#1
so im looking for a cheap overdrive pedal. my current gear is a fender jaguar, a marshall jcm 800 bass head, a fuzz face clone, boss ds-2 and ehx lpb-1. i lack an overdrive and the amp lacks a clean channel so i wa thinking about buying or building one (while i know building pedals is for the forum below this one all im interested is in the sound not the actual building process

budget=less the 50 euro if possible. will go to 75

sound=i was thinking about a marshally overdrive, similar to john fru or hendrix. i have the ds-2 for the high gain stuff, when i need a nice thick sound. i just want something bluesey. say about give it away or little wing level. i would also like it to be true bypass

genre=classic rock, blues, alt

i was thinking about a ts808 or ts9 that i will build my self or but the ts-7 straight away. maybe the marshall guvnor or the coolcat overdrives which are apparently good for the price. there was also a jsm800 clone kit which i was considering but it seems complicating. would a jcm based pedal like that get me a good tone for what i want. the bad monmkey is also meant to be good

http://www.thomann.de/gb/ibanez_ts9_tube_screamer.htm
http://www.thomann.de/gb/ibanez_ts808.htm
http://www.thomann.de/gb/ibanez_ts7_tube_screamer.htm
http://www.thomann.de/gb/digitech_bad_monkey.htm
http://www.thomann.de/gb/danelectro_cool_cat_drive_ii_v2.htm
http://www.thomann.de/gb/danelectro_coolcat_transpoverdrive_v2.htm
http://www.thomann.de/gb/marshall_gv2.htm

thanks

ps.i was thinking about getting the wh10 but appparently it experiences a lot of tone loss as the byopass is quite bad. if i were to make an effects loop or buy one like http://www.thomann.de/gb/electro_harmonix_killswitch.htm
would i avoid the tone loss?
Last edited by '93 at May 7, 2011,
#2
the danos are nice for the money, but the version 1s are the really sought-after ones, I think (I haven't tried the v2s).

If you're looking at tubescreamers, thomann does a ts clone for ~29 euro... not sure how good it is, it's a rebranded joyo.

http://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_vintage_overdrive.htm

they also do a fulltone OCD clone, which might sound a bit more marshally

http://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_ultimate_drive.htm

and what might be a crunchbox clone, which again would be more marshally (though it's more of a distortion, as far as i'm aware)

http://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_crunch_distortion.htm

they're of the cheap and cheerful variety... i haven't tried them, but someone on another forum got the ocd and said it sounded pretty good, though the volume knob was a bit dodgy.

if you can spend a bit more, i like tonerider, they're probably better built than the joyos/harley bentons. Their american overdrive is supposedly very close to a ts9 (haven't tried it though), and their british distortion is supposedly quite close to a crunchbox (i've only tried the tonerider one it's a nice distortion pedal for the money, though).
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#3
I have the guvnr plus and I really like it, Lot of different sounds out of it cause it's got so many EQ knobs lol. Im using it with a Fender Twin RI and it gets pretty ballsy and thick sounding, I'd bet it would sound Even thicker on a less crispy clean amp

In my opinion, stray away from Digitech. I dont have the bad monkey but my screaming blues is only about 1.5 yrs old and it's pretty much broken (gain knob gets buzzy and fizzy at anything past 3) Thats my only experience with them, so I could of gotten a dud or something, and it was a nice sounding pedal till now. I probably wouldn't buy a pedal from them just to be on the safe side
#4
im not really sure how to order the tonerider though...there seems to be no agents near me (malta) and the places in the languages i understand dont seems to ship so...

i quite like the look of the harley benton ultimate overdrive however it is a copy of the ocd, like the dan electro overdrive 2 is. i cant really tell form the soundclips which sounds better and there doesnt seem to be a lot of difference. however im mnore likely to get the cool cat from near me (shipping is 30 euro i think which is a lot for a 26 euro pedal)

i will also keep in mind the guvnor
#5
If you get a Guv'nor, make sure it's the original black box version.

I don't think very highly of the newer ones.
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#6
ah ok i didn't realise you were in malta, i just assumed when you were linking to thomann that you could get the free (or cheap 10 euro) shipping.

Bear in mind, only the v1 dano drive (as far as i'm aware) is the confirmed clone of the OCD. I'm not sure if the v2 is or not- I don't think it is, but I could be wrong.

If you're interested, the freestompboxes dot org forum had a bunch of people reverse engineering the danos... might be worth a read in case they've reverse-engineered the v2s now.

but yeah there's not much point in buying a 30 euro pedal and paying 30 euro postage

EDIT: regarding tonerider- i buy from dangleberry music in the UK, but they offer free UK shipping. I don't know if they ship to malta (and if they do, shipping may be prohibitively expensive like with thomann). Tonerider has a list of dealers on its website, maybe you could check there just in case there's a dealer who'll ship to you for not too much? That's if you decide to go with one, obviously.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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Last edited by Dave_Mc at May 7, 2011,
#7
i will try to split the shipping costs between friends...im sure ill find someone wholl need something. or else ill order it from a shop if i get the guvnor or the cool cat. although i am aiming for the cool cat...seems...cool (pun intended :P )
#8
i dont kno wat the exact math is from euros to usd, but an amazing and really versatile overdrive is the vox ice 9. it goes for 129 u.s. so it may be a bit above ur budget but definately worth taking a look at. i dont think its worth spending little money on something that is gonna sound like crap or break soon after buying it
#9
If you can scrape together the cash, get a Visual Sound overdrive - they make a few different models. I would recommend a Fulltone but I think that's a little more gain than you're looking for. If those are all too expensive, I'll recommend a Boss Superdrive or Blues Driver; they produce a nice smooth tone that I think you'll take to well.
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#10
the vox ice is slightly too much at 111 euro

the visual sound seems good...how good si the drive train?
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the vox ice is slightly too much at 111 euro

the visual sound seems good...how good is the drive train?


I haven't played the Drive Train but I wouldn't be surprised if it's awesome. I played the Jekyll and Hyde distortion and was completely floored, though. I think the Drive Train is supposed to be a less expensive (import, I guess) version of the Route 808, which is VS's primary overdrive design.
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#12
i thought the drivetrain was based on the reverend od.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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#13
if the shops next to me have the dan electro i think ill get that...which one should i get?
#14
v1 versions with the yellow sticker (v2s have a black sticker on them that says v2).

Just depends on what you want them for, the trans od is for clean boost up to mild od/crunch, the drive is sorta halfway between an od and a distortion pedal, so has more gain available.
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#16
Um, you know you just bumped a 3 month old thread.
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