How To Find the Perfect Tone by Finding YOUR Distortion Pedal

If there was ever something guitarists get really fanatical about its stompboxes. These are… guitar pedals; those gadgets that evoke absolute inspiration when it comes to fulfilling the quest for perfect tone. For some guitarists, 10 of these are not enough. In fact, some very dedicated musicians boast giant collections of these magical trinkets. There are many, many types of guitar pedals, but none are more popular or more widely used than the venerable distortion pedal.

The distortion pedal is the type of pedal that lives on just about EVERY guitarist’s pedalboard. You can live without a delay pedal (unless you are The Edge). You can live without a tremolo. However, it’s almost guaranteed, you can’t live without distortion. During the quest to build your perfect guitar sound there seems to be one common trait between many, if not all, guitarists. That common trait can simply be summed up as the search for the best distortion pedal.

Now, this is one huge problem to solve. How do you find the best when there are literally hundreds of distortion pedals available on the market? Well, first you need to understand that what the best for you might not necessarily be the best for someone else. Having said that, the bottom line is you have to find the best distortion pedal FOR YOU.  The only way you are going to find your holy-grail pedal is if you test, and test and test. And I’m not talking about just testing pedals at the music shop. You need quite a bit more time with it to really get to know it. Plus, you can’t really tell if a stompbox is good for you unless you try it with your own gear, not the shop gear.

The best way to find your true best pedal would be to save some money by buying used pedals. That way, you have enough time to get to know it and if you end up not liking it, you can simply sell it for close to the same amount you paid. This will allow you to try something else and not lose money in the process. If you buy new you’ll end up getting stuck with the pedal unless you’re willing to lose a good chunk of change. Either that, or you could try and cut a deal with a shop that if you don’t like the pedal after say, 30 days, you can return it or exchange it for another one. Next time you are in a music shop looking at accessories, meaning: lines, guitar cases or other minor spending stuff like that, put in some good time to check out the available pedals. I say accessories, because if you are in a shop to buy a guitar or amp you are better off waiting for the pedal later. You want to get used to the amp or guitar you have at hand first, before going out to buy a pedal.

The tips above can likely help you when making a decision to try and find your perfect distortion tone. You might find the perfect sound and also save some money in the progress. Sounds like a good deal to me!

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