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Old 04-26-2013, 01:18 AM   #1
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Best Mesa/Marshall in a box pedal

I'm playing gigs with an Ibanez TSA15, which is essentially (to my ears) a Fender combo with a footswitchable tubescreamer in front. I also have a Green Rhino and a Xotic AC boost clone on my board. I'm able to do overdriven sounds well, but it still sounds like just that, a clean amp being overdriven. I want a pedal to give me a solid, amp-like distortion. Am I better off looking for an amp modeling pedal (like the Tech 21 Character series), or is there a good distortion that will deliver? Max budget is $200, the cheaper the better.
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Old 04-26-2013, 01:25 AM   #2
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The catlinbread dirty little secret is an awesome Marshall in a box, I know joyo has an ok mesa in a box, if you have the knoledge you could build a Dr boogie.
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Old 04-26-2013, 01:30 AM   #3
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The catlinbread dirty little secret is an awesome Marshall in a box, I know joyo has an ok mesa in a box, if you have the knoledge you could build a Dr boogie.

The DLS had my attention, but I'm worried because it's labeled as an overdrive. I need to find demos of one plugged into a clean amp. I'm thinking the tone I want is a boosted JCM800 type sound (which might be hard to get in a pedal).
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Old 04-26-2013, 02:16 AM   #4
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The catlinbread dirty little secret is an awesome Marshall in a box, I know joyo has an ok mesa in a box, if you have the knoledge you could build a Dr boogie.

I came here to say DLS as well, +1 from me

very under-rated pedal
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Old 04-26-2013, 02:17 AM   #5
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Bogner's Uberschall pedal is just $50 over your budget and it is pretty awesome. You could pull off the sound that you want with a little tone chasing im sure. Also, Mesa Throttle Box? You cant go wrong with Tech 21 stuff though
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Old 04-26-2013, 02:55 AM   #6
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I always hear very good things about the AMT pedals.
And they are pretty affordable as well.
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Old 04-26-2013, 03:33 AM   #7
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The DLS had my attention, but I'm worried because it's labeled as an overdrive. I need to find demos of one plugged into a clean amp. I'm thinking the tone I want is a boosted JCM800 type sound (which might be hard to get in a pedal).


Check out the catlinbread video they run a clean fender, although it it a plexi in a box i dont know of any jcm's in a box.
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Old 04-26-2013, 04:23 AM   #8
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Marshall Guv'nor (not sure of spelling) the first model, i have one and i've done a comparison with my mates JCM 800 and i can't tell the difference you can find them on ebay for not much more than $100... not sure about Mesa though
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I always hear very good things about the AMT pedals.
And they are pretty affordable as well.

Came here to say this. There are plenty of good demos on youtube.
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Old 04-26-2013, 05:13 AM   #10
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i have the weehbo bastard. it's modelled after 'the american high-gain sound'. it's pretty ****ing awesome for a pedal.
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:04 AM   #11
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Marshall Guv'nor (not sure of spelling) the first model, i have one and i've done a comparison with my mates JCM 800 and i can't tell the difference you can find them on ebay for not much more than $100... not sure about Mesa though

+1

I have a guv'nor clone from General Guitar Gadgets and it sounds great if little bass heavy. I'd recommend the Wilson Effects Sparkling Blue - http://wilsoneffects.com/SparklingBlue.html or the DLS.

As for the Boogie Tones, it depends weather you want the uber-saturated recto tones of wanted some thing more classic. The Dr. Boogie is really gainy and spiky.
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i have the weehbo bastard. it's modelled after 'the american high-gain sound'. it's pretty ****ing awesome for a pedal.

Weehbo is a good call.

Saw a video demo of their JTM drive and it sounds pretty damn amazing.
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:00 AM   #13
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Boosted JCM800 in a box? I'm going to go with the time tested MI Audio Crunchbox. Excellent marshall sounds, and very inexpensive! After that I would get the Suhr Riot if you had a bit more cash to burn, that one kicked the CB off my board a few years ago, but I could work with either one any day!

As far as a "Mesa" in a box, which one? Mark type distortion, or Rectifier? Tech 21 has excellent versions of both. The Wampler Triple Wreck is a great rectifier stomp box as well, I really enjoyed mine.
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:01 AM   #14
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The DLS had my attention, but I'm worried because it's labeled as an overdrive. I need to find demos of one plugged into a clean amp. I'm thinking the tone I want is a boosted JCM800 type sound (which might be hard to get in a pedal).


It's actually what they call a foundation pedal. I'd never heard the term til reading up on the Catalinbread stuff but it seems to be what people are going with now when talking about this type of pedal.

DLS mkiii sounds great. I'm thinking pretty hard about one. I got the RAH and it's pretty mindblowing.
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