Are your drive pedals sounding the best they could? Here are 19 ways to get more from your overdrives, distortions and fuzzes – and make them work with your rig

Drive pedals
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GUITAR SHOWCASE 2023: If you own an electric guitar and an amp, the chances are you’ll inevitably entertain the idea of welcoming a drive pedal into your lives. A well-chosen overdrive pedal can take your relationship with the instrument to the next level.

There is so much choice – not least the fundamental question of whether you need a boost pedal, overdrive, distortion pedal or fuzz. There are also lots of different ways to incorporate a gain pedal in your rig.

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Chris Bird

Chris has been the Editor of Total Guitar magazine since 2020. Prior to that, he was at the helm of Total Guitar's world-class tab and tuition section for 12 years. He's a former guitar teacher with 35 years playing experience and he holds a degree in Philosophy & Popular Music. Chris has interviewed Brian May three times, Jimmy Page once, and Mark Knopfler zero times – something he desperately hopes to rectify as soon as possible.

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