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Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by jwmanz, Oct 2, 2019.
I have heard those Mythos pedals. They all sound great.
So, at my age would I need some Viagra to run the Ramjet Ballsack? … seems like it might be worth a try.
A Wampler Black ‘65, it makes even a BF Fender amp sound better.
I run a TS808HW into the Black ‘65 and it cuts some of the Tubescreamer’s mids and adds some bass. Rounds out my tone. Instant SRV at any volume.
It also works well with my other OD pedals.
Just to throw in another option....I have been using a MESA FLux drive to stack onto other OD pedals - and use as my solo boost pedal. I personally think this pedal is really underrated.
I have tried combinations of all these - OCD, Plimsoul, Wampler Pinnacle / Paisley, MXR, MI Audio Crunch Box, Blackstar Distortion,
and the MESA has something different that really stacks well and is alot more quieter. As you know stacking OD tends to add unwanted noise.
I have a Tim, not the smaller Timmy. Tim has an external loop built in. I put a Mad Professor Simble Predriver in the loop. Very simple pedal. Just the foot switch, and a switch for "cool" and "hot". Cool does it for me. With the Tim set for the usual mild clean boost I prefer, hitting the MP Simble takes it up a notch in volume and drive. IMO, a perfect preset OD boost.
So many choices...l +1 on a ZenDrive.
Also a Lovepedal Mosferatu, Kalamazoo, or Eternity, or even the Tiki Drive would work very well for you.
Just another option a compressor that has a healthy boost built into it can work really nice.
I have a Keeley Compressor+ and an Orange Kongpressor, both have lots of boost available. The Keeley is noisy if the amp is already dirty so it's not great for this, the Orange is not and is absolutely heavenly. Dial in a medium amount of compression, medium/slow attack to preserve transients, slow release for lots of sustain, and boost the amp... it does really really nice things to an amp that's already breaking up. My impression is any other Optical compressor like the Diamond is probably fantastic like the Kongpressor with a dirty amp.
So many pedals, so little time.
If I'm correct that amp is similar to a Fender BF/SF Deluxe. You said you play near the edge of breakup.
Assuming that's true, I'd suggest a Tubescreamer type pedal. Or a Klon clone. Or any other pedal you like.
But I'd start by trying out some TS style pedals. Good luck.
Incidentally, the Boss SD-1 is similar to a Tube Screamer, but has asymetrical (sp?) clipping, which gives it a slightly different sound. Some people think it's better for lead playing. I think it's less effective for rhythm playing. So it might depend on when and how you want to use the pedal.
Nobels is a winner
Another 1 for Klon clone. I have the Aion Refractor (another Klon clone).
You may well find that a Klon clone covers your overdrive needs by itself. (That was my experience)
tube screamers lack clarity...
You'll have as many suggestions as the members of TDPRI.. There's just too many OD pedals out there..
But I use a Timmy and Klon type... Ive had good experience with just about anything stacked with a timmy.. I use the Klon as an always on OD, and timmy as my 2nd stage drive.. or sometimes, I just use the timmy on its own..
The Snouse Black Box 2 is a great bluesbreaker type pedal. Just got one a couple weeks ago and its killer . There is a waiting list I believe but they can be found on reverb, I got one on GC app used for $100
Klon, or anything that works as a boost, even a flat EQ with the level up.
A friend just lent me a Diamond Compressor. So I'm going to see how that sounds. I realize that isn't exactly a second OD pedal, but I have never used a compressor before so its worth giving it a spin. He also lent me a fuzz to test out.
Wow, three new pedals I need to try out! Cool!
Well, its settled.
You're going to need at least 13 different OD pedals to be certain you are on the right track and be properly scientific in making a decision.......
In all seriousness, TS copies on the cheap is a good way to try them. You probably want a Klon that isn't perfectly transparent, so a soulfood may work. Of what's been suggested, there are loads of possibilities. Maybe try 2-3 in different combinations and go from there