#1
Hello! I am a metal/post-hardcore/whatever-core player
(I PLAY MANY TYPES OF MUSIC BUT PEOPLE TEND TO SAY CORE AFTER HALF OF WHAT I LIKE). You guys get the point.

ANYWAY

I am currently looking for an overdrive pedal to boost my distortion ( I will be playing out of a Blackstar Ht-100 soon) and i wanted to try to get a more unique tone out of it. I see that many people are using TS9s and 808s to boost their tones, but i wanted to try something a little different. Like maybe a Turbo Tube screamer? Or a Maxon TBO-9? (Tube overdrive pedal)

Has anyone used one of these as a boost for metal guitars? Any opinions or suggestions? Please let me know!
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Quote by bassmastamitch
What do you want different from a traditional OD pedal? What do you mean by unique?



I mean unique as in just a different type of boost. The same reason some people prefer a TS9 over an 808, for the sound. I guess i just want to try something that's just out there and will give my sound a bit of a different flavor from a TS9 or 808.
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Quote by Noreee
The same reason some people prefer a TS9 over an 808, for the sound.

You know that there is little to absolutely no difference in sound between the two, right? I forgot the exact technicalities of it, but it's really indistinguishable.

What DON'T you like about normal Tube Screamers? Other than just being unique, what other reasons are there.
#6
Do you not like the TS9? Or do you just want to be different.

Either way no one will really care. Go with what you like the sound of.
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There's nothing in particular that i don't like. I just wanted to explore some new gear and see if i can find something a little different. I love to experiment and try weird combinations, so i wanted to see if i can try something a little out of the norm.
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Well, without any examples of what sounds you want to try and explore, we can't really suggest you anything. I mean, there are sooooo many tubescreamer variants it's not funny and it's senseless listing them all here.

I mean, there's not going to be drastic differences if it's just a boost.
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#9
I don't play anything that anybody would the suffix "core" to, but I do really really like my fairfield barbershop OD. It's really transparent, essentially just giving you more of the drive you already have, and incredibly dynamic. The sag knob goes from a pretty crisp high-headroom OD, to a harmonic boost, to a slightly raw/light fuzz tone when its all the way down. It probably isn't what you want, but you said you're just looking for interesting options. http://www.fairfieldcircuitry.com/B.html
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#10
The HT100 really isn't really considered "the norm" for metal/core, like a Mesa Recto or Peavey 5150/6505, so you're already unique as is. Try a a bunch of stuff out is all I can say.
#11
Well, why don't you try one of Blackstar's tube pedals as a boost? You would think it would work well with your amp and be transparent, plus it's a Tube overdrive pedal as compared to the Tubescreamer-type stuff that lacks anything tube. I would personally just go to your local shop, take your guitar and your amp (unless they have the amp there with the cabinet you use, provided you haven't done a tube swap or anything, then just use the one there) and try every OD they have there and take home which one you like the most.
#12
Quote by Blktiger0
plus it's a Tube overdrive pedal as compared to the Tubescreamer-type stuff that lacks anything tube.

That's not the point of a Tube Screamer. Tube Screamers are meant to be placed in front of tube amps in order to push them into higher distortion. Not to emulate a tube amp's distortion.

I think tubes in pedals are all fads, anyway. My VOX Tonelab EX probably sounds less tube-like than a Line 6 POD HD, which is solid-state.
#13
Rocktron Austin Gold Overdrive. My favorite overdrive pedal, until I broke it.
#14
Quote by bassmastamitch
That's not the point of a Tube Screamer. Tube Screamers are meant to be placed in front of tube amps in order to push them into higher distortion. Not to emulate a tube amp's distortion.

I think tubes in pedals are all fads, anyway. My VOX Tonelab EX probably sounds less tube-like than a Line 6 POD HD, which is solid-state.


Like I said, I wasn't sure that it would work the same, and I've always thought the same thing about the "tube" pedals. However, if OP wants unconventional, this would be unconventional.

I would still advise him to take his rig to a local shop and try everything. He might find there's a reason behind the TS-9 use, and he might find that he dislikes that reason and prefers a different pedal or no boost at all.
#15
Personally i would prefer an overdrive that would be less transparent i guess because i'd love to hear a change in my tone. But either way i'll be replacing my Blackstar Ht-100 with a Randall Satan when it's released. But anyway, thanks for the help everyone.
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That's not the point of a Tube Screamer. Tube Screamers are meant to be placed in front of tube amps in order to push them into higher distortion. Not to emulate a tube amp's distortion.

I'm pretty sure that the Tube Screamer was originally intended to emulate a tube amp, but people found that tit was also very good at pushing the distortion.
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That's not the point of a Tube Screamer. Tube Screamers are meant to be placed in front of tube amps in order to push them into higher distortion. Not to emulate a tube amp's distortion.


Why is this myth still floating around? The Tubescreamer was designed as a standalone distortion inducing device and plenty of people use it exactly as such.
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#18
Austin Gold has a pre-bass knob, it is basically a bass boost/cut, which I have only seen on that pedal.
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Why is this myth still floating around? The Tubescreamer was designed as a standalone distortion inducing device and plenty of people use it exactly as such.


My guess is because so many people use them as boosts. Couple this common use in Modern Music with the name "Tube Screamer" and people are going to think "oh, it's to make my TUBE amp SCREAM...that's clever naming".
#20
If you want a hard hitting boost, and something unique, look for an SHO clone on E-bay.

The cost of the real deal is ridiculous, but a few users on the bay are building clones, which sell for a fraction of the ZVEX model.
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Quote by Noreee
I mean unique as in just a different type of boost. The same reason some people prefer a TS9 over an 808, for the sound. I guess i just want to try something that's just out there and will give my sound a bit of a different flavor from a TS9 or 808.

You really set yourself up here. You want something different, for the same reason that people choose TS808s over TS9s... Well that reason is because they don't know what they're talking about... You said it, not me.
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#23
Try something like a treble booster? The Diamond J-drive is nice, as is the JHS Klon Klone. Otherwise try the Mojo Hand FX Rook - tho I found its sound a little flat.
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You really set yourself up here. You want something different, for the same reason that people choose TS808s over TS9s... Well that reason is because they don't know what they're talking about... You said it, not me.
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You could use an MXR 10 band EQ and dial in whatever the **** you want in the way of boost. Alternatively, a TS clone with more EQ options like a Bad Monkey or a Green Rhino.
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#25
a "different" pedal won't give you a a "unique" sound so much as how you use it. i'd be more concerned with finding a pedal that works well with your amp and then working with the 2 to get a "unique sound" rather than trying to find a pedal that will do that for you.