#1
I was lent a Keeley-modded (w/o true bypass) TS808 for a while. It ranged from impressive to exceptional for what I play (60s-80s rock & blues), and I want to find a pedal with a somewhat similar sound that doesn't have such a hefty price tag. I'd like to find something under, say $150 retail (that I could find used for less). Things I've been looking at include:
- TS9
- Blues Driver 2 (Keeley-modded one on local Craigslist for cheap)

I'm especially interested in the BD-2. What kind of sound could I get out of it? Any other pedals to check out?
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#2
see if you can try out the blues driver. its a great pedal. it may fit what you are looking for
#3
Maxon OD808?
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#4
Keeley mod Blues drivers are AWESOME. Highly reccomend.

Fulltone OCD is also an amazing OD box, also highly reccomend.

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#5
If you're getting an OD808 you might as well save like $60 and get an Ibanez TS7. The OD9 is the better pedal to my ears. Even so, have you considered any pedals that aren't of the Tubescreamer variety? I really like my Xotic BB Preamp, and there are many others to consider.
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#6
Go for a regular TS808 and maybe down the line you could get it Keeley modded?

Also keep an eye out for Keeley TS808's used, I wouldn't be surprised to see one pop up on ebay in your price range.
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#7
I'll be looking at the Blues Driver soon.

Also, I found a used Visual Sound Route 66 for $50 (came up when I was looking for Maxon pedals). I haven't heard of it; is there any comparison to be made between it and Tube Screamers? Determined from pics that it's a V1, not a V2.
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#8
You could grab a used Keeley TS9 or buy a regular TS9 and mod it yourself. It's not rocket science.
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#9
^ you mean keeley doesn't have teh magic mojo earz?
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#10
nonsense! he is an electric wizard!
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#11
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^ you mean keeley doesn't have teh magic mojo earz?


Nope. That's Landgraff.
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#12
Quote by mmolteratx
You could grab a used Keeley TS9 or buy a regular TS9 and mod it yourself. It's not rocket science.


I know; I modded a beat-up fuzz face I picked up for $50, but I'm not very willing to mod anything pricier.

Anyone know anything about the Route 66? How creamy is the sound compared to a TS808? Is the bass boost any good? Is the compression any good? How noisy is it?
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#13
i thought that a keeley modded ts9 was just over $150, but then i checked and his prices have gone up. and ebay doesnt seem to have any with good price tags right now. however, looking at completed listings shows that you can pick them up for around $100-120 if you are patient (im looking at the ts9 mod+). if the pedal was exceptional for your sound, then spend the time and see if you can score one for a price you can pay.

if you just want a real cheap pedal that sounds very similar to a tubescreamer, grab the digitech bad monkey.
#14
A lot of the suggestions so far have been good. The OCD, BB Preamp, Keeley BD-2 are all fantastic pedals, but none of them really sound quite like a TS808 do. Try the Cmat Mods Signa Dirve. I found it to be very similar to the Keeley 808. Cheap too.
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Nope. That's Landgraff.


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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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#17
It may be too high-gain for what you want, but you might look at the Nobels ODR-1. I liked it, but probably only because it was ballsier than the TS's I've used...
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#18
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A lot of the suggestions so far have been good. The OCD, BB Preamp, Keeley BD-2 are all fantastic pedals, but none of them really sound quite like a TS808 do. Try the Cmat Mods Signa Dirve. I found it to be very similar to the Keeley 808. Cheap too.


Oh ya, Signa Drive is a very similar TS based thing. Doesn't have as much dirt on tap as the Keeley mod though.
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#22
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Luther Drive?!!!!


You piqued my interest...

So now, I'm looking at a used Keeley TS9, a used Keeley BD-2, and a Luther Drive, each for $100. I tried the two stock pedals available at GC, and like the TS9 a tad better than the BD-2.

Thanks for all the input!
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