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Old November 30th, 2009, 02:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Best overdrive or distortion pedal for tube amp?

What is a good overdrive or distortion pedal to use with a tube amp? I play a SX tele clone with Keystone pickups with a Vox AC4TV. I like to play blues, classic rock, alt-country and early heavy metal kind of stuff.

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Old November 30th, 2009, 08:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would get a Digitech Bad Monkey. The seperate bass and treble knobs are useful in shaping the tone on a smaller amp. It's a great affordable pedal.
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Old November 30th, 2009, 09:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I would get a Digitech Bad Monkey. The seperate bass and treble knobs are useful in shaping the tone on a smaller amp. It's a great affordable pedal.
The Bad Monkey has a great rep and is true bargain. Allegedly, it sucks tone, even when not switched, so the recommendation is to run it through a separate loop.
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What is a good overdrive or distortion pedal to use with a tube amp? I play a SX tele clone with Keystone pickups with a Vox AC4TV. I like to play blues, classic rock, alt-country and early heavy metal kind of stuff.
With your setup, I don't think you need an OD pedal at all. Turn it up, bro. The Vox AC4, like it's older brother, the AC15, saturates very nicely (and naturally) with little prompting.

If you REALLY need a distortion pedal, try a Proco You Dirty RAT or MI Audio Crunch Box.
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What is a good overdrive or distortion pedal to use with a tube amp? I play a SX tele clone with Keystone pickups with a Vox AC4TV. I like to play blues, classic rock, alt-country and early heavy metal kind of stuff.
Best? There is no best. There's lots of different, though.

Probably the first thing to do is to set a budget, then stick to it.

Next thing is to spend some time looking at GearMannDude's and ProGuitarShop's videos on YouTube and elsewhere - they review many distortion devices.

Everybody will list their favorites for you, but that tells you exactly nothing. Or, more precisely, that tells you what **they** like, not what **you'll** like.
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Old November 30th, 2009, 10:17 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Best? There is no best. There's lots of different, though.

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Everybody will list their favorites for you, but that tells you exactly nothing. Or, more precisely, that tells you what **they** like, not what **you'll** like.
Yeah I know. If I wanted my opinion, I would go to GC and try some out, I'm interested in YOUR opinions.
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Old November 30th, 2009, 10:54 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I like my Ibanez Tube Screamer through a Blues Jr.
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Old November 30th, 2009, 12:00 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I've never really digged the sound of a tubescreamer through a vox (too much mids)

a boss blues driver could work.. or depending on what sound you want some kind of treble booster for that classic vox roarrr
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Old November 30th, 2009, 12:28 PM   #9 (permalink)
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bad moneky?
i had one.
got rid of it quick.

ended up with a Barber Direct Drive, after trying many pedals (keely ds1 mod, ocd, fulltone fulldrive2, crunch box, radial tone bone, etc....)


best is strictly subjective tho.

eric johnson uses an ancient fuzz face. go figure.
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Keeley Modded TS8. Worth the dimes.
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Old November 30th, 2009, 12:47 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Old November 30th, 2009, 01:14 PM   #12 (permalink)
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with a small amp like that i'd try a boost pedal to overdrive the amp itself. a z-vex super hard on, keeley katana or the like. maybe even a Timmy or the danelectro version of the timmy.
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The Keeley Fuzz Head does a nice job of O.D. and fuzz. The Keeley Time Machine does great O.D.
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I have the modded (not baked). I would grab it in a house fire.
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IMHO, the best overdrive pedal out there is the Fulltone Fulldrive II MOSFET. I like that it has so many possibilities such as tube screamer clone, a flattened mid range overdrive, and a clean booster to start with. There is much you can do with this pedal.
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With your setup, I don't think you need an OD pedal at all. Turn it up, bro. The Vox AC4, like it's older brother, the AC15, saturates very nicely (and naturally) with little prompting.
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But a keeley mod TS9 or BD2 will nudge the amp over the edge; just remember with an amp that easy to OD, don't use much gain....just a smidgen.

IMHO, of course.
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I like my Ibanez Tube Screamer through a Blues Jr.
Ditto.

I LOVE my TS10. So warm and fuzzy.

Have a TS7 for the extra kick, but for the music we've been playing lately, I've gone with the in-your-face Marshall GV2.
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