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Distortion is usually one of the first effects guitarists add to their arsenal, as a good distortion pedal can open up tones that are time-consuming to set up or impossible to achieve on your amp. Although the terms distortion and overdrive can and are often used synonymously, it's best to think of distortion as a more extreme effect. Distortion pedals usually offer more gain than overdrive pedals, so they're perfect for metal and hard rock.
We said: “This valve-driven beast has tons of options and they’re all useful for getting a variety of metal tones. As well as having gain by the bucket load, there’s a switchable 4/8dB boost and a mid shift control. As the name suggests it’s brilliant if you want a bit of high-gain, er, mayhem.”
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