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Landlord FX Whiskey Chaser Distortion Pedal

Landlord FX Whiskey Chaser Distortion Pedal

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Ibanez TSMINI Tubescreamer Mini Overdrive

Ibanez TSMINI Tubescreamer Mini Overdrive

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BOSS DS-1 Distortion

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Pro Co Rat 2 Distortion

Pro Co Rat 2 Distortion

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Landlord FX Amber Nectar Overdrive Pedal

Landlord FX Amber Nectar Overdrive Pedal

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BOSS BD-2 Blues Driver Overdrive

BOSS BD-2 Blues Driver Overdrive

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BOSS SD-1 Super Overdrive

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Bogner Uberschall Pedal Overdrive/Distortion

Bogner Uberschall Pedal Overdrive/Distortion

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NUX Reissue Steel Singer Drive Overdrive Pedal

NUX Reissue Steel Singer Drive Overdrive Pedal

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Wampler Tumnus Overdrive Pedal V2

Wampler Tumnus Overdrive Pedal V2

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BOSS DS-2 Distortion

BOSS DS-2 Distortion

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Electro Harmonix Soul Food Transparent Overdrive

Electro Harmonix Soul Food Transparent Overdrive

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Fulltone OCD Obsessive Compulsive Drive V2

Fulltone OCD Obsessive Compulsive Drive V2

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Ibanez TS9 Tubescreamer Reissue Overdrive

Ibanez TS9 Tubescreamer Reissue Overdrive

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Wampler Tumnus Deluxe Overdrive V2

Wampler Tumnus Deluxe Overdrive V2

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BOSS BD-2W Waza Craft Custom Blues Driver Overdrive

BOSS BD-2W Waza Craft Custom Blues Driver Overdrive

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Electro Harmonix Green Russian Big Muff Distortion/Sustainer

Electro Harmonix Green Russian Big Muff Distortion/Sustainer

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EarthQuaker Devices Plumes Overdrive

EarthQuaker Devices Plumes Overdrive

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Friedman Small Box Pedal

Friedman Small Box Pedal

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Wampler Ratsbane Distortion

Wampler Ratsbane Distortion

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BOSS MT-2W Metal Zone Waza Craft Distortion

BOSS MT-2W Metal Zone Waza Craft Distortion

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MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion

MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion

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Walrus Audio Mako ACS1 Amp + Cab Simulator

Walrus Audio Mako ACS1 Amp + Cab Simulator

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BOSS ODB-3 Bass Overdrive

BOSS ODB-3 Bass Overdrive

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BOSS MT-2 Metal Zone Distortion

BOSS MT-2 Metal Zone Distortion

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Dod Looking Glass Overdrive

Dod Looking Glass Overdrive

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Wampler Belle Overdrive

Wampler Belle Overdrive

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Wampler Plexi Drive Mini Overdrive

Wampler Plexi Drive Mini Overdrive

£139.00
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Ampeg Classic Preamp

Ampeg Classic Preamp

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JHS Pedals The Bonsai 9 way Screamer  Overdrive

JHS Pedals The Bonsai 9 way Screamer Overdrive

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Friedman Be-OD Brown Eye Overdrive Pedal

Friedman Be-OD Brown Eye Overdrive Pedal

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Walrus Audio Ages 5 Stage Overdrive

Walrus Audio Ages 5 Stage Overdrive

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Way Huge Smalls Green Rhino Overdrive MKV

Way Huge Smalls Green Rhino Overdrive MKV

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BOSS OD-3 Overdrive Pedal

BOSS OD-3 Overdrive Pedal

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BOSS OD-200 Hybrid Drive

BOSS OD-200 Hybrid Drive

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Ibanez TS808 Tubescreamer Reissue Overdrive

Ibanez TS808 Tubescreamer Reissue Overdrive

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MXR CSP027 Timmy Overdrive

MXR CSP027 Timmy Overdrive

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MXR Bass D.I. M80 Pre-Amplifier

MXR Bass D.I. M80 Pre-Amplifier

£149.00 £174.00
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JHS Pedals 3 Series Overdrive

JHS Pedals 3 Series Overdrive

£99.00
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JHS Pedals 3 Series Distortion

JHS Pedals 3 Series Distortion

£99.00
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About Overdrive & Distortion Pedals

Finding the right overdrive/distortion pedal is the key to unlocking your unique voice as a guitarist. The term ‘overdrive’ comes from players in the 50s turning up their amps louder than the amp could handle. This overdrove the valves and created a rich, saturated guitar tone. Since then, overdrive has become the definitive sound of the electric guitar. The only trouble, however, was that turning amps like this was very loud. Overdrive and distortion pedals, then, allow you to capture this sound in a more user-friendly way.

We refer to the amount of overdrive something has as ‘gain’. Overdrive and distortion is pretty much the same effect, except distortion is higher gain than overdrive. This means it is suited to hard rock, punk, and metal. Famous distortion pedals include the Boss DS1 - as played by Kurt Cobain and Steve Vai - and the ProCo Rat - rocked by Blur’s Graham Coxon and The police’s Andy Summers.

There is a huge number of overdrive pedals on the market these days. This allows players to be extremely particular about their tone. In truth, there is a relatively small number of overdrive circuits and most other pedals are either a copy or embellishment. The circuits that reign supreme in overdrive mythology are the Tube Screamer and the Klon. With original units going for thousands of pounds, it’s easy to see why players prefer modern replicas!

What Makes Overdrive and Distortion Pedals Different?

  • Most popular guitar effect
  • Light saturation to thunderous distortion
  • Find your voice as a guitarist
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Overdrive & Distortion Pedals

    Question: What's the difference between distortion pedals and overdrive pedals?
    They are essentially the same effect. Distortion is an extreme kind of overdrive. ‘Dynamics’ are the difference between your loudest playing and your quietest playing. Light overdrive will preserve your dynamics whereas distortion will compress them to the point where all your notes are the same volume and have a long, singing sustain.
    Question: Should I get an overdrive or distortion pedal?
    Without wwanting to say ‘you should get both’, you should get both! Players often use overdrive and distortion in tandem, using distortion for riffs, choruses and solos and using overdrive in verses and lighter songs. Overdrive and distortion pedals work really well when ‘stacked’ in the same signal chain, creating a wider range of gain and tones.
    Question: Where does my overdrive and distortion pedals go in a chain?
    Overdrive and distortion tend to go near the beginning of the chain - before modulation pedals and time-based effects, like reverb and delay. If you are using both overdrive AND distortion pedals, players tend to stack these in order of gain. Plugging the guitar into the lighter gain overdrive pedal and then into the higher gain distortion pedal works well.