#1
I use a high gain setting, i love my setting and my sound, but i just want to add that extra gain and wow for a solo, i tried the Zack wylde overdrive but wasnt all that keen, any opinions?
#2
You're sure that you aren't just looking for a wah?
Wahs are really essential for that "wow" in solos. At least to me they are

And then an OD, perhaps Tubescreamer-like pedal, to just boost the sound a bit?
Use it to color the tone a bit, or just boost the sound a bit, or perhaps add a little bit of overdrive to it.
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Yeah you can't get much better than a tubescreamer, or something like it. But you could always go for a boost pedal too.
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Yeah you can't get much better than a tubescreamer, or something like it. But you could always go for a boost pedal too.

But... a TS is a boost pedal...

Unless you just mean a pure clean boost, which IMO is only good for clean channels. They tend to get sloppy when used with distortion. Overdriven amp + clean boost is yummy, though.
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what amp are you using?
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But... a TS is a boost pedal...

Unless you just mean a pure clean boost, which IMO is only good for clean channels. They tend to get sloppy when used with distortion. Overdriven amp + clean boost is yummy, though.

Que?

How can a clean boost "get sloppy" when an OD does not? You do realise how little sense that makes right?


TS: As you disliked the ZW I guess you'd dislike a tubescreamer as they're similar (the major difference is the ZW clips assymetrically.) What did you not like about it? If it was the mid boost you can always find TS style pedals without them (or mod one yourself.) If it's the grit there are plenty of clean boosts around.

Also if you're in a really high gain situation it's unlikely a boost or OD will do what you want as you'll already have severe compression from your amp, that's why you don't get picking dynamics in death metal. Adding an OD/boost won't increase output too much but will add more clipping, if your sound is really high gain this may not even be noticeable... Moral of the story? Try reducing the gain for your everyday playing so that you can "wow" when you need it for a solo/special line.

(NB: This is me assuming your gain is too high, I'm not even familiar with the amp listed so this might be BS)

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Que?

How can a clean boost "get sloppy" when an OD does not? You do realise how little sense that makes right?


i'm guessing he means because most ods (the ones you'd tend to use as a boost) cut the bass and tighten things up. (like a tubescreamer). whereas most clean boosts try to be (reasonably) transparent and aren't doing that.

but i'd agree, you can get ods which don't tighten things up, too.
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#13
What about more powerful pickups or either some booster swtichs? If your guitar is weak, there's no pedal to fix it.
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Lots of people like the TS9 and Boss SD-1, but your best bet is to try them out at a store and see which one you prefer
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What about more powerful pickups or either some booster swtichs? If your guitar is weak, there's no pedal to fix it.


No thats exactly what pedals can do for you. It´s no problem to overdrive a fender to modern high gain if you want to. Besides, he said he loves his sound when not playing solo, high gain pickups would destroy that.

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If it's transparency your looking for (i.e. no mid bump and bass cut) and if you have the money (or the patience to wait for a decently priced used one), try out the TC Electronic Nova Drive. It's super transparent and incredibly versatile.

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eq with a mid hump and the level all the way up. pushes the amp AND bumps mids for your solo. has other uses too
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No thats exactly what pedals can do for you. It´s no problem to overdrive a fender to modern high gain if you want to. Besides, he said he loves his sound when not playing solo, high gain pickups would destroy that.

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i agree that ods can give you a pretty good boost and make weak pickups seem more powerful, but i don't think an od will turn a (vintage) fender type of amp into a metal monster. not used as a pseudo clean boost, anyway.
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