#1
hello, i have a fender 'twin amp' or 'the twin amp' and at the gig i had last night, it sounded great, i like the overdrive, clean and clean boost but when using the overdrive channel there is nothing to boost the volume so it is on the same volume at all times, if you roll of the volume on the guitar is cleans up, like valve amps do. what i need is a good overdrive pedal which would act as a volume boost as the same time, one that has a smooth sound to it, im not to big of a really fuzzy sound, i have no idea where to start looking, i have been told boss overdrives are not very good, and one that i did find i quite liked was 200-250 pounds on eBay and i cant justify that. any suggestions, experience of using a specific pedal of just hearing one that you've liked would be a great help.

thanks
#2
I think you're looking for a tube screamer type od.

Some peadls to look at:

-Ibanze Tube screamer (overpriced imo)
-MXR's OD, GT or ZW (pretty much identical circuit to the tube screamer but cheaper)
- Digitech bad monkey. I haven't tired it myself, but I hear it sounds close to the tube screamer but is probably the cheapest of the lot.
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#3
imo tube screamers etc. are a pretty unreliable (at best...)way to boost your volume for solos.. at different volumes of your amp or different venues or different angles that your amp is pointing it's gonna do different things. I find even with level cranked it's never enough to have a decent volume boost for my solos... you need an actual volume pedal
#4
Check out the MXR/CAE custom shop boost/od. It has an overdrive and a 20db clean boost on separate switches. They also sell the clean boost on it's own.

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-MXR's OD, GT or ZW (pretty much identical circuit to the tube screamer but cheaper).


the ZW od from MXR is actually quite a bit different than a tubescreamer, IMO. It doesn't add that mid boost that the TS9 is known for and it's not a very good stand alone overdrive. It's great as a booster, but I wouldn't ever use it as the my base of my sound the way a lot of guys do with a tubescreamer.
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#5
boss overdrives are fine. the sd1 is awesome- slightly iffy bypass design which (from what i hear) leads to bleed when it's off, but the actual pedal circuit design is great.

thing is, any od (or even clean boost) in front of your amp is most likely going to mainly add distortion, not volume, if you plug it into the front of your already distorted valve amp. It may add a little volume, or maybe some perceived volume (since a lot of od pedals add mids and focus your sound), but it'll mainly add distortion.

you most likely want a clean boost pedal in your fx loop. that should add volume, assuming you're not cranking your amp to 10 and still have some headroom left in its power amp.
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#6
Sorry OP, I misunderstood your post.

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