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In this episode we compare eight great distortion pedals. As regular viewers will know, we talk about overdrive pedals a lot, and we’re big fans of fuzz too. The humble distortion pedal is often overlooked on TPS, so we thought it was high time to redress the balance a little bit.
We begin by talking briefly about the key differences between the terms ‘overdrive’, ‘fuzz’ and ‘distortion’ before diving headlong into our chosen pedals and riffing like the rock gods we truly are. (yeah, in our dreams).
Now, seeing as we mention rock, we should also mention the giant standstone lump of the stuff in the middle of Australia. Mick referred to it as ‘Ayers Rock’ towards the end of the video, which became its name after 1873 when surveyor William Gosse sighted the landmark and named it after the chief secretary of South Australia, Sir Henry Ayers. Now then, there were some people around just a little bit before that – the Aboriginal Pitjantjatjara people – and they called it ‘Uluru’. These days it’s officially called ‘Uluru / Ayers Rock’. This all according to Wikipedia, of course. No doubt there will be many comments about this, hence the clarification here. If either of us had ever been actually concentrating at school, rather than constantly daydreaming about guitars we’d own one day, we’d have probably taken some of this in. In fact Dan may never have even been to school. Some say he was raised by burrowing bears near a vacuum tube factory in Siberia.
Interesting bits and go-to sections…
- Intro playing and background: 00:00
- It’s been a while: 1:18
- Jonny’s a lovely guy: 2:18
- What are overdrive, distortion and fuzz anyway? 3:30
- Four classic guitars with the 1980 Boss DS-1 in a Marshall: 9:15
- Woo – Mick’s new 335! 11:08
- DS-1 into a cleaner amp (Victory V40 Deluxe): 13:05
- Changing the mid character of the V40 Deluxe: 15:00
- The Kramer tangent: 17:25
- Vintage & modern Boss DS-1 compared: 20:35
- ZVEX Distortron: 32:05 (32:51)
- Boss DS-1 and ZVEX Distortron compared: 30:21
- Bognor Burnley: 40:50
- Bognor and DS-1 compared (very briefly): 34:50
- Thorpy Warthog: 35:40 (37:24)
- Thorpy & Bogner compared: 40:50
- MI Audio Super Crunch Box: 42:37 (46:03)
- Mick’s haircut/spatial awareness/thicko tangent: 45:15
- Suhr Riot: 52:26
- Keeley DS-9: 59:03
- Keeley and Boss DS-1 compared: 102:30
Amps in this episode
• Marshall 1987x with 2061x 2x12 cabinet with Celestion G12H Anniversary speakers
• Victory V40 Deluxe with V212VC cabinet with Celestion G12M-65 Creamback soeakers