Online Guides: Distortion Effect Pedals

A classic Ibanez Tubescreamer or Colorsound Tonebender can fetch many times its original price from guitarists in search of the ultimate killer tone and sustain.

Welcome to our Distortion Pedal Online Advisor.

Perhaps the most popular of all stomp boxes, ‘distortion’, ‘booster’ and ‘overdrive’ pedals have become almost as collectable as guitars themselves over the years. A classic Ibanez Tubescreamer or Colorsound Tonebender can fetch many times its original price from guitarists in search of the ultimate killer tone and sustain.

From the crunching tones of nu-metal to the searing beauty of Santana or Cream-era Clapton, electric guitarists the world over have experimented relentlessly with all kinds of boxes, in all kinds of sizes, to find their own unique sound. Here, we look at the history of the distortion pedal, and explore methods of getting the best out of your preferred model.

Our Online Advisor extends to several pages - you can jump from section to section using the index below or the navigation at the bottom of each page.

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Best rated products

  1. Maxon OD-808

    Maxon OD-808

    In stock
    €125
    £112.27
  2. Xotic BB Preamp

    Xotic BB Preamp

    In stock
    €218
    £195.80
  3. Ibanez TS Mini

    Ibanez TS Mini

    In stock
    €68
    £61.07
  4. Maxon OD-9 Overdrive

    Maxon OD-9 Over­drive

    In stock
    €114
    £102.39
  5. Electro Harmonix Green Russian Big Muff Fuzz

    Electro Har­monix Green Rus­sian Big Muff Fuzz

    In stock
    €88
    £79.04
  6. Boss BD-2 Overdrive

    Boss BD-2 Over­drive

    In stock
    €89
    £79.94
  7. Friedman BE-OD

    Friedman BE-OD

    In stock
    €199
    £178.73
  8. Ibanez TS808

    Ibanez TS808

    In stock
    €183
    £164.36
  9. Ibanez TS9

    Ibanez TS9

    In stock
    €132
    £118.56
  10. Boss DS-2 Distortion

    Boss DS-2 Dis­tor­tion

    In stock
    €66
    £59.28
  11. Boss MT-2

    Boss MT-2

    In stock
    €98
    £88.02
  12. Electro Harmonix Soul Food

    Electro Har­monix Soul Food

    In stock
    €82
    £73.65
  13. Z.Vex Fuzz Factory Vexter

    Z.Vex Fuzz Factory Vexter

    In stock
    €199
    £178.73
  14. Electro Harmonix East River Drive

    Electro Har­monix East River Drive

    In stock
    €66
    £59.28
  15. Boss ML-2

    Boss ML-2

    In stock
    €119
    £106.88

Top Brands

  • Fulltone
  • tc electronic
  • JHS Pedals
  • Darkglass
  • Friedman
  • Keeley
  • Wampler
  • Ibanez
  • Electro Harmonix
  • Boss

Most popular products

  1. Xotic RC Booster V2 Boost/Overdrive

    Xotic RC Booster V2 Boost/​Over­drive

    In stock
    €179
    £160.77
  2. Proco Rat 2 Distortion

    Proco Rat 2 Dis­tor­tion

    In stock
    €75
    £67.36
  3. JHS Pedals Calhoun V2 Mike Campbell

    JHS Pedals Cal­houn V2 Mike Camp­bell

    In stock
    €218
    £195.80
  4. Lovepedal Amp Eleven Big Box

    Love­pedal Amp Eleven Big Box

    In stock
    €239
    £214.66
  5. T-Rex Soulmate

    T-Rex Soul­mate

    In stock
    €298
    £267.65
  6. Palmer MI Root Effects Automat

    Palmer MI Root Effects Automat

    In stock
    €55
    £49.40
  7. Wampler Tumnus Overdrive

    Wampler Tumnus Over­drive

    In stock
    €145
    £130.23
  8. Xotic SL Drive

    Xotic SL Drive

    In stock
    €149
    £133.83
  9. J. Rockett Audio Designs The Dude V2

    J. Rockett Audio Designs The Dude V2

    In stock
    €229
    £205.68
  10. Maxon OD-9 Overdrive

    Maxon OD-9 Over­drive

    In stock
    €114
    £102.39
  11. Electro Harmonix Green Russian Big Muff Fuzz

    Electro Har­monix Green Rus­sian Big Muff Fuzz

    In stock
    €88
    £79.04
  12. Boss SD-1 Overdrive

    Boss SD-1 Over­drive

    In stock
    €53
    £47.60
  13. Xotic Soul Driven

    Xotic Soul Driven

    In stock
    €198
    £177.84
  14. Electro Harmonix Soul Food

    Electro Har­monix Soul Food

    In stock
    €82
    £73.65
  15. Electro Harmonix Big Muff PI USA

    Electro Har­monix Big Muff PI USA

    In stock
    €85
    £76.34