OS-2 or TS-9 and DS-1

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  1. Kayle McGuire

    Kayle McGuire Tele-Meister

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    Hi,

    I have an Ibanez overdrive and a Boss distortion pedal. I want the dynamic overdrive for rhythm guitar and distortion for lead solos. My pedal board is full. Should I sell my overdrive and distortion to get the Boss OS-2? Again, I only play one or the other effect and it's not too often.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. artdecade

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    Sell both. Get a Rat and ride the guitar's volume knob to control your rhythm and lead tones.
     
  3. luckett

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    You have to turn the knob to go between OD and dist, so it won't take the place of being able to switch between the two pedals with your foot.
     
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    Yeah, along with having to twiddle a knob to get to the OS-2's other tones, I wasn't too excited about the base tone of either side of the pedal. I think really the only Boss drive pedal that I've liked was the BD-2.

    Best to do some research before getting too far into the OS-2.

    If I can make a recommendation for a different pedal completely, the MXR Custom Shop Il Torino Overdrive can either be a clean boost or can get you into some breakup with the push of a button. It does require bending down for a small button pressing, but with a three knob EQ and a Drive knob, I would argue that it's worth it. Plus, Sweetwater is practically giving them away right now: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ILTorinoOD
     
  5. Kayle McGuire

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    Well I'm okay with turning a knob, @luckett but I just want to have a fuzzy distorted sound and an overdrive in a single pedal. I think I might go with the OS-2....
     
  6. artdecade

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    Why not just ride the volume knob?
     
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    If you want a fuzzy distorted sound and an overdrive, AND you don't mind turning a knob, I will upvote the Rat...that one box can do at least 3 different pedals (overdrive, distortion, fuzz) based on how the knobs are set...

    did I +1 the Rat yet...just saying...+1 a Rat....
     
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    There are a lot of "double pedals" that do what you are after as well. Most are better than the OS-2 and give you more control than a single pedal. The footprint is often the size of 1 1/2 pedals.

    Just one example is the Truetone VS-XO, but there are dozens on the market.
    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/VSXO
     
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    Totally understand, riding the volume isn't going to give you the volume hike necessary for lead work.

    Having said that. It's true the RAT (and to some extent the BD-2) do clean up remarkably well, they're more natural sounding than a distortion but not as organic as a TS.

    I'd say stick with those two (a TS and DS type). There's a myriad of option available to you. You'll be limiting your options with the OS-2.

    In my experience the TS can't be used as a volume-hike solo pedal, it's output is too low, it also doesn't clean up that will.

    DS types (why not try the Joyo Crunch Distortion) do that massive marshally / saturated lead tone like no other. You may or may not need that.

    I conducted a shootout of various OD/DS types a while back : http://adamharkus.com/category/guitar-overdrive-pedal-shootout/
     
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    PS. The RAT is VERY noisy, VERY twitchy and has a tendency to be very cold sounding (IMHO).

    It definitely wouldn't be my first choice, but yeah it does it's thing.
     
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    It is not noisy. It is not twitchy. And, it is not cold sounding. Seriously, those are three things I would never associate with the Rat and I doubt most of the forum would agree with your assessment either.
     
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    What amp are you playing through? I think that's a significant element in the equation.
     
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    I have the Boss OS-2 and I think it could do the job for you. The overdrive-distortion knob sets the eq curve from mid hump to mid scoop (from TS to DS-1 and more). It's not the best sounding dirt box but if you want a simple yet versatile pedal with a small price tag that fits the description exactly.
     
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    A TS has plenty of volume to use as a boost.
     
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    Mine was a RAT 2. Fair enough the noise could be explained away as static on my particular pedal and 'Coldness' is a preference thing, but that filter control dramatically changes the tone from ok to unusable just be breathing on it.
     
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    It's at it's best to tighten up a sound, before OD, there's loads of better, and higher output pedals to use as a solo (volume) boost POST OD.
     
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    There are lots of ODs with more volume and you may prefer something else, but to say that a TS doesn't have enough volume to boost is nonsense.
     
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    I'm thinking his Rat and Screamer are broken.
     
  19. Kayle McGuire

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    Thanks for all the responses guys! I sold my Boss Distortion and Ibanez Overdrive. Purchased the Boss OS-2 and I must say it was incredible! The tone knob is pretty "meh", but otherwise a decent pedal! This is something I use at home and at friend's houses. I don't need a boutique drive. So for me, I scored. Got both the dynamic overdrive and screaming distortion in a single pedal. That colour knob is fire! The pedal is quite a boost I must say — I keep the level knob at 25% to match my volume when it's disengaged.
     
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    I used to rock an OS-2 for quite awhile, it did its job great but as soon as I got a Fulltone OCD (v1.7 running at 18v) it didn't stand a chance in my board. As others have posted, a good Rat will do the trick too!
     
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