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Best Guitar Distortion Pedals

by admin on June 19, 2012

So what are the best guitar distortion pedals? When looking at distortion pedals for guitar there are three main types overdrive, fuzz and of course distortion. In selecting the best or the most recommend I though it might be a good idea to look at a few of the best guitar pedals from these distortion categories. Read about the differences between distortion, overdrive and fuzz.

Best Distortion Pedals
Every guitar player will have a different taste in what sounds best to them so I’ve included a few of the most popular distortion pedals on the market and what styles of music they’re general used for.

Boss Ds-1 Distortion Pedal Best Guitar Distortion Pedals
This is one on the best selling guitar pedals ever made. It’s a simple reliable distortion sound that works well for a range of styles of music such us rock and blues. The orange Boss DS-1 Distortion pedal is used by many well known players as it’s a reliable pedal with a great rugged metal case construction making it a great choice for the gigging guitar player. It’s also well priced making it great value for a basic distortion pedal.

Boss Ds-1 Distortion Pedal Best Guitar Distortion Pedals


Blackstar Ht Series Ht-Dual Tube Dual Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
 Best Guitar Distortion Pedals

The Blackstar HT-DUAL is a unique distortion pedal due to the fact that it incorporates a high voltage valve design into its construction to create warm valve tones. It also is designed as a 3 channel pedal plus bypass making it extremely flexible in the range of sounds it can be used for in a live situation.

Blackstar Ht Series Ht-Dual Tube Dual Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal Best Guitar Distortion Pedals

For metal players there’s a range of pedals that are very popular with guitarists looking for a heavier distortion pedal.

Digitech Xmm Metal Master Heavy Metal Distortion Pedal Best Guitar Distortion Pedals
This pedal features Digitechs “Multidistortion” technology which emulates the sound of the best metal distortion sounds including the Boogie Mark III, Boss Metal Zone, DOD Death Metal and more. Many guitarists think its one of the best sounding metal distortion pedals around with a wide variety of sounds.

Digitech Xmm Metal Master Heavy Metal Distortion Pedal Best Guitar Distortion Pedals


Boss Ml-2 Metal Core Distortion Pedal
 Best Guitar Distortion Pedals



This never guitar pedal from Boss is designed for Nu Metal, Grind Core, Hard Core Industrial and of course metal. Its built to handle dropped tuned guitars with Low control to deal with sludgey low tuned guitars. Many guitarists rat this as one of the best pedals for playing modern metal.

Boss Ml-2 Metal Core Distortion Pedal Best Guitar Distortion Pedals

Best Overdrive Pedals
Overdrive is used to boost the level of a signal and just “dirty” the sound a bit which is used a lot in blues and rock music that doesn’t require full on distortion.


Ibanez Ts9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal
 Best Guitar Distortion Pedals

The Ibanez TS9 is a well known pedal used by blues players like Stevie Ray Vaughan to boost their playing levels when they launch into a guitar solo. Guitar Player magazine have rated this as one of the best guitar pedals of all time.

Ibanez Ts9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal Best Guitar Distortion Pedals


Fulltone Ocd Obsessive Compulsive Drive Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal
 Best Guitar Distortion Pedals

Fulltone make a range of quality sounding pedals including the OCD Overdrive pedal which creates smooth creamy sounding overdrive just like an overdriven valve amp. Many players have called this “a Tube Screamer on Steroids”.

Fulltone Ocd Obsessive Compulsive Drive Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal Best Guitar Distortion Pedals

Best Fuzz Pedals
Fuzz is the classic distortion sound from the 60s that is still popular today. The most well known example of this sound is the riff to Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones.


Dunlop Fuzz Face Guitar Effects Pedal
 Best Guitar Distortion Pedals

This classic pedal was most famously used by Jimi Hendrix and still used the original design form the 60s to create that authentic fuzz guitar tone. The trick to getting the best sound of this older style of pedal is to experiment with the volume setting out of your guitar. Don’t have your guitar on “10” all the time try using the pedal with the guitar volume dialled back to “5-7” and you will get a range of nice smooth fuzz tones that may players are looking for.

Dunlop Fuzz Face Guitar Effects Pedal Best Guitar Distortion Pedals

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