Distortions feature articles
The best overdrive pedals for electric guitar - The gritty details on our five favorite overdrive pedals
With over 100 overdrive pedals listed on just one gear-shopping website, how does one choose the top five? The first order of business is to define the terms: An overdrive pedal should have enough volume to distort a clean amplifier before adding gain from the pedal. It should also have enough gain to provide a dirty sound on its own, though anyth…
Understanding Those Magic Boxes of Doom - Distortion… Clean and Simple
So the bad news is, it’s virtually impossible to tell what the distortion pedal sounds like without auditioning it personally.
The Next Big Thing in Guitar Distortion - A Guitarist's Guide to Multiband Distortion
If you're a guitarist and you're not into multiband distortion...well, you should be. Just as multiband compression delivers a smoother, more transparent form of dynamics control, multiband distortion delivers a "dirty" sound like no other.