#1
I'm betting it's something I do not have.

I am voting for either the Wampler SuperPlexi or the Lovepedal Purple Plexi 800.

I am building a new board, it's 4'x20" on a 4" slant, so well built you can stand on it. Some of you pedal addicts might be interested in seeing it when I finish getting everything attached and plumbed.

Cost me like $25 in wood (high grained 3/4" birch ply w braces. I did not have to cut a single piece myself (had the 2' x 4' piece cut at the store and used the cut piece for the riser, stained and sealed it with dark Danish Oil Walnut.

Looks rather cool, loaded with my pedals. Pics coming when I get to that point. It's better and bigger than anything I have seen or could buy.

Some of you guys who are pedal freaks like me might dig it instead of those little freakin' boards which seem to runout of room with sideways pedals and whatnot.

So what are you using for high gains?
Right now I have a Satchurator which I dig, a Rocktron Metal Planet a different low end dist, an OCD which I use more for clean boost OD w a Fat Boost. And my wicked tube gain channels for a lot of options.
#2
Boss MetalCore


EDIT:


I'm not serious.


Are you asking for like, a standalone brootz distortion or just a really nice drive? Or maybe a really thick fuzz or something?
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#4
Right now, my father and i share a Wampler Triple-wreck. And it stays pretty articulate until you switch on the boost. From what i hear, the Creation Labs Holy Fire pedal is supposed to be great at articulation.
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#6
The Keeley mod MT-2 is pretty nice. High gain pedals typically sound like shit to me so that's saying something.
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#8
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Purple Plexi is high gain? Wat.


If your high gain is 80's hair then yeah that has the gain

Well, i'm using a BB-2 to boost my already overdriven amp, great VH sounds out of the machine
#12
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They sound the "best" from clips and personal experience.
#13
Thanks for the input, more here than other sites I have tried. I tried that Guitar Noise site and they pissed me off so much I left it and wiped all my posts. They censor everything changing words like female canine for bitch and nonsense like that. I mean how goofy is that???

Digging the pedal lists.

Just FYI, I have a very optioned pedal board and levels of gain on my amp, a lot of diversity is what I go for so if I want to go for anything from clean, to varying blues, rock, fusion or metal I have it all. I am really happy with my OD situation right now, currently using a new OCD v4 and Fat Boost which I dig so much. Those 2 together really sound great. I do not over gain the OCD as I use them to push my tubes or to push the input on the higher gain boxes. I also have 2 different clean boost circuits after the high gains as well. I am looking forward for that new Ice Nine OD to add to my options, where is that thing, it was supposed to be out in June!!!! Anyone heard any news??

I have had a lot of pedals in my day. Liked a few others crapped on, did not like some others love. It's really a lot to do with your amp rig and the tube issue is also a major difference.

I had a Keeley mod Metal Zone, it was rather intense but tends to get a little washed out for me, maybe too much gain. I liked the Metal Core actually sort of got what I liked out of the Zone but easier to dial in.

Right now I am using a Rocktron Metal Planet which I like a lot, it has a dark voice and gains up well if you work on dialing it in. Just sounds really different when I kick in on, really low end punch. Some guy said it was "thin". I cannot imagine where he had the tone controls.

I also like the Satchurator for fusion lead stuff. Using the Fat Boost in front of the gains and OD really helps add that tone fattener without pushing the signal too much, brings out more of the harmonic quality when you use a lot of pinch harmonics and english on your playing. It also gains up the OCD instead of driving the OCD too much makes for more options and with the high gain tube channels.

Some guy above thought the Purple Plexi 800 was not high gain. They are pretty intense if you ask me. I do not really go for the all out fuzz. I have not had a real fuzz in many years like the Muff, they are cool for lead stuff but chords just do not do well. I like a high gainer dist as an option. One of the things I like about the Satchurator sounds great on leads and can do chords well with a lot of tonal artifacts. Really not intense enough for the chuga, chuga metal thing but a great sounding pedal.

I had the Jekyl& Hyde, it was OK, the OD is great and the dist had a decent voice, I just do not like having an OD after the high gain. It just changes the entire dynamic of the dist voice. It's OK if you just use one or the other but I do not like the way you have to set it up when using both. Also the Hyde has no bass control which I dig a lot of low end punch. I come and go with the scoop sound, at times its a goof to play around with but when you pull down that 1k range it takes a lot of the english out of the playing.

