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What is your best overdrive pedal?

Discussion in 'Effects Pedals, Strings and more' started by gun27853, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. gun27853

    gun27853

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    I like the ts 808. Its sound is cool.
     
  2. sulphur

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    It's between my PaulC Tim, or the Black Arts Black Forest.
     
  3. keto

    keto Gold Member

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    I took my Marshall Jackhammer off my board for last week's band jam, first time it had been off in oh god 10 years or so.

    It's going back on this weekend. I felt naked.
     
  4. hardasmum

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    Fairfield Electronics Barbershop OD. Clean boost, "transparent" pushing of your amp's overdrive, saggy tweed distortion, mild fuzz. It has many uses and is made in Canada to boot.
     
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  5. noman

    noman

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    I'm a Kingsley fan. Just got a Jouster and already had a Minstrel. Both incredible pedals with so many OD tones that I think I am set for OD. Sold my OCD, which was good before I heard Simon's stuff and then that was sold too..........
     
  6. J S Moore

    J S Moore All the way to ten

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    I have an old Pearl OD from the 80's that I quite like. Right now I'm liking a Marshall Guv'nor clone that I built. It's like Gary Moore in a box.
     
  7. gtone

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    Basic Audio Futureman is rubbing me the right way these days. OD to mild fuzz, but I almost exclusively use it as a tone colouring OD. Can't stand TS's myself - don't care for that sound.
     
  8. mhammer

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    Too many to choose. I'm somewhat partial to 4049-invertor based overdrives, and I also kind of like Doug Hammond's Highway 89 design.

    It also depends on whether one considers an "overdrive pedal" to be something that produces an overdriven sound on its own, or something that sends an amp into overdrive.
     
  9. Chito

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    At present, I'm using either the Zendrive or the Lovepedal Eternity Roadhouse. I don't know if I'll consider them my best OD though. Depending on how I feel at a particular moment, I could be using a Barber Direct LG, a Fairfield Barbershop, a Timmy, a Mojo Pedal Klon Klone or a Catalinbread Super Charged Overdrive.
     
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  10. ElectricMojo

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    My personnal favorites right now are the Wampler Euphoria and Analogman Beano Boost.
     
  11. blam

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    I am a simple man.

    the first OD i ever bought was my OCD and it's still on my board.

    I also have a green rhino on my board that i use from time to time

    I'll be honest and say I haven't tried many others, but mostly because I'm quite happy with what I have
     
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  12. Sprondeau

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    I got a TS9 Tube Screamer for Christmas and I haven't stopped playing with it since.
     
  13. loudtubeamps

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  14. b-nads

    b-nads Gold Member

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    MJM Phantom OD. I keep trying other stuff, and there are lots of really cool sounds out there, but nothing scratches the itch like a good Tube Screamer.
     
  15. hollowbody

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    It's a hard question to answer. It's like asking which guitar is my best - the answer is it depends on the song I'm playing or the band I'm in.

    For dirt pedals, I've gone through dozens over the years and the ones that I liked best are the Paul Cochrane Timmy, Fulltone OCD, Fulltone Fulldrive 2, and Carl Martin Plexitone. Out of all the pedals I've tried, these ones had the most versatility and the most useful characteristics in terms of sound, ergonomics, etc. I've owned the Timmy and and FD2 twice now, and I'm keeping the ones I have forever this time. My OCD has been with me for 3 years or so, which is FOREVER in terms of pedalboard life for a dirtbox. The Plexitone is newish to me, only a few months in. It's huge and requires AC, both of which are annoying, but it sounds so glorious and has so much versatility (given that you like a nice driven tone, it doesn't do low gain at all, really) that it's worth the drawbacks.

    Honourable mentions for me also go to the Tubescreamer, which I love to push amps, though the Timmy and FD2 also do that well; also the Z.Vex Box of Rock is awesome too - sounds amazing, but I really dislike the form factor. Switches are too close to each other and the knobs. I've owned two, loved both and gotten rid of both because I just can't use them live.
     

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