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Discussion in 'Pedal/Effects Owners Clubs' started by Agitator, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. Agitator

    Agitator Friend of Leo's

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    Unless I missed it, nobody's created one of these yet.

    I used to have a Barber LTD that I loved in a lot of ways, but wound up selling.

    Recently, though, when Barber came out with the Gain Changer, I was all over it. It's essentially four pedals in one: The LTD, LTD SR, LTD Silver (similar to the fat/flat setting on this pedal) and the UnLTD (the GC doesn't have the double drive of the actual UnLTD pedal, of course, but it gives you the same higher-gain sounds as that one).

    It was so nice, I had to pick up the Compact Direct Drive when that came out, and I'm pleased as punch with that one as well (Direct Drive, Direct Drive LG and Super Sport in one package).

    For $130 a pop, these are a great deal, IMO. I'm surprised that Barber doesn't get as much buzz as some of the pricier small-time builders because his products are every bit as good (if not more so).

    They sound great, they're well-made, and they're not too much money. What's not to like?
     
  2. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Friend of Leo's

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    Love my Barber Direct Drive (had it about 3 years now), I use it to "Marshallize" my Fender amps. Also 'stacked' with a Tube Screamer, this pedal combo is capable of a great lead tone- big sound with plenty of added sustain w/o a whole lot of distorted garble (running both pedals at low Gain is the key!)

    I also had an LTD (regular EQ) and gave mine to a buddy (he uses it with a '66 Vibrolux Reverb and it sounds great!), as I owed him $$!

    sidebar: Dave B actually fixed my ailing '68 Deluxe Reverb many years ago, as another friend of mine (and friend of Dave's) thought Dave could fix it where others had failed...So my buddy took my amp to Dave's shop in PA and months later, I met Dave and picked up the amp. Very nice guy; passionate about sound!
     

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  3. Del Pickup

    Del Pickup Poster Extraordinaire

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    I'll sign up to this club.

    I've had a Tone Press for several years and it's a fantastic pedal. It's the only compressor I've had that doesn't sound like a compressor but does its job so well.
     
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  5. Agitator

    Agitator Friend of Leo's

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    If I weren't so happy with my Boss CS-2, I'd be on the Tone Press train for sure.
     
  6. SockPuppetMasta

    SockPuppetMasta Tele-Meister

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    I have a 1/2 Gainer which I think is the best drive pedal I own/use.
     
  7. Slickster

    Slickster Tele-Holic

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    I still use an LTD ... the older version. Great pedal for adding a little dirt.

    I've starting using wampler stuff, but that LTD still holds it's won for that low gain stuff
     
  8. Lead II Fool

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    Barber LTD here too. Gives the PRRI that little extra grit when I need it!
     
  9. Agitator

    Agitator Friend of Leo's

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    Lead II, all right! I've got one of those around here somewhere.
     
  10. Wyzsard

    Wyzsard Friend of Leo's

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    Barb E.Q. and Tone Press user here. Love Barber stuff.
     
  11. DavidP

    DavidP Tele-Afflicted

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    Another Happy Tone Press Owner here...

    I've gone through a few compressor pedals and the keepers are this one and the 2-knob Keeley, but IMHO the TP has the edge with the blend!
     
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  12. Wyzsard

    Wyzsard Friend of Leo's

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    The blend is the deal with the TP.

    Got mine set where you wouldn't know it's on except for the sustain it adds.
     
  13. soundchaser59

    soundchaser59 Tele-Holic

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    Absolutely love my Small Fry. First stock OD pedal I've really bonded with. Can't beat the price-to-quality combination. CmatMods is the only thing that comes close imo. Allums modded Boss maybe, but if you buy Barber then you don't need mods!
     
  14. mcknigs

    mcknigs Tele-Meister

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    My first boutique pedal was a Tone Pump 2, purchased around 2000 I think. It was not the original Tone Pump but still had 3 knobs (before he moved to 6). It had stick-on paper labels rather than silk screening. One of the labels fell off years ago.

    I've dabbled in a bunch of other OD's since then, but have recently come back to the TP2 and like it as much as I ever did, which is quite a lot.
     
  15. edipo

    edipo Tele-Meister

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    Happy LTD user here.
     
  16. jmclaren

    jmclaren Tele-Holic

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    My old Direct Drive is the only pedal I have that's never left my board. I've had it for eight years without a problem. Fantastic build quality and tone.
     
  17. dburns

    dburns Friend of Leo's

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    New owner of the Gain Changer, VERY happy with it.
     
  18. RomanS

    RomanS Poster Extraordinaire

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    Count me in!

    A 1/2 Gainer is the only OD on my "main" pedal-board (OK, there's also a Zoom PD01 - but I turn the gain down all the way and use it as a booster - the 1/2 Gainer reacts very favorably to being goosed by a booster...), and on my "mini"-board 8for taking to jam sessions, etc.) I've got a Barber LTD (V2).

    Also owned a Direct Drive for a while, but it was too Marshall-y and had too much gain for my playing style...
     
  19. DSharp

    DSharp Tele-Meister

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    Another happy LTD user here. Had it for ten years or so and it just keeps on keepin' on. Also have a Tone Press that I use off and on, depending on what the gig is. I think Barber has the highest quality/price ratio out there.
     
  20. schromart

    schromart TDPRI Member

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    I have a Tone Pump EQ that I have played for years. Every time I think of replacing it with the "Next Best OD Ever" I just can't. It has become a core part of my sound.
     
  21. nathanteal

    nathanteal Tele-Holic

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    I want in! Although...I don`t own any Barber pedals yet, but I have every intention of it as soon as I can start collecting pedals.

    My first run-in with Barber was with a used LTD at GC Rochester. It was going for $50 (chipped paint) and I had to jump, but it had already been sold online and not yet pulled from the shelf. I was so impressed though I sought out the only local dealer and made them order a Gain Changer. So they brought both that and the new Direct Drive and I got to play with both of them and holy cow! They are the epitome of awesome! Try them stacked, in all settings. They compliment each other perfectly. I wanted to trade a few pedals to get one, but the shop owner wouldn`t bite. But needless to say, I`m a huge Barber junkie. Hopefully I can get my hands on the GC and DD, as well as a Tone Press. Heard some great things about those too.
     
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