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What is Distortion Tone


What is Distortion Tone - Distortion Guitar Pedal tone is basically a more aggressive tone to Overdriven Guitar Tone which simulates a Overdriven amp. If you took a Marshall in 1975 and turned it up you would get the sound of Overdrive from driven tubes. Great classic rock sound, classic tone that has been emulated 1000s of times, but in 1975 MXR, Boss, ProCo Rats arrived that gave us the distorted tone. This was new, amps didn't produce this tone on their own, this aggressive biting distortion for hard rock, metal, lead tones etc. 

If you really follow these pedals introductions, you will find a parallel to the music of the day. The pedals arrive and New British Metal arrives pretty much a few years later with this balls out aggressive distorted bar chord thunder ! This is what gear and guitar pedals do, as new tones arrived players took them and created new forms of music and expression with them. Now we could argue that the Big Muff was before this but that is really a overdrive fuzz, all though a fat killer aggressive tone it is not the tight, articulate distortion starting in the mid 70s. 

JHS Andy Timmon Version 2

JHS Andy Timmon Version 2 - Andy Timmons is just one of my all time favorite guitar players, chops and tone usually are enough. But Andy has that special sauce that put's him ahead of so many great players. The JHS Andy Timmons Version 2 overdrive distortion pedal is just that the special sauce. Just killer [...]

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Tru-Fi Pedals Zosa and Supa Fuzz Guitar Pedal

Tru-Fi Pedals Zosa and Supa Fuzz Guitar Pedal - 5 years of working on these and they are finally underway. Tonebender and Marshall Supa Fuzz which is just a mild tweak of the Vox Tonebender that was produced in 1966 and used by Jimmy Page, Beck, Hendrix, you name a player and they used a [...]

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