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shreadhead96  
17 Jan 2011 20:38 | Quote
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Hey guys/gals! Im looking to buy a new distortion pedal. I want one that does a good job with a light Indie Rock distorted sound. Right now i have a Boss DS-1 which is not doing the job for me. I was thinking about the RAT. Do any of you have it? Is it good for what sound i want? Any other suggestions? Please, help would be amazing!
ChicagoMedic  
17 Jan 2011 21:30 | Quote
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a tubecsreamer might be what your are looking for. Made by ibanez
btimm  
17 Jan 2011 22:44 | Quote
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J Mascis uses a Big Muff, so I doubt you would go wrong there.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Electro-Harmonix-Classics-USA-Big-Muff-PI-Distortion---Sustainer-Guitar-Effects-Pedal-101226793-i1124710.gc
coleman  
18 Jan 2011 02:20 | Quote
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yeah an overdrive like a tube screamer might be a little more along the lines of what your looking for.
case211  
18 Jan 2011 13:42 | Quote
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Digitech Bad Monkey. Got mine for $40, and I will never leave it(unless a better Tubescreamer comes my way for good money).
coleman  
18 Jan 2011 14:02 | Quote
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yeah suprisingly digitech makes a decent overdrive i got the reg overdrive digi makes and i can get some pretty good tones out of it.
shreadhead96  
18 Jan 2011 16:17 | Quote
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do u guys know what tube screamers go for?
BodomBeachTerror  
18 Jan 2011 16:22 | Quote
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musicians friend has them at $99
tinyskateboard  
18 Jan 2011 17:18 | Quote
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Maybe post an example of a sound you are trying to acheive, and whether you use humbuckers or single coils. I have a Rat clone that sounds a ton better with single coils thank hummers. Maybe other's have had similar experiences.

You can also look up the gear for a particular guitarist.

A lot of people like that Bad Monkey tho'.
shreadhead96  
18 Jan 2011 18:11 | Quote
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i have humbuckers....and a cheap 15 watt crate amp
shreadhead96  
18 Jan 2011 18:13 | Quote
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shreadhead96  
18 Jan 2011 18:13 | Quote
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thats sort of the tone im going for
BodomBeachTerror  
18 Jan 2011 18:14 | Quote
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sounds like a very light overdrive.

Not the job for a big muff, Muffs are too dirty, but it would be great for something like this
Schecter_player  
18 Jan 2011 20:22 | Quote
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Big Muffs are classic. For the strokes kind of sound that you're looking for a tube screamer might work, but you might be a little disappointed with the results. You probably won't be able to make a "cheap 15 watt crate amp" do anything. Save up a bit and buy a little tube, you can bet that's how it was recorded.

Do the strokes count as Indie?
ChicagoMedic  
18 Jan 2011 21:17 | Quote
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i could not play guitar without my big muff...truly a great pedal...i do not have a TS though.....sometime i'll get one
coleman  
19 Jan 2011 00:11 | Quote
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the strokes are indie as ****!!!! and yeah crate blows save up for a tube it'll be worth it.
coleman  
19 Jan 2011 00:18 | Quote
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thanks BBT that band is dope!!
case211  
19 Jan 2011 08:24 | Quote
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yeah dude, I auditioned with someone else's stack, it was a Crate G something 120, and it sounded like crap. I use my tubescreamer(Bad Monkey) to boost my regular distortion to make it tighter(and sound more distorted than it really is) and on this amp nothing could make it sound better except for maybe turning it off haha

If you look into small tube amps, look at the Epiphone Valve Jr., you would be best suited after swapping the stock tubes and/or speaker(at some point), but they're cheap, 5 watts, and class A which to me, SCREAMS indie rock(though VOX AC30/15's reign supreme I believe).
tinyskateboard  
19 Jan 2011 12:08 | Quote
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ok my Rat suggestion is too heavy for that.


Schecter_player  
19 Jan 2011 23:45 | Quote
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I have an AC15 :)
AlexB  
20 Jan 2011 01:47 | Quote
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Vox is the way to go,not too expensive and you get tones like those,think like an indie rocker,theyy usually are broke as hell and dont mess a lot with boutique brands,so yeah,the vox is the one!
shreadhead96  
20 Jan 2011 18:20 | Quote
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how much do vox go for?
ChicagoMedic  
21 Jan 2011 01:47 | Quote
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you need to look up the prices bro we can't do everything for you, just point you in the right direction.

try ebay or google.
shreadhead96  
22 Jan 2011 23:42 | Quote
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thanks!
i was also thinking o getting a delay pedal? any good sugestions?
BodomBeachTerror  
22 Jan 2011 23:46 | Quote
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My brother plays Indie-style music, he has a Boss delay, and i think he has a Vox Time machine too, altho i'm not sure how much he uses it
shreadhead96  
26 Jan 2011 19:42 | Quote
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yeah i tried my cousins boss delay pedal..it was pretty cool.....btw the way what bands are your brother into?


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