High gain distortion?

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  1. Midgetje94

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    I have a pretty good pedalboard. But looking for a medium-high gain distortion. First off I have a notoriously clean amp which I love. So I get stacking pedals. I don’t need super heavy. Kinda pop punk-80s glam rock. Really into a older German band “Kissin Dynamite” sound.

    I am eyeballing the Nu-X fireman (dual stage. So I can set a lower distortion and a higher for 2 options then stack if needed) but was wondering if y’all had any suggestions?
     
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    Stacking pedals gives you way more flexibility.

    That being said, I’m not a huge fan of the distortion + by itself, but it’s a great stacking pedal precisely because it’s a little bit bland.

    When you’re stacking, the volume of the last engaged pedal is functionally the master volume of the entire chain.
     
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    That’s my board as of now. Hoping to swap both of the MXR drives out for a better unit. Fender has a dual pugilist now. Thought Of that. Give me a medium and a high drive too.
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    I checked out some Kissin Dynamite. Very ‘80s hair metal IMO. I’d try a good ol’ Rat.
     
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    That's what I use a Rat for.
     
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    Oh yea. I love them. Very good live shows. And I’ve thought about a Rat. But I have a crate vintage club 50 amp. I love it. But the drive channel on the amp sucks. Lol. Guess get a Rat and see where I stand with it lol. Hell most amp dirty channel would be fine. Especially with my JHS @+. (Has a boost (essentially a ts9) and then a drive on its self) but it with the Rat may be a good set
     
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    About six months ago I spent the most I ever have on a pedal, a Revv G3. They run around $225 but you can get them used for under $200. Easily the best distortion pedal I've ever owned. Articulate and lots of cool harmonic overtones. Highly recommend.

    I've also got a Chicago Stompworks Mr. Vermin (Rat 2 clone), but IMO it's a very distinctive and different distortion and you'll either love it or hate it. It cuts through the mix like a buzzsaw.

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    My favorite (and for me most flexible) distortion is an EAE Longsword. It's effectively a Rat-ish sound, but with incredible EQ and clipping options, plus a switchable mid-focused boost to punch through as needed. Very wide gain range - can stay cleaner and goose other pedals or the front of an amp, or can be nasty on it's own. I really like it with lower output single coils as well, as there's a neat cleaning up that happens as note rings out.

    There's actually a screaming deal on Reverb right now, but this is going to sell in the next few minutes is my guess. They're not easy to get a hold of, they show up somewhat regularly but are snatched quickly.
     
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    A Rat is a great choice, but to me it veers into fuzz territory just a bit too much.

    There are a million options for mid gain rock and metal pedals. My favorite is the Mojo Hand Rook. Or the Mojo Hand Odessa two-in-one if you want to stack.
     
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    A Rat is all you need.
     
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    Just a point of reference. I love the 80’s inspiration. The image, the use of old school gang vocals. Come to think of it. Most of what I listen to be it rock or metal. Could be described as “kids playing their dad’s music” them, bands like Goodbye June, Rival Sons, One Bad Son, Greta Van Fleet. Someone of a 70’s-80’s revival if you will. Lol.
     
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    I love Rival Sons. Scott Holiday is a fuzz junkie. Fuzz is a completely different rabbit hole, and it is deeeeep. ;)
     
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    I like the stacking. I can’t believe I didn’t think of the Rat lol. May get that and a decent 2nd distortion to have options.
     
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    Mr. Holiday and the great Keith Richards are two of my biggest inspirations
     
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    Rat.
     
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    My Keeley-modded DS-1 can do lots of '80's fun (and a lot else besides). There are some on Reverb for less than $100. I'm not into stacking dirt pedals, so I can't comment on how it'd work there.
     
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    Twinote Pi Fuzz (aka Nux Hi Gain Distortion) is a copy of the Catalinbread Sabbra Cadabra. I like it better than the Rat for changing the character of my SFPR.

     
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    Back in the 80's I had a DOD American Metal distortion pedal that was right in the middle of the compressed tube screamer and RAT pedal. I liked it very much and you can pick up a used one for about $75 or find a new clone.
     
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    See I actually used to have a Donner black mouse or dark mouse. I forget. But was a rat clone. Actually a very well done pedal. Even had the inverted filter. Gave it to a local kid getting into guitar
     
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