Pete B. wrote:
'Just me but... I can't agree with Distortion being number 1 in effect importance (although I do agree it is the #1 effect used as a "talent" knob in general
imho, Anything played with Distortion can be played more effectively/impressively (to me at least) "perfectly clean and pristine".
I can't say that about the effect of the MuIII (or clone there of). This effect defines it's own Jerry signiture.
Given the choice of distortion or clean, I'll take clean, Dist or MuIII I'd take the Mu (no talent knob in my rig Bay-bee!...
I didn't mean distortion as in Van Halen or Angus Young
. Adding a clipping tone is by far more important to me than other pedals I have, at least its the most used. If I only used a clean tone without coloring it can sound a bit dull imo. I can't push my amps and JBL's like Jerry did, so I have used some common classic distortions to simulate this, some are no good at it, some are OK. I prefer an OD pedal, but a common distortion is as close to an OD as a Qtron is to a mutron, or at least some are. I would never use a METAL pedal. I think with my OD on simulating a sight clipping usually barely on, could be called a "Clean" tone also. It adds harmonic depth and body , much like stressed tubes, pushed speakers, clipped transistors, or a mixture of all.