Barber pedals

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  1. Axegrinder77

    Axegrinder77 Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

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    I did a lot of trial and try some more over the past couple of years.

    All of my dirt needs seem to be met within my gain changer sr and direct drive v4.

    Seriously good tone and many options in those pedals. And they cut nicely, no fluff.

    Anyone else feeling the love for Barber pedals?
     
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    "no" said the recalcitrant Boss Pedal Fan boy .
     
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    I can't say that I was familiar with them before reading this thread, but they look pretty cool. I like how they intentionally try to keep the prices within reach of most of us. I also like how they are based in PA. With the two pedals that you have, what kind of sounds do you get out of them? I'm always looking to try new sounds out myself (even if I always wind up sounding like Live at Leeds.)
     
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    Tone Press might be the best compressor out there.
     
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    The gain changer is a great pedal--love it
     
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    naveed211 Friend of Leo's

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    Barber were my go-to drives for many years. I especially loved the LTD SR. Most recently I had a Barb EQ, simple as can be to use and added some unique flavor, really cool EQ pedal.

    They’re great pedals, voiced perfectly to my ears. Actually, I recall the LTD SR as the main drive into the clean channel of a lowly JCM 900 I borrowed from a friend ended up being one of the best live tones I’ve ever had.
     
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    richiek65 Friend of Leo's

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    I love the low gain side.. High gain side is decent, but that low gain side is worth the price of admission
     
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    I had the original LTD. Great little box. Can't remember what I did with it.
     
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    The Barber Super Sport is the finest overdrive I've ever used. I have no interest in trying any others.
     
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    The Gain Changer has been on my board since it first came out and is capable of almost any overdrive or distortion sound with several eq variations. I got the 1st LTD version that is real impressive too. Like Naveed211 said, they are perfectly voiced, and have the right mix of gravel and sand.... prices are right on, build quality is A#1... a great company.
     
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    Beautiful inside and out!
    My ( 'big box') Barber Direct Drive
    Good harmonic OD>distortion range, plus clean Boost with Drive OFF:
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    Whoa Tele Friend of Leo's

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    Love em'. Check out the Burn audit Compact as well when you get a chance.
     
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    Same here. Cut nicely without unnecessary options. Better form factor for me.
     
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    I bought an original Direct Drive in 2003 and a Gain Changer about a year ago. The build quality is tops. The Direct Drive has a thicker OD. The Gain Changer on low is good for grit and boost. I use them both. I am not looking for replacements.
     
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    I have had one of just about every pedal he makes. I currently have an original Direct Drive, LTD and a Compact Tone Press. He has a great ear for tone and makes great pedals. He also seems to be a pretty stand up guy.
     
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    The Barber LTD V2 is my all-time favorite OD pedal; I also have a 1/2 Gainer, and a Barb EQ; I had a Direct Drive, but didn't need that much gain, so I sold it again.
    Definitely my favorite pedal maker - super-solid builds, great tones, affordable prices, and Dave Barber seems to be a really decent fellow, too!
     
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    I have had a 1/2 Gainer for probably 10 years now. Great sounding pedal. I wish it had a little smaller foot print but I can't really complain since, with the 2 channel approach it really functions as 2 pedals.
     
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    Another 1/2 Gainer fan here, and it's my default Transparent Drive choice these days. Anything in the LTD lineage (1/2 Gainer, LTD, UnLTD, Gain Changer) is incredible, as with anything Burn Unit or Direct Drive related. The Tone Pump was the only one that didn't do it for me, but that's more to do with preference than quality.

    What especially impressive is the chord clarity that his pedals get, even at higher gain settings. I don't often look to play upper harmonic extensions with a dirty tone, but it's great to know that when I do it will sound musical, not automatically like a cluster-of-noise. The Burn Units (EQ and Small Fry) really clean up well and have a lovely balance between dynamic response and light compression.
     
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    Sadly, rare and expensive here in the UK. I've always wanted to try them.
     
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    My small Gain Changer fills a niche that no other does. I use it mainly as a low gain/clean boost type. But I discovered that with more gain, it's one of the easiest to sound good at very low volume gigs with.
    If I didnt have 2 other drives I really like I would try another Barber... but NO MORE PEDALS!
     
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