Cheap overdrive pedal that isn't totally crap?

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  1. Ken Ops

    Ken Ops Member

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    I got plenty of gain with the 210, no problem there. But sometimes these days it's convenient to just play through headphones, and I might want some sweet-sounding OD for that.

    I've seen some positive words about the Caline Orange Burst (BB preamp pedal clone), and the Mooer Blues Mood (Blues Driver clone, of course).

    No need for this to be the best OD ever. Which is why I named a couple of Chinese clones above. Smooth and sweet low or low-to-mid gain drive is the general idea. Is that even possible on the cheap?
     
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    SkyMonkey Well-Known Member

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    Behringer make loads of really cheap Boss and Ibanez clones.
    They are plastic, but if it's just for at-home noodling they should tough enough.



     
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    Of course lots and lots on the market these days. I do have some Mooer pedals which are good.
    I will recommend checking out Tone City pedals. I do own their Model M which is astounding on it's high gain channel. For the O/D that you are looking for check out their Sweet Cream Overdrive.
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    TXOldRedRocker Well-Blown Member* Gold Supporting Member

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    JHS Series 3 Overdrive. $99.
     
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    jeffb Well-Known Member

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    Hard to beat a SD1 or DS1 brand new for 50 bucks. More robust than any of the dinky MIC pedals, or the Behringer stuff, and they still sound good. 40+ years later.
     
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    MonstersOfTheMidway Well-Known Member

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    SD-1 or DS-1. SD-1 sounds great for crunchy rhythm but also throaty, gritty lead tone; DS-1 has a bit more aggressive character but with enough range to back-off the "drive" control and still sound great.

    If I had the need, I'd first try and SD-1 for rhythm, and then the DS-1 for lead. There are other great, low-cost pedals out there, but I'd give these two a try first since you can probably find them plenty of them used for $50 or less.
     
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    As stated, SD1. Done
     
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    Wildeman Well-Known Member

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    The Danelectro Texas Trouble i just got is killer, hits way above its $35.00 price tag.
     
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    tc electronics spark boost
     
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    Did you ever try plugging your headphones directly into a pedal, it can be done. Grab one of those little DigiTech multi effects pedals and you can set yourself up a jcm800 clean, crunchy, and lead tone that's foot switchable, plug the guitar into the other end headphones into the other and you're good to go for like nothing. Used Digitech RP55 or RP90 off of guitar center for less than $40.
     
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    Best cheap original: SD1
    nice dod250 copy: Mosky D250
    best cheap clean boost clone: Mooer Pure boost
     
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    Tone city . I like the dry martini. Although the golden plexi sounds very good. Also the TC Mojo mojo . It doesn't seem to work with all amps buts it's a favourite of Paul Gilbert so there's that
     
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    Boss SD-1, or Mooer Pureboost.
     
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    Ray Baker Active Member Platinum Supporting Member

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    I have to agree with pedecamp on this.
     
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    Plus you got all the effects and alot of them have loopers. :yesway:
     
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    Caline Puresky is based on The Timmy and has bass and treble controls, Joyo Ultimate overdrive based on OCD drive, The Caline Headroom Vintage distortion based on Rat pedals. All in metal enclosures. Pretty good clones.
     
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    EHX Soul Food isn't a bad sounding overdrive and is cheap new and pocket change used.
     
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    Yep, those cheapo multi pedals are excellent for this.
     
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    Buy a Joyo JF-16 British Sound (the same pedal is also sold on Thomann's website as the British True Tone). It is ridiculously cheap but absolutely amazing. A Marshall in a girly pink box. The Thomann version is so cheap that if you don't like it you could use it as a paperweight!

    I've got a Soul Food too, but for me it's a bit of a one trick pony.
     
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    Boss Sd-1. No brainer.
     

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