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There is a button on my elctric guitar amplifier that says Overdrive. i was wondering what it does? Answered

I know it makes it louder, but is that all it does?

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alikhanmir
alikhanmir

9 months ago

My Roland Cube 60 guitar amp. has a Pre-Out and Main In connection at the back. As it is more than 30 plus years old with no Manual, I don't what they are for?

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MahavishnuMan
MahavishnuMan

11 years ago

It's labeled incorrectly - on most amps, it's the "Awesome" button.

Seriously, though, overdrive is a type of distortion.  The button switches the input to a hotter preamp that is specifically designed to distort the guitar.  Examples of this can be heard on pretty much any guitar music that can be labeled as rock or blues in the past 60 years.

Don't be afraid, hit the button and let the amp breathe.  The higher the gain, the more you'll rock.

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Acepilot42
Acepilot42

11 years ago

overdrive- a button you push to disengage the rpm limiter...oops thats on a four wheeler.


             my amp dosnt have that button, it has bypass though:)

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Re-design
Re-design

Answer 11 years ago

Overdrive in every car I've owned just made it direct drive thru the transmission or actually geared it up so that you were in a gear "over" drive gear.  Never had anything with an rpm limiter.

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Acepilot42
Acepilot42

Answer 11 years ago

oh wait- i am thinking of override

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RelaxedSoup
RelaxedSoup

11 years ago

It adds distortion to the sound.  Depending on the quality of your amp, this may or may not be desirable (i.e. distortion on cheap amps sounds like crap).  Combined with different gain, bass, middle, and treble settings, you can get different sounding distortion. See this page for help adjusting the said settings.