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Overdrive: the most discussed pedal ever?

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by Marcelo R, May 17, 2017.

  1. Marcelo R

    Marcelo R Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 3, 2014
    Just saying: it seems that overdrive pedals of any kind are the subject of the most passionate discussions in the forum.

    As far as I saw, this doesn't happens with other pedals - chorus, delay, or any other else.

    And yes, I've posted some threads about overdrivers by myself.

    So, what do you think? Why is this happening? What is so fascinating about overdrive pedals?

    Best regards.

  2. fendrguitplayr

    fendrguitplayr Poster Extraordinaire

    Oct 11, 2006
    Greater Boston
    My guess would be it's the first pedal that many buy when starting out?
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  3. radiocaster

    radiocaster Friend of Leo's

    Aug 18, 2015
    Just on here, on other forums
    people talk about fuzzes.
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  4. picknfool

    picknfool Tele-Meister

    Jun 4, 2003
    Oakland, Ca.
    Lots of different flavors...
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  5. lefty73

    lefty73 Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 19, 2011
    It's one of the few effects that have near-universal appeal, and can be used in nearly every genre.

    Compressors, delays, reverbs and modulations have their fan bases, yet overdrive is the umbrella effect. It goes over everything and everyone.
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  6. Middleman

    Middleman Friend of Leo's

    Aug 29, 2007
    MV, CA
    There are some that fold when you kick them in meaning there's a frequency dip.
    There are some that push when you kick them in meaning there's a frequency peak.
    There are some with smooth grain.
    There are some with coarse grain.
    There are some that fizz.
    There are some that bite.
    Some make you sound better
    Some make you sound worse.
    Some embellish your terrible skill level
    Some detract from your incredible skill level
    Few are really good
    Many are really bad.

    It's like going to the never know what is going to be experienced.

  7. Phrygian77

    Phrygian77 Tele-Holic

    Apr 30, 2016
    Crawfordville, FL
    Infinite variations in harmonics and tone shaping, and add to that the user, guitar, pickups, amp, speakers, room, etc.
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  8. waparker4

    waparker4 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Nov 9, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA
    I'd say it's still the most beloved effect in rock guitar history, by the fans, if not by the players. I.E. the sound of an overdriving amp, the riffs that make up the backbone of the most popular late 60's - 90's rock.

  9. beyer160

    beyer160 Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 11, 2010
    On Location
    I like dirtboxes as much as the next guy, but I honestly believe that if every dirt pedal on the planet disappeared tomorrow except Rats, Big Muffs and TS9s, we'd all be fine.

    What fun would that be, though?

  10. King Creole

    King Creole Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Jan 24, 2011
    On this forum, a lot of people use clean amps and get drive from a pedal, which means the overdrive pedal becomes a part of their basic sound, not something they kick in now and then for a special effect like wah or tremolo or chorus. I'm a lot pickier about getting the right basic sound than I am about what warble effect to use once or twice a set.
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  11. waparker4

    waparker4 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Nov 9, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA

    I do both.

    I've spent hundreds of dollars on various analog and digital choruses, phasers and "harmonic" tremolos, to get a faux Leslie sound, and in retrospect, they probably all sound basically the same in the context of the music.
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  12. WireLine

    WireLine Tele-Holic

    Mar 23, 2003
    Midland TX
    So many flavors, most of which are basically variations on one of 3 main themes...differences that 90 out of 100 times disappear whenever more than one instrument is played at the same time.
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  13. AngelDeville

    AngelDeville Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 27, 2007
    I'm happy with my Soul Food and Joyo Ultimate.
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  14. SURF

    SURF Tele-Holic

    Jan 23, 2010
    IMO overdrive triggers brain recalibration for hearing. It's a moving target. But we love distortions. So it will never end.
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  15. Staypuft1652

    Staypuft1652 Tele-Meister

    Mar 7, 2017
    ND, USA
    Like the 80's B sci-fi flick Maximum Overdrive it just sounds cool.
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  16. LowCaster

    LowCaster Tele-Meister

    Jan 24, 2011
    Paris, France
    Each has its own definition of the overdrive ranging from boost to distortion.
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  17. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 21, 2012
    +1 Yup, most are used on a clean amp and determine the basic sound, hence the opportunity for different basic sounds out of one amp. This gives the musician a chance to have different pedals for different basic sounds. Whereas, one delay, one chorus, one wah, one trem, but many OD/dirt pedals on the same board. So do the math. There should be about 3 times as many threads about dirt/OD than any other effect pedal.
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  18. chemobrain

    chemobrain Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 5, 2016
    oakland ca.
    I bought a rat when they first came out I liked my friend liked it.
    I have heard rumors that the new rats are not as good, the circuit has been changed and different components are being used?
    Is this ?true
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  19. Ryan Aditantra

    Ryan Aditantra TDPRI Member

    May 15, 2017
    Not mentioning my home country, try to search "Arjuna Overdrive" by fmpedals. Great range and versatile overdrive pedal, handbuilt in Indonesia. For one who like rock up to heavy metal, they also have "Barong". I ever witnessed Rocker use Barong on telecaster, but playing metal sounds so deep (as I usually hear it from humbucker)

  20. chiefline

    chiefline Tele-Holic

    Mar 18, 2014
    new jersey
    Because most people can't turn their amp to 11 so we can't get tube overdrive hence the overdrive market
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