Top Five Overdrive Guitar Pedals
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Best Guitar Overdrive Pedal Should I Buy?

When considering which overdrive pedals belong on the Mount Rushmore of guitar gear, we here at Gear-Vault took one major consideration into account, which is tone. Let’s face it – overdrive is overdrive, and has been since studio musician Grady Martin continued playing despite a faulty pre-amp circuit in the console of a Nashville recording studio in 1961. The nuances of distortion, and opinions about its place in music, have been fine-tuned ever since. This list leans toward pedals that… […]

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Build Your Own Distortion Pedal Kit by ModKits Review

The Thunderdrive is an overdrive pedal kit that will provide a signal boost at low gain settings and it’s own distortion at maximum gain settings. You can use it to push your preamp into overdrive or as a source of smooth distortion.

Using point to point wiring and easy to follow instructions you can have a working overdrive pedal in a matter of hours […]

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MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE: Badass ’78 & Green Rhino

MXR Custom Badass ’78 Distortion roars with huge amp stack tones and old-school distortion. MXR took a classic distortion circuit and hot-rodded it to deliver over-the-top, soaring leads and rich, saturated rhythms. With only three knobs, dialing in a badass tone is a cinch. Engage the CRUNCH button to boost the harmonic content of the distortion. Under the hood, this high-performance machine features top-notch circuitry and hardware meant for a lifetime of use […]

Seymour Duncan SFX-04 Twin Tube Mayhem Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
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Seymour Duncan Twin Tube Mayhem SFX-04 [Guitar Pedal Review]

I went right for the jugular and pitted this pedal’s tones against heinous high-gain amplifiers like Kerry King’s Marshall Beast, a Krank Krankenstein, a Madison and my own FJA-modified Mesa Road King II. In addition, in most cases I ran the Mayhem into each amp’s clean channel. Given the complexity and variation of the amp tones, I was more than a little surprised to hear the Mayhem convincingly and consistently […]

Huges & Kettner Tube Factor
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Hughes & Kettner Tube Factor

In this day and age, products are so specialized that purchasing anything can make your mind spin. Guitar gear is no exception. There are so many options on the market that buying something as simple as a distortion pedal can be confusing. Do you want a new pedal or a vintage model (or a new reissue of vintage model)? Do you want a unit that dishes out grungy rhythm sounds or smooth, vintage-sounding leads? I […]

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Visual Sound Jekyll & Hyde Ultimate Overdrive

Bless the good Dr. Jekyll and his more aggressive alter ego, Mr. Hyde, for getting these two distinctive sounds to work together so well. The Jekyll & Hyde Overdrive is a maximum bang per buck bargain. Enclosed in a sheet metal casing worthy of a Sherman tank, this Siamese twin of sound boasts two selectors’ switches two status lights and a row of knobs that beg you to bend over and tweak em. […]