Always on pedal?

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  1. Hendrixlvr

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    Just curious. Anyone ever experiment with an 'always on' drive pedal, and using the guitar volume to clean up? I would think this would be a pretty good way of getting 'THAT' tone without having to crank the amp...

    And if so, what's your favorite drive pedal to use? I've always used tube screamers, but I'm hearing alot of good things about the Wampler Tumnus...
     
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    Believe it or not, my always on pedals are a Zoom G1 at the lowest compressor setting, and a BBE Boosta Grande. I need to find another used BG in case mine quits ... I honestly think it's the best pedal I've ever found.

    I'm sure there are other great boost pedals out there; I just have loved this one from first try.
     
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    I use a Bogner Ecstacy Blue as a preamp when I run straight to front of house (no amp). It has all the amenities of the crunch channel of an amp—and it cleans up really well.
     
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    My MIDI control pedal... . I don't leave anything on all the time, but on different setups I relied heavily on a mid gain setting on the Catalinbread DLS. I went back and forth between that and my amp's dirty channel, until I upgraded my amp. Now I just use a TS style pedal as a boost when I need it, and as a coloring agent for SRV kinds of things. Otherwise, just preamp gain.

    The DLS has a really wide range of sounds, even though it has a "wall of speakers" reputation. It gets an absolutely wonderful bluesy sound, which was my favorite.
     
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    Always on? It's still clean, mostly... Breaks up if I whack it, cleans up if I back off. I don't like screwing with a knob if I don't have to. I'd rather drive or clean up with right hand dynamics.

    My latest fave is the Fulltone Fat Boost.
     
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    I use a Sansamp Character pedal as the preamp (into the FX return) on my H&K. The "only always" on I use on my Epi VJ are a compressor and a reverb.
     
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    Love my Fatboost. It's my lead boost after all my drives.

    When I was playing singles, I had an always boost at the beginning of the chain. With Humbuckers, I don't see the need.

    With that said, I seldom ever play clean, and I use a Jetter Jet Drive for low gain and/or stacking, a Barber Direct Drive Compact for crunchy Marshall-y drive, and a Fulltone OCD for higher gain stuff.

    Edit: all of these clean up well with the volume knob.
     
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    I'm using an OKKO Diablo overdrive in "always on" mode to get a crunchy tone, cleaning it with the volume knob when needed.
     
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    The ones I leave always on:

    BBE Sonic Stomp - it's a sonic maximizer in guitar pedal form. No matter what you are doing it makes your guitar sound better. Cheap, too.

    The overdrive I leave always on is actually a boost- it's an EHX Lumberjack. I don't crank it, either- mostly it's just a boost. The way it overdrives is kinda unique in that I hear most (80%?) of my clean signal and then you get the overdriven signal kinda hovering on top.
     
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    I sold Durham Sex Drive pedals (at my last day job) when they were a new item, 10ish years ago.
    Many of the buyers told me they leave it on all the time.
    It's intended to be used as a solo boost, with light compression options.
    I had it's "brother", the Mucho Boosto.
    I'd leave it on all the time when I played classic rock.
    It's a great overdrive that lets the sound/personality of your guitar shine through.
    Some (many) overdrive pedals make all guitars sound alike, IMO.
     
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    +1
    I paid $7 for mine. YMMV ;)
     
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    for me, BBE Sonic Stomp and a Boss Digital delay are on all the time. The others, salt to taste.
     
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    If my amp is on, the Mythical Overdrive is on. Cleans up fantastic.
    Strat/Tele through Vox and Fender amps.
     
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    I'd think this would be on the pedal forum, but for me it's the Blackstone Appliances MOSFET Overdrive. It's designed to clean up from the volume control of your guitar.
     
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    EHX Holy Stain is always on for a little reverb, or more if I'm playing surf, and also for low to mid dirt when needed, as well as the occasional tremolo. Everything I need in one pedal and it all sounds pretty good.
     
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    I don't have an overdrive/distortion pedal but I use the overdrive channel of my amp about 90% of the time unless our band plays more jazzy material. I keep the OD level on the amp set so that when I turn down my guitar's volume it cleans up the tone nicely and when the volume control is turned up it gets dirtier when needed. I think players should really learn to use their guitar's volume and tone controls for their intended purpose.

    I am a chronic volume control fiddler and usually have my amp set loud enough when needed but by using my guitar's volume control I have a variety of volume and tone options to choose from. I rarely play with the volume wide open on my guitar except when needed for a solo.
     
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