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Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by dmoss74, Jun 15, 2015.
Yes. Barber LTD.
Man, that is just a great demo of the Gain Changer!
This is a real testament of a good player (in terms of technique, as well as an ear for sound craft...) paired up with a great piece of hardware- Barber knows how to make musical OD pedals! (big Barber fan...)
you know, i tried my sd-1 last night, and really tried to dial it in for low gain stuff. it actually does a good job, and i like the gain structure, as is. however, it has that mid frequency bump to it, that all the ts type pedals seem to have.
i wonder if there's a mod that can be done to the tone knob, that would do a better job at keeping the inherent tone from the amp i'm playing through. sweeping the tone knob--as is--isn't getting the sound like i would like it.
that's probably counter-intuitive to what that pedal was designed for, but if it did that, i'd be quite happy with just keeping it for that purpose.
Just my two cent, but IMHO this is exactly what a Boss Blues Driver can do, at low Gain settings on the pedal ( Gain @ 9:00-10:00,Level at Noon-1:00 and Tone 11/NOON is just where I go...) It really seems to give me a good/complimentary breakup that really leaves my gtr>clean Fender amp alone!
thanks, i am pretty sure gc stocks those, so maybe i'll go try one out.
The Blues Driver is NOT for everyone so try it out (GC gives you 30 days...) see if you likey.
It does what I stated at low Gain settings and can do cool things at cranked Gain settings ( ex: If I max out the Gain and Tone controls on a Blues Driver, and then turn my guitar Tone OFF, I can get a very good FUZZ)., but in the medium operating range of the Gain knob is where you have to be careful as the distortion gets kind of wooly/buzzy and can overwhelm a good clean tone. A big plus with the BD-2 is that it is very dynamic and even at high Level and Gain settings, really cleans up with guitar volume knob
Just perfect for me. The extra tone and clipping controls make it easy to dial in what you need.
I'm sure that video has sold a shed load of Gain Changers. Barber should pay Mike Herman a finder's fee for all the business he's brought to them.
For around $50 on the used market you can find a D'lectro TOD V! I just picked one up and think it is one of the best clean OD's you can buy! Or you could pick up a Timmy! Yes I realize that the TOD V! is supposed to be a clone of the Timmy but I bought the TOD based on a ytube clip I heard. I love it.
I've gone a different route to get low subtle gain - a Boss LS-2. This is a line selector in which the clean and OD can be blended. If I was doing it from scratch, I would get a Voodoo Labs Sparkle Drive or similar, where there is a clean/OD mix control.
In OD boxes, the Bad Monkey is the smoothest I've tried, and it has good tone controls.
Very, very happy with my Tim! Also have a Timmy clone which is super nice too.
Used to have a Barber 1/2-gainer which is a tricked out LTD with two channels.
The Tim is IMHO much smoother in the top end and overall very pretty sounding,
Another pedal which is super flexible is the Tech21 Double Drive. Does everyhing from light hair on the tone to fuzz meltdown.
Mesa Tone Burst- mostly boost, but has nice grit if gain pushed hard.. and sounds great
If you want low to medium gain look no further. I am blown away by this pedal.
I've looked at:
SD pickup booster
Catalinbread kama suture
Boss Blues driver
I play several times a year. Many times there are other bands playing the same venue at different times. Everything from blues, gospel, motown, country and classic rock. The majority of overdrives I've seen are still the TS808, TS9, BD-2, and SD-1. All used for low gain.
Anyone tried SviSound OverZoid OZ01?
Sounds pretty good in intheblues youtube demo.
There are so many pedals on the market right now that can do this well with the market being flooded with overdrive pedals. There are also lots of them that do it in the well under 100 range. I would suggest going out to a store and trying as many as you can. Might not be able to try out all the boutique this way, but you don't need to spend that kind of money to get good stuff anyways. I use either a OD-3 or SD-2 myself and both work great in the band mix.
There's as many suggestions as there are forum members so all I can do is make my obligatory recommendation:
Bogner Ecstasy Blue
8 consecutive months of no dirt GAS thanks to this puppy.
Hi, I'd highly recommend the Joyo Vintage Overdrive. It's a great pedal, very subtle & I get exactly the right amount of gain I want without the tone getting killed off. Effective controls. Really great, and super cheap - Only £30 in UK (Ebay), I got mine new in an ebay auction for £22 - Bargain. I have to admit I spent an extra £3 getting replacement knobs as I hate the yellow ones. The yellow knobs ended up on my cooker - improved the tone of my pizza's no end.
I very rarely hear a drive box I don't like