Whenever my band played R&R we put the volume up. Without the volume, and some distortion it was not rock.
A salesman from Gibson guitars brought a prototype of the first distortion pedal. When I asked him what is it supposed to do, he said it gives the effect of a broken speaker. Since I had ben trying to get a stronger clearer sound, I thought he was crazy.
Nigel, I thought that a distorted guitar sounded very much like a violin through a small amp. ?????
He was crazy. A distorted guitar is nothing like a broken speaker. He didn't have a clue. Tube distortion is totally different. Nothing to do with broken speakers. He obviously wasn't a guitarist. And it is nothing like a violin through a small amp. Only a non guitar player would say that.