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Light Crunch, drive

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by OlRedNeckHippy, Jan 3, 2020.

  1. OlRedNeckHippy

    OlRedNeckHippy Friend of Leo's

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    I want to get a good crunch tone, and my old BD2 just isn't cutting it any more (my evolution continues...).
    I've been running it with the gain all but off and the volume at 'no net gain', around 12:00 with the compressor on (Keeley Comp +). Even at this setting, it's still a bit dirtier than I want.

    Almost pulled the trigger on a Paisley Drive (V2) (used $125) but decided to get some input from the Collective first.
    I'm playing country, clean is in, but occasionally I need some crunch. Not distortion, just some crunch.

    What's the feelings on the Paisley drive, as opposed to the BD2?
     
  2. blowtorch

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    I can't speak to the Paisley Drive. But, sounds to me like a ROG Peppermill would fit the bill very nicely, for what you're looking for
     
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    I know this isn't the pedal you asked about but... Have you tried a DOD OD250? I used to use a BD2 as my low gain/slight boost pedal, and once I got the OD250 it has remained my favorite low gain pedal going on 3 or 4 years now. Recently I saw the reissue for sale for I think 40 or 50 bucks. Muuuch more natural sounding breakup than the BD2 in my opinion. It actually made me hate the BD2.
     
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    If a BD-2 is too much gain, you may want to look for more of a booster type pedal to push the front end of your amp. Something like the Xotic RC Booster for instance, should work great.
     
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    I've always liked Boss's od-3.
     
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    Barber Gain Changer.
     
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    I’ve noticed the BD-2 doesn’t like my SF Fender Deluxe as much as my other amp rig. BD-2s will really darn clean but maybe a boost as suggested is in order. Have you tried your compressor in that role yet?
     
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    The boss od-3 could be a good candidate, as already mentioned - plenty of low end, unless you don't like that.

    Also consider the TC Electronic MojoMojo - it does a nice crunch thing...

    Of course there is also the OCD in its various forms which covers a lot of ground from one pedal...
     
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    I’ll vouch for the OD-3 being good for that application.

    I’ve heard the Emerson EM Drive is good for that, but I’ve never had one.
     
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    walrus messner ... it is yet another bluesbreaker with a smaller gain pot and multiple clipping options
     
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    Nobels ODR1 mini?
     
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    A Blues Deluxe (assuming that's what you mean by BD2) is too gainey, hmmmm... I think there is something wrong with it. They tend to be killer loud and clean. I know 3 people that use them that aren't gear heads and that's what I hear anyway. Too loud for most club use sometimes.
    what is it like with the volume low, like 3?
     
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    Boss Blues Driver.
     
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    If you don't mind the price ..... I still love the Timmy over the 15 years I've owned it.
     
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    Gotta love it, over a dozen replies, and no one giving any input on the pedal inquired upon (including yours truly) ...just everyone giving a suggestion of trying their favorite "light drive" (by their own definition) pedal. OCD, really? :p
     
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    OK, now I get it!
    I found the BD to be a bit that way myself. Not enough clean cut to the notes.
    I like just a bit of crunch but mostly clean myself. The winner for me has been the Tube Screamer TS9DX. Although I've tried many. I use it on Turbo mode which adds low end so it's not all middy. I set the gain near 0 and adjust the volume to suit. I often have it on all the time upping the guitar volume for leads. Almost a clean boost but a bit more than that.
     
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    Well, likely because no one has a Paisley Drive!
     
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    To be honest I don't even know what it is. :D
     
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    as mentioned all kind of suggestions for everything except a Paisley drive; just superficially using our onboard search function, it seems that @rze99 and @coloradojeff claim to own this pedal; might just shoot them a pm...
     
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