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Gigantic Penis 2002-08-12 13:35

overdrive and distortion
what is the difference between distortion and overdrive on a guitar? at first i thought they were the same thing but apparently they are not

Tattered 2002-08-12 14:23

overdrive is cleaner than distortion

Gigantic Penis 2002-08-12 21:15

uh oh.........the thought this was a guitar question, i guess its a gear question.......................oh well

Type O Negative rules!

warnerve92 2002-08-19 19:43

Overdrive is a natural 'distortion' of the sound where the signal is too much for the amp and distorts. It is usally created in an amp with a preamp which boosts the signal to create an overdrive. This means an amp like a Marshall or whatever would have overdrive.

Distortion is the artificial creation of the sound like in stomp boxes and stuff. To use distortion you would usually have a pedal running into an amp on a clean setting.

Both are used for the same purpose though.

mrweijia 2002-08-21 09:04

i find that if you turn down the volume on your guitar, overdrive becomes cleaner

DamageFan6984 2004-09-29 01:05

Would running a 10-band EQ through an overdrive make it a distortion? Or is it just an enhancement? :drunk:

Mordor 2004-09-29 14:01

its just an enhancement to the sound to boost certain things and cut overs

Slabbefusk 2004-09-30 12:05

overdrive and distortion is about the same, the more gain the more distortion, overdrive is more light distortion.

G_urr_A 2004-09-30 12:41




Slabbefusk 2004-09-30 13:27

I'm in a bad mood.

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