OD recommendation

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  1. Bob Arbogast

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    Suppose you are going to do an out-of-town show.
    You play blues that requires some drive, but not heavy saturation.
    An unknown amp will be provided.
    All amps will be miked.

    Your guitar is a vintage-style Tele.
    You can choose one battery-operated OD pedal.
    Which one is it and why?
     
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    Boss Blues Driver: practical, durable, predictable, versatile, low cost, sounds great, can get them just about everywhere, and can get it modded by one of the greats if you want at some point in the future. It’s a staple on my board.
     
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    Amp 11, OD on the left, independent boost on the right, bass & treble controls, sounds good-to great with Vox, Fender or Marshall style amps. Sounds very ampy if you have to use it into an amp that's too big / clean.
     
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    or a Timmy.
     
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    Barber LTD (or Gain Changer or GCX) is the best I’ve used for that very purpose. The GCX has the advantage of the mid knob to adjust to different amps on the fly. That would probably be the best option if amps are unknown.

    The Half Gainer has the mid control too, as well as 2 setting options (like having 2 LTD’s in one).
     
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    I’m boring.

    TS-9.
    Because I can afford the reissue and I’ve used it for 20 years.
     
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    EXH Tortion. Full TMB tone stack and built in boost. More like a preamp that can go from clean to extremely saturated with lots of tone shaping options to tailor to any amp you need to work with.
     
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    One of the few pedals I've been intrigued with that I've not followed up with a purchase
     
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    @blowtorch It’s basically a Marshall TMB preamp with the tubes switched out for JFETs. I don’t always use it with my main rig, but it’s always with me - especially for situations like the OP when you have to use a “house” amp - it’s even got a DI with cabinet émulation to go straight to the board. It allows me to get “my” sound in almost any situation.
     
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    BD-2
     
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    Ts9 obviously! (Maxon od808 to be more precise)
     
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    Catalinbread Formula 55. Covers from tweed Bassman to Tweed Deluxe and every bluesman worth their salt knows how to use those.
     
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    I'm not really an OD pedal guy, but I end up using my EHX Soul Food quite a bit. For me it would be that or a Joyo American Sound. Either one can turn a clean amp into something dirty-enough with lots of touch sensitivity. But I have only owned 8 or 10 OD pedals in my life so I count as a complete beginner for this discussion.
     
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    I really like the silver archer
     
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    if you have no idea what you're getting, an od pedal with a lot of available gain/boost may be a better choice.

    also pedals are small, you could bring more than one.
     
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    EHX Soul Food would be my choice for pretty much the same reasons as @tfarny. Sensitivity and the ability to go from a wee bit of sand to a fist full of grit.
     
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    Maxon OD-808.
     
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    bd-2 - timmy-ds-1-joyo shod-soul food-maxon 808-ts9.all does less more the work.
     
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    I'd need to know the amp prior to agreeing to use it. At least need to know if it were a fender, Marshall, or Vox, etc.

    Klonez aren't all good on battery, so a BD variant, zendrive type thing, TS, or Timmy would be my answer. If I knew what kind if amp.....




    I like my Soul Food, but mine wont work with a battery, so I kinda forgot that they didn't all not work.with a battery.
    I love the dirt at the end of the knob on the SF.
     
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    Joyo Sweet Baby, you get that Andy Timmons medium overdrive sound, and it's extremely attack sensitive.
     
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