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Guitar Pedals: Overdrive and Distortion Pedal Demonstration/Shootout

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Published on Mar 1, 2012

http://bluesguitarunleashed.com - I think one of the most important pieces of gear in any guitar player's arsenal is overdrive or distortion pedals.

In this video I'll run through several so you can hear the differences and hopefully choose the one that you like the best for your sound.

I used my Fender American Tele with LIndy Fralin Blues pickups in it through a Digidesign Eleven Rack processor setup like a Fender Super Reverb. I realize some gearheads will be put off by the fact that it's not a tube amp... but I have many great tube amps that don't sound as good as the 11R, especially for recording. It's absolutely a fair comparison.

Pedals tested are my Keeley modded Tube Screamer TS9, stock Boss Super Overdrive (SD1,) Fulldrive Fulltone II Mosffet, MI Audio Blues Boy, Fulltone OCD, ZVexx Box of Rock, and a Rat pedal modified by Modest Mike pedals.

I hope you enjoy the demo and that it's helpful to you.

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Comments • 299

sebastian buch
the OCD pedal gives me OCD, i can't stop staring at the comic sans...
JCV
Here is a guitar player who has clearly put allot of thought into his sound and his equipment. This video was very well done. Kudos.
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Dan Cox
I rarely comment but I gotta say..I really like your style of teaching. Very straight forward and informative. Keep up the great work. I always come away with a little tid bit that helps.
frysebox1
50 shades of overdrive
icitnow
Good description of all the overdrive/distortion pedals. I have a Super Overdrive and love it-really warm, full and rounded tone-great for blues! I also have a Ratt pedal. It is a bit more "trebly" sounding and not as warm but I  can really control the tone with the Filter control. I also have a 1971 Super Reverb. I love my amp. It is pretty much immaculate and sounds really really great. Anyway, thanks!
Juan Bautista Petrini
 2:29 well, you can just try to clean it, just try :)
RackhirTheRed
Wow. I'm loving that Fulldrive2.
yumadapaka
i bought an ocd and a rat because of this video. best purchase ive made in years!
Saki Kaskas
I know that your video was a demo on overdrive pedals but your playing kept me watching until the end of the video. In fact, I book marked it because I plan to learn some of your tasty licks. Thank you!
GabzitoHD
19:01 , my ears are bleeding
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