Best pedal that straddles the line between OD and distortion?

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    Love the BB.
     
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    At an undisclosed secret location in Fort Worth. Passed into my possession a holy grail of overdrives. A Maxon OD808. I sold my original 1979 Tube Screamer TS808 in 2006 while under self created financial disaster (fool!) and now, post cancer and undertaking a new attempt to pursue my guitar dreams with a new life ... the original that spawned the famous Tube Screamer has come to join me in my quest. How lucky can a man get ?

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    I don't know. Most of the time I use a Blues Driver of an MXR Classic Overdrive. The Rat not so much.
    A lot of it depends on the guitar and amp I have to use.
    What ever works for you is the best pedal.
     
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    I used my friend's Caveman on the weekend, for low gain and occasional boost. I'm gonna struggle giving it back to him! It was massive!!
     
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    Prince of Tone. Mine worked great, until it mysteriously died. They seem to be quite reliable and loved, though, so I musta just had a lemon.
     
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    That pedal is actually a re-branded Aroma/Tomsline ABS-1, and is readily available from several sellers on Ebay. It's $22 with free shipping, direct from China. I've bought a couple of them. s-l1600.jpg
     
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    Thank you very much, let the search begin.
     
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    TC Electronics Dark Matter - heavily underrated, very versatile pedal.
    This was my main OD-pedal until I found - a Fulltone OCD. And that for a bargain price.
     
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    OCD, BOSS OD3, DS1. OD2 is overdrive/distortion . the SD2 repotedly has a crunch channel
     
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    Hay wulfenganck

    I was coming in to say the same thing on the Dark Matter and you beat me to it. I'm presently using it for higher gain or distortion but it handles lower gain very well also. Presently using a older model Route 66 for my mid range OD and a Joyo Ultimate Drive for my low gain drive.

    The Dark matter just pretty much fulfills my idea of a perfect distortion pedal. I get what I want.Platefire
     
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    I would never try to use some OD pedals like a TS or SD-1 to try to get actual distortion tones. By extension of that, I'd never try to use a stock DS-1 for OD sounds.

    IMO, in all honesty, if there's a real need for both proper OD and distorted tones, unless there was a real problem with trying to get a pedal that excels each a slot on the pedalboard, I'd certainly just go with two dedicated pedals on the board for that.

    ...With both my longboard and shortboards, that's the exact solution I've arrived at - different "proper" OD pedals for the OD, and a Rat on each of them for the actual distortion tones. Yes, a Rat will do OD as well, but IMO there's better choices for the OD stuff, and the Rat seems to just absolutely shine with its distortion knob set higher.
     
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    Have you ever tried a Ds-1 as an OD? I’m not being confrontational or disputatious. I have used it in the past (then bought a bd2 because I wanted both OD and distortion Doring the same set and didn’t want to have to fiddle. I nearly bought a second ds1 but saw that tony joe white used a bd2 so took the plunge.

    The bd2 can get a distortion sound as well. The tubescreamers sound lovely but fizz out. I know the ds1 is accused of fizzing out but you can fix that by adjusting the tone. The only other od and distortions I have are the amp sims like the guvnor and the amp sun you plug into a PA which to me are a different beast.




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    Thanks for posting that video. It turned me into a RAT head! My Boss pedalboard has a Rat option and I like it much more than the gain I was using.
     
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    XTS Imperial Overdrive!


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    I agree 100% on this one. It's only recently that I ended trying to get higher gain tones I like with combinations of overdrives. There's just something with true saturated high gain in the harmonics produced and in the shape of the waveform that overdrives cannot provide. It's not just something related to frequency shaping and the amount of clipping, which is what I used to think about this matter previously
     
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    I have. IMO, it's a no-go for two reasons:
    1. too much bass
    2. not enough mids
    It certainly can, but I never considered it to be a very usable distorted sound, honestly.
     
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    I've tried the Boss Blues Driver stock and modded, they just all sound buzzy and raspy to me, unless you have the gain VERY low, and there are plenty of other low gain pedals that sound better and are more versatile, IMO.
    Lot's of folks like the BD. I'm not in that camp.

    I like the older versions of the OCD the OCD v2 didn't sound as good to me, it's pretty versatile, good low med and high gain tones and works well with a boost in front of it. It's not perfect but what pedal is?
    Beween the OCD and a VS Garagetone Drivetrain, a Wamper mini EGO compressor and an Xotic Super Sweet boost I can get a pretty wide range of boost OD and distortion tones.

    But I'm sure I'll try something else out down the road
     
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