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Metal or Grunge Distortion Pedals

Metal Zone - Voicing: pre, post, and inter-stage EQ is set up for a dry, scooped-mids sound, with
a lot of clipping. I found that no matter how much pre and post EQ I did around the Metal Zone
pedal, I could not get a convincing liquidy neck-pickup tone like I could by using the same
technique with the Chandler Tube Driver, a standard distortion box.

"Xtortion - Totally original distortion sounds. "Contour" and "Punch" controls for radical sound
altering. Contour cuts highs or boosts highs and lows. Punch controls the distortion depth and
adds a mid boost. Creates a wide range of distortion tones that are unavailable from other pedals
- extremely versatile. The XT-2 provides a cutting-edge, '90s distortion sound that can sing as
well as grind. The PUNCH control adds a midrange edge, while the unique CORNER control
cuts highs or boosts highs and lows. The XT-2 is a versatile pedal that lets you get any sound
from thrash metal to grunge to hard rock."
"HYPER Metal - The HM-3's internal circuitry is designed for greater gain and accurate dynamic
response to produce a powerful, hard-edged sound with awesome sustain - just like you'd expect
from fully overdriven stacked tube amps. Usingindependent COLOR MIX controls for high and
low frequencies, you can create just about any tone from mild and crunchy to heavy and

Boss HM-2 Heavy Metal pedal

"Jerry Garcia used one and if you crank the high "Color Mix" knob you can get a pretty good
Jerry fuzztone" -- Rex Jackson http://www.mindspring.com/~rexjackson/rex.html

Boss Metal Zone

Not good for a classic saturation tone such as Zeppelin or most of Slash. This is more of a
Slayer, death metal, or black metal tone. This might even be an excessively crusty preamp
clipping for Metallica. It sounds to me like they relied on 6550 power tube saturation *more*
than any sort of preamp clipping. Well, see my page "Metal Tone".

Winners of the 1992 Guitar Player distortion box shootout for Metal distortion pedals:

• Boss Metal Zone

• DOD Classic Tube
• Marshall Shredmaster
• Pro Co Rat
• Boss Heavy Metal
• DOD Super American Metal.
Winners of the 1992 Guitar Player distortion box shootout: as well as the above items in the
various categories, these were favorites:

• SansAmp
• Real Tube

• Distortion Pedal Products

• Nobels DT-1 Distortion

Nobels DT-SN Distortion Special - 2 units in 1 housing. 5-control super-distortion and an
adjustable noise gate. The Fast-Gate is especially designed for guitar playing and keeps
noise out. Drive, N-gate, Level, Lo, Mid, Hi. Input jack for remote switch.

Nobels DT-XN Distortion Xtreme - Adjustable Noise Gate + sustain circuitry. 3 units in
1 housing. 5-control power-distortion, adjustable noise gate, sustainer. Enhanced bass
technology and boosted sustain circuitry for Xtreme distortion sounds. Drive, N-gate,
Level, Lo, X-Tone (=Mid) and, Hi. Input jack for remote switch.

• distortion pedal reviews
• Nobels has several od's/dist's that might be interesting, lots of eq controls. Pre-eq?
DT-XN $129. Dist pedal . Noise gate. 2 tone EQs. Enhanced bass ctrl.
• Chandler Tube Driver
• I remember the first tube preamp distortion box. I bought the Chandler Tube Driver,
designed by Brent Butler, in 1985. In production for 5 years. Used op-amp and a single
12AX7. He then formed Tube Works, which makes Tube Driver and Real Works. Yet I
must criticize this development, because it led people down a naive, false path of trying
to get "amp distortion" using just a preamp tube and not a power tube or output
transformer or guitar speaker. To this day, in 1998, 13 years later, people are still naive,
and it's time the entire industry to realize that a preamp tube is of no significance
compared to the power tube, output transformer, and guitar speaker. Tube preamps are
somewhat of an advance, but will really blossom when a power tube and well-designed
load are added (before the time-effects stage).
• >I read quite a bit of your page on amp tone and I was wondering what you thought of
the old Chandler Tube Driver pedal? I was wondering how it ranked with the other tube
• I like the Tube Driver because it gives a nice, standard, classic distortion sound -- not
overdrive, not Metal.
• I found some interesting information in The Stompbox book. The first tube distortion
pedal was offered by that designer in Guitar Player way back in 1979! I thought I was
one of the first people to buy a tube distortion box, in the mid 1980s when I bought my
Tube Driver. I really like the Tube Driver, but I strongly recommend experimenting with
using an EQ to lower the bass before the Tube Driver. That approach increases the hiss as
you lower the Boss EQ's bass sliders -- but the DOD EQ pedal does not significantly
increase the hiss as you lower its bass sliders; so I run:
Tube Driver
Boss EQ
• Ibanez Tube King

