#1
Hey all! I'm proud to announce that I just got a new valveking 100 watt halfstack! it sounds epic, but my leads don't exactly sing. Obviously, I've heard people say to get a tubescreamer, and all my problems will be solved. however, I already have a boss overdrive pedal, and I wanted to know if I could use it as a boost to achieve the effect that a tubescreamer would give me. Any advice??? Thanks!
#2
the boss might do, but the VK's seem to sound better when you run them with a tubescreamer or a bad monkey.

with your boss, set the gain to 0, the tone where ever you like it, and the volume to 10 to tighten up your sound like you would do with a tubescreamer or similar pedal
#3
You'll want the gain on on 1 or 2 actually, otherwise the pedal won't do much.
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#4
Is it the Boss SD-1? Then yes, you're good to go. Set the drive at 0, start with tone and level at 12 o'clock and tweak from there. More level drives the preamp tubes harder, more tone gives you a more focused tone but can end up very shrill and noisy if you don't have a gate.

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You'll want the gain on on 1 or 2 actually, otherwise the pedal won't do much.


I'm sorry but what? As far as I know it's pretty much a tubescreamer with asymmetrical clipping, which means that the volume and tone knobs work perfectly fine with the drive at 0.
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I'm sorry but what? As far as I know it's pretty much a tubescreamer with asymmetrical clipping, which means that the volume and tone knobs work perfectly fine with the drive at 0.

Whenever I roll the gain completely off on my OD it ends up significantly weaker. By putting the gain on just a bit, ~8:30, it boosts a lot better. I don't know how TSs pedal will react, maybe no gain will sound better, but its at least worth noting that sometimes a bit of gain helps.
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Whenever I roll the gain completely off on my OD it ends up significantly weaker. By putting the gain on just a bit, ~8:30, it boosts a lot better. I don't know how TSs pedal will react, maybe no gain will sound better, but its at least worth noting that sometimes a bit of gain helps.

Sounds a bit strange, though I've never tried any of the digitech stuff. But I agree there's no harm in putting it close to 0, hell you can put it on 10 o'clock and you still won't really notice the pedal distortion when running through a high gain amp.
#7
yeah that'll be fine. certainly if it's an sd1, it's very similar to a tubescreamer (not identical, but it's a similar idea except a little edgier in tone, and has asymmetrical rather than symmetrical clipping, iirc).

I think even the built-in boost for the vk is solid state, so it's probably similar to an od pedal.
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