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Old 10-09-2012, 09:40 PM   #1
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Triple NPD! (boutique dirt content)

Sadly, I have parted ways with with my 1973 Dorado guitar. However, the windfall yielded me with 2 great dirt pedals (and a pedal I ordered happened to arrive today ).

First off is the far left. It's a pedal I ordered from Badgerific, a fellow UG'er. It is a DS-1 and a TS-9 in one housing, with many upgrades.
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Both feature 2 band EQs (center 4 knobs), as well as bypass switches for the EQ and 3-way clipping diode switches. The DS-1 (orange knobs) has an additional Pregain knob in addition to the standard Vol-Tone-Gain, and the TS-9 has a voicing switch (bottom right switch) in addition to Vole-Drive-Gain.

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Exactly what I wanted! The drive is warm, articulate, and never overbearing. It's very tweakable, and I couldn't find a sound that I didn't like out of it. Admittedly, I haven't extensively tested the TS-9, mainly because I didn't have my tube amp to test through, but it sounded great through my Trademark 10, so that has to say something!

Middle pedal:
Pedalworx Neo Drive. Single Volume knob, sounds like Marshall in a box, with a little bit of fuzz to it. It has a lot of highs and upper mids, but retains a very warm sound overall. Nails ACDC, Led Zeppelin, etc. I don't know what the Fred Mod is (I'm the 3rd owner), but I like it.

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Finally, we have this monster. This is the Char Char by Golden Electronics. It's a high gain fuzz with a Sweepable Square Wave Flanger and synth oscillator, as well as a built in gate, giving the cutoffs that velcro fuzz sound. He builds them out of old Wah casings (mine used to be a Thomas Cry Baby). Single Volume knob controls the output, and I can barely turn it past 3 or 4 it's so loud! When the heal is to the floor, it creates a sub octave and blends it with the original sound. When the toe is down, it creates an upper octave, though it's a bit more subtle than the lower octave. It's a really cool effect for soloing and single note passages, but if you play any chords other than 5 or 5add9, then it gets really nasty and you lose all clarity. Overall, it a fun pedal to play with, and a really cool, unique tone. Oh, and I was given the first one.

Overall, I really enjoy all 3 pedals, and I hope to get some clips for you guys... eventually!
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:41 PM   #2
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:12 PM   #3
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Cool stuff man! I really like when people stick the DS-1 with a tubescreamer. They are just such cool, simple pedals, I almost feel like they should come standard with guitar starter packs.
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:32 AM   #4
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the DS-1 TS-9 thing looks awesome. I want one. get us some clips!
sadly, no tengo much dinero.
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:27 AM   #5
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I'm in agreement with the DS-1/TS-9 combo pedal being boneriffic. I was dangerously close to drooling while reading the description. All of the extra features seem so fun, while also being useful, which is the key to extra stuff.

I'm definitely jealous! HNPD!
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:34 AM   #6
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That combo pedal.......
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:30 AM   #7
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Cool stuff man.


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Old 10-10-2012, 11:34 PM   #8
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Uploaded (sloppy) demos on my profile. I've got a little bit of an ingrown nail on my left ring finger, so I wasn't playing too great. All demos were done using a Tech 21 Paradriver as the preamp into a Yamaha DI box. My tube combo wasn't working, so we had to go plan B.
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:39 PM   #9
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Nice! The Char Char sounds like a ton of fun to play with.

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Old 10-10-2012, 11:51 PM   #10
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It's great. I just need to find the sweet spot with the teeth that spin the pot.
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:01 AM   #11
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Is the fuzz analog, or is it all digital?
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:05 AM   #12
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:04 AM   #13
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All analogue.
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:09 PM   #14
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The Char Char sounds wicked!
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All analogue.

Even all the synth stuff in that small of a unit? Damn. Nice.
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:59 PM   #16
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