Best Distortion Pedal for $50

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Best Distortion Pedal for $50

Post by wythe » Fri Jul 14, 2006 12:16 pm

been using an Analogman TS9 for distortion, but lately i've wanted a more pure distortion pedal rather than just a tube screamer. there are so many inexpensive distortion pedals out there. can anyone recoomend one over another?


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big muff

Post by jmligt » Fri Jul 14, 2006 12:47 pm

You can usually get a Big Muff Pi used for around $50. Or you could buy 4 Arion Tubulators for that price. The best $12 distortion pedal out there. ... sku=150509

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Post by Mane1234 » Fri Jul 14, 2006 9:37 pm

Start hitting the pawn shops...You'll be amazed at what you'll find for 50 bucks.

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Post by syrupcore » Sat Jul 15, 2006 3:27 am

Mane1234 wrote:Start hitting the pawn shops...You'll be amazed at what you'll find for 50 bucks.
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Post by Quest Poetics » Sat Jul 15, 2006 5:12 am

Seriously...Hit every freaking pawn shop around your city and I can almost guarntee you'll find something interesting....I'd take his advice...

I found a maxon d&s distortion pedal for $20....It's great and if I wanted to sell it right now I could probably get approx $100 for it....Just get out there and I'm sure you'll find something...


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Post by ;ivlunsdystf » Sat Jul 15, 2006 7:26 am

I think you need a Rat. Maybe that's technically 'overdrive' though.

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Post by curtiswyant » Sat Jul 15, 2006 8:08 am

All of my distortion pedals are under $50!!!! :lol:

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Post by rhythm ranch » Sat Jul 15, 2006 9:03 am

I thought the Danelectro FAB Distortion sounded great for $15. YMMV.

They also have an overdrive and a "Metal Effect" pedal in the line.

And I agree with hitting the pawn shops.

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Post by ??????? » Sat Jul 15, 2006 9:19 am

ever think about "rolling your own?"

Cost of parts: about $50 if you use all the BEST stuff. You can have a boutique-quality pedal in your budget if you have a little time to spare and know which end of the soldering iron to hold. And then the kids coming up to the stage to look at your "rig" are dumbfounded by the great-sounding plain grey metal box. And the kids coming to your studio to record are amazed by the great sounding 'mystery box' and think yr the shit when you tell 'em you made it.

Look at for a great resource for building pedals... the guy sells PCBs for a nominal charge (like 10 or 15 bucks) and has schematics, well-drawn board layouts, bills of materials, and build instructions on his site free for downloading. And not just dirt boxes but other stuff as well.

I built a TS-808 clone with true bypass, an extra diode for asymmetrical clipping, and a couple of changed cap values for more low-end and less midrange for about 50 bux.


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Post by vsr600 » Sat Jul 15, 2006 10:40 am

I recommend pawn shops also... I found a Jekyll and Hyde for $30 once, a Danelectro Daddy-O overdrive for $20 another time, and a Digitech Whammy for $40.

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Post by kdarr » Sat Jul 15, 2006 11:06 am

you know... i might be the only guy on earth who actually thinks that the Boss DS-1 sounds pretty good.

you just can't turn the tone knob up past 12:00... not too much gain... great straight-ahead rock sound.

plus, hey, it's orange. and you can find them fuckin' ANYWHERE.


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Post by rodabod » Sat Jul 15, 2006 12:57 pm

Boss DS1.
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Post by E.Bennett » Sat Jul 15, 2006 1:09 pm

ibanez sm9 super metal
boss hm-2
ross distortion (tan)

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Post by kdownes » Sat Jul 15, 2006 1:26 pm

i really like the double muff. i got mine for $50. kindof a one trick pony.

the danelectro fab tone is really cool

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Post by jjbohn » Sat Jul 15, 2006 10:35 pm

used is definitely the way to go for that price range. There's one company that makes a box that goes used for roughly that price. I'll try to figure out what and post tomorrow.

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