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    Need help finding a distortion pedal

    I have a Paisley Drive for my OD. A Big Muff with Tone Wicker for my fuzz. I'm looking for some good classic distortion to go in between those two pedals. I play through one of two amps - a tweed twin or a twin reverb. Guitars are usually either one of my many Strats, a tele, or a PRS CE-22. The tone that I'm looking for is kinda old school distortion - 70's and maybe some 80's (Ratt, Motley Crue, etc.). Definitely not anything super heavy. I really don't play much stuff that I need something that heavy but I like to have it if the mood arises. I'm considering either the Wampler SLOstortion or ProCo Rat. Any thoughts from you guys? I've spent so much time looking for an OD pedal that I like that I've kinda lost touch with what's out there as far as distortion goes.

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    I'd recommend Wampler Plextortion or SLOstortion. Plex is more JCM800, SLO is obviously SL0100 Soldano territory and is more 80s.

    Nice choice on the Paisley Drive. It was my drive of choice in my Eagles tribute (doing Joe Walsh parts) and still has never left the board to this day. My favorite OD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prsrocker1988 View Post
    I'd recommend Wampler Plextortion or SLOstortion. Plex is more JCM800, SLO is obviously SL0100 Soldano territory and is more 80s.

    Nice choice on the Paisley Drive. It was my drive of choice in my Eagles tribute (doing Joe Walsh parts) and still has never left the board to this day. My favorite OD.
    I really like the Paisley Drive. I had one once before but decided that I needed to search around for something else. That was a stupid decision. I've tried the Plextortion but just didn't bond with it. The SLOstortion, though, sounds really good.

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    I'm a fan of the ProCo Rat although it can be a bit harsh through certain rigs. I use my line 6 M9 version of that all the time when I want some good 80s type disto. I had a Hoa Rust Driver that I liked to use for certain plexi-type tones as well, not for everyone though. I've been using a TS-808 clone lately for something extra/different on top of my lead channel. A Keeley modded DS-1 was also a fav on my board before the M9.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slev View Post
    I'm a fan of the ProCo Rat although it can be a bit harsh through certain rigs. I use my line 6 M9 version of that all the time when I want some good 80s type disto. I had a Hoa Rust Driver that I liked to use for certain plexi-type tones as well, not for everyone though. I've been using a TS-808 clone lately for something extra/different on top of my lead channel. A Keeley modded DS-1 was also a fav on my board before the M9.
    I had been using the Rat model in my M9 as well. That's what got me thinking about the Rat pedal again. After 2 years with the M9, I decided to sell it and go back to individual pedals. I basically got bored with it and wanted a change. But I still like that tone that the Rat model on the M9 had.

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    Thanks guys. I think I'm gonna try out a Rat pedal first and then try out the SLOstortion if the Rat doesn't work out for me.

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    Give us a tone report afterwards. I haven't used the SLOstortion and I'm curious to see what you think.
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    I have a Wampler HW that is to die for
    Good classic distortion on one side, and
    Sparkly crispy delicious clean crunch ( and OD ) from the OD section
    both stack very nicely
    PM if interested in the HW

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    Quote Originally Posted by LSchefman View Post
    I honestly think picking pedals is one of the joys of being a guitar player. Matching them up with your amp and guitar(s), deciding on the tone and feel you want, is a lot of fun.

    And, relative to the money that we sometimes spend on gear, they're relatively cheap thrills.

    I think what often gets overlooked is how a pedal "feels" when you play it, how it responds to your playing, your guitar's controls, etc. It's impossible to get that from a video demo, but it'd sure be nice to see more folks demo a pedal the way Paul demos an amp, messing with the controls while someone else plays, to show the viewer what the pedal can do, and how many variations on its sound there are. More than that, he has the player try different things with the guitar volume, different kinds of songs, etc.

    I don't know about the rest of the folks here, but I get very little useful information with most demos.
    All good points.

    Quote Originally Posted by prscat33511 View Post
    I have a Wampler HW that is to die for
    Good classic distortion on one side, and
    Sparkly crispy delicious clean crunch ( and OD ) from the OD section
    both stack very nicely
    PM if interested in the HW
    I bet the Hot Wired smokes. I have been impressed with the demos.
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    You are pretty spoilt for choice nowadays! So many great pedals, and many of them doing very similar things.

