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    i have a marshall valvestate (i should have invested in a better amp huh?) its great for solid state metal stuff, but now i am doing emo type stuff with much lighter distortion. i try turning the gain down but it still has that solid state sound, and its not the level of clarity i want.. i want to get a nice toned distortion sound , but still a nice level of clarity... for stuff with singing and not screaming ya know?
    what should i do? what kind of pedal do i need? if you tell me that i need another amp i know that would be the best thing, but please just mention a pedal that would be the best thing for what i need (just to tide me over!)

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    From what I understand, most metal music uses distortion with highs and lows boosted and mids dropped. Punk/emo/alternative bands simply use pedals that push more of the mid range. I have a DOD Death Metal Distortion petal I can't make sound punkish simply by changing the ratio to enhance mid range. I would suggest any petal as long as it has high, mid, and low controls on them.

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    DOD Death Metal Distortion petal I can't make sound

    can't = can

    sorry

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    Get a Pro-co Rat or a Danelectro-Daddy-0. The Danelectro has sweepable mids for a wide variety of sounds.

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    Hey man, I have the same problem, I have a Marshall VSR100. I bought last year when i started playing again and found that it is no where near the sound I needed for recording. It sounds then same injust about every setting.

    I know a pedal will help but I bet you end up with a diffrent amp anyway. I'm looking at a Fender Hot Rod Deville.

    Also does your guitar have any single coil pickups. Try using a single coil instead of the bridge pickup to get a meaty, less distorted sound.

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    Have you tried the good ol' reliable TS9 or
    TS10 Tube Screamer. I know that these days the blues guys have been using them for the
    "Stevie" sound, but it should do what you need it to. It's not a distortion pedal so to speak, it's an overdrive. In fact any decent overdrive FX should do the trick. They have a warmer tone and have a round distion instead of a harsh angular metal type distortion. Also try cutting back the highs on your amp and boost mids and roll off the bass just a bit.....Daddy-O

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    daddy-o, would a danelectro daddy-o pedal work? or would a tube screamer be better

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    Both will do about the same job. Tube Screamers have been around forever and are pretty much standard for overdrive. The Danelectro has a cool name and a cool look.
    Another good overdrive to try is the BOSS
    overdrive. It's the yellow one I think. They
    can sometimes be found in pawn shops for $50
    or so. Personaly, I like the tube screamer. I
    have a re-issue TS9 and an original from the 70's. The re-issue has a crisper sound and the vintage pedal is a little warmer and mushy.But like I said the Danelectro has a way cool name......

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    but i could care less about the name. (hhahahahhah) does the danelectro have a nice tone?

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    Boss DS1 is great altho I'd recommend an EQ pedal in the same chain because it seems like it gets really mid - ey. I don't do metal but I dig a nice thick dist. eh?

    I think them Bosses is tough, I've had three in 12 years. And use a battery fer chrissake. Every adaptor I've tried is LOUD.

    Ree



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