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porsch8
08-10-2007, 04:18 PM
What's the most amp-like and best sounding???

Last Nerve
08-10-2007, 04:41 PM
Try the Menatone KotB or WMB. www.menatone.com (http://www.menatone.com)

Lance
08-10-2007, 04:43 PM
I thought the Howie by Menatone did a pretty good job as well.

porsch8
08-10-2007, 07:36 PM
I tried a KOTB once...i was highly disappointed...but it was an older 5-knob version

agentcooper2001
08-10-2007, 07:37 PM
i'm pretty impressed with my MI Audio Crunch Box. It sounds damn good! I've been playing 80's hair metal and GNR ever since it arrived! Sounds good boosted with the FoxRox ZIM too.

plowkraut
08-10-2007, 08:48 PM
I've been getting good stuff from my tonebone hot british for years. It has a ton of gain on tap, so I usually keep the gain around 1 or 2 (!). I bought it for the EQ options and haven't looked back (great EQ options, can match it to well to most rigs IMHO). Good luck with your hunt!

jcoggins7
08-10-2007, 08:54 PM
+1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000 for Menatone KotB

jpagey
08-10-2007, 09:06 PM
Barber BU EQ

porsch8
08-10-2007, 09:13 PM
What's a good modern british sounding pedal..more 80's/JCM than plexi

agentcooper2001
08-10-2007, 09:19 PM
mi audio crunch box.

What's a good modern british sounding pedal..more 80's/JCM than plexi

Hemispheres
08-10-2007, 11:19 PM
What's a good modern british sounding pedal..more 80's/JCM than plexi


Indyguitarist's Plextortion

http://www.indyguitarist.com/plextortion.htm

utterhack
08-10-2007, 11:49 PM
hmm... if it has to be british, I'd say this one:

http://www.tdguitars.com/store/media/general/757_image_med_blackstar-ht-dist.jpg

bullet69
08-11-2007, 12:44 AM
lovepedal purple plexi

Stressfest
08-11-2007, 01:18 AM
Fetto :D

slacker101
08-11-2007, 06:24 AM
As stated by utterhack......Blackstar H-Dist...Pure British distortion in spades...beats the pants of my Tonebone
:dude

Ben C.
08-11-2007, 06:26 AM
Fetto :D
+1...
but... Fetto Deluxe. ;)

-Ben

fjs1962
08-11-2007, 07:36 AM
I've had the Crunchbox and KOTB and both were great but I still prefer my Tonebone Hot British for the 80's hot rodded Marshall tones. The only downside to the HB is the size and wall wart.

D.G.
08-11-2007, 01:54 PM
hmm... if it has to be british, I'd say this one:

http://www.tdguitars.com/store/media/general/757_image_med_blackstar-ht-dist.jpg
That looks awfully cool. How much and where?

70s Rocker
08-11-2007, 01:55 PM
I get all I want out of an Emma Reezafratzitz

porsch8
08-11-2007, 02:10 PM
I get all I want out of an Emma Reezafratzitz

I had a ReezaFratZitz and a BJF BBOD at the same time. Thought they were both very similar sounding....in a great way!

utterhack
08-11-2007, 02:16 PM
That looks awfully cool. How much and where?

http://www.blackstaramps.co.uk/productslandingpage.html


Since they're actually british, I don't think the exchange rate does us any favors on cost...

lifeinsong
08-11-2007, 02:41 PM
Overall, the best I've ever owned is the newest version of the KOTB...just an extremely well designed pedal that's capable of getting any type of Marshall tone you're looking for, except for the real high gain stuff...I'd go for the Reeza for those type of tones.

amphead777
08-11-2007, 03:06 PM
Without a doubt the BJF Dyna-Red. Amazing, does low gain as well

Matybigfro
08-11-2007, 03:33 PM
i wanna hear more about the blackstar HT-dist
whats the sound diffenrences between dist and distx

slacker101
08-11-2007, 06:15 PM
Guitarist UK had some Blackstar HT demos on their cover disc recently. I have uploaded them for anyone who wants a listen.

