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. Ibanez TS Mini

    Ibanez TS Mini

    On request
    €78
  3. Maxon OD-9 Overdrive

    Maxon OD-9 Over­drive

    In stock
    €111
  4. Electro Harmonix Green Russian Big Muff Fuzz

    Electro Har­monix Green Rus­sian Big Muff Fuzz

    In stock
    €88
  5. Boss BD-2 Overdrive

    Boss BD-2 Over­drive

    In stock
    €91
    €99.80
  6. Friedman BE-OD

    Friedman BE-OD

    In stock
    €199
  7. Ibanez TS9

    Ibanez TS9

    In stock
    €130
  8. Boss DS-2 Distortion

    Boss DS-2 Dis­tor­tion

    In stock
    €68
    €72.50
  9. Boss MT-2

    Boss MT-2

    In stock
    €98
    €114
  10. Electro Harmonix Soul Food

    Electro Har­monix Soul Food

    In stock within 4-5 weeks
    €83
  11. Z.Vex Fuzz Factory Vexter

    Z.Vex Fuzz Factory Vexter

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

    Electro Har­monix East River Drive

    In stock within 2-3 weeks
    €68
  13. Boss ML-2

    Boss ML-2

    In stock
    €122
    €139
  14. Proco Rat 2 Distortion

    Proco Rat 2 Dis­tor­tion

    In stock
    €77
    €141.61
  15. Harley Benton American TrueTone

    Harley Benton Amer­ican TrueTone

    In stock
    €30

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Most popular products

  1. Darkglass Microtubes X Ultra

    Dark­glass Micro­tubes X Ultra

    In stock
    €419
  2. Walrus Audio Kangra Fuzz FX

    Walrus Audio Kangra Fuzz FX

    In stock
    €199
  3. EarthQuaker Devices Devices Plumes Signal Shredder

    Earth­Quaker Devices Devices Plumes Signal Shredder

    In stock
    €119
  4. Wampler Tumnus Overdrive

    Wampler Tumnus Over­drive

    In stock
    €145
  5. Abasi Pathos Overdrive

    Abasi Pathos Over­drive

    In stock
    €189
  6. Revv G 2 Crunch/Overdrive

    Revv G 2 Crunch/​Over­drive

    In stock
    €215
  7. Source Audio Soundblox 2 OFD Guitar Micro

    Source Audio Sound­blox 2 OFD Guitar Micro

    In stock
    €79
  8. Proco Rat 2 Distortion

    Proco Rat 2 Dis­tor­tion

    In stock
    €77
    €141.61
  9. Nux Mini Core SE Overdrive

    Nux Mini Core SE Over­drive

    In stock
    €29
  10. Ibanez TS80840TH

    Ibanez TS80840TH

    In stock
    €215
  11. Wampler Fuzztration Fuzz/Octaver

    Wampler Fuzztra­tion Fuzz/​Octaver

    In stock
    €199
  12. Harley Benton Vintage Overdrive

    Harley Benton Vin­tage Over­drive

    In stock
    €30
  13. tc electronic Fangs Metal Distortion

    tc elec­tronic Fangs Metal Dis­tor­tion

    In stock
    €32
  14. Harley Benton American TrueTone

    Harley Benton Amer­ican TrueTone

    In stock
    €30
  15. tc electronic Honey Pot Fuzz

    tc elec­tronic Honey Pot Fuzz

    In stock
    €32