NPD - Friedman BE-OD

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  1. bullhead

    bullhead Member

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    I pulled the trigger on the Friedman BE-OD today. I tried many settings on it and I came pretty close to the sound in my head. This thing is a beast, man. Gain for days and very organic. I took the EVH signature pedals off and I don’t miss them, surprisingly. I’ve been a MXR guy for many many years. The BE-OD makes me want to play and come up with riffs. I sure did miss that.
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  2. paul hancher

    paul hancher Well-Known Member

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    hail npd! sounds like a good choice. i am currently looking at a used be-od myself. seems there are a lot of used ones available at the moment.

    i see they also have a dirty shirley pedal available and was wondering what the difference is between the pedals.
     
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    Nice.
    Hey Bull those patch cables are beauties. What are they?
    Your power supply is also interesting. What is it ?
    BP
     
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  5. bullhead

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    Thanks so much, man. The patch cables are Monster Rock and the power supply is a MXR M238 ISO brick.
     
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    I have both. BeOd has loads more gain, but its not really useable past a certain point. Even turning the internal trim pot down, theres not much of a useable range. Its sweet spot is very nice though. It's pretty bass heavy with a brittle top end. Again, the eq doesnt have a great useable range. Because theres so much bottom and top end, it feels scooped. I think the mids are still there, they're just buried. This makes it feel a bit lost in a mix.

    Dirty shirley is more versatile. At full gain, it ends where the BeOd sweet spot starts. The mid control is useful. It doesn't cut though, it only adds. Neither pedal works well into a dirty amp for me.

    I like them but if I'm honest there are better pedals out there. If you want that one Friedman sound for bedroom playing only, the BeOd is good. Otherwise I'd avoid it. I think theres a reason there are lots second hand.

    Of the two, the Dirty shirley is the better buy.
     
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    Thanks . Good, informative post.
    BP
     
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    thanks for the great comparison! very helpful info.
     
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    I’m wanting the deluxe version of this since they added a mid control.
     
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    I just narrowed the BE OD from my local music store. @mcblink has one that he runs through his DSL100h and it sounds awsome. So I tryed it through my 2203 and 4100 but it just didn't agree with them. This pedal is designed for a true clean amp and in the right amp it's an animal
     
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    Yep....I love mine!

    HNPD!
     
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    HNPD congratulations on a great pedal, I do not own one but have read many great reviews on them, enough to start a gas fund he he !
    Cheers Mitch
     
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    That may agree nicely wit your DSL40 I've only heard it on the 100h it make for one pissed off Marshall
     
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    My brother SteveB63 has one
    He highly recommends it
     
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    i picked up a used be-od today and holy shit! incredible sounding pedal. tons of gain and low end. even with the amp volume low it puts out a massive sound. i have not cranked it yet but can see why it has a tight knob to control things.

    i really appreciate the great advice in this thread on the internal adjustment for gain. when i got the pedal the internal gain was set to about 70% and the pedal was practically unusable with feedback. i dialed the internal switch down to about 40% and the pedal came alive and was much more usable. have only used it on clean ss amps with great results so far but plan on giving the tubes a workout with it tomorrow.

    already looking at the dirty shirley and the be-od deluxe pedals for more options.
     
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    I picked up the deluxe version yesterday (used one). I only had a chance to play through it for about an hour today and enjoyed it.

    Before I used I took the back off and set the trims to the midway point.

    The interesting thing is using the eq section on the foot pedal along with the eq section of the amp.
     
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    i also picked up a used “no more tears” wah. am still playing with it and getting used to it but like it so far. sounds much better than my vox v-847 but so far does not match up well with solid state distortion. works better with tube distortion.
     
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    I would agree with your description. I had both and ended up selling both of them. To me the gain was just too fuzzy sounding. I have played some real Friedman amps in some stores and neither one of those pedals sounded like a Friedman amp to me, not even close, IMHO. I can pull off a more Friedman style tone with an EP Booster into my DSL.
     
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