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DigiTech Grunge Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal

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The DigiTech Grunge Distortion Pedal is designed for loud, distortion-obsessed guitarists who want an edge-of-chaos sound. The Grunge provides chunky...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
  • Amp and recording/mixer outputs

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 318 reviews)

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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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I bought this knowing what I was getting into. It sounds nothing like Kurt, Jerry, or Kim, and I was aware of that before I bought it; it is more of an...Read complete review

I bought this knowing what I was getting into. It sounds nothing like Kurt, Jerry, or Kim, and I was aware of that before I bought it; it is more of an aggressive metal tone. The level of distortion can't be turned down much; on a scale of 1-10 in terms of distortion level, this thing ranges from 9 to 12. This pedal could be attractive to many solid state amp users, but a tube amp helps add some class to the tone of the Grunge.At first sitting, the crazy excessive level of distortion and the massive volume boost from each of the 4 knobs makes it seem impossible to get good tone out of this pedal. However, I found that if I keep the gain ("Grunge") knob at minimum and really put some effort into balancing the EQ and volume knobs, it can sound reasonable. It still doesn't sound grungy, but it can get tones which would sound appropriate for metal and thrash styles.In summary, I give it 2 stars for features because of the limited distortion range, and I gave 5 stars for quality in regards to craftsmanship associated with all DigiTech pedals.

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

It's not that bad, guys

By Wooooooo

from South Dakota

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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.

(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

Cons

    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!!!!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Review

      By Dr. VK

      from North Las Vegas, NV

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      Comments about DigiTech Grunge Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I bought this knowing what I was getting into. It sounds nothing like Kurt, Jerry, or Kim, and I was aware of that before I bought it; it is more of an aggressive metal tone. The level of distortion can't be turned down much; on a scale of 1-10 in terms of distortion level, this thing ranges from 9 to 12. This pedal could be attractive to many solid state amp users, but a tube amp helps add some class to the tone of the Grunge.At first sitting, the crazy excessive level of distortion and the massive volume boost from each of the 4 knobs makes it seem impossible to get good tone out of this pedal. However, I found that if I keep the gain ("Grunge") knob at minimum and really put some effort into balancing the EQ and volume knobs, it can sound reasonable. It still doesn't sound grungy, but it can get tones which would sound appropriate for metal and thrash styles.In summary, I give it 2 stars for features because of the limited distortion range, and I gave 5 stars for quality in regards to craftsmanship associated with all DigiTech pedals.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Brings You Back to the Garage

      By Wannabe Bassist

      from Boston, MA

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      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.

      (1 of 4 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.

       
      5.0

      best sound character i ever hear it

      By cananthrax

      from jakarta

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      Pros

      • Good Selection Of Effects

      Cons

      • Breaks Easily

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      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about DigiTech Grunge Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I had one digitech grunge and combine with dod yngwie malmsten pedal for booster its work realy good with my fender,this pedal its character pedal,peaople who doesnt like maybe doesnt knows this character pedal...just like fender its a character guitar....i used loud in 9 oclock,low in 4oclock high in 1 oclock and grunge in 10 oclock....

       
      4.0

      this is good, mostly

      By RsGuitars

      from Omaha. NE

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      Comments about DigiTech Grunge Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Well, it is a good pedal overall, but it seems to be too heavy for my taste, although it has great bite and crunch, and I use it whenever I play classic 80s hard rock, but it does die quite fast. Team it up with digitech whammy to have a great solo sound though. Good pedal.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Incredible!

      By stratman420-RkCyO

      from Plano TX

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      Comments about DigiTech Grunge Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I have played for a while now so I know distortion very well like many guitarists and I will tell you that this is one of the greatest distortion pedals ever. People say that the Death Metal pedal is the best but it really isn't cause I have played it and the gain is nowhere close. I have owned this pedal for 2 years and haven't bought a new one since. I play this with a strat and a Vox 100 watt with the reverb on and it has such great heavy tone, and then when I turn the HIGH knob it has a great classic rock tone. So if you are looking for an awesome pedal then this would be the one.Now I am trying to find for a higher gain pedal and I am still having a hard time finding one.

       
      5.0

      Digitech Grunge Distortion Pedal

      By Spencer-ZXlz1

      from Indianapolis, IN

      Comments about DigiTech Grunge Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I bought this pedal about a month ago and love it. It works extremely well, but drains battery life really fast. It gets a 10 out of 10 if you buy the power supply.

       
      4.0

      Review

      By dj_yoatsw

      from New York

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      Comments about DigiTech Grunge Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Built tough. Sounds Awesome. Only complaint is not enough battery life. Overall, it's more bang for your buck than other pedals out there. I recommend!

