#1
I'm thinking about getting an overdrive pedal seeing as I have this lovely tube amp with me and I'm always hearing how OD pedals are a nice addition to tube amps and sometimes I feel in need of a little more crunch or bluesy sounding overdrive. I was thinking about a tubescreamer but I noticed there are like 3 or 4 versions of it so I'm wondering what the differences are, and if there are any other good OD pedals and what makes them different.
I've tried a lot of them out but its hard to get a good sense when youre trying them out at the store so I want to get some more opinions. Thanks in advance!
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#2
Everyone says a Keeley SD-1 Super Overdrive.
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#3
I think the TS-808 is the better version. The TS-9 is also good, but not as good as the 808 to me. The Marshall BluesBreaker is also a nice overdrive. I built one (check sig for the whole build and sound clips) and it is amazing. I love the sound of the thing. I am in the process of designing my own overdrive/distortion pedal which should be amazing if it works! I actually started and finished the schematic today. Now I am just waiting to finish a breadboard layout so I can test it out. Its going to be one of the most versitile pedals around once I finish it!
#4
its not really an overdrive but i find that a gain boost can give you some nice tones
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#5
i know the digitech hot rod is an excellent distortion pedal but as far as overdrive im not even sure the difference between overdrive and distortion
#6
what kind of overdrive do you want, like a crunchier overdrive or bluesier overdrive? the Boss SD-1 has more crunch and is hotter, while the TS's are more bluesy and less hotter the the Boss from what i've experienced.
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#7
I was stuck in the same situation. Most people in all styles of music use the tubescreamer (with true bypass) for subtle changes in drive and boosting your tone a bit, but I found with my dsl100 that a boss sd-1 is the best bang for your buck when it comes to rock/metal. Also, the dod yngwie OD pedals are pretty decent for the price.
#9
Visual Sound Jekyll and Hyde.

Its 2 pedals in one. The Jekyll side has the SAME circuitry as the TS-808 and then the Hyde side is an additional heavier distortion. You can get pretty much every style possible out of this pedal.

http://www.visualsound.net/Pedal_jh.htm

I used this pedal with my rectoverb combo. I had my clean channel and modern gain channel on the recto. Then I had your classic OD with the Jekyll side of the pedal and a bluesy light OD sound with the Hyde side.