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Some Tips About Overdrive/Distortion

The most used pedal circuit in all history is most likely the Ibanez/Maxon Tubescreamer. It’s hard to find a guitarist who doesn’t use this pedal regularly or at least own one. Popular pedals such as the Fulltone Fulldrive, Boss SD-1, Visual Sound Route 66, Cusack’s Screamer, Baroni Lab and about 1000 more by almost every pedal maker on the planet. To better explain overdrive/distortion pedals, let’s look at the origin of this classic pedal.

Once upon a time, there is a man named Mr. S. Tamura got some creative ideas. He noticed that players had problems on getting good tones in small venues where they couldn’t crank their tube amps. As it’s kind of the nature of tube amps, the louder it plays the more it breaks-up into a natural crunchy overdrive. Tamura tried to develop his circuit to simulate that break-up by using a method which known as a variable gain op-amp circuit with symmetrical diode clipping. And now every modern overdrive or distortion uses this method, if not something similar. Now that we understand why overdrive came about, let’s talk about how we can use it in general.

Most guitarists will place their drives after Wah and compression but before other effects like chorus and echo. This kind of placement provides a natural feeling that works best with the other effects. Whether you’re playing Indie Rock, Texas Blues or even Heavy Meta, you are going to operate in this way because you absolutely will need an overdrive/distortion in your chain. Despise of how your chains are like,  overdrive/distortions really play a good rule in the music, so there are more and more overdrive and distortions effects comparing article.

But still there are other classic Overdrive/Distortions that are NOT based on the Tubescreamer. Like theBoss DS-1, Pro Co RAT, Marshall Bluesbreaker and the MXR Distortion +.