Poll: Best OD to Tighten up a ValveKing
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DigiTech Bad Monkey
14 64%
Boss SD-1
3 14%
Electro-Harmonix LPB-1
5 23%
Voters: 22.
#1
Im going for this and this style of crunchy distortion btw =)

If you could please say why you voted for your choice that would be appreciated.

I've been reading up on this EHX LPB, which is supposedly a great overdrive aswell.

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It is a tad bit noisy when the volume knob is all the way up but it's not any greater than an overdrive or distortion pedal. It's actually slightly less noisy than my Ibanez TS-9. I compared it directly with the TS-9 which has been modded to TS-808 specs with the gain all the way up on both and they sounded very similar. I am considering in fact getting the LPB-2 which is the pedal version and using it in place of the TS-9 since I can make the LPB have true bypass where with the TS-9 I cannot, and the TS-9 adds a bit of noise to my signal.
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#2
I've never even heard of the EHX one so I won't comment on that.

The Bad Monkey, is pretty good for the price, it's still missing a lot of what my OD-808 does to my amp, but for the price, it's great.

The SD-1 is alright. I'm not really a fan of Boss, though I'm not really a fan of Digitech either. I honestly wasn't very impressed by the SD-1, it was alright, but the Bad Monkey was better for the cash.

If you can get an OD-808/TS-808 or TS-9/OD-9 used or something, that'd be the way to go.
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#3
Actually, I like my Marshall Guv'nor with my Valveking. Gives the lead channel a little more growl and sounds nice with the clean, too. Just don't scoop the mids on the pedal...
#4
Hey man, i'm also interested in this. I'm checking out a DOD EQ pedal for my VK112 and i also have a similar thread going. I'm going to get a chance to play a DOD through my amp in 3 weeks over spring break.
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#5
Any other opinions?
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#6
i used a ts808 for when i had a valveking. worked great for tightening up the high gain.
#8
Quote by The red Strat.
isn't the LPB-1 a clean dooster
It's meant to be, but it also adds a whole bunch of bass.
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#9
Quote by MrCarrot
It's meant to be, but it also adds a whole bunch of bass.

which still means it's a clean booster
my point was, that it won't add gain. whether it will tighten up the tone or not, i don't know.
#10
It will add gain.... That's exactly what the Tubescreamer etc are used for. You set it to boost lots of volume, and the tubes overdrive. Clean booster would mean your tone isn't affected when you do so, but the advantage of the TS series is the mid-hump which helps tighten up dirt.
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#11
Quote by MrCarrot
It will add gain.... That's exactly what the Tubescreamer etc are used for. You set it to boost lots of volume, and the tubes overdrive. Clean booster would mean your tone isn't affected when you do so, but the advantage of the TS series is the mid-hump which helps tighten up dirt.

sorry, i expressed myself wrong. i meant 'gain' as in 'overdrive', not volume. we guitarists don't use the term 'gain' correctly actually .
#12
Quote by dsubstanceuk
Carrot's point is that if you boost the volume, then the tubes will break up and overdrive is then produced.

of course. but i'm not sure if it will tighten up the tone, and i said it also because i think the TS thought it was a dirt pedal.
#13
Quote by The red Strat.
of course. but i'm not sure if it will tighten up the tone, and i said it because i think the TS thought it was a dirt pedal.
Ah.

Nah, the tone tighteny effect of the Tubescreamer is the exact same. The pedal doesn't produce any gain of its own, just boosts the tubes into OD. It tends to be more musical as you're also overdriving V1a as well as the other ones. But yeah, the other half of the tightening effect that the Tubescreamer gives that is correlated to the level boost, and the mid hump, which is also quite musical. Cascading gain stages plus the boost help a lot.
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#14
I have used the LPB1 extensively and it delivers an undistorted boost, doesn't color the sound at all, but will help drive distortion because of the hot signal. Could be used to drive the clean channel of a tube amp to distortion with lower volume requierments. It certainly delivers a lot of sustain.
#15
Quote by uldhppi
I have used the LPB1 extensively and it delivers an undistorted boost, doesn't color the sound at all, but will help drive distortion because of the hot signal. Could be used to drive the clean channel of a tube amp to distortion with lower volume requierments. It certainly delivers a lot of sustain.

That's what I use mine for, it's a great pedal.
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#16
The LPB1 is also really nice to put in front of a Wah or anywhere else in an effects chain were your tone gets sucked.

Anyways, I use a Bad Monkey with my VK and I like it alot. I use it on the clean channel to give me a nice light OD thats great for playing chords and the such, and on the Lead channel it gives me a bit of a boost.

Best bang for your buck imo, I got mine on e-bay for $25.
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#17
Quote by uldhppi
I have used the LPB1 extensively and it delivers an undistorted boost, doesn't color the sound at all, but will help drive distortion because of the hot signal. Could be used to drive the clean channel of a tube amp to distortion with lower volume requierments. It certainly delivers a lot of sustain.

So it would tighten up the gain on the VK?
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#18
Quote by MrCarrot
Ah.

Nah, the tone tighteny effect of the Tubescreamer is the exact same. The pedal doesn't produce any gain of its own, just boosts the tubes into OD. It tends to be more musical as you're also overdriving V1a as well as the other ones. But yeah, the other half of the tightening effect that the Tubescreamer gives that is correlated to the level boost, and the mid hump, which is also quite musical. Cascading gain stages plus the boost help a lot.

why did you change your avatar again? I still miss the strat knob
#19
Quote by mike.h
Any other opinions?


Tubescreamer ftw?
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#20
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Tubescreamer ftw?

I dont have an extra $50 to spend atm.. couldnt find any used ones either (Canada)
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#21
Bad monkey. I use it with my Valveking and love it. It tightens the sound perfect for me
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#22
Quote by MrCarrot
Ah.

Nah, the tone tighteny effect of the Tubescreamer is the exact same. The pedal doesn't produce any gain of its own, just boosts the tubes into OD. It tends to be more musical as you're also overdriving V1a as well as the other ones. But yeah, the other half of the tightening effect that the Tubescreamer gives that is correlated to the level boost, and the mid hump, which is also quite musical. Cascading gain stages plus the boost help a lot.

ah ok
#23
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why did you change your avatar again? I still miss the strat knob
XD

I liked that one too. But the picture quality was dire, as was the quality on the Tele one... On this one it's still pretty decent
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#24
Quote by rhcp_freak
That's what I use mine for, it's a great pedal.

I'm quietly gassing for one...just to push the front of my amps a touch harder and get a little more umph.