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    The dirty, thrashing, squalling power of the legendary original.

    The DigiTech Grunge Distortion Pedal is designed for loud, distortion-obsessed guitarists who want an edge-of-chaos sound. The Grunge provides chunky rhythm, heavy grind, and amazing sustained leads. It's been a top seller for over a decade. Not buzzy like other metal pedals. Includes Loud (level), Low, High, and Grunge (distortion) controls, as well as an amp output and dedicated mixer output with cabinet emulation circuitry.

    Features
    • High, Low, Loud (level), and Grunge (gain) controls

    Got an urge to get ridiculously dirty? Satisfy it with the Grunge pedal. Order now.

     
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    DigiTechGrunge Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
     
    4.6

    (based on 317 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    It's not that bad, guys

    Bottom line is that if you have a clue with what you are doing, you will be able to make this pedal work for you. It is not a terrible pedal by any means...Read complete review

    Bottom line is that if you have a clue with what you are doing, you will be able to make this pedal work for you. It is not a terrible pedal by any means - it just has a terrible name. If this pedal was named "Super Distortion" or "Ultra Crunch" it might have better cred. I have a Marshall JMP-1 and while nothing in pedal form will touch that, I was able to get some agreeable sounds with the Grunge through the clean channel of the JMP-1. I have owned tons of pedals and lots of amps. I have been playing live for many years. Anyone that dogs this pedal off the bat either hasn't given it enough time or doesn't know what they are doing. Find it used, give it a chance.
    It seems like pedals like the Grunge and the Death Metal are punch lines of bad jokes. The truth of the matter is, if you can operate a pedal properly and your playing doesn't sound like you're just a beginner, you can dial in pretty decent tones with these pedals. This pedal has four easy knobs to operate, loudness controls the level/volume, low will either cut or boost the bass, and high can go from "under a blanket" to ear piercing buzz. The "grunge" button just adds fizz; I find it best when this knob is turned to zero, as the distortion really isn't effected.
    Solid chassis, better than the sloppy Boss switches and the plastic Danelectros. Heavy, could knock out a dinosaur. Pulled the unit apart and it is clean, very clean. Good craftsmanship went into my pedal.
    I got mine used; if you can find one used you are in good company. I would probably not pay full price for this pedal as there are better values out there for the same, but overall it is a good distortion pedal. I initially went into the store looking for an overdrive pedal, I tried an MXR Classic OD, and a Delta Labs OD. I liked the Delta Labs the best, but it didn't have enough drive for me. Ironically I decided to try the cheapest pedal in the store, a used Grunge. I laughed to myself but was surprised by the nice crunch I was getting and by messing with it a bit I realized I could get some very marshall-y sounds and if I played with my volume knob I could ease back that crunch a bit for some slight break up.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    A Bit Digital... but then again...

    Alright, here's my gripe. I just don't think this box sounds that great. Yeah, it rocks super hard, gives some crazy crunchy low end and some screaming highs. Good range......Read complete review

    Alright, here's my gripe. I just don't think this box sounds that great. Yeah, it rocks super hard, gives some crazy crunchy low end and some screaming highs. Good range... but less than amazing TONE. I feel like it morphs my sound rather than just distorting it. Now, granted, I'm playing a Tele with noiseless pickups, so if you're wailing on a JagStang it might be a different story, but I'm more of a fan of tone that sounds truly distorted, rather than, well, digitally altered.

    Basically, it comes down to this: when I was 14, this would have been the best thing that ever happened to me. At 31, give me a ProCo You Dirty Rat and a SD-1 and some self control any day.

    I don't want to tell you not to buy it. But it's not going to work for everyone. Do I shut the door, turn it on and play "smells like Teen Spirit" at 300 DB every once in a while when the wife and kids are gone? you bet. But you can't do that every day... or can you?
    Features wise, this pedal has a lot to offer, and the range of tone is fairly wide, but I give it less than full marks because it's hard to be subtle with it. Tone changes are touchy, and the pedal goes from dead to screaming in about a fraction of a turn of the "LOUD" knob. Basically, I feel it's hard to adjust, but then I'm more interested in subtle tone shifts, and this seems to be more of a "hey, lets blow some eardrums out on every setting" kind of pedal.
    Built like a tank, painted by a kindergardener. But then, purple was hip in '93. I myself had some purple Stussy painter shorts in high school, so I can't judge it. Stomp the dickens out of it, and it begs for more.

    Nobs seem a bit cheap, but that's not really all that different from many other pedals. Overall I could see this pedal surviving a few years with no problem, even with some heavy use.
    A pretty good price. If you want REAL tone, I'd say buy something more expensive, but if you just want an addition to your board that will cost less, and still rock pretty hard, buy this.

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great pedal

    By Elecra Dave

    from Watertown NY

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Versatile

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      Best Uses

        Comments about DigiTech Grunge Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        First. The pedal came with battery. So when I need a pedal asap, I did not have to fuss with that issue.

        Second. It's a good pedal all the way around, so if your looking to add alittle spice, then this is your seasoning!!!!

