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Fender 2-button Footswitch Effects Pedals, Units & Accessories
Old 14th September 2011
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Fender 2-button Footswitch

Hey, this is my first post in this forum! Seems like a cool place with a ton of great information!

Anywho, this may seem like an awfully question dumb question, but I'm brand new to the world of guitar pedals. I've got a Fender Frontman 212R that came with the 2-button Drive/Overdrive Footswitch.

Now that I'm starting to get into pedals and such, I was wondering if I should keep the it still necessary if I purchase a new Distortion pedal?

Old 15th September 2011
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Amp distortion and pedal distortion tend to be two different things. That said, I've had very few solid state amps that had distortion that was worth a damn. OTOH, I've been able to use the distortion channel of some amps (like my Tech21 TM60) as a cool different flavor of clean/crunch. Get the pedal, try the sound out and see if there's any value left in the amp distortion...
Old 15th September 2011
Here for the gear

Sounds reasonable. I know that if i were to get a pedal, I'd obviously be able to have much more control of the sound of the distortion. I was looking at pedalboards on another forum and saw that someone had both the Footswitch and a pedal, which is really I think where my question arose in the first place.
Old 15th September 2011
Gear Nut

It's totally up to you. I like to set my amp on the gain channel, but set it so it's just on the edge of breaking up. I use it as a clean channel that I can be dynamic with it. I then use my Fulldrive for my overdrive. But, if I need a super clean tone with minimal breakup I'll throw the footswitch on my board so I can go between the clean and the gain channel. If you have the room, it won't hurt to leave the footswitch on your board. Then again, if you find you like to just use the pedal for your distortion it might just take up extra room.
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