Zakk Wylde Overdrive

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  1. EddievanDamon#2

    EddievanDamon#2 Active Member

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    Hey guys! What are your thoughts on this pedal? I am looking to push the front of my jcm 800 2203 and thought i'd try this pedal. Anybody here ever use one?
     
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    charveldan Well-Known Member

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    I had the older one, works great.
    The new one is called "the Bezerker" but basically should be the same circuit.t
     
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    thunderstruck507 Well-Known Member

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    You can save yourself some coin if you don't get the one with the bullseye on it.

    MXR Classic Overdrive is the exact same pedal but with a dip switch in a different position inside the case. You can score those pedals for $30 used at Guitar Center online frequently.

    The dip switch just requires pulling the back cover, taking off the knobs, and pulling the board. You can even drill a hole in the face of the pedal then switch between modes without taking it apart every time.

    Zakk Wylde mode keeps more lows, Classic mode sounds more Tubescreamer.

    I used this pedal to push my TSL and it was great, volume max and gain at 0-1, tone to taste. I wish I hadn't sold it now that I have the JCM 800.
     
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    Wooferhead1 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Thunder I've got the Zak bullseye model gonna check out the dip switch today:hmm:
     
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    Wooferhead1 Well-Known Member

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    I run mine into my VM to get a thicker rhythm/lead with a Strat or LP 11 o'clock on the tone & gain - using guitar volume knob to roll back the drive for rhythm.
     
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    Wooferhead1 Well-Known Member

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    No dip switch on mine?? Must be a slightly different design...
     
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    thunderstruck507 Well-Known Member

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    Depends on whether it's the original or the Berzerker or whatever they call the revision.

    Basically MXR had the GT-OD overdrive and the Wylde Overdrive, the switch changes something minor in the circuit. Then they released the MXR Classic Overdrive originally as a Guitar Center black friday deal or something similar which is the same as the above pedals with a different paint job (they come in cream or green).

    That's not to say versions might not exist without the switch but the ones I've opened have all had it.
     
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    lespaul339 Well-Known Member

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    The true Zakk Wylde tone with a 2203 is to push it with a boss sd-1. When I had my 2203 I could nail his tone with that pedal.
     
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    thunderstruck507 Well-Known Member

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    The Wylde overdrive is a clone of the SD1. There is a video on youtube of a guy comparing the EQ curve of all 3 pedals and they are virtually identical within the spectrum of human hearing.
     
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    Delete!! Well-Known Member

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    I used to have the first incarnation of this pedal, and while it was perfectly fine I still think the stock $50 Boss SD-1 is hard to beat if you’re just pushing an amp.
     
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    Lance Chambers Well-Known Member

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    The original MXR "Wylde Overdrive" doesn't have the internal dip switch.
     
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    Solid State Well-Known Member

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    I have the SD-1 and the Wylde OD and while they're not miles apart as far as sound goes, the Wylde OD is definitely a different pedal than the SD-1. The Wylde OD is more balanced and doesn't murk up the mids at higher gain settings. It adds a lot of clarity to the sound above and beyond what an SD-1 is capable of
     
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    I've used several overdrive pedals and the od1 was great into my jcm800. Also though a big part of zaks sound is I believe a chorus pedal as well as the the overdrive.
     
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