Timmy, Gain Changer or other?

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  1. bftfender

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    went outside the norm very happy..into Super's & Reverb pro

    clon klone Cl..whatever it is..best pedal ever experienced for just moving an amp for slight gain or color..i mean subtle precise .. can pin point break & the headroom it adds to big clean is amazing

    Mad Professor Simple-D style pedal..total shift in mid point..its cool

    RAH-Hiwatt style clone..it does that clarity thing..tight leads right on the edge of

    these pedals were got to enhance my amp not change..get main tone from amp & like to color or move break point & ride that edge...
     
  2. Axegrinder77

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    I just bought an ehx hot wax. Worth a shot. I love mine so far. Price is right, includes the crayon, which is a timmy type pedal. Stacks really well.. with itself!
     
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    Lovepedal OD11 is another one to toss into the race here. Search "lovepedal +shopify", and you'll get Sean Michael's shopify site where he occasionally has flash sales, usually lasting 1-3 days. OD11s can usually be had for between $50 and $80, and for not much more is the Amp11, which is the OD11 plus a nice independent boost channel.

    I love the two pedals you are deciding between, but this is a less expensive option that meets the same tonal criteria. I'm not affiliated, just a happy player.
     
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    Very few medium gain pedals go with my syrup toned Tone King Meteor.
    Barber Gain Changer is my goto. Zendrive is also clear but changes the amp tone. 90% of all OD pedals don't work with my Fender thick richness cranked.

    Bonus setup: Good experience with dual, light OD's... cascading an EXOTICS AC Booster pedal with a Barber silver Lmt.
     
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  5. dombar335

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    Thinking of adding something Bluesbreaker based to my search. I was watching a video of a guy building a worship board on a budget and he was getting some nice sounds from Mooer Blues Crab. Just not a fan of the knobs on mini pedals though.
     
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    You need either a Nobels ODR-1 or a Boss OD-3.

    Or a Timmy.
     
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    I play through a '65 DRRI, but I'd like to suggest a Crowther Hotcake. I gather they sound even better through a Vox. Something to do with a particular slice of mids present or absent in a Vox.
     
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    Both are good. Barber has more gain available, and Timmy (the older one) gives you more sweep within the low-gain range, in my experience. For your purposes, I'd recommend the Timmy.
     
  9. richiek65

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    I play thru a Vox AC15
    Gain Changer is fantastic on the low gain setting, good but not great on high gain
    Blues Crab very bright, even with tone control at minimum, but otherwise I like it
    Pure Sky (Timmy Clone) glorious but mine is a bit noisy, otherwise would maybe be my number one
    MI Audio Blues Pro probably my favourite medium gain so far, but it's a bit "pedally", not very amp like
    Oddfellows Caveman (a loaner) is very versatile, could be a winner
    Yesterday, I ordered an ODR1, really keen to see how that goes.
     
  10. dombar335

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    Maybe I should spend a little more time playing around with the Pure Sky. The dual EQ knobs always kind of intimidate me and they're so responsive it's easy to go from a good tone to a bad tone.
     
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    Put in a little overtime last week so I grabbed a Snouse Blackbox 2 off of Reverb today. Not sure if it's replacing my Pure Sky for low gain or OCD for medium gain yet.
     
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    I've had an ODR-1 for 24 hours and have no idea why this pedal isn't mentioned more. Everything I was hoping for and more
     
  13. jwmanz

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    Another endorsement for the Timmy. I play similar music to the OP. The Timmy is the only boutique pedal on my board (the rest are Boss, TC Electronic, and MXR) and it is worth it. I use it on every song. Especially in your case when you are running a Tele into a Vox. That can get a lot of treble. Having the ability to dial is back some on the Timmy makes a great overdrive tone. I've had mine since 2012 and its not going anywhere.
     
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    Yeah. I think I'm going to find a way to squeeze my black box in on my board instead of replacing. Even if I just use my current Timmy clone for its eq.
     
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    Got my Blackbox today and got to play around with it for about a half hour. I'm loving it so far. Definitely much clearer and not as harsh ad the OCD for medium to heavy gain. Getting some great P&W tones out of it. So far the best use I found is setting it for a light to medium OD as my always on pedal and then boosting it with the Pure Sky for the heavier tones that I was using the OCD for. I though the BB was going to be overwhelming with all of the knobs but it was hard to find a bad tone with it. I've read Bluesbraker type pedals can be bright but I'm surprised how much I can tame the top end even with the dip switch set to bright.
     
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    how close do they sound?
     
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    Mine sounds pretty good. It seems to have a bit more gain than my Timmy and it's a bit noisier. If you find one cheap like I did, it's a good way to see if the Timmy sound is for you.
     
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    You can also grab a Caline Pure Sky for $25ish from Amazon. I haven't directly compared obviously but I like mine and reviews indicate it's very close. It's in a metal case, true bypass and it has the separate bass and treble knobs (although they're not cut knobs like a Timmy).
     
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    i actually have the danelectro - i kinda hate how the knobs are positioned/stacked on it and i was wondering if getting an actual timmy was worthwhile.
     
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    I would strongly suggest checking out the Crowther Hot Cake. Not just because you use a Vox amp, which they are so often associated with, but because it’s a damn good overdrive that seems to excel in that low to medium gain IMO.
     
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