#1
Hey. Im in the process of designing my second pedal. Its going to be a booster/overdrive pedal. I need to know a few overdrive pedals that are smooth, and mild so I can check out schematics on them to help myself to get an idea of their clipping stage (the part where the overdrive is made).

I know about 75% or more of you will respond saying the Tubescreamer. I understand that the Tubescreamer is a great overdrive, but I want to hear something different. Dont go giving me the Boss Metal Zone either. I am looking for a smooth, clean/mild overdrive.
#2
Boss Blues Driver?
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I know what I want, and the differences. Im not buying a pedal. Read the whole thing. I am designing a smooth overdrive/boost pedal and I want names of overdrives not fuzzes.
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A Fulltone Fulldrive is a good smooth overdrive that you might wanna look at schematics for, i imagine it wont be too hard to find, it is a boutique pedal.

Visual Sound Jekyll and Hyde? I dont know about how it sounds, i just know its a decent overdrive. It sounds quite smooth when i have heard it
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^lol, he's already built one...

Boss blues drivers can be smooth and mild at low settings, but look at the other pedals people here have suggested.
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what my freind did was take the schematics for the preamp section of a fender twin and build a pedal based on that, itll take tubes but that is the best way to get smooth OD.
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I just want to find the clipping stage of a smooth overdrive to see what I will need for it to be soft clipping and not hard clipping (hard clipping has no capacitors or resistors, and soft clipping does).

And IncubusMan999, boutique pedals have the hardest schematics to find. Its almost imposible to find schematics for Zvex pedals, Alfonso Hermida pedals (ZenDrive, Mosferatu), etc.

And Sl4Sh_Jr., I already built one, and it does have a lot of overdrive, and isnt quite smooth. But that still is a great pedal. I play through that everytime I plug in.
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Zen Drive?
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Well yea but like I said, theres no schematic around for that, so I cant figure that out. I live like 30 minutes away from Alf though so I can go rob the schematic.
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Wow that sounds amazing. I think I might have to find a schematic somehow.

You won't... Only the designers know how to make them.... Their circuits are coated in epoxy so nobody can reverse engineer one.

Same goes for the eternity, the zendrive and every other smooth sounding pedal. Id you want a smooth sounding booster you're going to have to learn some basic circuit topology's and theory *gasp* *shock* *horror*




EDIT: PFs handy hints to smooth tone: 1.) roll off the high end quite subtly but at a low frequency. 2.) Place your tone control(s) prior to the clipping section(s) and 3.) Use FETs carefully.
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I dont think the ZenDrives are coated with epoxy. I met him at a local guitar store a month or so ago and he showed me the inside of the pedal.

I know a bit about the technology and stuff of boosters and overdrives.

EDIT: Ok I will put the tonestack pre-clipping, and I am using a J201 transistor since they are nice and smooth.
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I dont think the ZenDrives are coated with epoxy. I met him at a local guitar store a month or so ago and he showed me the inside of the pedal.

I know a bit about the technology and stuff of boosters and overdrives.

EDIT: Ok I will put the tonestack pre-clipping, and I am using a J201 transistor since they are nice and smooth.

I've got a zendrive and all the important stuff is epoxied.


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yes i do agree that boutique pedals are very different to find schematics for but the Fulltone Fulldrive is a great sounding smooth overdrive and it is a relatively popular boutique overdrive. It shouldnt be too difficult to find schematics for them since they dont use epoxy and they are relatively easy to find from my experience
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IncubusMan Im pretty sure schematics for any boutique pedal dont exist over the internet, or at least not in an easy place to find. I will look for that one though.
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Congrats, its a great sounding overdrive. Good luck with it.
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