I like the Barber Dirty Bomb also, great tone but perhaps not that intense compared to some. For me has a great hard edge Zepplin kind of tone.

In general, I hate the little Boss stuff (not really good buffer circuits and not true by-pass) but the Keeley or Analog man mods improve them a lot. I woudl like to see Keeley do something with the Metal Core.

So far I think that Wampler Superplextortion is pretty killer. Some of these I will have to go looking for as I have not heard of them. Maybe someone has a bad demo on YT somewhere, hard to judge a lot on some of those "demos". One guy had the tone controls all the way off, another all the way tinny, another refuses to up the bass level. Then they trash the pedal or someone comments how terrible it sounds and they would not get one. It's just the way you use it or dial it in and your amp most importantly. I have never understood someone having a $200 amp or a tiny speaker and a real expensive pedal board. Invest in the amp, first.

The guy up above who mentioned the ENGL ..... those are killer gain amps!!!. I dig them a lot. I 've been wanting their rackmount preamp to create a new rack system.

I have always believed a good player can make about anything sound great and a poor one can make anything sound bad.

Great feedback here!
#14
This isn't super high gain, but the Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret is my current favorite along with the Catalinbread Supercharged OD and the Wampler Pinnacle. Not sure if they are "high gain" but they are teh sexiis in the tone department.
#15
Now what do you mean by high gain? This is exactly why the butchering of the word leads to confusion. High gain would mean that it produces a high voltage for a given input signal - ie clean amplification. Is this what you mean or are you using the guitarist butchery of the term which means distortion?
ie, do you want distortion from the pedal itself or just a clean high gain boost to hammer your amp with?
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#16
the blackstar ht blackfire gus g signature sounds great.
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the blackstar ht blackfire gus g signature sounds great.


Except that it's not out yet so you can't possibly have played it? There aren't even any demos out.
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#18
Quote by Cathbard
Now what do you mean by high gain? This is exactly why the butchering of the word leads to confusion. High gain would mean that it produces a high voltage for a given input signal - ie clean amplification. Is this what you mean or are you using the guitarist butchery of the term which means distortion?
If I were a betting man my money would be on guitarist butchery.
#19
Quote by Cathbard
Now what do you mean by high gain? This is exactly why the butchering of the word leads to confusion. High gain would mean that it produces a high voltage for a given input signal - ie clean amplification. Is this what you mean or are you using the guitarist butchery of the term which means distortion?
ie, do you want distortion from the pedal itself or just a clean high gain boost to hammer your amp with?



I was refering to the Swedish international electrical code meaning which applies to toasters and bar-b-que grills...

seriously dude. High gain as compared to low gain, you know pedals, guitar pedals, overdrives, and distortion pedals, the subject of this thread. Who in the crap thinks of a clean boost as a high gain pedal?
Last edited by ToneMonster at Jul 7, 2010,
#21
Quote by ToneMonster
I was refering to the Swedish international electrical code meaning which applies to toasters and bar-b-que grills....

seriously dude. High gain as compared to low gain, you know pedals, guitar pedals, overdrives, and distortion pedals, the subject of this thread.

Yes, but do you mean one that has a lot of gain (real, clean amplification) and can push the amp the hardest or one that just clips the signal inside the pedal and distorts the signal that way? Gain in any electrical "code" means the amplification factor - Vout/Vin. It's an engineering term - it does NOT mean distortion.
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#22
Quote by Cathbard
Yes, but do you mean one that has a lot of gain (real, clean amplification) and can push the amp the hardest or one that just clips the signal inside the pedal and distorts the signal that way? Gain in any electrical "code" means the amplification factor - Vout/Vin. It's an engineering term - it does NOT mean distortion.



Gee bud, I am sorry I am so dense. I was a semiconductor Engineer for 23 years, yet in the realm of guitar issues I really do not reference it. Usually as a former writer and engineer I got used to comprehending subject matter via the information being discussed. Seriously if you wish to out smart the basic guitar player, which is not me, find that guy who was complaining his distortion box was not sounding good in his amp loop.

When I recently retubed my amp I put in lower gain 5751 preamp tubes as they have 70% the gain of 12AX7s, as the tube guys advertise and state they produce less distortion being lower gain tubes to tame a fizzy or too fuzzy an amp.

Anyone can google "high gain amps" and get a plethura of articles about high gain amps pertaining to heavy distortion amps. Not a word about high gain not pertaining to distortion.
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