#1
I think I'm asking the impossible, but I won't know if I don't ask.

I'm a fingerpicker, which means that I'm playing one, two or three notes at the same time. Is there any way I can get a slightly gritty, thick sound that doesn't turn the double stops and chords into sonic mush? I can get decent sounding single notes from a few different OD-type stomp boxes - I like the SD-1- but nothing seems to work when playing three notes. Compression helps, but that has its own problems, like added noise and loss of dynamics.

Thanks.
#2
I would imagine you would just need an overdrive and use it with very little gain.

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#3
I second that.

If you don't want much more distortion on the louder hits/picks just use a compressor before the overdrive, though you might as well use an overdrive alone if you ask me.

Something with little gain and fairly transparent, say a klon clone, or a joyo sweet baby (or maybe it was sweet honey, I can't really remember) if you're on the cheaper.
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#6
^^^ Sorry, that's gone right over my head. I've never seen South Park, and there is likely also a cultural divide.

I've tried the suggestions so far, winding down the gain of an OD and sticking a compressor in front of it - I have plenty of choice in each - but it only partly solves the problem. I'm primarily an acoustic player, and while a single OD note can sound good to me, a whole flock of them going at once doesn't; sonic mush, as I noted.

I doubt there is a solution, but a bit of lateral thinking might provide some alternative ideas. Maybe something like slapback delay, dunno.
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#8
Hah, thanks. I wondered if it was some kind of pedal, but I didn't think that Googling "Timmy" would do the trick. I'll do a bit of research on it. The pedal market is booming, I've completely lost track.

BYOC make a Klon Centaur clone, the Silver Pony, and I've been wondering about that.....
#9
If you are thinking Klon, take a look at the EHX Soul Food.

I use a Timmy clone playing slide. I am playing more than one string at a time heaps too and I am using a SLO sound as the base. Even with that level of gain I still get decent note definition when I kick in the Timmy.
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#10
The Timmy is perfect for adding very light grit that doesn't color the fundamental tone so much. If the gain knob is at 9:00, it hardly adds anything at all. Bear in mind, this is with an electric into a slightly on edge tube amp. Your mileage might vary. Something else worth a look would be the Joyo Sweet Baby (Mad Professor Sweet Honey clone). It's fairly transparent and mild.
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the zendrive IMO would be the way to go. i have my orange set clean, engage the zendrive, no volume changes just a little bit of overdrive and grit. that pedal does it bestl i have a zendrive timmy MI audio blues pro, BBE green screamer and a few others.

for that scenario the zendrive is sweet; at least look into it.
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the zendrive IMO would be the way to go. i have my orange set clean, engage the zendrive, no volume changes just a little bit of overdrive and grit. that pedal does it bestl i have a zendrive timmy MI audio blues pro, BBE green screamer and a few others.

for that scenario the zendrive is sweet; at least look into it.


OK, thanks. I'm guessing the clones are probably also worth looking at.
#14
im going to suggest a pigtronix philospohers tone. about 35 seconds. the blend knob adds some grit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ij5mboTxLcs

great example, around 1:45 and then 2:00.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ITMsjx4mO4

2:20. the blend with the grit.
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Nobles ODR-1 and a compressor?
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#17
yeah good point. what amp are you using?
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