Thursday, May 13, 2010

Amp distortion vs. pedal distortion

It's been my observation that, unless it's a ginormous stack of Marshalls (or a vintage Supro), a tube amp's distortion can't get much heavier than late '60s hard rock- and that doesn't include people like Hendrix, Zeppelin, and Black Sabbath. I might be wrong, but it seems to me that if you wanna get punk/metal distortion without blowing your ears off, you gotta get an amp with some sort of built-in distortion or a distortion pedal.

Speaking of incapability of metal, has anyone else noticed that the video for Taranchula's "Moving Very Slowly" has a Danelectro guitar in it? I'm pretty sure lipstick tube pickups- traditional ones, anyway- aren't hot enough for death metal.

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