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Rock Effects: Overdrive, Distortion and Fuzz Comparison


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Here's a brief look and comparison of the three effects that guitarists debate and question constantly: overdrive, distortion and fuzz.

What's the difference? Fuzz uses components made from specifiic materials that cause a hard but dynamic clipping that brings out nice overtones in your sound. Distortion is the description of a hard clipping in your tone, usually described as the sound of a broken amplifier or speaker. Overdrive is the description of the sound of a naturally broken up tube amplifier. The tubes are pushed with power to create the naturally warm and distorted tone.

Which one is best? Check out this comparison, put on your gloves, jump into the ring and get ready to fight for your choice!