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 €
  2. Xotic BB Preamp

    Xotic BB Preamp

    In stock
    225 €
  3. Ibanez TS Mini

    Ibanez TS Mini

    In stock
    67 €
  4. Maxon OD-9 Overdrive

    Maxon OD-9 Over­drive

    In stock
    115 €
  5. Electro Harmonix Green Russian Big Muff Fuzz

    Electro Har­monix Green Rus­sian Big Muff Fuzz

    In stock
    89 €
  6. Boss BD-2 Overdrive

    Boss BD-2 Over­drive

    In stock
    92 €
    99,80 €
  7. Friedman BE-OD

    Friedman BE-OD

    In stock
    199 €
  8. Ibanez TS808

    Ibanez TS808

    In stock
    181 €
  9. Ibanez TS9

    Ibanez TS9

    In stock
    130 €
  10. Boss DS-2 Distortion

    Boss DS-2 Dis­tor­tion

    In stock
    68 €
    72,50 €
  11. Boss MT-2

    Boss MT-2

    In stock
    99 €
    114 €
  12. Electro Harmonix Soul Food

    Electro Har­monix Soul Food

    In stock
    85 €
  13. Z.Vex Fuzz Factory Vexter

    Z.Vex Fuzz Factory Vexter

    In stock
    199 €
    249 €
  14. Electro Harmonix East River Drive

    Electro Har­monix East River Drive

    In stock
    68 €
  15. Boss ML-2

    Boss ML-2

    In stock
    122 €
    139 €

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Most popular products

  1. Xotic RC Booster V2 Boost/Overdrive

    Xotic RC Booster V2 Boost/​Over­drive

    In stock
    185 €
  2. Proco Rat 2 Distortion

    Proco Rat 2 Dis­tor­tion

    In stock
    79 €
    141,61 €
  3. JHS Pedals Calhoun V2 Mike Campbell

    JHS Pedals Cal­houn V2 Mike Camp­bell

    In stock
    222 €
  4. Lovepedal Amp Eleven Big Box

    Love­pedal Amp Eleven Big Box

    In stock
    249 €
  5. T-Rex Soulmate

    T-Rex Soul­mate

    In stock
    299 €
    459 €
  6. Palmer MI Root Effects Automat

    Palmer MI Root Effects Automat

    In stock
    55 €
    129 €
  7. Wampler Tumnus Overdrive

    Wampler Tumnus Over­drive

    In stock
    148 €
  8. Xotic SL Drive

    Xotic SL Drive

    In stock
    155 €
  9. J. Rockett Audio Designs The Dude V2

    J. Rockett Audio Designs The Dude V2

    In stock
    244 €
  10. Maxon OD-9 Overdrive

    Maxon OD-9 Over­drive

    In stock
    115 €
  11. Electro Harmonix Green Russian Big Muff Fuzz

    Electro Har­monix Green Rus­sian Big Muff Fuzz

    In stock
    89 €
  12. Boss SD-1 Overdrive

    Boss SD-1 Over­drive

    In stock
    55 €
    62 €
  13. Xotic Soul Driven

    Xotic Soul Driven

    In stock
    205 €
  14. Electro Harmonix Soul Food

    Electro Har­monix Soul Food

    In stock
    85 €
  15. Electro Harmonix Big Muff PI USA

    Electro Har­monix Big Muff PI USA

    In stock
    88 €