I need an OD that will be good for instrumental lead work (think Satch, Vai, Petrucci) but has a fairly unique tone. I've been trying to narrow my selection down and heres what I've got: VS Jekyll and Hyde, Digitech Bad Monkey, Digitech Screamin Blues, or Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive. My price range is around $100 and my gear is in my sig. What are your opinions on these and do you have any better suggestions?
I've always been a fan of tube-screamers. Are they your style? A TS-9 for $100 HERE.
the sparkle drive is cool and unique among OD pedals because you can mix in your clean signal to make it sound like you're running two amps--one clean and one overdriven. for that, i'd go with the voodoo lab. other options you didn't mention are the Bixonic Expandora, KLON Centaur, Proco Rat (go with a vintage one), or the now-discontinued Way Huge Red Llama Overdrive.