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Boss GT Overdrive and Distortion Stompboxes

A lot of times I read about the bad overdrive and distortion modeling of the Boss GT series. But what's wrong with the overdrive / distortion block?

Everyone of us using real amps and distortion stompboxes knows that you cannot combine every distortion / overdrive stompbox with every amp. E.g. a shrill distortion stompbox doesn't sound good with a Fender amp. Therefore it's important to find the right combination of overdrive and amp model.

The next problem with the distortion and overdrive models is that Boss gave them bass and treble equalizers whereas most distortion stompboxes only have one tone knob. Therefore it's impossible to get the same sound out of the models because they haven't the same EQ as the original stompboxes. But you can use one of the middle EQs of the EQ Block. Set the frequency and Q to an appropriate value. Then you can use the gain knob of the EQ as the tone knob of the distortion / overdrive model.

The last problem is the missing dynamic of the modeled overdrive / distortion stompboxes. But in reality it's no problem. That's because the amps are modeled after real tube amps whereas the overdrive / distortion stompboxes are modeled after transistor stompboxes. And these transistor stompboxes have much less dynamics than the tube amps.

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Tone Knob
Reply #6 on : Tue May 31, 2011, 00:53:13
the function of the tone knob depends on the stompbox and doesn't only reduce highs. See the the Tonestack Calculator on Duncan's Amp Pages and here especially the Big Muff tone control.
And therefore you should use a mid EQ because here you can modify the frequency and the Q factor.
Reply #5 on : Sun May 29, 2011, 17:53:52
actually the tone knob on a od pedal has NOTHING to do with the mids(or bass) as these aren't adjustable. the tone knob just attenuates(reduces) the high end.
Reply #4 on : Tue May 03, 2011, 00:43:57
Use an A/B Box like the Boss Line Selector LS-2. In one loop your overdrive and in the other the Boss GT. Then select a Boss GT overdrive which comes close to your overdrive and use the tone controls and perhaps the EQ block and/or the tone modify block.
You will see/hear that's possible to get a sound very close to your favourite overdrive pedal.
Reply #3 on : Sat April 30, 2011, 21:45:57
no way to obtain a good overdrive-dist out of that black davil. i think there's no way to obtain good things. I think I wull change the system, soon. i'l begin buyin' a real and good compressor and overdrive sucj us mi audio crunch box or TC nova drive.
muffeled sound
Reply #2 on : Wed August 12, 2009, 11:06:41
Did you set the output to combo or stack return?
muffeld sound from boss gt 10
Reply #1 on : Tue August 11, 2009, 06:26:29
I don't know what i'm doing wrong,maby someone can help!I have tryed every way you can think-4 wire,right into the amp but the sound is muffeld or it sounds like I'm in a tunnel.I've tried to set all the diff. eq's,bass mid treb ,change the spots in the fx chain(eq,fx1,fx2)no luck.I have set up some paches that sound good but I can't get any of the factory presets to sound at the lest halfway decent.What am i doing wrong?

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