly price!
can a zoom 505 multi effects processor help me get the same distortion/overdrve as seperate boss pedals or wah wah as a separate cry baby ...
Broadly yes - but think of spending a little more. The 505 is OK as far as sound goes, but the build quality (esp. input & output jacks) is a little flimsy, and there is no expression pedal. Either go for a 606, with better (24-bit) processing and an expression pedal built in, or the extremely well-built GFX-1 (a much more professional unit designed for serious live use) or its brother the GFX-3 with built-in expression pedal. Of course you can buy either a 505 II or a GFX-1 and add a plug-in expression pedal later.
Personally, I'm very keen on the Zoom processors. I use a GFX-1 all the time, in all kinds of live situations, and it's never let me down. Works equally well into a guitar amp (set all EQ flat and use the processor's own EQ is my recipe) or into a PA mixer via a DI box, where the speaker cabinet models come into their own. (NB the single cabinet model in the 505 II is very limited, whereas the 606 / GFX-1 modelling engine includes several different models - open/closed back combo or stack.)
One big advantage of processors, provided you can avoid over-using modulation effects:roll:, is that you get to program patches, so you can change from say a rhythm to a solo sound at the tap of a footswitch.
guess i'll get a 606 as the gfx series is not available here ....
btw can my marshall mg10cd handle the 606 or the 707 ....
it has jus 10W of power ..