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Old 11-25-2012, 01:53 PM   #1
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Advice on choosing an overdrive pedal

Requirements for the overdrive:
  • Budget: 200
  • Transparent but warm, classic-sounding overdrive;
  • Great for being used both as a clean boost AND as a low-to-medium gain overdrive;
  • I'm not looking for one of those Marshall-in-a-box kind of overdrives (like the Fulltone OCD).

Pedals i'm interested in so far:
- Is there any pedal in that list that seems especially adequate for my needs?
- Can you suggest a better pedal than those on the list to meet my requirements?



I have to make the final decision soon, and i must confess i'm very undecided about which one to get...
Those on the list all seem great options, not to mention i'm sure there are dozen other pedals that would also be nice, but i haven't even heard of them.
Thank you very much for your help.
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Old 11-25-2012, 01:55 PM   #2
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Old 11-25-2012, 01:57 PM   #3
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What amp are you using?

Lots of different amps. Too many to decide on a pedal that works especially well with a particular kind of amp.
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Well personally I'd just get a straight up, working mans, Tube Screamer. Universally compatible, universally accepted, does the job, doesn't break the bank. If I had to choose from that list I'd take the Fulltone.
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:14 PM   #5
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If you run lots of amps then pick an amp of yours with nice overdrive and run it through an AB Box with another amp. Otherwise I agree with AgentOrange, go for a Tube Screamer. Or the Boss Ds-1 or the Ds-2, I have the DS-2 and I love it. The DS-1 is also good and really cheap.
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:16 PM   #6
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Well personally I'd just get a straight up, working mans, Tube Screamer. Universally compatible, universally accepted, does the job, doesn't break the bank. If I had to choose from that list I'd take the Fulltone.


+1. On the other hand, I use an MXR WYLDE and it does a great job! You can get really nice blues tones with that thing and has a nice and warm sound.
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:18 PM   #7
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Well personally I'd just get a straight up, working mans, Tube Screamer. Universally compatible, universally accepted, does the job, doesn't break the bank. If I had to choose from that list I'd take the Fulltone.

+1 to everything this man has said. The Fulltone is great and so is the tubescreamer. Go try them out or listen to demos/comparisons online if you have to.
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:21 PM   #8
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If you run lots of amps then pick an amp of yours with nice overdrive and run it through an AB Box with another amp.

I don't run multiple amps at the same time (or in the same place, even).

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Go try them out or listen to demos/comparisons online if you have to.

Already did, i'm still undecided, hence this thread.
I'm hoping somebody here on UG will chime in pointing out something i missed that will help me make up my mind.


Oh, and please don't suggest Boss overdrives (owned a couple, still have an OD-3 i'm about to get rid of). Also, if you're suggesting a TubeScreamer, specify the TS version you have in mind.
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Are you looking for a single, glorious, mind-blowing tone, or would you rather have versatility? Would you rather have a pedal that is less user-friendly but higher quality or a pedal thats straightforward and easy to find a usable tone?

As far as tubescreamers, I find that the TS-808 is a tad smoother and cleaner than the TS9. So they both could get the job done, but the 808 gets cleaner (better for a clean boost) and the TS9 gets higher gain (better for, well, higher gain sounds), IMO.
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:46 PM   #10
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maxon od808 (it's cheaper than the TS808)
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shit, I can't remember who it was but a guy had a "New Rig Day!" on here a while ago and got a new boost pedal that got some nice drive tones as well. it was yellow if that helps.
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The difference between a ts808 and a ts9 is no greater than between two ts9's or two ts808's (apart from the switch). It's two resistors on the output that make no difference in the audible band. If you are buying a ts808 for a tone difference I may have a bridge to sell you.

Get a Bad Monkey. It's a tubescreamer with more control over the tone.
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:00 PM   #12
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Are you looking for a single, glorious, mind-blowing tone, or would you rather have versatility? Would you rather have a pedal that is less user-friendly but higher quality or a pedal thats straightforward and easy to find a usable tone?

Single, glorious, mind-blowing tone all the way. I don't need versatility.
Got my fuzz and high-gain tones covered, now i want a really good overdrive pedal for low and medium gain tones; and to use as a clean boost as well for some of the tube amps.

To reply to your second question, i'd rather have a pedal that is less user-friendly but higher quality.

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Get a Bad Monkey. It's a tubescreamer with more control over the tone.

Does that mean that supposedly high-end TubeScreamer clones like the Mad Professor Little Green Wonder or the VFE The Scream are, in fact, not worth it?

I admit i didn't have the opportunity to do an A/B comparison between any of the pedals on my list and a TubeScreamer or a Bad Monkey... But i liked them more than my friend's TS-808, i just can't decide on which of the 5 i liked best.
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Does that mean that supposedly high-end TubeScreamer clones like the Mad Professor Little Green Wonder or the VFE The Scream are, in fact, not worth it?

Pretty much, yeah.
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:12 PM   #14
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Got my fuzz and high-gain tones covered, now i want a really good overdrive pedal for low and medium gain tones; and to use as a clean boost as well for some of the tube amps.


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maxon od808 (it's cheaper than the TS808)
shit, I can't remember who it was but a guy had a "New Rig Day!" on here a while ago and got a new boost pedal that got some nice drive tones as well. it was yellow if that helps.


That was me

Xotic AC booster, it's worth checking out. I can't say enough about it.

Also, if you're looking for the clean boost side of things, plus something with more bite check this out - http://www.xotic.us/effects/ac_plus/

It's basically their RC (clean, super transparent) boost and an AC booster in the same pedal. Use em separately, or together.

Other than these, I'd say look into Tubescreamers/badmonkey/insert clone here like others have been saying. I personally find them kind of honky, but they're an industry standard for a reason.
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Get a Bad Monkey. It's a tubescreamer with more control over the tone.


If he has the cash, might as well get a Hardwire CM-2. It's a Bad Monkey with way better construction and aesthetics, and even sounds better too IMO.
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i thought he said transparent? tubescreamers are not transparent in any way.

something in the same vein but more transparent are pedals based on the marshall bluesbreaker.

you can go for something like the analogman King of Tone or Prince of Tone otherwise getting a clone from BYOC might be worth a shot. i haven't tried to the BYOC bluesbreaker clone but they typically make some pretty great clones.
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Signa drive, great pedal.
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Since everyone else is just tossing out product names.

I use a Danelectro Cool Cat Transparent Overdrive basically to break things up a bit on my Twin Reverb.
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