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Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by bendercaster, Sep 11, 2021.
Friedman BE OD
ZVex Double Rock is an option too, when/if considering Box Of Rock.
Three way switch for bass response (especially when setting up with different amps)
Possibility to choose order of OD/Boost, Boost/OD or even OD/OD, Boost/Boost
Pricey (even Vexter, but not that bad when comparing to BOR with benefits)
J Rockett 45 Caliber knocked the zvex BOR off my board. I bought a J Rockett Animal because it’s capable of more gain but went back to the 45 C.
Thanks for all the suggestions folks. Anderson's has a video where they do a blind shoot out of various Plexi style pedals at different price points. I thought the Wampler Plexi Drive mini sounded great (I think it came in 4th in their blind ranking). My local GC has one, so I my try to test it out today.
Surprisingly, in the Anderton's video the pedal that was Pete' top pick was the EHX Glove. That one wasn't even on my radar, but it sounded pretty good too. Does anyone have any experience with that in front of a Deluxe Reverb.
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The EHX Glove is based on the OCD. So shouldn't be too far apart.
I was eyeing both as a MIAB for a while before I started to build my own pedals.
I have a Blues Breaker II, and it gives me the Marshall fix.
Yes , the Barber Direct Drive is a great pedal ! I have a Wampler Plexi too , but prefer the DD .
I agree , the Crunch box is pretty damn good too !
Alas ... my love affair with the OCD has faded also ...
These and I also use my two Marshall amps.
The Dude is very good also , IMO !!
This is what I've now done for years, to get a suitable sort of Marshall crunch with BF/SF types of amps. I've personally found few pedals that do it just as well.
I think I personally just didn't care for most ODs that had too much bass when used specifically with these amps, and also there were quite a few that were just kind of 'off-target buzzy' when used with something like my '71 DR, specifically.
If someone doesn't mind compromising just a bit, I also discovered that replacing the 12 in a DR with something that's not so 'clean-centric' can help expand on how a great many OD pedals can then work well with it. Yeah, it's a little bit of a tradeoff, but if you're playing dirty 25% of the time or more, IMO it can be well worth it.
Lots of great suggestions on this thread.
I'll just add another vote for the Box of Rock which I use with a Twin Reverb. What I really love about the BoR is the inclusion of the independent boost circuit which adds a lot of functionality to the pedal.
It's not a MIAB pedal, but I also like to use my Wampler Tumnus at higher gain settings to get the kind of tone you're describing. I know most folks use their Klones as a slightly dirty boost pedal (I do too!) but I think these pedals shine when you crank the gain up.
Thanks for all the replies. You pointed me toward a lot of great pedals. The Direct Drive, Wampler Plexi Drive, and surprising to me, EHX Glove all made the short list for me.
I was really tempted by the Glove, but it was out of stock at the places I like to shop and, having previous tried and found the OCD a little fizzy, I crossed that off the list first.
I found out my band mate already has the Direct Drive, which sounds great as well, but in the interest of a little diversity of sound, I crossed that off too.
The Wampler was available locally, so I tried it out a few days ago and ending bringing it home. I am super happy with it. It has a ton of gain on tap and really responds nicely to volume and playing dynamics. It's like having another channel on my Deluxe Reverb. It's a little thinner than either the Direct Drive or Glove sounded In the demos I watched, but I think that it will sit nicely in our band mix. It definitely has that "tighter, less raggedy than the Rat, but still heavy distortion sound" that I was looking for.
The Crunchbox is a great Marshall pedal. The knobs are very sensitive, though.
Agreed. The OCD is my favorite all time pedal. I have 3 of them.
Yes, for MIAB - why not go with a Marshall pedal? Marshall Blues Breakers are great. Govnor's are not bad either.
You might look for a used Pettyjohn Gold (the middle one in my mini-board below)?
They provide for a lot of tone control.
Those are two cool pedals indeed. What's interesting is that the only difference between them is that the .45 has a smaller gain potentiometer.
I'd like to mention the Ramble FX Marvel Drive, which is fantastic through a BF Fender. It's doesn't have a lot of bass, and the treble "channel" has a nice cutting upper-midrange that is going to help you in a mix. I have been using one for 6 years now.
My other all time fave is the Plexi Drive. Less gain, less midrange emphasis but it matches another variety of amp styles and guitars.
This is pretty much a “what’s your favorite MIAB” thread. Having been a Marshall enthusiast for 35+ years I’ll say that what most “MIAB” pedals lack is the upper mid/high end sizzle, and “kerrang”.
In my experience the only pedals I’ve found that come close are;
-Catalinbread DLS mkiii
-Catalinbread 5F6 (tweed Bassman-inspired, but very “Marshally” IMO)
-Carl Martin PlexiDrive/PlexiTone
-BJFE/Bearfoot FX Dyna Red
Just my opinion. Hopefully helpful.