Well, it’s been months in the making, but it’s finally here – the Ultimate Distortion Pedal Shootout! With more than double the amount of pedals we had in our first shootout (The Ultimate Overdrive Shootout), we put 68 pedals to the test in 2 categories (Rock and Metal), everything from classic stompboxes to new boutique brands to small companies and one-person garage builders. It’s also an interactive format, thanks to YouTube’s clickable annotations – just click on the picture of the pedal in the onscreen menu, and you will be instantly transported to the part of the video where you can hear that pedal. Want to compare 2 pedals? Click one, then click the other. Go back and forth until you’ve decided which you like better!
I tried making the very first sound you hear a representation of what the pedal sounds like in its ideal state, with the settings I would actually use, so that when you click, you hear a pretty good idea of what it sounds like right away. We might not agree on what sounds best, so I went through a whole slew of settings over the 3 or so minutes of each pedal’s demonstration, so if you don’t hear something you like, watch a bit and you might get a better idea.
Hopefully this helps you to find the ideal pedal for your metal and rock needs – happy hunting! Links to each pedal can be found below.
Metal Shootout Pedal Links
Rock Shootout Pedal Links
Special thanks to Lucas LeCompte for his help with this article.