Well, I'm alive. You might be wondering why I only visit this place to ask questions about guitar, but.. hey. Oooh, new smileys. Well, back on topic. I've entered the studio to record with my ska band that I play guitar in. I'm going direct, so no amps are involved. I just have a question. How am I supposed to get a good distorted sound while going direct? Distortion pedals suck in my opinion. They sound too processed and fuzzy while going direct. Is there any pedal/piece of equipment that will give me a good distorted sound? I'm poor though.. Argh. Dammit, I need a Marshall halfstack.