What ODs Are You Guys Using in Front of Your Marshalls

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  1. tallcoolone

    tallcoolone Well-Known Member

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    Not sure how constructive just posting random YouTube links is? More asking for opinions from guys with actual experience with the gear and it’s use
     
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    tallcoolone Well-Known Member

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    What does ‘need’ mean again??
     
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    My go-to always was the Maxon OD9. Got my first one 15 years ago, no pedal ever managed to knock it off the board. Used it in front of my DSL, still use it for mild boost in front of the SV20H, it never disappoints.
    With the SV, for more boost (going for hard rock/early 80s metal territory), I've been using and loving my Guvnor clone. For yesterday's gig I subbed my OCD clone for it, and it sounded very good. I needed to dim the amp quite a bit (because of strict volume constraints at the event), and the OCD in LP mode provided the girth and compression that was missing. I liked it quite a bit. We'll see if it can manage to dethrone the Guvnor in the long run, but so far, so good.
    Other boosts I really liked with the SV are the Barber Drive, the Red Snapper and the Jersey Girl FullTender (which is basically a mod of the OD-1). For balls-out gain, I also liked the BJFe Dyna Red Distortion and the Ultra mod DS-1.
    But my first choices are any variation of the TubeScreamer, same with the Guvnor, and the OCD. Can't go wrong with these.
     
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    Ive got all the Hardwires on my board, and a Guv'nor. but the one I keep using is a Boss OD3, their best OD ever IMO.
     
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    I just discovered this...................

     
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    I built a clone of this one too (Bjorn at BJFe/Bearfoot shares most of his circuits on DIY boards btw), and didn't really like it, tbh. To my ear, it was kinda wooly, which isn't something I like in a boost. It was pretty nice as a standalone overdrive on a clean amp though. YMMV obviously.
     
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    tallcoolone Well-Known Member

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    I agree about the OD9–that pedal is fantastic in front of a Marshall like the SV. I have to say, if you get a chance to check out the OD820 give it a shot
     
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    Either a Fulltone OCD or PlimSoul.
     
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    tallcoolone Well-Known Member

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    Can you give a brief review of the Plimsoul? I see them everywhere but never tried one out
     
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    Will do, a souped-up TS (using a 18V charge pump) sounds pretty fun !
     
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    I use an OD with higher level but zero gain on some channels, some amps. Adds some extra to the Jubilee, is essential with the 800 4010, and I sometimes goose ch 2 mode B on the 6101 and red mode ch 2 on the JVM410. The TSL on Ch 2 likes it too.
    I find ODs with simply a tone control to be lacking some low end IMO. I have an old Bad Monkey I really like for the 2 band EQ and recently picked up an MXR super Badass Distortion used the same way. It has 3 band EQ. It works for me.

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    I only have 2 overdrive pedals
    SD1, Joyo Ultimate drive, but since I started using the mxr 10 band eq I have removed the od pedals, my 2 rigs are Dsl40c’s, and Origin 50H’s, each rig has a lead 100 mosfet along for the ride
    And I am truly liking the tones I can get from each rig!
    Cheers Mitch
     
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  13. tallcoolone

    tallcoolone Well-Known Member

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    Does the MXR EQ add a lot of hiss? I had a Boss EQ that was noisy as hell so I’ve been wary of the mass produced ones. I love using an EQ in front of a NMV amp as a ‘clean channel’
     
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    I don’t get much hiss , but if you knock it around, it makes noise!
    Hope this helps!
    Cheers Mitch
     
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    For those out there who can't decide which OD to get, I can recommend the Source Audio L.A. Lady.
    It is expensive (£160), but is front switchable between upto 6 of a possible 40 classic OD simulations (and distortions and fuzzes), each with individually remembered knob settings. Stereo too (in & out), so parallel OD engines (or stacked). Editable by USB connected app.
    I had one for a while and loved it (even though I still didn't really understand how to use OD properly), but had to get a refund due to finances (to get a DSL40CR). I will get one again without hesitation when I can afford it.

     
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    Custom tones ethos twe-1 into plexi. Don't know if it's love or lust but it's all- consuming.
     
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    The Wampler Tumnus Deluxe, if I need a little more gain, followed by the always on Exotic EP Booster set at 0.
     
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    Don't really use any pedals.
    I just concentrate on getting the overdrive from the amp itself.
    And if I can't get a decent tone from the amp, I figure I need a different amp that works better.
    Don't really like the sound of transistors in boost pedals at all.
     
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  20. Midnight Blues

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    Sure. It's a very versatile pedal. It has both "Soft" and "Hard" clipping settings that'll allow you to take it anywhere you want, from a nice warm bluesy Fendery tone all the way up to a (insert metal amp name here) metal tone.

    For me, I'm kind of in the middle, i.e., getting the classic "British" tone and mainly use it on my Marshall 1974X, especially if my wife is home and/or I have the windows open. Yeah, it's only 18 Watts, but it's a LOUD :rock: 18 Watts!
     
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