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Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by udoering, Jun 19, 2016.
Gorgeous, toneful boost.
...it's funny mine gives almost that same tone, but with a bit more gain very 3D quality tone!!!
I think they all can get you there. Just depends what your ears prefer. I happen to use the EHX Soul Food, (inexpensive Klon clone), to get the job done and can recommend it as others already have.
I might suggest the Visual Sound Route 66 pedal. It contains both a booster based on the Tube Screamer circuit and a very nice compressor based on Ross/Dynacomp circuit.
The boost can be set very clean or you can add some "hair" to it.
What sets it apart is the bass boost on the TS side and a tone control on the compressor side. If I had to get rid of all but one pedal this would be the one I would keep.
Check it out on youtube and see if it might fit.
I have an EP Booster and Klone on my board. The Klone makes notes sing but the EP really fattens things up and adds some dirt.
I'm currently using the way huge porkloin. Some folks say it gets into Klone territory. I used to use the Fulltone Fat Boost 3, and it was great as well. Both can be found used under $100.
In the mid 90's I got rid of all my pedals except for my late 80's Jim Dunlop Wah and my 1983 TS9 Tube screamer, which I put in a box and forgot about for 20 years. Just this week I picked up a few new pedals and dusted off the old ones. The TS9 Tube Screamer, with just a little drive and a little level doesn't change the tone of my tele; it just fattens It up a little and gives it a little dirt. Using the tone control on the guitar allows it to get nice and dark without getting muffled too.
Even with the recent acquisition of a Boss DS1 (with the Kelley Ulta mod) and a Sans amp XXL pedal, the TS9 is still the best overdrive/distortion pedal I have.
Again, thank you all very much for your inputs. The Route 66 seems to be a very interesting alternative.
So one fun thing you can do with the Rt66, first you set your compressor to give the overall volume level you want. This tends to balance the strings a bit, you want a bit of compression but not a big squish, depending how far you go this will also increase your sustain a bit.
Now turn the compressor side off, turn on the OD side and set a nice thick tone, make it a bit louder then you want, figure this as your solo setting.
Now turn both of them on, you should get that nice thick tone, but at the same level as just the "clean" compressed tone.
You can toggle the OD on or off and the overall volume should be the same but the tone will change, or you can toggle the compressor on and off ( with the OD on ), the OD tone will be ( basically )the same, but the volume will increase and push the amp harder.
Anyhow YMMV, but I do have a lot of fun with this pedal.
Oh, one other thing, the buffer built into this pedal is supposed to be one of the better ones on the market, my board runs pretty quiet all in all.
Emerson EM Drive thickens up the tone and can add hair. Also, the TC Spark mini booster for space saving
for me i would use a compressor and dail back the highs and dial up the bass or mids or whatever.
i am of the opinion that distortions and all that make the sound tinyer
Fairly transparent overall, but the ability to thicken the overall sound...
Joyo American Sound, for the budget conscious tone hunter
Soul Food,or Box Of Rock by Zvex...the boost side by the latter does a great job on my old tweed Bassman.
This is good advice.
Might look also at the EQD Speaker Cranker, it's another 1 knob wonder from EQD, touch more breakup than Arrows. Cleans up on vol knob great too.
VFE White Horse also works great here. It's as much preamp/drive as it is a optical comp with clean blend. Adding a touch of grit, bloom and sustain is where it's at its best.
Thanks to everyone who contributed here. I just ordered a Route 66, the combination of a compressor (I already had thought of one) and overdrive with the possibility to blend in the clean signal on both sides seems to deliver what I imagined. I will tell you about the outcome.
Tc spark boost with switch up position
+1 RC Booster
One-knobs are nice but having the gain, vol control help. I leave the EQ flat.