How many Dirt Pedals do you "need" on your board?

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  1. waparker4

    waparker4 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Two - 1. crunchy rhythm that I can lean into (Boss OD-3, modded TS do the job) and 2. full saturated lead, which can provide lots of sustain without hitting the strings too hard, and which sounds good with wah pedal (Currently a JFET distortion but Xotic SL drive, other distortions work)
     
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  2. GuitarJonz

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    3. Soul Food last as always-on boost, usually 8-9 o'clock gain, for a tiny bit of OD with clean tone. Red Llama in the middle, again low gain, 8-9 o'clock for organic tweedy/dirt base tone. Green Rhino first, again 9 o'clock gain. The Rhino gets stacked into the Llama for heavier crunch. With guitar volume usually at 75%, each of these 3 options can yield more gain when volume is dimed on guitar. A very versatile setup for me.
     
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  3. Kayle McGuire

    Kayle McGuire Tele-Meister

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    Two.. low gain and high gain.
     
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    Me too, except I have a Duncan Pickup Booster in place of the Open Road
     
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  5. gtrguru

    gtrguru Friend of Leo's

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    3 is correct. Fuzz, OD, Boost. I'd like to get down to 2 or 1.
     
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    ifallalot Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    2 fuzzes and an EHX Hot Tubes

    I liked that Hot Tubes on a 68 CDR and my AC15 Twin equally
     
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  7. Dennyf

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    Joyo American sound as always-on "edge of breakup" base sound. Slightly-modded TS-5 as "smooth overdrive" tone. Joyo Ultimate Drive as "gainy-Marshall" tone.

    So yeah, by golly, three!

    Or none, if I can turn my amp above 5. (Never happens.)
     
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  8. moosie

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    Depends, I've had over a dozen at a time. Mostly that's an indication of my dissatisfaction with most of them.

    The few basic circuits sound different enough to justify having one of each, though I no longer do. Mostly my Timmy does it for me these days. And much as I've experimented, I don't like the TS sound.

    Most of the huge selection these days covers just a handful of sounds.
     
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  9. reckless meanie

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    I have been struggling with this question. I have a Blues Cube Artist that has a great clean and a decent overdriven sound. I like to be able to get a plexi sound and a heavier Mesa Boogie/metal sound and a Sabath fuzz sound. I guess that would put me at 3 pedals. A fourth if I use a OD pedal. I have an OD-3 I really like.
     
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  10. DavidP

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    KOT...
     
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  11. bigben55

    bigben55 Friend of Leo's

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    4. Low gain, medium gain, high gain and a fuzz. On my big board that feeds a clean BF Super Reverb and a strat, that's it.

    On my small board, I have 2. Medium gain and low gain, but that amp isn't completely clean, and often gets a humbucker equipped guitar. And sometimes, it gets nothing but a cord.
     
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  12. Area51

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    Two, but one is a dual with a TS-808 and a TS-9 on board. My second pedal is Zendrive. So apparently 3 is the correct answer.
     
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    Just sort of thinking on it...just switched amp for working gigs...'66 Tremolux head, only got two pedals at the moment, sometimes one, sometimes the other, sometimes both: an MXR Il Torino into a DOD OD250; I had a Boss OD-1 on there, but it was sounding a little too salty for my tastes, replaced with the DOD, sounds better to my ear. Not likely to hear me in really fuzzy territory, so...
     
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  14. SebC

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    Two or three for me.
    -Rangemaster clone but with a .01 input cap for more of a mids boost
    -a vintage reissue Rat
    -sometimes TS9 mini

    I use all of them on very subtle settings to push my 5e3 clone. The Rat perhaps less subtle at times, I play with the knobs of that one during a performance depending on the need of the moment.
     
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  15. Serenity23

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    The last couple of years i haven't really used any.
    Later this year i'm going to be building a new rig. Planning on running 2 x Mojo Hand Sacred Cows and a Hudson Broadcast.
     
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  16. hollowman

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    currently 2, into my Dr Z Maz 18. Of course my Keeley modded BD is for dirt, love this pedal. for a cleaner boost/hair I have a Keeley White Sands that pairs up well with my trem pedal or echo. I rarely want or need full on distortion, but the Maz needs a little kick in the front end for any gain in need
     
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  17. Obsessed

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    It has always been three for me. Mellow OD, TS variant and Dirt in that order for stacking too for over a decade now. I have fairly recently completely ditched the traditional OD/dirt pedals for amp emulation pedals and still desire three. I really can't explain it, but maybe two would get too boring for me. Anyway, now it is:

    Fender Tweed Bassman (CB 5F6)
    Fender 5E3 Tweed (CB Formula No.5)
    Marshall JTM 45 (Lovepedal JTM)

    Through clean Fenderish 6L6 or 6V6 amps.

    I could see adding one more just for fun or gigging with a new band, but these three are "forever" pedals on my board.
     
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  18. mrjamboree

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    I'm big into gain staging. My most aggressive tone is a Boss Super OD copy -> Tube Screamer Mini -> Big Muff Pi. All the gains are turned all the way down and all the volumes are turned all the way up. Gets a ton of sustain with minimal feedback. I also have a clean Spark boost at the end of my chain.
     
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  19. DeVilleDude

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    Why yes, yes it is. Three IS the correct answer.



    * For me, my rig, and style of playing. Today.....
     
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  20. stringslinger

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    THREE is the magic number!

    Archer iKon - low, almost just a booast
    Prince of Tone - mid gain/crunch
    AC Booster - high gain
     
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