Overdrive and Distortion Pedals

Andertons Music Co. has one of the world's largest selections of overdrive and distortion pedals. Scroll down to view our entire range, or use the category tiles below to see our best-selling, new and premium overdrive/distortion pedals - plus more!

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Overdrive and Distortion Pedals

There’s a seemingly endless list of options when it comes to overdrive and distortion pedals. Whether you’re after an ultra-hot distortion for metal, a bluesy overdrive, or just a gain booster for your solos - we’ve got you covered!

Overdrive

The classic overdrive pedal will cover a multitude of genres. From Led Zeppelin to B.B. King, all the great blues and rock players rely heavily on their overdrive pedals. The BOSS Blues Driver has long been a staple, as has the Ibanez Tube Screamer - both giving their own spin on the classic overdrive sound.

In more recent years, the legendary Klon Centaur has become an often-imitated pedal design. We stock some great pedals from RYRA, Wampler and Tone City that closely replicate this iconic sound.

If you’re after something with a little more grunt, the Fulltone OCD is a much-loved pedal, with the V2 now available. This pedal really bridges the gap between overdrive and distortion, making it incredibly versatile.

Distortion

If you're more of a high-gain player, we have a great range of distortion pedals too. From the game-changing Boss DS-1 to the ProCo RAT or the MXR Distortion Plus - we’re bound to have something to suit your needs!

Amp-Style Pedals

There are a few brands that even make pedal-formatted versions of their amps. This means that you can achieve a sound that closely imitates some formidable amplifiers for a mere fraction of their prices. From the Friedman BE-OD and Diezel VH4-2 to the MXR EVH 5150 - we’ve got a truly great range to choose from.

Buyer's Guide

To find out more about distortion and overdrive pedals, check out our extensive guide.

Overdrive Pedal FAQs

What's the difference between overdrive and distortion pedals?

An overdrive pedal aims to naturally push your amp's valves harder to create a natural-sounding breakup. In some instances, an overdrive pedal will aim to mimic this effect, particularly useful if you don't have a valve amp. By contrast, distortion dramatically saturates your guitar signal, changing its character with EQ and clipping.

What's the difference between overdrive and boost pedals?

Some overdrive pedals have clipping circuits that add a small amount of saturation and grit to your signal. A boost pedal pushes the front end of your amp without adding any clipping - the result is usually a noticeable increase in the level of your signal.

Where does an overdrive pedal go in my signal chain?

Overdrive pedals usually go early your chain, after dynamic, volume, filter and pitch-shifter effects. This ensures clarity for the rest of your effects.

Should I have more than 1 overdrive pedal?

While overdrive has a simple and clear purpose, different overdrives have different tonal characters. Many guitarists have multiple overdrives; this will give you more choice over your tone. It will also allow you to stack your overdrive sounds for more complex tones.

What does buffered bypass and true bypass mean?

True bypass means that your signal goes straight through a pedal when it's not engaged, so there's no loss in signal strength. Buffered bypass pedals actively work to boost/restore your signal via internal circuitry to ensure that it remains strong and clear.