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Harker1440
12-20-2012, 11:50 AM
If you can only have One overdrive pedal in your signal chain which would you choose and why?
I ask because I don't generally use a drive pedal to dirty my amp I like the amp creating the dirt inhouse so to speak. Now I've owned a number of nice drives but basically they're window dressings. For those who use dirt pedals does it tonally make a difference?

Rango
12-20-2012, 12:23 PM
OCD - I'm doing mostly Classic rock stuff and this is the one pedal that I can get a good workable tone out of any Amp and Guitar combo I've tried... :biggrin:

And I've mixed and matched a bunch! On the amp side everything from a 5 watt Champ 600 to a 100 Watt EVH 5150 III. On the guitar side - Tele, LP R9, P22, Gilmore Strat...and a bunch of others.

I play a two channel amp most of the time but I use it differently than most I'd guess... I EQ up each channel for A guitar - Say LP on one channel and Tele on the other and use the OD to go from clean "ish" to good classic rock tone. I'm rethinking this a bit now that the P22 is NUMBER ONE... :wink:

sleary
12-20-2012, 02:10 PM
Tc Electronics Mojo...thing sings . Great tone and responds to pick attack like no other. Didn't break the bank either.

Egads
12-20-2012, 02:19 PM
You guys are probably getting tired of me posting about the same pedal, but I love the Jetter Jet Drive. It's two ODs/boosts in one box. Both sound great and are independent. You can run either/or/both. With a single channel amp, I get clean, clean with boost, drive, and drive with boost. Te range is really impressive, too.

Also love the OCD.

Mikegarveyblues
12-20-2012, 04:21 PM
My little GFS Greenie Classic Overdrive. Cheap TS clone but I love the tones I get from it Was supposed to tide me over until I could afford a genuine TS but I haven't felt the need to replace it.

LSchefman
12-20-2012, 04:30 PM
Assuming a fuzz doesn't qualify as an OD, I would pick the Fulltone Robin Trower Overdrive. I love the way that thing sounds.

Edit: I forgot to mention why!

I prefer to get my OD from the amp, like Harker...but there are a few things I like to use an OD for, and one of them is after a modulation pedal like a Univibe. It's a different kind of thing than getting drive from the amp. I'll also admit that I love Robin Trower's "Bridge of Sighs," and he follows his Vibe with the RTO. Sounds good!

Dirty Bob
12-20-2012, 06:40 PM
I even use fuzz and distortion boxes with the level up and the gain down for this purpose...I tend to use pedals as boosts....no matter what I get I tend to use them similarly....it's very hard for me to pick just one. like you I prefer getting the sounds from my amps...then occasionally boosting.

that said I think that the JHS Klone is a killer pedal as is the Hermida Zendrive. I have been using the Wampler plextortion as a tone shaping boost too rather than solely as a dirt box. Pure boost I love the EP Booster.

there are so many good pedals out there...KOT....Boiling Point etc...

there are also the Keeley and analogman modded tube screamers.

arent you using a Shiva now? does it have the variable boost?

justmund
12-20-2012, 07:38 PM
I'll admit I'm a multi fx guy at the moment, the convenience is just too appealing for now. If I were to look at a standalone drive pedal, I'd love to try a Timmy and maybe the new Mesa pedals. They sound pretty good to me on YouTube clips.

gush
12-20-2012, 10:54 PM
I'll admit I'm a multi fx guy at the moment, the convenience is just too appealing for now. If I were to look at a standalone drive pedal, I'd love to try a Timmy and maybe the new Mesa pedals. They sound pretty good to me on YouTube clips.

My bass player has been trying to get me to buy an OD pedal.I just cant talk myself into it. I let 5150 do the talking. Im afraid that if I buy one I will grow tired of it quicklyand there it sits. I set my amp up with one channel clean and the other dirty. I have about 35 patches built to take care of my effects needs. My g-major has a nice lead boost feature that is controlled through expression pedal and it has a switching relay for channel switching that is added to each patch. I have 3 patches set at my lead leve lfor times that im too busy to use expression pedal. BTW. My bass player bought an OD for his rig because it got great reviews and sounded good online. He doesnt use it anymore. Hmmmmm.

Twinfan
12-21-2012, 01:46 AM
I use a Klone on all the time as a slight boost as it adds some girth to my tone, and a touch more treble. I get the gain from the amp, using the pedal as a little push in front.

CoreyT
12-21-2012, 07:54 AM
Check out TTK's page (The Tone King) on YouTube.
https://www.youtube.com/my_subscriptions?feature=mhee&s=3uXtfr_DTt-JU1RT6T3fJvRoO4IUXlImYP9JW8OtUnE

He is doing a 30 pedals in 30 days for the month of December.
Some of those pedals are distortion ones.

John
12-23-2012, 06:38 PM
I've been very happy using a Maxon OD808 for years at this point.

prsrocker1988
12-23-2012, 08:17 PM
I personally couldn't use just one but if I had to recommend only one, it'd be the Wampler Paisley Drive. Love that pedal.

I'm not an amp dirt guy so I have a handful of Boost/OD/Dist/Fuzz pedals to give me the grind I need and for the versatility.

cosmic_ape
12-24-2012, 02:09 AM
Rockbox Boiling Point. I use it on the "clean boost" mode, crank up the gain and use my volume knob to shape it. Ridiculous tone and versatility. Also, much better for controlling your gain signal at reduced, smaller venue levels. The dirt from my amp just sounds too compressed if it's not cranked.

