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Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by 63 vibroverb, Jun 6, 2019.
If anybody has one they're not using anymore, please let me know!
There are a few <=$100 on Reverb right now.
I'm only seeing the normal high gain ones. Send me a link if you see the low gain (LG) version.
The Compact Direct Drive does both!
That’s a good point, but it’s voiced a bit differently than the big standalone pedal. Also, I want to be able to use a battery.
Missed the LG. I didn't realize that was a specific model!
Are the low gain and higher gain pedals voiced differently? Can't the higher gain cover the low gain ground too? I never considered that pedal "high" gain really.
I see that the OP is looking for something else, but this looks right down my ally. Thanks!
How is it voiced differently?
You're welcome. Never tried the DD, but the Gain Changer is one of my favorites.
Yep, I considered recommending it in lieu of a low gain Direct Drive. Great low to medium gain pedal, and easier to come by than a low gain DD.
I had one years ago. It's a custom shop pedal, not tons of them out there. It did sound pretty killer. I cant remember exactly WHY I sold it, but remember liking a lot with teles.
The compact is voiced more hifi and scooped than the big box.
I have a Gain Changer and I love it. It does that "Fender BF amp cranked up" sound wonderfully. I'm looking for a Direct Drive to do the same for an old Marshall sound.
My Gain Changer and Hot Rod Deluxe are such a good match. Hmm...maybe I need to take a look at the Direct Drive.
If you can get a proper schematic from Dave, it should be possible to alter a regular DD to this specific recipe. IIRC, there were variations of the LTD that had differences in voicing and such.
If you can get the necessary info from Dave, I actually wouldn't mind being involved in the mods for you, assuming you need someone to do them. Feel free to PM me.
I have an original Clark Gainster, when Michael Clark became too busy with his amp builds he farmed out the Gainster to Barber. And for a short period of time the pedal was known as the Barber Clark Gainster. Eventually Michael was too busy to bother with the Gainster. Hence the GainChanger. Some have suggested the original Gainster was modeled/copied after a Menatone Red Snapper, not sure how true that is, but my Clark Gainster is in my opinion, the equal of my gold klon. It's a great low gain overdrive!
That's interesting, because I always assumed the Gain Changer was a quasi-combo of different Barber ODs, such as the Direct Drive, LTD, Small Fry, etc., which are way more fleshed-out circuit-wise than the Gainster.
The two are very similar, IMO, where it matters. They replace the TS/SD-1 type of tone circuit with what is basically the gain control in a Distortion + or DOD OD 250, and what is the voice control in the Zen Drive - it both affects tone and gain.
I don't mean to dismiss the novelty of pedals like the Red Snapper or Gainster, but IMO, Dave Barber's stuff almost represents what possibly almost constitutes a quantum leap forward, in comparison. By any decent metric, the Direct Drive is a much better realization of what the OCD might have ever been, IMO (Direct Drive looks like it was designed from the ground up, by someone who knows what they're doing, while the OCD IMO has always looked like someone was breadboarding the Voodoo Lab OD and came up with their own tacked-on additions). The tone circuit in the LTD isn't the same old regurgitation of what you see in anything TS-based, or even a lot of stuff that's OD pedal-based.
I appreciate it - I’ll see if Dave is open to giving me the schematic. I thought about buying a regular Direct Drive to let Dave mod (since he’s about 30 min away), but he mentioned having to replace the whole board and trimpots to make that happen. Thanks man