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    When Do I Use Distortion?

    We not me--but here' an article on using distortion--some good stuff----when to use & when not to
    And it does mention jazz usually isn't a good place for it--so no disparaging remarks dB--we know you don't use it.

    And I think we know I do use it sometimes.

    After all:
    Power chords make playing guitar cool.
    And he explains why as well.
    But he also talks about backing off the gain and stuff like that too...

    Maybe no anything earth shattering or new to me (Or you)
    But in case someone new stumbles across this --(and as a reminder to us):

    When Do I Use Distortion?
    But would teenaged me have listened?
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    OK--I know dB doesn't use distortion--but nobody else does?
    Or is this too simple?
    Maybe new people will read it...
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    I will tell you this, when I was a teenager I had this distortion pedal that was absolutely unholy. The thing plugged in (no battery) and it would practically double the guitar's volume. I actually used it for bass. I'm sure than pedal claimed the lives of numerous amps!

    Unfortunately when I went to college it got lost- my mom probably threw it out! I wish I still had it...

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    Well I have 4--and have plugged them in all at the same time & I have heard of those who have used more at one time.

    I have made 3 at one time work--but 4 gets a bit too much for me.
    (One pedal focuses on highs, one on mids, one on lows--and the amount of dirt is dependant on how those frequencies react tot he dirt on them.)
    But normally I would only use 1 or 2 at a time--and have whatever number of the pedals I have plugged in set with different settings.
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    I'm sure it is fun to experiment!

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    That's one of the best things about using pedals--and why my answer when asked about pedal order starts with some variation of --try them all!
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    Try them with a ABY switch too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by die Bullen View Post
    Try them with a ABY switch too...
    I would only need that if I was going into different amps--or pedal chains...

    In a row works fine otherwise.
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    I'm sure it does but having the same guitar distorted through 2 different amps might be an interesting test too

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    Quote Originally Posted by die Bullen View Post
    I'm sure it does but having the same guitar distorted through 2 different amps might be an interesting test too
    Oh--it is
    I have pedals with stereo outputs--so I have used those to split the signal to two different amps.

    What else is cool is having the main sound clean and the echo distorted.
    the other way around is too--but I like the clean guitar with the distorted echo a bit better.
    (So one distortion pedal before the split--and one after--or one on each line out)
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