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What is your best overdrive pedal?

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

  1. keefsdad

    keefsdad

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    I had the V2. Didn't like it. I heard the first version is just like a Timmy.
     
  2. NorlinNorm

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    Really enjoying my Klon Centaur Clone....
     
  3. butterknucket

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    Best one I own is the Xotic AC Booster.
     
  4. mhammer

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    So, time to add to a 5-year-old thread.

    I've added a bunch to the arsenal.
    The Joyo version of the OCD is okay, but not my fave.
    I cloned a first-issue (quad op-amp chip) Boss OD-1 that I like quite a bit, although admittedly I added two more tonal options, like more bottom and a rolled off top.
    I've made a variety of modded MXR Distorsion+ units and they can be quite satisfying.
    Recently cloned a Knight-Allied fuzz like this one and it has its charms. Mine isn't quite as savage, but I like what it does to the dirty channel on my amp.
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    I made a slightly lower-gain sweeter-sounding version of the Red Llama that also does nice things to the amp dirty channel.
    A Harmonic Percolator clone that's quite nice. Here's Joe Gore putting his build through its paces. Has a nice rising growl.

    Then there's this one I designed that can do some nice things, and has a lot of tonal flexibility (
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    And I should mention the first two selections on the Boss ROD-10 (not particularly well-demoed here), that are cousins of the BD-2 Blues Driver.
    I also like this one: Fred Briggs - '64 - Vintage Vox Tones Galore! | La Révolution Deux
    I picked up a Yamaha OD-100 because it was dirt cheap. Not my cup o' meat. It has one personality, and that personality isn't especially appealing.
    There's probably others I've forgotten, but that's the 2017 update.
     
  5. NoTalentHack

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    I'll say my TS808HW cause that is the only legitimate overdrive pedal I own. :D
     
  6. bzrkrage

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    Wow.
    The MXR Classic M-66 left.
    The Akai is in a draw somewhere.
    The Euphoria has been sold, bought, sold & an early Ecstasy has replaced it.
    The Brûlée is still there, awesome.

    So this week, the Bogner LaGrange is back on the board, so bumped the Ecstasy/SLOstortion combo.

    Now, Brûlée > LaGrange > Empress ParaEq.

    Bloody magic.


    "Best mediocre guitarist in Calgary!"
     
  7. SaucyJack

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    I have one of these Danelectro Transparent OD V1 pedals. They do a great job.

    No my video....
     
  8. sulphur

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    I see that I posted on the first page, not sure if I updated through the thread, but here it goes.

    The best low gain O/Ds that I've tried so far are GainChanger, Timmy, Barbershop, Retrosonic 808 and the OCD.
     
  9. High/Deaf

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    Yea, I heard that, too. I bought one for that reason. Turned out to be wrong. They perhaps sound similar but the controls do not work the same. Part of the magic of the Timmy is the operation (and location in the cct) of the bass and treble controls. Danelectro missed that. But still pretty good for $40.

    I liked @SaucyJack 's comparison. He mentions that they are similar, not that they are the same. That's a better explanation, IMO. PS, real nice boots, dude!
     
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  10. mhammer

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    Having built more of these things than I care to think about, I have to say that, after a certain point, they all start to sound pretty much the same, and all that really changes from one to another is often attainable with some EQ tweaking, or level setting. Once in a while something stands out as sounding very different, or behaving differently. But for the most part it's like we are comparing cars that are virtually indistinguishable, except for this or that little twist on the shape of the windshield or curvature of the brake lights. Ultimately, they both get the same gas ileage, come with the same warranty, and can all accelerate to the same effective highway speed.
     
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  11. Clean Channel

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    Updating my answer to the Dr. Scientist Heisenberg.
     
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  12. sulphur

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    I agree that they're all in the same ballpark, I probably set them all similarly while playing them.
    I find all of those I listed to stack well too, without getting anything weird going on.

    My biggest eye opener was after getting in a couple of actual TS9s, one stock and one modded.
    I tried them side by side on the board, both pedals made me think, "I've heard that before".
     
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  13. sulphur

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    How are you using yours? Are you utilizing multiple settings?
    That is a very good dirt pedal with a lot going on.

    I still haven't added velcro to mine yet, too pretty. :)
    I'll have to get a substitute bottom to keep it put.
     
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  14. Moot

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    My fav is teh BadCat Siamese Drive - basically two Klones in series.
    One set to Boost, the other for solos.
     
  15. BGood

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    Kind of the same opinion here, without having your extended experience. You listen to all these reviews and realize that the difference is mostly in the player's fingers. So I found a dirt cheap one that doesn't color my tone and is not in the high gain territory. Joyo Sweet Baby. Gets me exactly where I want to be. Coupled with the Tube Screamer in my Ibanez TSA15H, it's creamy good ... a Sweet Baby Screamer ?
     

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