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Old March 18th, 2008, 12:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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thoughts on overdrive pedals transparent to amps

Hello y'all,

I was wondering what people are using as an overdrive pedal to get a true, transparent sound of their amp.

I'm currently using a barber ltd with champster amp 5f1 circuit. It sounds really good, but I'm always looking for better!

Will a booster pedal give me what I'm looking for? If so, which one?

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Old March 18th, 2008, 05:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My Fulltone GT500 is more transparent than the Fulltone FD2Mosfet I also have. Very versatile pedal
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Old March 18th, 2008, 05:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Old March 18th, 2008, 06:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I don't know about transparent. I just got a Barber LTD (the black one) and it makes my Champion 600 sounds much better than the amp alone ever could with my MiM Standard with CS Nocasters. All you have to do is play a few minutes with the LTD and then bypass it and turn up the amp volume to compare the amp's grit to the pedal's. No contest.

Maybe with some amps you don't quite want the true sound of the amp.
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Old March 18th, 2008, 06:39 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I've been thru a ton of ODs, and usually "transparent" means "no mid hump." Out of all the ODs I've used over the years, the 2 that I think are most transparent & still have are:

Barber LTD SR - HAS to be the SR version. The different versions of the LTD are quite different.

Blues Driver - Keeley Modified. I don't even like the stock Blues Driver, but Keeley's mod is fantastic.

As far as tone shaping, the LTD SR has a very active tone pot, as well as Bass & Presence trimpots inside. The Blues Driver has a "Phat" switch (a mild bass boost, which I leave ON ALL the time), and the standard tone knob.

Both are great, and both are a tad more transparent than the FD2 in FM mode, altho I think the FD2/FM Mode is a great almost-transparent OD as well.

Thye LTD SR, if I had to pick one, is the "most transparent/most flat-EQ" of the bunch.
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Old March 18th, 2008, 07:08 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Boss Blues Driver (stock) does it for me but you have to be very careful with the tone control.
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Old March 18th, 2008, 07:53 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I'm using a Fulltone OCD with my Mesa Roadster and find it really transparent.
I'm also using my Blues Driver as a clean boost. It was modded using the H2O mod kit from Monte Allums, and much more transparent than the stock version IMO.
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I bought the SD twin tube for the transparent factor. I love it.
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Old March 18th, 2008, 11:56 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Tonefactor Copperhead is my new go-to boost 'n' drive pedal. Love it, love it, love it then I love it some more.
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Absolutely the best I have ever heard.

I don't use this pedal as a solo boost however. I use it as a 3 stage device to get my amp a bit louder and crunchier, (not much), to create the sound I need without having to touch the amp. If I need a weaker, single coil sound, but don't want it to get lost in the mix, I just tap the right switch. For those wonderful #2 and #4 positions on a Strat to be heard amidst the noise and confusion, I tap the left swithch. And when rich, thick, creamy sustaining OD is the order of the day, I tap both switches and engage the TS9. It sings and cries and never sounds thin or buzzy. mmmmmmmmm, KoT

As a seperate OD pedal for use as a solo boost, I think it's horrid.
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