Overdrive for Vox AC15

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  1. Chuckster

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    I scored an MXR Wylde Overdrive as a toss-in on a guitar purchase recently.

    In short, don't rush out to buy one. I have tried nearly every combination of settings and guitars and I am underwhelmed.
     
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    Good question. We're doing originals in my band, with a few covers sprinkled in. The originals cover a lot of musical territory, with Americana, rock, and alternative-type of guitar tones being necessary on any given song. I use my Rick 330 through the Vox most of the time. (I tend to play my Tele and Jazzmaster through my Hot Rod Deville more than the Vox, fwiw).
     
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    check out the seymour duncan 805.....covers alot of ground.
     
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    Had the original bullseye model. Terrible od.
     
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    I personally advise against this although it always boils down to personal taste. Mid-heavy tube screamers play well with scooped Fender style amps but Vox's are already mid heavy so tubescreamers can easily tend to be too much with that combination.

    Of course there are always exceptions but generally speaking, overdrives with a flatter EQ response are going to yield more usable results with Vox amplifiers.

     
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    Ik feel the same way. Tried a classic TS and it's not what the Vox needs IMO. I like a pedal that clips hard and gets a bit fizzy: that fizz just blends with the voxes top end...
     
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    I just use a regular old Boss SD-1 with mine.
     
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    While most TS-type pedals I wouldn't recommend with a Vox, the 805 does have the 3 band active EQ so it doesn't have to suck out the bass and boost the mids as much as most TS pedals.
     
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    YEs, it's all about to taste... and moving tone pot on your amp and pedal untill you find what you like

    I love it
     
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    I thought the ac15 has a master/channel volume controls?

    have you tried to eek the dirt out of the amp with your guitars volume knob?

    I was under the impression one of the ac-15's strengths was the tube saturation. (I don't have any experiecne with the model, though I've always wanted to play one).
     
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    Oh, I use the dirt on the amp for sure, which sounds great, but it's not a channel-switchable amp so it's nice to have a dirt pedal to click on when I have it set clean. I often play clean in my band, but then need dirt for parts of songs or solos.
     
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    A/B/Y box might be cool?

    Set normal to clean, switch to a dirty top boost?

    Again, I don't have first hand experience with the model. I just watched the linked episode of "that pedal show" on the the topic, lots of good info to work with.
     
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    That's a good idea, and one that I flirted with when I first got the amp, but to be honest the normal channel doesn't do anything for me. It's all about that Top Boost sparkle (and growl)!
     
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    Joyo Ultimate Drive. That's what I used and it was perfect with that amp.
     
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    Hot Cake is the best, but if you don't want to spend that much...Rat. They both sound great with my AC-15.
     
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    Yep, Crowther Hotcake.
     
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    I'm currently using a combination of Plimsoul and Wampler euphoria drive.

    Normal channel; master volume at noon or better.
     
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    Im glad you posted this.
     
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    Which channel are you wanting this for? I'm presuming the Top Boost.

    https://reverb.com/news/five-overdrives-for-your-top-boost-vox.

    Of these, closest I have is a Timmy clone. It's pretty good actually (whatever that means), if you take the time to dial it in - seems to be a bit of a moving target some days.

    As an aside, I use my cheap tremolo (Donner Golden Tremolo) as an always on wee kick. Set to low amounts of wobble, it drives a little to compensate for the attenuation, and sounds really nice (to me).

    Edit: this is into my Top Boost only AC4HW1.

    Pax/
    Dean
     
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    I have an AC15 as my main amp (stock greenback speaker), and use a strat. I only use the Top Boost channel, with the tone cut pretty far down, like 9:00. I don't want to dial out the sparkle. I have a bunch of OD pedals:
    Timmy is really good. Transparent, Lots of sweep on the gain.
    Xotic EP Booster is GREAT. I mean really great with the AC15. It is a clean and dark boost which rounds out the tone perfectly for leads, etc. It doesn't color the tone, it just sort of richens it, without adding distortion.
    I have two Boss pedals that both sound fine. The Blues Driver sounds good with any amp. Surprisingly (to me anyway), for a very inexpensive pedal the Boss OD-3 sounds GREAT with the Vox. Adds just the right type of chunkiness. I got mine used for about $40 I think.
    The one pedal that does NOT sound good with the Vox, IMO, is the Tube Screamer. I dunno why. It just sounds kind of blah to me. When I had a Blues Jr that pedal sounded great.
    Actually I just ordered a Barber GainChanger and RAT used on reverb. So the TS9 will come off, and one of those will go on in its place.
    Everyone always recommends a Hotcake, but good luck finding one used. I refuse to spend $200 on a pedal (at least until my playing improves enough to deserve it).
    But I cannot say enough about the Xotic EP Booster. It's perfect.
     
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