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  • #2
    A Leslie can provide SOME distortion. Jon Lord ran his Hammond through a Marshall amplifier. It really depends on what sound you are chasing.
    When I become dictator, those who preach intolerance will not be tolerated.

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    • #3
      Is it possible to put a guitar distortion pedal through it ? If so how?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Josht1557 View Post
        Is it possible to put a guitar distortion pedal through it ? If so how?
        Most distortion pedals are not full range frequency response, they are designed with either a mid hump or a mid scoop or a treble boost for guitars.
        The two best methods are:

        1) Use a full range pedal designed for organ such as Lounsberry. Some of the valve overdrive guitar pedals actually are full range, such as the Blackstar HT-Drive, plus you get the advantage of real valve distortion.

        2) Run a valve guitar amp into a Leslie. This requires some engineering to bypass the Leslie amp, plus you run the risk of blowing up the horn driver if you don't upgrade it. Many famous Rock organists did this. Jon Lord upgraded his drivers to JBL.

        It's easier and safer to stick with option #1.
        Bear in mind the output from a Hammond is usually way too hot for guitar pedals - you'll need to attenuate it.
        Current:
        1971 T-202 with Carsten Meyer mods: Remove key click filters, single-trigger percussion, UM 16' drawbar volume correction. Lower Manual bass foldback.
        Korg CX3 (original 1980's analogue model).
        1967 Leslie 122 with custom inbuilt preamp on back panel for 1/4" line-level inputs, bass & treble controls. Horn diffusers intact.
        2009 Marshall 2061x HW Plexi head into Marshall 4x12 cabinet.

        Former:
        1964 C3
        196x M-102
        197x X5
        197x Leslie 825

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        • #5
          Heavily modified T202 through a Blackstar HT-5 Mini Stack (2x10" Celestion speakers).
          The HT-5 amp has the same valve distortion circuit as the HT-Dist pedal, but the HT-Drive pedal is even better for pure valve overdrive (also costs more than the HT-Dist).

          https://youtu.be/YWAgkBMdEQE
          Current:
          1971 T-202 with Carsten Meyer mods: Remove key click filters, single-trigger percussion, UM 16' drawbar volume correction. Lower Manual bass foldback.
          Korg CX3 (original 1980's analogue model).
          1967 Leslie 122 with custom inbuilt preamp on back panel for 1/4" line-level inputs, bass & treble controls. Horn diffusers intact.
          2009 Marshall 2061x HW Plexi head into Marshall 4x12 cabinet.

          Former:
          1964 C3
          196x M-102
          197x X5
          197x Leslie 825

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          • #6
            Kon's diode distortion add-on. See attached.
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            • #7
              And then there is the commercial version of Kon's passive zener distortion unit.
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              Although no longer marketed, from what I understand, these can still be made to order.

              For examples of the sound produced see:

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Cihi1rtc4Q&t=83s
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chBH8ihzLo4

              HTH
              1966 C-3 / 925
              1965 M102 / 145
              1967 M111A / 330

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              • #8
                The EHX Operation Overlord can do subtle boost to near fuzz in jfet style. Has three tone controls and a blend plus three input levels so is flexible and can be tweaked to get your original highs and lows. Also full stereo in and out. Worth considering if you are not trying to emulate anything specific
                Hammond SK2. XPK 100 pedals. Two 100W Fender Rumbles. Ace Tone GT7. Boosey & Hawkes Sonorous 602. Hohner Pianet T. Yamaha pf10. Arturia Minibrute. Phasers univibe tremelo etc.

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