LSchefman
12-24-2012, 09:14 AM
One thing I like to use ODs and to a greater degree, fuzzes, for is tone-shaping as opposed to simply overdrive. F'rinstance, using a vintage-style fuzz with the guitar volume rolled down will brighten a signal, compress it, and roll off some bottom end. An OD can boost mids, even with the distortion set low. Etc. These can be useful settings, especially coupled with use of the guitar's volume controls, to get variety of tone as needed on songs.

One can get some nice additional colors with pedals when they're used creatively, and go way beyond merely adding distortion.

ljpukgtr
12-24-2012, 09:59 AM
For me it's the Digitech CM2 OD, lovely especially in front of a Marshall.

mesa50w
12-24-2012, 07:00 PM
OCD - I'm doing mostly Classic rock stuff and this is the one pedal that I can get a good workable tone out of any Amp and Guitar combo I've tried... :biggrin:

And I've mixed and matched a bunch! On the amp side everything from a 5 watt Champ 600 to a 100 Watt EVH 5150 III. On the guitar side - Tele, LP R9, P22, Gilmore Strat...and a bunch of others.




I play a two channel amp most of the time but I use it differently than most I'd guess... I EQ up each channel for A guitar - Say LP on one channel and Tele on the other and use the OD to go from clean "ish" to good classic rock tone. I'm rethinking this a bit now that the P22 is NUMBER ONE... :wink:

Agree 100% I have a v3 OCD (alittle more bass, then a v4) It sounds great in any amp..no matter what. I mainly play pretty heavy stuff so its nice to get that classic marshall tone at a decent Vol for classic rock stuff. Suhr Riot is prob my fav sounding OD box but it can be picky about what amps it likes, but it really smokes!

Aeetus
12-24-2012, 08:05 PM
Another Klone user here, works with all my amps and to date it is the only pedal to do so. It adds some body and presence to my sound whether the amp is at break up or already quite driven... love it!

cosmic_ape
12-27-2012, 11:05 AM
One thing I like to use ODs and to a greater degree, fuzzes, for is tone-shaping as opposed to simply overdrive. F'rinstance, using a vintage-style fuzz with the guitar volume rolled down will brighten a signal, compress it, and roll off some bottom end. An OD can boost mids, even with the distortion set low. Etc. These can be useful settings, especially coupled with use of the guitar's volume controls, to get variety of tone as needed on songs.

One can get some nice additional colors with pedals when they're used creatively, and go way beyond merely adding distortion.

I just found a good fuzz pedal that sounds ridiculous when you do this. You can mix it with either your amp's dirt or a tube screamer. Glorious tone! You roll the volume back and it gets sooo clean...

iahawk36
12-27-2012, 11:09 AM
If I could only have ONE, it would be the Klon KTR....just adds a lot without coloring. Makes you sound like a better you, IMHO. If I couldn't get my hands on one of those, it would be the Green Rhino by Way Huge. Absolutely my #1 pedal until the KTR came out.

prscat33511
12-27-2012, 04:09 PM
I like my Wampler Brent Mason OD/Distortion
I can go from clean (no OD ) to sparkly/crunch to lead distortion and back again in one great sounding pedal
and those channels cascade and stack nicely
It's All I use lately
Works well with Single coil and Humbuckers, is clean, and is very versatile

Mike Duncan
12-27-2012, 04:33 PM
I really like my V3 OCD. I have tons of overdrives, but the OCD just does what I want a drive to do!

LSchefman
12-27-2012, 04:38 PM
I really like my V3 OCD. I have tons of overdrives, but the OCD just does what I want a drive to do!

The OCD is just a great pedal.

I've always been able to count on Fulltone gear. First of all, it sounds musical and works in a lot of contexts. Second, it's well designed and built with minimal noise, good parts, etc.

It's good stuff. Example: the Clyde wahs. Instead of using the standard zinc enclosure, Fulltone uses a custom steel one. That wouldn't be a big deal, except that the steel enclosure and the other parts used tend to minimize induced noise from nearby wall warts, etc. On a crowded pedal board, that makes a real difference - I know from experience with lots of other very good wahs! In a similar way, I find even the vintage style fuzzes quieter and less susceptible to RFI noise, and so on.

Makes a difference. This is stuff Fulltone pays attention to.

LJD
12-27-2012, 06:11 PM
It sure makes a difference for me. Have a few more pedals to try before I decide. I could never make multi channel amps work for me, it would have to be something with an added boost or second (dual) OD. That plus volume knob adjustments can get you 4 or so stages from clean to lead. Perhaps a Paul C. Tim, JHS Double Barrel, Jam Pedals Tube Dreamer88, Analogman KOT...

geese_com
12-27-2012, 10:30 PM
Haven't tried as many OD pedals as the other guys, but I really like my Maxon OD808.

bluefade
12-28-2012, 04:22 AM
If you can only have One overdrive pedal in your signal chain which would you choose and why?
I ask because I don't generally use a drive pedal to dirty my amp I like the amp creating the dirt inhouse so to speak. Now I've owned a number of nice drives but basically they're window dressings. For those who use dirt pedals does it tonally make a difference?

One of our own has his own signature pedal. Brent Mason plays his signature overdrive on all his recordings. Go to wampler.com and check out his videos on their site.