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looking into getting an overdrive pedal, atm im running a boss metal zone up front of my randall rh50t as a boost but i need to replace it with an overdrive, im after something smooth and warm sounding, and good for hi-gain metal as thats all I play. are there any particular overdrive pedals I should look into? Ive got my eye on the mxr zakk wylde overdrive, would this pedal be worth getting?
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#9
I've always experienced that Overdriving a lead channel with an OD pedal (unless it was on a VERY low gain level) produced mushy feedback. Especially for chord work. I would try an EQ or a clean boost like a Microamp first.
Unless thats what you want?
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I use my TS-9 to boost my recto-verb and it sounds phenomenal. Just a tip though when you do get one, put the drive on your OD all the way down but crank the volume on the pedal.
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I've always experienced that Overdriving a lead channel with an OD pedal (unless it was on a VERY low gain level) produced mushy feedback. Especially for chord work. I would try an EQ or a clean boost like a Microamp first.
Unless thats what you want?

operator error :stickpoke
that's the point of boosting/tightening a dirty channel, you don't want/need the pedal adding a lot of overdrive, so you keep the OD low on the pedal and turn up the level/vol.
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operator error :stickpoke
that's the point of boosting/tightening a dirty channel, you don't want/need the pedal adding a lot of overdrive, so you keep the OD low on the pedal and turn up the level/vol.

Exactly
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Perhaps something like this?


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Quote by Erock503
operator error :stickpoke
that's the point of boosting/tightening a dirty channel, you don't want/need the pedal adding a lot of overdrive, so you keep the OD low on the pedal and turn up the level/vol.

Ehhh. I just go with better amps and use their native distortion.
Just my opinion, though.
Never been a big fan of OD pedals, although I do use a Monte Allums modded SD-1 for driving my clean/slighty distorted channel.
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Quote by demea
Ehhh. I just go with better amps and use their native distortion.
Just my opinion, though.
Never been a big fan of OD pedals, although I do use a Monte Allums modded SD-1 for driving my clean/slighty distorted channel.

yeah, it's preference. I've liked using an OD as a dirty boost/tightener with just about every high gain amp I've owned. I'm an OD addict though, love my stomps. I have a favorite one I use just for this task though, a modded OD808. It's my weapon of choice for boosting a dirty channel. I have others I like for running on a clean or solo boost.

As an aside, I really like his kits too. They aren't too much more than you could buy the good parts for, and it's laid out nice so it's easy to do. I bought his kit for a dynacomp, and it made it sound like a compressor twice it's price.
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Quote by Erock503
yeah, it's preference. I've liked using an OD as a dirty boost/tightener with just about every high gain amp I've owned. I'm an OD addict though, love my stomps. I have a favorite one I use just for this task though, a modded OD808. It's my weapon of choice for boosting a dirty channel. I have others I like for running on a clean or solo boost.

As an aside, I really like his kits too. They aren't too much more than you could buy the good parts for, and it's laid out nice so it's easy to do. I bought his kit for a dynacomp, and it made it sound like a compressor twice it's price.

I like them second to the Keeley kits, but the Allums are wayyyy more affordable and in all honesty...I'm no pro so I dont care if its not "that tone"...lol.
I used to use my TS808 to drive the lead channel of my JCM900 for heavier stuff, but that rig is long gone.
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ibanez ts 808 its the original one, or the maxon as i hear they both use the same original design
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#19
hmmm there's a lot of pedals been recommended in here, maybe i should do a poll, i really dont know which to go for. maybe a tubescreamer, but i dont know which kind to go for. I had my eye on the zakk wylde overdrive because i can get one used pretty cheap, are they decent?
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i dunno, when i boost an amp with a screamer, i like to put everything at about 12 o'clock.. give or take. adds a neat character.
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#21
Hmm, I'd go with a Timmy, or maybe a Fulldrive.
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How about an active EQ (the kind with like +12dB of boost), BEFORE the amp as a "pedal?" Been dying to try that myself. As soon as I get an active EQ.
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Quote by LEVEL4
How about an active EQ (the kind with like +12dB of boost), BEFORE the amp as a "pedal?" Been dying to try that myself. As soon as I get an active EQ.


you mean like an mxr 10 band? I have one of those in the loop of my amp to shape the tone
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you mean like an mxr 10 band? I have one of those in the loop of my amp to shape the tone
Oh. Right. How much boost in dBs do those MXRs put out? I was thinking more like this:

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Nady-GEQ-215-2-Channel-15-Band-Graphic-Equalizer-180153-i1276390.gc

This is one of the least-expensive, active +12dB EQs on the market—and 12dB of boost is about as high as I've seen. I wasn't speaking from any experience with the unit or anything. I just always thought this would be neat to try out as a kind of highly controllable "boost pedal." You know, not in the effects loop, but put it BEFORE the amp to act as a sort of tunable "boost."
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#26
^ I've seen 25dB clean boosters before.
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^ I've seen 25dB clean boosters before.
Really? I would be very interested in knowing about such a product. I mean, if it's not crazy expensive.
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^^ http://www.muzique.com/schem/mosfet.htm

It's a project thing, IE you build it. I was gonna build one, but I've not enough money at the moment. It can go up to 35dB of boost apparently.
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#30
Quote by LEVEL4
Really? I would be very interested in knowing about such a product. I mean, if it's not crazy expensive.


Lot's of OD's like the Timmy, OCD, and Seymour Duncan Pickup boosters can add +25dB os signal gain. The timmy can do it perfectly clean. The OCD is about $140, timmy about $250, and the SD booster is about $79.

Infact, my timmy and OCD have so much boost you can hear it through headphones plugged into the output of the pedals.
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Listen to Phantom and Phantom 2 ---> http://mrsandman.dmusic.com/

That is a Guyatone Metal Monster thru a 1988 Randall RG100ES.
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Listen to Phantom and Phantom 2 ---> http://mrsandman.dmusic.com/

That is a Guyatone Metal Monster thru a 1988 Randall RG100ES.

that thing sounds pretty vicious. Is that all pedal over a clean, or is it boosting?
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The RG100ES has the capability to blend 2 channels. If my memory serves me correctly, ( blended it to taste) so RG100ES is probably somewhat distorted for more low end growl and the Guytone does the rest.

I mainly like the guyatone because of all the tone adjustments (EQ'n) capabilities. It's a tad bit fizzy... Easy fix if you want to swap out the preamp tube to something lighter, like a 12AT7 or an old Phillips JAN ECG 12AX7WA. (which really did the trick)
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#34
Bad Monkey is the best bang for the buck.
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