I suddenly don’t like my Tubescreamer anymore

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  1. marcflores

    marcflores Tele-Meister

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    Yep, that's exactly the case as everyone has told me. It makes the perfect excuse to go to GC, pull a Tele off the wall, plug into a Vox and make a day of testing out pedals. Haha.
     
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    Manual Slim Tele-Afflicted

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    This sounds like a job for a Rat.
     
  3. dlew919

    dlew919 Poster Extraordinaire

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    I try not to pile in, but I wonder if you got a trebl booster, like an LPB-1, though there are others, if that might work?
     
  4. StuartJames

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    Take a look at the DOD Looking Glass, excels at low gain and I believe it was designed with a Vox in mind..
     
  5. RetroTeleRod

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    True. My Rat loves my AC15! The great thing about the Rat is that one pedal can cover a bluesy overdrive, harder distortion and on up into fuzz territory. It's amazing as a overdrive with the distortion knob down low. Any Vox owner really needs to try a one. I have the White Face Re-issue, but I have been told by some on this forum that the Turbo Rat is an even better match for the Vox.
     
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    schenkadere Friend of Leo's

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    Yikes. I think the LPB-1 ads a lot of dark color for a “linear” boost. The EHX Screaming Bird is a treble booster.
     
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  7. jrblue

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    Boss SD1 or DS1 will give you a great alternative. And as others suggest, there are approx. 1,237,996 OD/DS variants, so you can try as many as you want. Honestly, with minor use of knobs, I can get just about anything from a TS or DS1. Steve Vai managed to get a lot out of the DS and he's got pretty good ears.
     
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    It’s the only treble booster I own but I know there are some really good ones out there.


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  9. Mincer

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    Well it does, but it has a 3 band active EQ so you can tame it if you want. The Forza is the model that has no mid hump to speak of, and still has a 3 band active EQ.
     
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  10. 8trackmind

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    It's probably been said already, but Tubescreamers and SD-1's are probably more useful with a Fender style amp. I also have the Timmy and Tumnus. I think either would work with a Vox but I would try the Timmy first. I'll also throw in the Way Huge Saucy box as another possibility.
     
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    Other than the Timmy, the Danelectro Cool Cat TO V1 is an excellent- and affordable- clone. I also find a Boss SD-1 works with middy amps because it doesn’t have the same eq hump to my ears.
     
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    omahaaudio Friend of Leo's

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    Nobels ODR-1 or a Timmy.

    Great pedals, not too expensive.
     
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    11 Gauge Doctor of Teleocity

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    The LPB-1 is most definitely not a treble booster. It's a full-range thing, and indeed does have a dark and gnarly sound, especially WRT a Rangemaster or Screaming Bird.
     
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    IMO, it seems like a kludge, never mind any exorbitant cost. There are plenty of actual boosters that would probably work out much better, w/o any non-boost fluff in the circuit path (of which the KC has a lot!).

    It might be helpful for users to remember that Bill F. had the KC designed to make his Twin Reverb sound overdriven at modest volumes. So the original application was for the BF/SF Fenders, so it stands to reason that there would be a similar unpleasant effect when using a KC with a Vox AC15/30/etc., just maybe not as bad, or probably just different to, how a TS would sound.
     
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    I would recommend using a pedal like the Way Huge Green Rhino. I have one and it has an adjustable bass, mids, and tone knob for the highs. I can get some decent tube screamer like tones and it is a subtle overdrive, like the tube screamer. I use mine through a twin and deluxe, but not sure how it would work with a VOX. I would think the adjustable mids control would help, though. my specific model is the: Way Huge Green Rhino MkIV.
     
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    My normal gain pedal is a Zendrive, but I found that I didn't really like it for sounds with more top end (funk, etc...). I added a Mooer Blues Crab (Marshall Bluesbreaker clone), and it does a nice, bright gain that isn't too 'middy'. You can find them pretty cheap, and, at least you'll know if a blesbreaker tone is where you want to go.
     
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    FD2 Mosfet is a great pedal. Currently using F/M setting in Mosfet mode
     
  18. W.L.Weller

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    I'd like to pile on in favor of a germanium Rangemaster or other treble booster. I like this one

    http://ballseffects.com/boost/ballsmaster/

    but there are definitely other good ones, I just don't own those. I can also second (fifth?) the RAT.

    And if you're after lower-gain sounds, definitely try an OD250. Earthquaker makes the Grey Channel, DOD reissued it, but I have the Chicago Stompworks clone that I can absolutely vouch for.
     
  19. 11 Gauge

    11 Gauge Doctor of Teleocity

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    It's already been said, but I'll say it again, maybe slightly differently.

    The AC-series of amps are a different beast. Just go try out a bunch of different pedals with this specific amp.

    Who gives a crap what the actual good pedals are - let the chips fall where they may.
     
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  20. W.L.Weller

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    Oh also, I know this is "The Stomp Box" but have you tried plugging your guitar straight into the Top Boost channel and turning the knobs until it sounds good?
     
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