#1
I'm looking for an OD to throw in front of my HT-5 to boost it into lead metal territory, Think Metallica, Megadeth, Dream Theater etc. Something that gets it heavy. ATM It gets reasonably distorted but not enough for a real wall of gain type sound, that roar you get from one of Kirk Hammet's Mesa's etc.

So far I'm thinking of picking up a ZW-44 used, any other ideas? My budget is about $100 US (Used)
The gear:

* Epiphone Les Paul Custom
* Schecter Jeff Loomis Signature 7 String
* Fender Squier P Bass
* Blackstar Stage HT-60
* Original Crybaby
* EHX Small Clone
* Boss DD-3
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no

TS, get a boss SD-1 and spend some extra cash modding it. the ZW -44 is just a repackages SD-1 w/ some minor mods.

and for cheap alternatives check out the Danelectro Cool Cat OD's
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TS, get a boss SD-1 and spend some extra cash modding it. the ZW -44 is just a repackages SD-1 w/ some minor mods.

and for cheap alternatives check out the Danelectro Cool Cat OD's


What type of mod were you thinking?

Monte allums...keeley??
The gear:

* Epiphone Les Paul Custom
* Schecter Jeff Loomis Signature 7 String
* Fender Squier P Bass
* Blackstar Stage HT-60
* Original Crybaby
* EHX Small Clone
* Boss DD-3
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What type of mod were you thinking?

Monte allums...keeley??

the Keeley Stacked mod is great and it gives you plenty of sound options
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Metallica uses alot less gain than you think.

But, try a cool cat drive, or transparent overdrive is the nice as well. both from danelectro.
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#8
I have a HT-5c and I could tell you what not to get: TS9, tried this and it did not help at all.
Also have a bad monkey and it helps with boosting it but I don't think I like the results.
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#9
lolz, the HT-5 can hit the tones you want without any help. It isn't all about gain though, learn to use your EQ.
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lolz, the HT-5 can hit the tones you want without any help. It isn't all about gain though, learn to use your EQ.


Not true, it sounds far too vintage on every EQ setting, it definitely doesn't have Mesa gain either. Megadeth he be able to get fairly easily though.

If you get an OD get something in the vein of the MXR ZW-44, the natural mid-scoop might modern it up a little.

You would benefit a little more from a 10 band EQ though.
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Xotic BB Preamp Hands down. Thing is SO gainy....awesome, and is meaner than a TS and doesnt suck the low end out of it. really gives your amp some balls.
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#13
Hmmm well...what If I decided to just run a distortion pedal into the clean...

I was thinking either a Digitech TL-2 or EHX Metal Muff...
The gear:

* Epiphone Les Paul Custom
* Schecter Jeff Loomis Signature 7 String
* Fender Squier P Bass
* Blackstar Stage HT-60
* Original Crybaby
* EHX Small Clone
* Boss DD-3
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Hmmm well...what If I decided to just run a distortion pedal into the clean...

I was thinking either a Digitech TL-2 or EHX Metal Muff...


No. Do not do this to that amp.

Boost the hell out of the front end.
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No. Do not do this to that amp.

Boost the hell out of the front end.


Your wrong, i doubt you have played an HT-5 because it is a very british voiced head, it won't sound like Dream Theater with a boost.

TS, i also suggest that for a distortion pedal you pick up a Wampler Triple Wreck, great Mesa tone. It would nail 'tallica and Dream Theater.
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The HT5 has an ISF? feature that is basically a voicing knob.


It does change the voicing but it doesn't end up sounding very american, nowhere near a Mesa. Besides the more you turn it to the US side, the brighter it gets which isn't what you want to get that tone.
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Xotic BB Preamp Hands down. Thing is SO gainy....awesome, and is meaner than a TS and doesnt suck the low end out of it. really gives your amp some balls.


Yeah it's a little more expensive, but it's worth it. BB's are some of the best overdrive pedals I've ever heard. Truly amazing pieces of hardware.
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Your wrong, i doubt you have played an HT-5 because it is a very british voiced head, it won't sound like Dream Theater with a boost.

TS, i also suggest that for a distortion pedal you pick up a Wampler Triple Wreck, great Mesa tone. It would nail 'tallica and Dream Theater.


Have you listened to Erock503's boosted clip? Check it out man!
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