        Comment on this review

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        It's not that bad, guys

        Comments about DigiTech Grunge Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Bottom line is that if you have a clue with what you are doing, you will be able to make this pedal work for you. It is not a terrible pedal by any means - it just has a terrible name. If this pedal was named "Super Distortion" or "Ultra Crunch" it might have better cred. I have a Marshall JMP-1 and while nothing in pedal form will touch that, I was able to get some agreeable sounds with the Grunge through the clean channel of the JMP-1. I have owned tons of pedals and lots of amps. I have been playing live for many years. Anyone that dogs this pedal off the bat either hasn't given it enough time or doesn't know what they are doing. Find it used, give it a chance.
        It seems like pedals like the Grunge and the Death Metal are punch lines of bad jokes. The truth of the matter is, if you can operate a pedal properly and your playing doesn't sound like you're just a beginner, you can dial in pretty decent tones with these pedals. This pedal has four easy knobs to operate, loudness controls the level/volume, low will either cut or boost the bass, and high can go from "under a blanket" to ear piercing buzz. The "grunge" button just adds fizz; I find it best when this knob is turned to zero, as the distortion really isn't effected.
        Solid chassis, better than the sloppy Boss switches and the plastic Danelectros. Heavy, could knock out a dinosaur. Pulled the unit apart and it is clean, very clean. Good craftsmanship went into my pedal.
        I got mine used; if you can find one used you are in good company. I would probably not pay full price for this pedal as there are better values out there for the same, but overall it is a good distortion pedal. I initially went into the store looking for an overdrive pedal, I tried an MXR Classic OD, and a Delta Labs OD. I liked the Delta Labs the best, but it didn't have enough drive for me. Ironically I decided to try the cheapest pedal in the store, a used Grunge. I laughed to myself but was surprised by the nice crunch I was getting and by messing with it a bit I realized I could get some very marshall-y sounds and if I played with my volume knob I could ease back that crunch a bit for some slight break up.

        Comment on this review

        (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Grunge pedal review

        By cameron masucci

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about DigiTech Grunge Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        This pedal is definitley has heavy distortion however Digitech pedals are tempermental. I got this pedal for christmas 1 year ago and had it for about 3 weeks before it was incapable of running just on a 9-volt. I have to use a 9v charger to keep working. a month ago it made a siren-like sound when i turn the pedal on, so like any other musician, i assumed it was broken/malfunctioned. last sunday i found that my pedal worked again. I recommend getting a different pedal other than this,(this pedal has mood swings) like getting a BOSS or MXR pedal.

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        A Bit Digital... but then again...

        By Jonny Reb

        from Central Coast, California

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        Comments about DigiTech Grunge Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Alright, here's my gripe. I just don't think this box sounds that great. Yeah, it rocks super hard, gives some crazy crunchy low end and some screaming highs. Good range... but less than amazing TONE. I feel like it morphs my sound rather than just distorting it. Now, granted, I'm playing a Tele with noiseless pickups, so if you're wailing on a JagStang it might be a different story, but I'm more of a fan of tone that sounds truly distorted, rather than, well, digitally altered.

        Basically, it comes down to this: when I was 14, this would have been the best thing that ever happened to me. At 31, give me a ProCo You Dirty Rat and a SD-1 and some self control any day.

        I don't want to tell you not to buy it. But it's not going to work for everyone. Do I shut the door, turn it on and play "smells like Teen Spirit" at 300 DB every once in a while when the wife and kids are gone? you bet. But you can't do that every day... or can you?
        Features wise, this pedal has a lot to offer, and the range of tone is fairly wide, but I give it less than full marks because it's hard to be subtle with it. Tone changes are touchy, and the pedal goes from dead to screaming in about a fraction of a turn of the "LOUD" knob. Basically, I feel it's hard to adjust, but then I'm more interested in subtle tone shifts, and this seems to be more of a "hey, lets blow some eardrums out on every setting" kind of pedal.
        Built like a tank, painted by a kindergardener. But then, purple was hip in '93. I myself had some purple Stussy painter shorts in high school, so I can't judge it. Stomp the dickens out of it, and it begs for more.

        Nobs seem a bit cheap, but that's not really all that different from many other pedals. Overall I could see this pedal surviving a few years with no problem, even with some heavy use.
        A pretty good price. If you want REAL tone, I'd say buy something more expensive, but if you just want an addition to your board that will cost less, and still rock pretty hard, buy this.