    Check out the BJFe / Bearfoot - Dyna Red Distortion pedal, very ''Marshall' like in it's sound. I have the BJFe one but I hear the Bearfoot one is just as good and a whole lot cheaper!

    I also really like OKKO, they have some great sounding Pedals. The Diablo and the Dominator are gain OD/Distortions. I know they sound like they will be really brutal but they are both very useable at various levels of distortion.

    Good luck in the hunt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gnash View Post
    You are pretty spoilt for choice nowadays! So many great pedals, and many of them doing very similar things.
    Yeah, that's the problem I've run into. There's just so much stuff out there now that it's hard to figure out just what I'm looking at. You kinda get dizzy from watching Andy's PGS videos. I had forgotten about the Okko Diablo. I'll check it and the Dominator out. Thanks for all the suggestions. Off to PGS and Youtube for some more video delight.

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    You've already got one of my fave's w/ the Paisley Drive. I also have a Lovepedal Kalamazoo Gold Edition. They sound AMAZING!! 2 different tones and both work perfect for me. I have a few videos out there showcasing both pedals with various gtrs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crgtr View Post
    You've already got one of my fave's w/ the Paisley Drive. I also have a Lovepedal Kalamazoo Gold Edition. They sound AMAZING!! 2 different tones and both work perfect for me. I have a few videos out there showcasing both pedals with various gtrs.
    Thanks Chris. I've caught a couple of your vids. Loved the one with new Gretsch. I was going to ask you which of the 2 pedals you prefer since I saw that you had both in one video that you did. Guess now I know - you love both. I have to say that I really like that Lovepedal Redhead. Too bad they don't make it anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dvlsadvc8t View Post
    Thanks Chris. I've caught a couple of your vids. Loved the one with new Gretsch. I was going to ask you which of the 2 pedals you prefer since I saw that you had both in one video that you did. Guess now I know - you love both. I have to say that I really like that Lovepedal Redhead. Too bad they don't make it anymore.
    Be patient. The Redhead will be back out again very soon. I bought mine brand new a week or so ago. It's a V2. I go in on the pre-sale. They should hit stores soon.
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    It sounds like you have OD covered well with the Paisley. Have you tried a Fulltone OCD? I just sold mine but it smokes with a Twin. Highly recommended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boogie View Post
    It sounds like you have OD covered well with the Paisley. Have you tried a Fulltone OCD? I just sold mine but it smokes with a Twin. Highly recommended.
    I agree you have a good OD, now you need some crunch and distortion. OCD is great. However, I got an MI Super Crunch Box and it is a killer amp in a box.- I highly recommend it.

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    I don't do distortion, but for sweet sounds, the xotic, BB, AC boost or the mad proffessor golden cello can get the hairs on your toenails vibrating!!!

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    I'm actually finding that the Paisley has a pretty good tone to it when cranked. Combining the Big Muff with the Paisley really sounds good - think Gilmour tones. I may still pick up something else, but for now, my search has been suspended. Right now I'm just waiting for the TC Electronic/PGS Alter Ego delay pedal to get restocked this month.

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    I have the Wampler SLOstortion and the Okko Diablo Gain+. Both are EXCELLENT OD/Distortion pedals. Neither is anything like the Paisley pedal. The Paisley is a brighter sounding pedal. The Okko Diablo is more like a cranked Fender or Dumble and is a very transparent pedal (doesn't color your natural tone). The SLOstortion sounds like a Soldano SLO amp. The SLOstortion has WAY more available gain than the Diablo. It also has a lot more "growly" type of distortion than the Diablo. Both are capable of VERY nice just edge of breakup blues, but distinctly different flavors of it. The SLOstortion can easily go all the way from mild blues into metal, while the Diablo does not do heavy distortion but EXCELS at mild distortion.
    Last edited by jimku; 08-31-2013 at 10:07 PM.

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    I'd second the recommendation on the ProCo Rat. I'm also a huge, huge fan of the Hardwire (Digitech) Valve Distortion pedal. It's become my favorite (and almost exclusively used) distortion pedal. I can dial in so many sounds from that pedal; it's got a wide range and is extremely versatile. Just my $0.02 :-)
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