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Using distortion with a tube amp.

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Bassdude15, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. Bassdude15


    Feb 26, 2013
    I really like the sound of an overdriven tube amp, and the sound of distortion pedals. Has anyone ever used them together?
    I was thinking of using maybe a Boss BD2 or something in a future rig(ODB-3's always sounded harsh to me:bag:).
  2. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    If you mean a distortion pedal going into an all-tube amp, then yes that's what practically every electric guitarist in the world has done since the 70's, and plenty of bassists too. People like the way a tube amp smoothes off the edges of the distortion.

    Others may find it all too mushy or muddy, depending on the particular setup.
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  4. Matt Dean

    Matt Dean Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    SF (North) Bay Area
    I've been using a Mesa Buster 200 tube amp for a number of years with various types of OD, distortion and fuzz. Not to mention – filters, modulators and octivators.

    I've tried SS and hybrids, and have settles on tubes. :D
  5. jimmybc91


    Oct 8, 2013
    Los Angeles
    I think he meant trying an OD pedal with an overdriven tube amp. Like if you were to be stacking 2 pedals. And no I have not tried that, BUT I always stack my VMT with my EBS Valvedrive (always on with a tad bit a grit) into an SVT CL (clean). Sounds awesome!
  6. JBNeedsBeer

    JBNeedsBeer Supporting Member

    May 13, 2011
    New Brunswick, NJ
    I run my rait tail on light distortion and heavier distortion settings into a Mesa 400+ and love the effect. I also run fuzzes into it, but have never really found any filters or modulation effects that I have been able to bond with.