What's Your Favorite Overdrive Pedal And Why?

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  1. Vinsanitizer

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    I was just posting in another TZ thread about the Xotic SL Drive which I like a lot, and the OCD. Made me wonder what you guys like and why.
     
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    Ive got an OCD clone that I love, so much so that I will track down a real one eventually.

    I'm actually partial to the Way Huge Red Llama. Seems to work really well with my amps and really just gives them an added little push without colouring the guitars sound too much.
     
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    Digging the Friedman BE-OD. But now it has me wondering - if he can make a pedal sound this good, his amps must be pretty amazing! So now I'm back on the Dirty Shirley gas again... :run:

    I also like the Ibanez 808 and TS9 for the JCM and DSL. Just a tad of volume boost to help with a little bite. With my 1987, and at lower volumes, I like to stack the Blues Driver with the SD-1 (both with just a little volume). At lower volumes, it helps to thicken it up, but also give it some sharpness. I really need to learn the correct terminology. :facepalm:
     
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    Still my favorite "Yellow box" OD.

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    MonstersOfTheMidway Well-Known Member

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    My stock Boss SD-1 (maybe from the early 90's) is still my favorite overdrive pedal. Through most Marshalls, that pedal gives me a little extra dirt with a nice mix of pleasant frequencies that almost make it sound like another channel has been added to the amp. For me, it's a little harder to hear this with Marshall amps like the JCM 2000 DSL series, JCM 2000 TSL series, JVM2 series, and JVM4 series, but I can hear it best with Marshall amps like the JCM 800 series, JCM 900 series, Super Lead amps (both originals and reissues), and JTM amps (both originals and reissues). With amps like the JCM 2K DSL series, JCM 2K TSL, JVM2/4 series, the preamps are pretty jacked up that it doesn't seem to do much except on the clean channels and on some channels/modes where the tone is vintage-reminiscent in character.

    The SD-1 with other amps not made by Marshall, I can get a nice, "in the ballpark" Marshall tone with the SD-1. Regardless of solid state of tube design, it's nice to bring along an SD-1 and know that if I don't like the tone of an amp I'm asked to play through, I can then add an SD-1 and probably get a nice, Marshall-esque tone and be mostly happy with that aspect. I had an old solid state Fender Pro 185 2X12 combo that sounded kinda flat on the crunch/distorted channels, but with an SD-1 the tone was more pleasant and reminded me of the Marshall sound I have burned in my mind. Not dead on exact, but close enough that I could work with it and enjoy the time. I've also my SD-1 with various Fender Twin amps, Egnator, Crate, Buddha, Line 6, Randall, Mesa-Boogie, etc., and it's still gets me real close to a nice Marshall-type crunch sound.

    I don't use my SD-1 much anymore because I 100% rely on my stock Marshall JVM410H for all my dirt/overdrive/distortion needs, but because I know what my SD-1 can do, I've chose to keep it and hopefully never find a need to sell it.
     
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    My favorite has to be my Boss Blues Driver, because that is the only overdrive pedal I have. I get all my dirty sound from the amps I use, the Blues Driver knocks those sounds over that edge. I have distortion pedals but really do not use them at all.
     
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    anitoli Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Modern high gain amplifiers made those pedals obsolete 30 years ago..............................

    JMHO.
     
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    HeHasTheJazzHands Well-Known Member

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    Yet a lot of us modern metal guys still boost our amps with Tubescreamers.

    Go figure. :lol:

    I liked the Digitech Bad Monkey. Damn good OD pedal for boosting with the separate bass and treble controls.

    Gonna try the SD-1 sometime next week when I get a hold of one. Seems like it'll be better for my needs.
     
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    royslead Well-Known Member

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    I've heard that in doing so, it helps tighten up the lower end, especially on rectifier series amps.
     
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    BowerR64 Well-Known Member

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    Some day i will own one.



    And some day ill never be this good. :(
     
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    dptone5 Well-Known Member

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    Great thread!!
     
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    Wow that's nice !
     
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    HeHasTheJazzHands Well-Known Member

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    It does. Check out this vidya.



    It's why I wanna check out the SD-1. Supposed to be somewhat like the TS9, but with more focus on the high mids and treble rather than the mid-midrange.
     
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    chiliphil1 Well-Known Member

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    SD-1 Waza craft.. Why?? Cause it's an SD-1 with a switch which adds all of the major mods. So, stock or modded.. Both in the same box.. Stock form is straight 80's hair metal while the modified side of it gets into modern Metal, all through a 2203.
     
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    Marshall Stack Well-Known Member

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    +1 on this. I have the Keely modded pedal but I'm sure they are close. I also like the Soul Food pedal.
     
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    I wish I still had my old TS and SD1 from when I was a kid. That was the last time I used one, have been chord to amp since until I picked up a TC mojomojo a while back. It's decent but man, I want to take all these for a spin.
     
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    The SD-1 had never crossed my mind, but lately like the TS-9 I am hearing of a lot of Metal players that use them. Might be time to check them out
     
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    your opinion is recognized and noted, albeit only partially correct.
    There are those of us that don't use modern high gain amps.....
    That said....
    BRING FORTH THE BOOOOST!
     
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    Any tubescreamer type pedal with my own mods. Sparkle Drive for sure.
    SD-1 MIJ stock = great! SD-1 with hottubes mods = even better.
    East River drive, for the money... no brainer.
    Hardwire CM-2, best stock TS pedal I've tried.
    BB preamp owns.
     
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    For the 16000th time, Vin! :cool: j/k, but seriously....

    After trying all the popular ones and modding several of them with disappointing results, these are my 2 keepers.

    There is an internal switch on this one that switches from an original M-66 to a ZW by taking one resister out of the circuit, I simply added an external switch...I prefer the M-66 mode..
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    ..and my BB.
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    I no longer GAS for ODs.

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