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Brings You Back to the Garage

        Comments about DigiTech Grunge Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        To me, this pedal scratches a nostalgic itch. I used one of these pedals in my first high school garage band back in about '94 when the artform known as "grunge" was in its full swing. Anyway there are tones in here reminiscent of Jerry Cantrell and Billy Corgan and a sort of Indie-Rock / Alternative hodgepodge of tone. As a guy who's now in his early 30s I did NOT buy this pedal to try and re-create the 90s or to approximate the tone of anybody in particular. I bought it because I wanted to see what I could do with it 15+ years later, now that I actually have some idea what I'm doing with the guitar, and also because it's got a unique distortion tone; it's not like every other stompbox out there. Seems to me like most stompers out there are either going after a chewy bluesy tone or some slicing sharp metally tones. The Grunge pedal falls somewhere in between. It's not as chunky and crunchy as most of the metal pedals you run across, neither is it your daddy's warm blues box. It's not exactly psychedelic or "fuzzy" either. It seems to borrow tonally from all these different types. The Grunge knob takes you from a little grit towards the bottom of the dial up to full-on waves of distortion towards the top; but it maintains a really compelling low-fi character throughout its range. If you're trying to cultivate a tone something like Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, or even Radiohead or Sonic Youth, this pedal might be a cheap way to start down the path. But I think of it more as a way to bring something a little different to the table as a guitarist. Whatever your style you won't sound like every other guitarist on the block if you use this baby.
        Didn't give the features too high a score; there's nothing unusual or noteworthy about this pedal feature-wise; the control layout is what you'd expect, nothing revolutionary here.
        I'm basing this rating on the original Grunge pedal I had in the 90s which sounded great but stopped working after about 18 months. It did its job up until the day it didn't.
        I'd say you can get some pretty excellent tone for your dollar with this pedal. Anything that sounds "better" (although that's subjective) will cost significantly more. No, it's not a hand-wired boutique pedal with a boutique tone... but it doesn't have a boutique price tag either.

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        5.0

        Don't let the name fool you. This is a METAL pedal!

        By Cody Gudmundsen

        from Montana

        Comments about DigiTech Grunge Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        All in all, this is a superb distortion pedal. I'm looking forward to investing in more Digitech brand pedals in the future, because they have proven their worth to me with this pedal. If you're looking into playing heavy styles of music, where heavy distortion is needed, then I highly recommend this pedal. If you buy it, you will NOT be disappointed.
        I gave this a rating of 7 on features because I feel there should be a knob to control the mids. I like to play Death Metal, and I can't get the exact tone I want with most songs since I am unable to scoop those mids out. Other than that, You can get pretty much any tone of distortion you want out of this thing.
        The quality of this pedal is excellent. It's a nice, sturdy chunk of metal. Everything on this pedal is solid. Nothing comes loose, and nothing rattles around. I've stepped on it with all my weight a few times by accident (walking through my room in the dark), and it did absolutely no harm to the pedal. My only discrepancy with this pedal is that when I use it, I have to use a power supply from and outlet. For some reason, mine will not run on just a battery. I think I got unlucky and got some faulty wires. However, this problem does not interfere with my playing, or the sound of the pedal at all. (To be honest, I'd rather have to plug it into the wall than use battery power, anyway. I don't want to have to buy batteries often).

        Works great!
        you're getting one of the best sounding distortion pedals on the market (in my opinion).It's sturdy, sounds great, and will last you years. I've had mine for roughly 7 months. I've put countless hours of use on it, and it still looks, and sounds as great as the day I opened it. It shows no signs of slowing down any time soon either. this is a steal.

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        5.0

        Very good pedal

        By anonymous-wu.p4

        from New York, New York

        Comments about DigiTech Grunge Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I have had this pedal for nearly a year so I thought this would be a good time to post a review on it. This is a very great pedal with the best distortion for the money. If you have time to sit around and tamper with it (like me) you can get a wide range of metal or grunge distortion. This thing sounds great with my Gibson explorer. However, this pedal is made for A LOT of distortion, so if you are trying to play softer classic rock this pedal might be a little more metal-like than you would want. I would definetly buy it in a heartbeat if this one broke.

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        5.0

        LOVE IT

        By Gabemmb

        from Aurora, CO

        Comments about DigiTech Grunge Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Great tone, great sounds i love it better than my MXR fullbourne metal pedal.The only problem I have with this pedal is that its slightly noisy at times, so if you have a noise gate you might or not need it.

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        5.0

        Good for heavy style of music!

        By Tonelessscream

        from Greenup, Kentucky

        Comments about DigiTech Grunge Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I play grunge and the other sub-genres of rock and metal, so when I saw a "Grunge" pedal in a case at a local music store, I have to have it. I didn't care for the price ($30), it was the name "Grunge" that made me buy it. It's great. I play a standard tuned Fender strat and a drop tuned (Drop-C) Ibanez, and both sound clear. I can sound like Nirvana now, not to mention Korn as well. I can't even stand my Boss Mega Distorion anymore; it's too muddy for me. It has no power compared to this Monster.

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        5.0

        Great Little Pedal

        By ilovemyhollowbodies

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about DigiTech Grunge Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Okay just to give you a really good idea what this pedal will give you read every review on here! seriously it has its downfalls and its upsides. this beast will crank out some nice thick heavy distortion that will get you through just about any metal or alternative genre. it feels like it can take a real beating. i've used mine in live settings for about 2 years and its my go to pedal. yes there is some unwanted noise but take you time with it and set it up the way u want it and you will love it. This pedal is not for blues country pop etc etc players. it you want it loud you can't beat this pedal at this price.

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