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Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by bluebirdrad, Jul 6, 2019.
What is your favorite pedal for making the neck pickup punch? OD, eq or boost?
I like low gain ODs, so basically mild compression with a little grit. But usually just turning the amp up works and is less noisy, unless I need to tame the EQ with the OD. There is some overlap with all 3 of the choices presented.
OD. Elderly Boss SD-1. Ibanez makes a little green box that's almost as good.
For punchiness I like OD (Fulltone OCD).
Analogman Silver Mod Ts9........my go-to for neck pickup.......clean amp......sings........
Pedals that cut bass and promote the mids seem to work best with my rig - Fender Hot Rod Deluxe.
Right now the magic is happening with a Barber Gain Changer, toggles set to fat mids/low gain. For heavier overdrive I'm digging the Ibanez Jet Driver. The great thing about both of these pedals is that they love any pickup position. Other pedals don't always work with the neck pickup. Case in point, my VS Open Road is glorious with the bridge but way too fat with the neck pickup.
Compressor and/or a boost.
I’ve been really digging my morning glory clone for the neck position on my tele. I’ve got fender cs nocaster 51 pickups.
I've got a few I absolutely love with a tele neck pickup. First up is an original Marshall Blues Breaker. Second is a 72 Degrees by Machine Head Pedals.....Thirdly is a Snouse Black Box.
Honorable mention goes to a Digitech Tone Driver.
LPB-1 for boost, Fairfield Circuitry Barbershop for OD (playing SD Five-Two neck)
You can try a different pickup. Pedals don't generally cure pickup problems.
I've never thought of pedals being only good with one pickup or the other, and tele neck pickups all sound different from each other, so I don't know how to answer except that I like my Soul Food and my MXR EQ pedal.
I have a twisted tele in the neck, and replaced the cover with an open face/hole cut out of it. I like it better than my Strat's neck pickup. So the pedal is more of a different flavor than a corrective device. And some work a little better on the neck than the bridge.
My favorite pedal for giving the neck pickup some color is the Wampler Tweed '57. However, I think a four-way switch that lets you put the pickups in series is the best way to go for punch.
I was watching Shawn Tubbs, Carrie Underwood's guitarist, say that he sets his od pedals for a particular pickup position (e.g. one od for the neck pickup and then another one for the bridge pickup), each eq'd differently. It doesn't mean that the pedal doesn't sound good with the other pickup, just that it does sound really good with that particular pickup.
tube screamer on the neck pickup really helps.
I don't like a TS type overdrive on the bridge pickup. Sounds much better on the neck pickup but still too much focused midrange for my taste. Without some additional eq subtracting bass and adding a bit of mid my neck pickup doesnt cut through. If I set up my Timmy for the neck pickup it sounds bad on the brigde. Right now I am trying a Tumnus Deluxe OD for the neck and I think I may like it ok. Problem with me is that I have never played an overdrive pedal I really liked. Timmy is the only one I've stuck with. I am also considering a twisted tele or lollar Royal T pickup but that requires I find someone to do the work.
Favorite? Not overdrive, EQ, or boost. Reverb always, trem when it makes sense.
I do agree with bluebirdrad that for overdrive my Tele and Strats like my Soul Food. Love to try a Klon, but I doubt that'll ever happen unless I sell a song.
Wanna buy a song?