• Ibanez TK999US Tube King overdrive [distortion]. 12AX7. 3-band eq. Noise reduction
w/ threshold ctrl. Gain control. $200. Official product page for Tube King
• The Tube King is probably the Chandler Tube Driver circuit with a Mid control added.
• TubeWorks Real Tube 901
• >The TubeWorks Real Tube 901 and the Ibanez Tube King are very similar. So similar,
in fact, that at one time there was some contention between the two companies about
copyrights and patents.
• Daniel R. Haney wrote:
• >I hear something similar. The contention was said to have been between Ibanez and
Chandler, where B.K. Butler made the original Tube Driver. While there was "prior art"
at the time, only Chandler had the small-minded greed to actually patent the circuit, so all
the Tube Works racks and boxes were made under license from Chandler. As part of a
legal settlement between Chandler & Ibanez, Chandler makes a lot of the Tube Kings.
• Alan Thompson wrote:
• >What contention? Tube Works manufactures the Tube King for Ibanez, the contention
in the past was between Tube Works and Chandler. Butler designed both the Chandler
and Tube Works Tube Drivers, and when he started Tube Works both companies were
marketing them, which led to a lawsuit which I guess Tube Works won, since Chandler
stopped putting out its Tube Driver.
• Pro Co Rat
• Pro Co Sound - Vintage Rat
• $95.35.
• Hot Chili Tube Company - Tubester
• Hot Chili Tube Company - the Tubester tube effect pedal
• This tube distortion/overdrive pedal gets quite some raves at harmony central. The
reviews seem to vindicate my expectation that the Tube King sounds good, but I read that
the Tubester sounds even better. Harmony Central reviews of Tubester. But I asked the
designer to put semi-parametric eq both before and after the distortion stage. official
Tubester product page

• BOSS UK site
• Get the Boss "Guitar Effects Guide Book" in UK - call 01792 515020
• BOSS pedals official uk site

"The DS-1 provides a harder distortion effect for guitar and keyboard sounds. Instead of
toneless, fuzzy distortion, the DS-1 faithfully reproduces all the subtle nuances of your
playing dynamics, from whisper-quiet to screaming loud. The onboard TONE control
allows you to tailor the overall sound to your liking."

"TURBO Distortion - The DS-2 features twin TURBO modes. TURBO Mode I produces
warm and mellow distortion with flat frequency response. TURBO Mode II provides
biting distortion with a mid-range boost that's great for leads. The built-in remote jack
allows you to connect an external footswitch such as the FS-5L for instant, hands-free
switching between modes."

"Power Driver - A super-boosted mid-range and way-too-heavy low end will have you
sounding like you¹ve just plugged into a huge stack of 4x12 speaker cabinets. - EQ
section features ³Muscle² and ³Fat² controls; Muscle boosts the midrange to unhealthy
levels; Fat controls one thing - your complete LOW-END domination. The BOSS PW-2
Power Driver was developed to deliver distortion tones previously unavailable in the
stomp box arena - namely, the mid-range-boosted, heavy-low-end sounds that are usually
associated with a modern, overdriven stack of 4 x 12" speaker cabinets. Even at low amp
volumes, the PW-2 sounds huge."


Blink 182 has always had a great signature guitar sound thanks to Tom Delonge. His tastes in a
guitar sound are really quite simple and don't require much tampering to achieve it either.

Finding a good sound for yourself can really make the difference between how well you can
control your own instrument. Follow these 7 tips to get a distorted guitar sound similar to Blink
182's Tom Delonge.

1. Play a Fender or other similar mid-tone-dominant guitar.

Tom Delonge is known for playing fender guitars throughout his career. They're cheap, easy to
learn, and provide lots of mid-tone. If you don't want a fender, other mid-tone dominant guitars
can provide a similar punk rock sound.

2. Stay away from high-distortion amplifiers.

Marshall amplifiers have been the masters of distortion for years and almost everyone uses them.
However, they provide a little too much distortion for something that Blink 182 would use. Use a
mid-level distortion or country-style amplifier like Fender or Mesa Boogie.

3. Don't use metal-zone or other types of distortion pedals.

Again, too much distortion can ruin a good guitar tone. Metal-zone pedals provide lots of white
noise and aren't suitable for those clean tones that Tom Delonge creates in each Blink 182 song.

4. Keep your guitar effects to a minimum.

Blink 182 doesn't use a lot of effects on their guitars, yet. If you want to play by the book, turn
down your reverbs and put away your delays. All you'll need is your simple tone of a guitar and

5. Don't "scoop the levels" on the amplifier.

"Scooping the levels" on your amplifier means you're boosting the high and low ends while
pulling the mid-range way down. This is never a good thing to do. With experience, you'll begin
to realize how important it is to keep everything relatively close.
6. Use an adequate amount of mid-range on your amplifier.

Tom Delonge's guitar tone is very mid-range based. His amplifier doesn't have much high-end
and his guitar isn't a metal axe of any kind either. Use that mid-range knob to boost your tone
into a more punk feel.

7. Use a high-compression pedal.

Have you noticed how much awesome attack that Delonge gets on his strumming when Blink
182 plays live? That's probably due to a compression pedal. A nice compression pedal can really
kick the power of your guitar up a couple notches.

Finding a well-rounded guitar tone is difficult to do. Blink 182 has a very nice balance between a
clean and distorted tone to give just enough edge to their songs. Put these tips into effect and
make sure to use your own personal touch on the mix.

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