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Hey,

I'm just starting to learn about overdrive and distortion and what not but i still have a bunch of questions which i have made an effort to find an answer to.

Right now i have a Blackstar HT Club 40 and i love it dearly. My only issue is when it comes to the overdrive section of the amp. I find it to get way too saturated for most of the music i play even when i turn the gain down. I think it'd sound great for any metal or heavy rock when i want to go there but I'm looking for a sort of boosted, fat, tube like sound that doesn't just come out really saturated and "gainy". I want a thick solo sound that still allows me to get out harmonics while also sounding good in a mix. I also want it to be true bypass or at least not killing my tone.

I've been looking at things like the Fulldrive 2, where it has a boost option in the pedal.

The Ibanez tube screamer (Sounds a little fuzzy to me based on the reviews i've seen)

Sl Drive by xotic

Digitech Bad Monkey (Affordable but i heard it kills your clean tone)


Any suggestions?
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Quote by xxaleckzandurre
I'm looking for a sort of boosted, fat, tube like sound that doesn't just come out really saturated and "gainy". I want a thick solo sound that still allows me to get out harmonics while also sounding good in a mix.
The fact that you cannot achieve it with your amp may be due to the fact that it's not a full tube amp.

As for the pedal, you look like you want a distortion pedal instead of a boost, 'cause a boost would be overdriving your amp's frontend which is something you would wanna do with a proper tube amp but most likely not with that.

Also, a boost is not something I'd use to get a tone with less gain.
Boosts add gain.

What's your budget, and could you give us some examples of some tones you wanna obtain?
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#3
The HT Club 40 probably has a good amount of gain by itself. Probably not enough to get you into the high gain territory, but enough to get you close.

That being said, here are some overdrives I'd recommend that would give you more than enough gain on tap.

- Electro-Harmonix Soul Food

- Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive

- Fulltone OCD

- TC Electronic Spark Boost
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(a) As for the pedal, you look like you want a distortion pedal instead of a boost,

(b) Also, a boost is not something I'd use to get a tone with less gain.
Boosts add gain.

(c) What's your budget, and could you give us some examples of some tones you wanna obtain?


(a) yeah or maybe a higher gain od (or at least one which tends to be used more as a standalone od)

(b) yeah. and conversely probably won't add enough dirt to the clean channel eithre to do what he wants.

(c) agreed
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#5
I dunno what to believe about blackstar. Most here are against them, I'm alright with them. So I'd go with a green rhino, simply because it's a thick tube screamer sound with the ability to control how transparent it is (mid hump control). And unless you use 30 feet or more in chords, don't sweat the bypass too badly.
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