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What ODs Are You Guys Using in Front of Your Marshalls

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    tallcoolone Well-Known Member

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    Love Gilmourish.com, great resource! Makes sense that a player who experimented with delay and atmospheric effects as much as DG would tinker like that but I am kind of shocked that a Rat before the preamp would sound very pleasing?

    I agree with you on the ton of gain thing tho. I see both Angus and Yngwie as pretty low gain players. I’m kinda curious about the DOD 250 now tho—I thought the reissued that?
     
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    Hey, more than one way to skin a cat...never got along with strong pickups myself, don’t like the high end loss. I prefer low output pickups, lower amp gain and a low/no gain boost in front with those amps.

    In the end there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong‘...right lol?
     
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    yeah man totally. Good tone is on the eye of the beholder for sure. For me high output pickup with the 800 its just makes me play with less effort ( i mean in strumming etc) also I like the more "loose" and muddy sound of my 800 without an overdrive to tighten it up
     
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    That makes complete sense!
     
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    Well, the RAT isn't my favorite pedal either, but it has its uses. And Nuno has been using one in front of a DSL100 for the last 2 decades or so, so it definitely can be made to sound good as a boost (if you have Nuno's insane playing skills, that is).
    As a standalone distortion...it's a tone. Again, not particularly my thing, as always it's a matter of context. And also, Gilmour likes super textured tones from time to time. See the intro to Sorrow for an example of that, you can get those tones from either a low gain Big Muff (which the Cornish G-2 is) or a RAT all day long. So...yeah, kinda makes sense.



    As for the DOD250, seems like it's been reissued a couple of times, though as far as I can find it's not currently in production. Though the Fender YJM pedal is supposed to be very close to the original run that YJM himself uses, though I have no experience with the Fender one. Or, if you're handy with a soldering iron, it's a dead easy circuit to build, pretty low parts counts (and if needed, lots of vendors offer PCBs for that circuit and the MXR D+ -basically the same circuit with just a couple changes).
    In case you want to give it a go (or just want to learn more about this particular circuit), this will be of much interest:
    http://effectslayouts.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-drivestortion-project.html

    As soon as my partscaster is complete (at most a couple of months from now) I'll definitely give the OD250 another go...but again, basically any overdrive, fuzz or distortion pedal (apart from the gainier ones) can be made into a good boost into a Plexi circuit, in my experience. Some are better at it than others, and all of them bring different things to the table, but from the dozens of ones I've tried (again, a perk of building your own pedals), pretty much none has struck me as being 100% rubbish, totally unusable, flat-out bad sounding no mater how I set it.
     
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    In front of my jmp 2204, none. Don’t need it because it gives me all I want. I do however use a volume pedal that has a adjustable 15 db boost on the top end.
     
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    Something a lot of people don’t even think about is some of the new all in one pedals have some pretty awesome stuff in them. My HX Effects has some great stuff for clean boost, OD, distortion and fuzz. Once you learn which ones you like they can be kept as favorites to pull up anytime you want. Plus if you get sick of them you have a ton to choose from. They are every bit as good as any single pedal and can be tweaked to taste. You can even have 6 set up at a time.
     
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