       
      5.0

      Grunge Pad

      By LORD V4DER

      from Hell, MO

      Comments about DigiTech Grunge Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I bought this distortion pedal roughly a year ago, and up until a week ago, it worked perfectly every single day I'd had it.The hard, thrashing tone was perfect for Grunge (obviously) as well as new/old Metal, and just about any rock genre you can think of.So like I said, a week ago I brought it to school to jam, but when I plug it in, nothing happens. First I think it's the cables, but they're fine, the amp's just fine, and when I bypassed the pad and plugged straight into the amp it worked. So we got pissed at the thing for not working the one day we really need and start beating the hell out of it, tossing it around and stuff.Come to find out the outlet I used had some kind of short in it...the pad was fine all along. And after the beating we gave it, it played just as good as before. Long story short, this an excellent sounding pad that's built like a tank a lasts a lifetime. If you find something wrong with your set-up, it's not the grunge pad.

       
      5.0

      Great distortion, Great tone, Great Power

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about DigiTech Grunge Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This pedal gave me the heavy, distorted sound that I was looking for in a pedal. It sounds great, works great by itself, and has great distortion. The only bad thing is that it goes from very-distorted to ultra-distorted, there is no medium or little-distortion.

       
      5.0

      This distortion will take over your amplifier!!!!

      By Tapmaster

      from Lakeworth, FL

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      Comments about DigiTech Grunge Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This GRUNGE distortion is simply amazing. I plugged it into my fender amp and it simply took over...My amp is now good becuase of this distortion, I reccomend this distortion if you are into Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Hard Rock or any Hardcore stuff, if you want heavier distortion beyond the GRUNGE distortion, get DigiTech DEATH METAL distortion.. That too is the an excellent distortion, compare the DigiTech GRUNGE distortion to the BOSS Metal Zone distortion and see which one is better, but only if Metal is your taste of Music.

       
      4.0

      This is a nice all-round pedal

      By The Bomber

      from Rockford, MI

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      Comments about DigiTech Grunge Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This is a great pedal. True, it is my first so I probably think anything would be good. But, I have been truly satisfied with it. You can make many good different types of sounds with the pedal. From good background guitar sounds, to muffled sounds which are great for picking, and also good ol' normal electric distortion. Plus, it is made solid, it won't break down at all. This is a great pedal, especially at this price.

       
      2.0

      not too big on this one

      By SenileAnimal

      from Salt lake city, UT

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      Comments about DigiTech Grunge Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      i got this pedal mainly because of the price, and i guess i got what i paid for. it was well built, but the volume and "grunge" knobs were loose. it has an ok palm-muting sound, but when coupled with a delay, or a reverb for a solo, it sounds terrible, as my co-guitarist put it "ear-searing" which was true, the tone is really sharp, and not very pleasing. the sustain is really sub-par as well. the feedback this pedal produces doesnt help either. its built well, but if youre looking for a good soloing sound, look elsewhere.

       
      5.0

      This thing is gnarly.

      By Ihavenoideawuttoput

      from Undisclosed

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      Comments about DigiTech Grunge Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Man, I just got this pedal today, and I was blown away by it. Its sound is amazing. I played it through my Orange Crush 30R Combo amp on my Gibson Explorer and it was beautiful. I got cold chills from it. It was definately worth the little amount of money that you have to pay for it. I would recomend it to anyone.

       
      3.0

      BUZZES LIKE A BEE

      By kamikazepilot83

      from Mandeville, La

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      Comments about DigiTech Grunge Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Ok this was my first pedal cause you know I am all into grunge music and that's what I grew up on. Well anyways it takes a long time to get the sound you want and it is really sloppy. But the #1 problem I have with this pedal is it is extremely buzzy. If you want a good starter distortion pedal, go with the ds-1. Actually that is not even a starter pedal, it was used in Nirvana.

       
      5.0

      freakin awesome

      By more punk than you

      from cheyenne, wyoming

      Comments about DigiTech Grunge Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I got this pedal not to long ago after hearing another guitarist play one. I play punk/emo so its imporant to have great sounding distortion this pedal definatly holds up and is all that i will use now on heavy songs. it truely rocks!

       
      5.0

      Great little box

      By Weechi

      from Dallas, TX

      Comments about DigiTech Grunge Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This stomp box is worth your buck. First of all, it has so many features, it's hard to leave it in one place. I looked at other distortion pedal for double the price, but same overall quality and value. Second, the sound is amazing, no matter what guitar you play it on. I play it on a Strat and it blows me away. Great box for half the price the others cost. Definitely worth your $$.

       
      5.0

      definitely a grunge pedal

      By YoMomma!

      from NC

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      Comments about DigiTech Grunge Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I have purchased (like many other folks) a ton of distortion pedals, BUT this may be the best sounding one that I have. Digitech makes a great pedal people! Very good quality and for the price I'm sold on using digitech instead of paying twice as much for Boss pedals (absurd!). You can get a good variety in the sound from nice and comfy distortion to pretty raunchy and grungy. Love it!

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