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Old 09-17-2012, 07:50 PM   #1
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The quest for THE overdrive?

Finally, after about a year of restless searching I have finally found my tone (my base tone that is) with a '69 Fender Bandmaster and a Fender Modern Player Telecaster Deluxe w/ P90s. I have been seeking the quintessential American clean tone (John Mayer, shamelessly, was my ultimate goal) and I think I have achieved that. Now for the next goal, my overdriven tone. As well, John Mayer is who I draw inspiration from here. I have been looking at overdrive pedals for a while and noticed there are a bunch. I will eventually go to Guitar Center and play a bunch of them before making a final decision, but I want a few educated opinions here. What would be the best overdrive to just add a bit of smooth and creamy grit and compression while still maintaining the amp's natural dynamics and chime, but can be boosted to achieve a more thick saturated overdrive (without going into the realm of edgy metal distortion)? Additional information can be provided upon request. Thanks!
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Old 09-17-2012, 07:55 PM   #2
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i got an addrock not so ol' yeller and i stopped looking. it's a 2 channel OD that sounds amazing, good luck finding one though.

there are a number of pedal makers on this forum, i'd personally get one from matt or greeny
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Old 09-17-2012, 07:57 PM   #3
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i would say a great point to start (and one you wont find in GC) is a CMATMODS signa drive. i have, one. it crushes almost every tubescreamer style OD ive ever played. it kinda has 3 different gain modes, so its alot more than a TS clone. it can get compressed middy or really uncompressed and natural breakup like, and then a clean boost in the middle position almost.

i also think a fulltone fulldrive can do some of the things you want.

i would start my quest there. price range?
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:00 PM   #4
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+1 to Fulltone Fulldrive 2 is the way to go. JM used one ages ago but I'm not sure now.
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:05 PM   #5
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Really I don't have a budget exactly as I am willing to pay a lot if it is what I want, but I'd say $250 is the max I would spend. I've heard really good things about the tim. Any word on that?
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:43 PM   #6
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yeah tim will do what you want. great pedal. good luck getting one.

i was going to recommend that or the timmy but A i dunno your price range, B they are so hard to get i basically dont even tell people to buy one.

250 max givesd you a lot of flexibility. ill keep thinking.

honestly, a good olde green rhino is fantastic.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:00 PM   #7
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for an easy mayer lead tone, go for the hermida zendrive.

or do it properly, and use a tubescreamer as a boost into a slightly dirty amp.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:06 PM   #8
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Klon?

Is that actually an appropriate response for this thread?
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:08 PM   #9
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yeah tim will do what you want. great pedal. good luck getting one.

i was going to recommend that or the timmy but A i dunno your price range, B they are so hard to get i basically dont even tell people to buy one.

250 max givesd you a lot of flexibility. ill keep thinking.

honestly, a good olde green rhino is fantastic.

Hmm, I see Tims all the time on Craigslist for about $200. Also I'll look at the Zendrive as I have heard great things about those too.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:15 PM   #10
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the timmy/tim is a transparent overdrive. for mayer, you want something with a pronounced mid-hump.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:25 PM   #11
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Keeley Katana --> Keeley BD-2 --> Keeley TS-9 was a combination he used on the Trio tour.

A Klon, TS-10, (vintag) Bluesbreaker, and Zendrive is what he uses now.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:30 PM   #12
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Wow a lot on the Zendrive. It looks pretty solid. Would it be worth the extra $50 for the Zendrive 2 (containing a 12AX7)?
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:40 PM   #13
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Wow a lot on the Zendrive. It looks pretty solid. Would it be worth the extra $50 for the Zendrive 2 (containing a 12AX7)?


In my opinion, no. Tube overdrive pedals seem more like a gimmick than anything useful, to me.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:16 PM   #14
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I've been very impressed with my Green Rhino, awesome od pedal.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:29 PM   #15
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I own the cmatmod signa drive too, awesome pedal.

Check out the VFE blues king too.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:41 PM   #16
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this is a good demo of both pedals. the signa super is a signa with an extra boost circuit. but i would say even the regular one gives a similar tone.

this guy can play too. good demo.



the zen is awesome. i have 2 concerns. A, its hitting a huge budget price point for me, and B it has a particular tone and i feel it would be a bit muddy for chords? any thoughts?

for lead tone i would definitely like to try it, but my signa is definitely more versatile. its essentially 3 ODs in 1 box. in fact, i wish he made a 3 stage signa where each mode was on a seperate switch / circuit, and then you can cascade them together.

sweet jesus. 1 screamer, 1 tranparent OD, 1 boost. da bomb.

this is decent especially at 7:33 (PS i hate how this guy is running that delay.....)

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Old 09-17-2012, 11:00 PM   #17
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:52 AM   #18
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Wow a lot on the Zendrive. It looks pretty solid. Would it be worth the extra $50 for the Zendrive 2 (containing a 12AX7)?

nope. regular zendrive is fine.
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Old 09-18-2012, 11:08 AM   #19
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I am partial to Wampler. Great pedals.

http://www.wamplerpedals.com/overdr...n/euphoria.html
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This, I have one and I love it. You can get a lot from this little pedal.
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