Tell me about your low gain overdrive pedals

Kmaxbrady

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Hey guys, I’m looking to try out some overdrive pedals. I only play at home typically at lower volumes, so the type of pedal that only sounds good when pushing a slightly over driven amp is not a good fit. I currently have a boss OD-3 that I love and plan on keeping as well as an xotic EP boost, but I’d like to add something else to the mix. I tried the BD2 recently and didn’t like it, and I have an SD-1 on the way so we’ll see how that goes. Any other good recommendations? I really like low gain pedals that sound good at low-volume to just put a little bit of dirt on a clean tone. Thanks!
 

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I have The Haunt from Old Blood Noise. It’s an OD and booster. I think it’s the finest light drive I’ve played.
 

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The Surfy Blossom Point was great. Almost too low gain. Sold mine but thinking of getting another.
 

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Good Lord I have so many I could pave my driveway with them.
I like the vast OD250 family, don't like the vast TS family, do like the smaller Klon family, sorta like the hyped up BB1 family, and among maybe 30 I own I'm using a JRAD Archer these days as it seems to sound great on more playbacks than any other.
I have a problem where playback doesn't always sound how I thought it sounded live.
Important I think to compare that way, even just your smart phone video if it's decent.
 

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If you want to get that low gain AND bring out the TWANG, then you really can't beat the Ibanez TS9 for this...or TS808, etc. I'm assuming you are plating a Telecaster of course.
 

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I’d suggest a pedal meant to be used with a clean amp. MOSFET-based pedals can work well.

I use a Blackstone Appliances MOSFET Overdrive.

Another thought is an amp modeling pedal.
 
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My favorite pedal for this application is an Analogman Prince of Tone.
Recently picked one of these up and I'm completely in love. Gives me more of what I feel like I want my Princeton to do at manageable volumes. Really love the Boost setting, while the OD setting provides some nice subtle compression. Planning to pick up a Spark Booster to run into it to see if I can get a little compression on the Boost setting. Super happy with its usability throughout the gain range.
 

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I actually have never owned an overdrive. I do however always run a moogerfooger pedal first in my chain. It has some kind of preamp that is always on. Then I adjust the drive knob to taste. It really ads oomph to my tone.
 

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The Joyo Sweet Baby is a very friendly ( and cheap ) low Gain OD,

- reminds me a bit of the old Barber LTD versions, which were sweet!

( this pedal was replaced by the Gain Changer, with incorporates the EQ options of the different LTD's, along with Gain options)
 

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I have a Caline Pure Sky. It's my only overdrive pedal. I love it,and it suits my needs perfectly.
The are inexpensive too. A bit over $30.00.
 

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I’d suggest a pedal meant to be used with a clean amp. MOSFET-based pedals can work well.

I use a Blackstone Appliances MOSFET Overdrive.

Another thought is an amp modeling pedal.

This is the correct type of pedal for the application that OP describes.
 

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Joyo Sweet Baby is good for the price.

I have a Lovepedal Deluxe that is nice for that too, gives a little overdrive to a solid state amp at low volume. They used to get some grief here, but I like what it does. Not a lot of gain, but the EQ is nice.

I don't think I would spend a lot of money looking for something that will be used at low volume.
 

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Call me old fashioned but, I still like my Green Tube Screamer with a simple volume boost in front of it.
 

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Any klon clone could work. I bought the infamous soul food which seems love or hate round here. It gives a clean tone a little grit and fatness for sure. In a different way than a blues driver.
 

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I have Thorpy's The Dane. A boost on one side and a Klonish drive on the other. I use it at relatively low drive levels with Marshall, Fender and Vox amps. It is great with any of them at low or high volume levels.
 




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