Guitar Distortion Pedals

There’s nothing better than plugging your electric guitar into a nice amplifier and distortion pedal to crank out some music. Distortion pedals come in all flavors from blues, rock, to heavy metal. It can be difficult to decide which distortion pedal you might want for your guitar. While most amplifiers come with distortion built-in, a good distortion pedal can make a world of difference in your overall sound.

You do need to experiment some and find the pedal that is right for you but there are a number of great distortion pedal makers on the market that make this task fairly easy. Ask your friends what they use and you can go to YouTube to watch many demonstrations  of new distortion pedals or other guitar gear which can help you make a purchasing decision on your pedals. I visit YouTube all the time to hear samples of different pieces of guitar gear before I buy anything new.

Try a guitar and amplifier similar to your own when you visit a guitar store so you can get an overall feel to what the pedal will sound like with your gear at home. Most major guitar stores will have have a sound room where you can try out the gear you're looking for so make use of them.

Best Distortion Pedal Boss Pedals

Boss Distortion PedalCredit: Photobucket By Fitchtel

 One of the best brands of pedal is made by Boss and when it comes to distortion they make some nice edals for your guitar. Their distortion pedals are solid and you’ll get years of use out of them. When I was growing up the Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal was one of the first pedals I owned. It has a decent distortion sound and it’s perfect for that first amplifier that might have a weaker sound. It has a hard edge sound to it and makes a great first pedal option. If you want a pedal with a more metal edge the Boss MT-2 Metal Zone is a very nice pedal for some great heavy metal distortion sounds. I also used this pedal for a long time during my early Metallica style guitar playing days. The boss pedals are built like tanks and they will last you a long time. Be sure to buy a battery charger and some nine-volts because you’ll go through them when you use pedals. Boss also makes other brands such as a warmer overdrive distortion and a great blues driver pedal too.

Ibanez Tube Screamer

One of the greatest pedals of all time for guitar distortion is the Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Original. Every guitarist should at least try this pedal out if not just go out and buy one because it sounds that good. It’s not really designed for a lot of heavy guitar sounds but it works great with Fender guitars when you want a nice overdrive distortion sound. It works best with tube amplifiers. There are many tube-screamer style pedals of the market but the original Ibanez is still the best. Of course with every distortion pedal it’s all about taste, so experiment.

Digitech Distortion

If you want extreme sounds try the Digitech DDM Death Metal Analog Distortion Pedal. For those that like the real heavy sounds. They also make the DigiTech DGR Grunge Analog-Distortion Pedal for those 90s Nirvana style sounds. This maker also has other brands so check them out.

Pro Co Rat 2

Pro Co Rat 2 set the standard that all other distortion devices are measured against. Heard on thousands of recordings, it has helped define the sound of many bands. The beauty of the RAT 2 lies in its versatility. Used as a primary distortion, it excels at rock rhythm and soaring leads. This is one pedal you need to try too, you won’t be disappointed. They also make a Pro Co Turbo Rat Distortion Pedal.

Try Out Distortion Pedals

If you aren’t sure about what to buy you should visit a music store and just start checking out pedals and then getting one you like. Since everyone has such diverse musical tastes, one pedal you like might sound terrible to someone else who like a different sound. The best guitar distortion pedal will be one that meets your overall needs as a player.  Try distortion with a digital delay pedal, a wah wah, and other effects for new sounds. Best of luck finding that great distortion sound and keep jamming out there!