Overdrive pedals are rad. They’re one of the quintessential components of any guitar player’s pedalboard. But are you getting the most out of yours? That depends on what your sonic goals are. For a lot of players, just plugging in, cranking the gain, and kicking the switch is all they need to get the job done. But that’s not all there is to using an overdrive pedal.

In this article, we’re going to look at three of the most common ways guitar players use overdrive pedals and discuss some important things to consider when using your overdrive pedal with certain types of pickups and amplifiers.

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