Does Anyone Not Use Fuzz Or Dustortion?

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  1. James

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    So I use mostly amp distortion. I have a Vox AC10 and a Marshall JCM 900.

    I have a walrus audio plainsman boost on my board but just feel with two great amps I don't need a distortion.

    Anyone not have any serious dirt on their boards?
     
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    Never have and never will. Really can't stand the sound of any distortion, etc. Clean with just a bit of reverb for me. Once rock and roll music began using OD and distortion, etc. I quit listening.
     
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    Closest thing to a dirt pedal for me is a boost pedal and I keep the gain down on it. Might get a bit od crunch with the amp but normally clean.
     

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    I haven't been using dirt pedals as much recently, but I do have them and like them.
     
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    I love it. Bring on the fuzz!
     
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    I've been chasing tone with various OD and distortion pedals for years and I'm SOOO HAPPY to finally have an amp that gives me all the gain I need (MB Mark V 25). Once I have a chance to go through all my pedals I will probably sell off a lot of the dirt pedals, not including my Friedman BE-OD which is just killer.

    I wasn't a fuzz guy for a long time but I picked up a used DOD Carcosa in a trade a few months back and I absolutely love it so that's not going anywhere.
     
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    My "board" is a tuner and footswitch. No dirt pedals at all for me.
     
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    Dirt pedals are fun but I'm more than satisfied with going straight into the amp for dirty tones. I've seen some pedalboards loaded with dirtboxes though and I wouldn't want to be stuck in that loop
     
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    For the longest time I was a Wah into amp guy. I found the pedals helped me in Classic Rock bands, get closer to the album tones that the audience wanted, at lower volumes.

    I struggle with fuzz. I had a 76 Muff that used to trat me right, but that got stolen in the early 80's.
     
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    Is this a trick question?
     
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    Ditto :)
     
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    Almost everything I listen to (and thusly, want to play) involves some sort of signal distortion - so yeah. A lot.

    I work up a lot of electronic music as well, so I experiment with sprinkling it on any synth tracks or beats that might need accentuating as well. It's one of my favorite techniques. I put distortion, on my distortion....
     
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    Mine is almost entirely clean. Although I will sometimes turn up the gain on the amp a bit. My only pedal is an MXR Carbon Copy.
     
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    I don't really use pedals, the only ones I do have are a tuner, a chorus, and a delay. I get all of the distortion I want from my amps. Never even tried a dirt pedal except for the one someone here generously gave my son for free.
     
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    I dont not like dirt.
    I especially dont not like adding some pedal boost or dirt to a tube amp preamp that just is getting dirty, especially with a heavier pick attack.
    I dont not like stacking OD with some fuzz sometimes

    EDIT: I do use them more for lower volume playing, which is often, and only 1 amp has a dirt channel.
     
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    I don't really have a choice...'76 Hiwatt Custom 100 doesn't have a drive channel :)
     
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    Occasionally a Maxon od808 or od820 but that's about it. A Zendrive into a clean channel on a rare occasion.
     
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    Haven't met a distortion pedal that I like yet... Distortion pedals are fun for a while, but I always end up selling them.

    I'm more of a chorus, delay, reverb kind of guy (gotta have reverb!). If I want dirt, I just turn up the gain.
     
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    I typically stick with my amp's distortion. Maybe it's because I use solid state amps, but when I use distortion or fuzz pedals they sound flat, and the sound doesn't carry/move air like the amp. It's like the sound just stops a few feet from the speaker - especially at live volumes. I've never gotten a boost to work either. I typically use delay to make my leads pop

    I do like fuzz (and many flavors of it), but am not very good at incorporating it into my playing for some reason (yet?).

    As far as distortion pedals go, the rat is king in my book
     
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    I like pushing my amps front end into a gentle OD with a boost but I do switch between clean and dirty boosts at the moment depending on my setup and volume level. Right now I also prefer a fuzz face over a tube screamer. But all fuzz effects are not created equal. The Russian big muff I have isn't as versatile with my amps and it definitely favors my Marshall jcm 800. fuzz is addictive IMO makes me all itchy when i dont have one


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