View Full Version : Overdrive Pedal Recommendation Please

03-02-2013, 09:05 AM
Hi to all!

Received my new SE Santana 2 weeks ago, which I really love!!! I also have a Gretsch electromatic Jet model.

Back to guitar playing after many years. I would like some recommendations from more experienced players on a good overdrive pedal to play classic rock and blues.

Appreciate your input!

03-02-2013, 09:16 AM
For overdrive, I love the Zendrive, Zendrive II (my favorite), the BB Preamp, and BB Plus.

03-02-2013, 09:44 AM
The Fulltone OCD is on a lot of players' boards, it's become something of a classic pedal lately.

03-02-2013, 10:34 AM
I just picked up a Fat Drive from Pigtronix. I haven't had a lot of time to spend with it, but I'm impressed with what I've heard. Nice OD setting and nice clean boost

03-02-2013, 10:43 AM
I've gone thru a ton of OD pedals over the years. The pedal that's been with me the longest is the Tim pedal made by Paul Cochrane. It's been on my board since 2004. He recently stopped making them but he still makes the Timmy, which is a small version that doesn't have the added boost stage that the Tim has. The Tim is excellent for
blues/rock stuff.

03-02-2013, 10:48 AM
Tc electronics mojo...love it

03-02-2013, 12:31 PM
xotic rc booster (mild)
xotic ep booster (mid to heavy)
MK 423 (wonderful pedal)

03-02-2013, 01:56 PM
Rockbox Boiling Point. Best OD ever. Expensive, yes, but they just introduced a cheaper -not hand painted- version last NAMM (not sure when it'll be available). I cannot stress enough how awesome this pedal is. Three modes, symmetrical, asymmetrical clipping and boost. In 'boost' mode, the diodes are taken out and the thing becomes this loud monster than cannot be contained. Guess what mode I use it on? :D

I use my BP in boost mode. I crank up the gain in the pedal to the max and use my guitar's volume knob to control the gain. All of this to a CLEAN amp. I boost the solos with either a compressor or a Klon KTR.

Check out this tune, it's all BP going to a clean Peavey JSX amp. The volume knob is around 6-7, solo on 10. The guitar? A PRS, of course: https://soundcloud.com/aronortega/spank-me

03-02-2013, 02:08 PM
I am always extolling the virtues of the TC spark booster, which I mostly use for clean boost, but it's nice to drive the tubes a little harder at lower volumes.

I use it alot with the mighty little Tubemeister 18C because the lead boost on it is sometimes a bit over the top, so I set the gain lower, and use the Spark for a "halfway there" sound.

Interested in the Fulltone SecretFreq, wonder if anyone has messed with that yet...

Hopeful Sinner
03-02-2013, 03:32 PM
Tc electronics mojo...love it

+1 The Mojo Mojo OD is a fine stomp box!!!

Michael B
03-03-2013, 07:00 AM
I love the Handwired Ibanez Tube Screamer...pricey but badass!!

03-07-2013, 08:18 PM
I swear by the B.K. Butler Tube Driver. If Eric Johnson uses it, you know the tone is awesome!

Mike Duncan
03-07-2013, 08:19 PM
I love my OCD! You also can't go wrong with a PlimSoul. I've got a Timmy en route...I'll let you know how that goes!

03-07-2013, 08:24 PM
Where to start. There's so many. I'm the biggest pedal nerd without any pedals. My GAS for them is so bad I don't allow myself to own any.

03-07-2013, 08:35 PM
For me, a Maxon OD808 has worked like a charm for just about anything.

03-07-2013, 08:51 PM
Start with the Fulltone OCD ;-)

I've got a bunch and that's my "goto" pedal. I also see it on a ton of other players boards.

The EP booster is widely used and loved. Here's a demo... the guy looks familiar ;)


The Catlinbread Dirty Little Secret is on my list next:


03-07-2013, 09:18 PM
Fulltone OCD or a modded Keely modded tubescreamer TS9 or TS808 pro. If you can find a handwired Tube Scream, you are using what most used back in the 70s, so hard to go wrong there.

Also, Mesa Boogie has come out with some REALLY nice pedals that are not to be overlooked. They have 4 different versions to cover anything you want, and they ALL sound great. They range from 180-200.00 but are worth every penny. I have the Throttle Box, which had the most gain of any, and I can get great blues tones using it on the clean channel with the guitar volume dialed back a bit. Then I can crank the guitar volume for a really nice searing lead.

I have all 3, and use all 3. If you can swing it, get a few, and you can really experiment and fine some wicked good tones. I play through Mesa amps, so yes I am a bit of a Mesa whore.

David Eaton
03-07-2013, 10:12 PM
I have an EP booster, a visual sound rt 66, a voodoo labs sparkle drive, and the recent addition, the bogner ecstasy blue. I'll probably get the ecstasy red also. They all sound good.

03-12-2013, 08:10 PM
Thank you all for your varied recommendations! Now's the time to shop.

I'll let you know what I got :D :408:



03-12-2013, 08:39 PM
My 2 recent loved ones:m EP Booster from Xotic if you need just a push and Bogner's Red Ecstasy.
But my all time favorite still Fulltone's OCD

03-13-2013, 12:04 AM
I've been through many OD pedals. I still have 2 on my board - a Timmy and a EWS Brute Drive (Eric Gales Sig Model). I do miss the OCD I had. As for the EP Booster, it's a great pedal but don't go buying one thinking it's an OD pedal. As ADUAYAR mentioned, it's a great for pushing an amp into overdrive - but think of it really as a booster.

03-13-2013, 01:44 AM
T-Rex Hobo Drive