Opinions needed! Good, but cheap OD pedal?

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  1. Adrian R

    Adrian R Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Hi, looking for a low cost, decent OD pedal for a backup....

    MUST have true bypass...meaning you have noted that it actually does...

    Many mfgs. say they do, but they don't, and do color or attenuate your sound when disengaged...

    Please advise...
     
  2. pedecamp

    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    My fav OD so far is a Bad Monkey. Try one it sounds big.
     
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    DirtySteve Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    That's what I was going to recommend, but the BM isn't true bypass.
     
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    bvoris Well-Known Member

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    MXR ZW-44 is pretty decent usually $50 - $60 used

    Joyo Vintage/Ultimate (new) are decent too $40 I just bought a vintage and if your looking for a Tubescreamer TS-9 its pretty close.
     
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    diesect20022000 In Memorandum VIP Member

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    yeah the BM is awesome but it's not TB and it does subtract a bit of lows (very low amount) when dissegauged.

    i don't know about true bypass but i also like the Ibanez JD9 Jet Drive (even has a mid contour knob:) It's going to be my next OD/booster.
     
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    Maklaca Well-Known Member

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    If you have found a pedal you like, but it is not true bypass, there are people who do mods to make them true bypass, or you can even do it yourself.

    Just another option.
     
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    Lespaulnmarshall Well-Known Member

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    For a ts808 style od try a lovepedal kalamazoo.For a transparent od try a barber ltd.
     
  8. cruisemates

    cruisemates Active Member

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    I picked up a Moen Rusher (made in China) and I am astounded at how good it sounds. You must have a power supply )does not batteries) and it works best on a basically clean soubd. But it has tons of sustain and a nice fat tone.
     
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    HeHasTheJazzHands Well-Known Member

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    +1 on the Joyo pedals. :D
     
  10. Beezerk

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    Been messing around with a Boss OD-3 recently, nice pedal.
     
  11. jwebb1970

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    Or check your local Guitar Center. MXR did a special run of the "Classic Overdrive" (Model can be either the the CL-1 or M66). Produced for GC for an anniversary sale a while back. While currently sold out online, they can still be found in many GC stores.

    It is a Taiwan-assembled pedal that uses the same materials as all US built MXRs. May come in off-white w/ green script or reversed - green w/ off white script.

    The pedal is the same circuit as both the ZW44 & the GT-OD (MXR's Custom Shop Tube Screamer clone). As with the above pedals, the M66 has an internal switch that allows the user - or in the case of MXR, the factory - to determine which pedal it is going to be before slapping the guts in the traditional MXR casing. Throw the switch one way, it is the ZW44, the other way...the GT-OD.

    The ability to flip said switch does involve disassembling the pedal, but there are several examples online (incl. members of this very forum) of folks that have modded the Classic OD to have the switch on the OUTSIDE, allowing instant choice btwn pedal types.

    The best part? You shoud be able to score a new Classic OD in the ballbark of under $50. Not too shabby considering that it is in fact TWO MXR overdrives that each retail for around $100 new. You may also want to check EBAY - I have seen a few used ones there as well. I picked one up for myself last December during my local GC's post-XMAS sale. Paid less than $30 for a new off white one.
     
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    GC in Sugar Land / Houston didn't have one so I got one on ebay for $49.99 :eek:
    Don't tell my wife though she is already on me for having so many overdrive pedals...
     
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    Georgiatec Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Looking for something I don't remember what.
    I got one of these awhile ago really good and great value (£55 in UK). True bypass plus you can change the chip for different tones. :)

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxgamjZnZvQ]Akai Pro Drive3 Overdrive Pedal: Overview - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    cheap/good overdrive,....first thing that comes to mind is Boss SD-1. $50 I've tried pretty much everything out there, and I keep comming back to the sd-1.
     
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    HOT TUBES 70 Well-Known Member

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    In my opinion the Boss SD1 is still one of the best Overdrives for the money !
    This one pictured below has had some work done inside and out , and even if you factor in the upgrades , its still alot of tone for the cash !



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    My favorite is my Tone Bone Classic but they're $200 new but I just saw a used one in the case at Sam Ash Orlando for $99.. Pissed me off cuz I paid double.. The thing I like the most is I can set it so if I play light it's almost clean with a little dirt then dig in and get a real nice bite.. It has great post OD tone control too.. but I run a Boss DS1 too set much higher..

    Heres a Hot British...

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/RADIAL-TONE...996?pt=Guitar_Accessories&hash=item4ab89a9794
     
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    SD-1.

    If the true bypass thing bothers you that much than you can simply make a line/loop selector to bypass the pedal. I've never had any pedal bother me whether it's true bypass or not. I can't hear a difference and I don't think the kid at the back of the bar can either.

    I can show you how to make a line selector pretty easy too.
     
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    No such thing as too many overdrive options.

    I was in my local GC last night - they still have the off white ones her in central CA for $39.99. But an extra $10 is not a huge premium to pay & have it sent right to ya. Enjoy!
     

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