http://www.mediafire.com/?8dzj1n3gxbs

BTW I paid AU$299 ...around the same cost as something like a Digitech DF7 in Aust.

zzz
08-11-2007, 06:19 PM
+2 for Fetto Deluxe:dude

D.G.
08-11-2007, 06:40 PM
Guitarist UK had some Blackstar HT demos on their cover disc recently. I have uploaded them for anyone who wants a listen.

http://www.mediafire.com/?8dzj1n3gxbs

BTW I paid AU$299 ...around the same cost as something like a Digitech DF7 in Aust.

My those clips sound tasty!!!!:drool

jasonlee77
09-03-2007, 07:17 AM
BJF Dyna Red Distortion :AOK

tzamosti
09-03-2007, 09:03 AM
I get all I want out of an Emma Reezafratzitz

+1 on this...this pedal is the best modern distortion I have tried.

I play in a alt-country band so don't get a chance to use it very often. Yesterday, I was thinking about selling it. I took it out, plugged it in and the minute I hit the first chord, I knew I couldn't sell it.

Wish I could use it more right now....guess I need to find another band. Great rock/hard rock pedal. Can get a great overdrive w/ gain turned low...box of rockish.

GrecoVee
09-03-2007, 11:29 AM
I've been getting good stuff from my tonebone hot british for years. It has a ton of gain on tap, so I usually keep the gain around 1 or 2 (!). I bought it for the EQ options and haven't looked back (great EQ options, can match it to well to most rigs IMHO). Good luck with your hunt!
+1 on the Tonebone Hot Brtish!
Best tube distortion pedal out there!

Deaj
09-03-2007, 11:36 AM
What's a good modern british sounding pedal..more 80's/JCM than plexi

MI Audio Crunch Box is just what you're looking for!

golfcalle
09-03-2007, 02:18 PM
+1 for the BJF Dyna Red !

superswede
09-03-2007, 02:48 PM
+1
one more for the mighty Dyna Red!

DeuceII
09-03-2007, 03:50 PM
I'd add a vote for the Crunchbox, but I've found that it depends on the amp it's playing through. It doesn't sound great in front of my 5150 combo with the rhythm channel set clean, but it turns my 1x12 EL84 combo into a modded Marshall halfstack.

XKnight
09-03-2007, 04:37 PM
Another Crunchbox user here for that particular application.

Sniper-V
09-03-2007, 05:05 PM
I like a lot of the already mentioned.

Zvex BoR: more of an older school marshall

BJF Dyna Red: hot rod marshall

Menatone KOTB: Brian makes some very amp-like pedals

Hamer95USA
09-03-2007, 07:10 PM
hmm... if it has to be british, I'd say this one:

http://www.tdguitars.com/store/media/general/757_image_med_blackstar-ht-dist.jpg

Hey people,

I'm sort of interested in this pedal. Is there a website or link for the Blackstar HT Dist pedal? I find it hard to believe that it's better than the Tone Bone Hot British. I own an MI Audio Crunch Box & an Analogman DS-1 Super mod. I love the sound of the Crunch Box and use it in situations where I need my "Marshall In A Box" tone.

Guitar George

jgyn
09-03-2007, 10:19 PM
Box O' Rock:)

The BOR's my favorite, but I think its gain is on the low side.

ringemaster
09-03-2007, 10:55 PM
Lovekraft Mojo Drive. Fabulous pedal. It also has a boost mode and a hot-rodded TS mode as well. It does all three as if they were individually great pedals.

Goofball
09-03-2007, 11:01 PM
I love the Crunchbox...and yet, my Plexitone still hasn't left my board!

hamfist
09-04-2007, 12:46 AM
Hey people,

I'm sort of interested in this pedal. Is there a website or link for the Blackstar HT Dist pedal? I find it hard to believe that it's better than the Tone Bone Hot British. I own an MI Audio Crunch Box & an Analogman DS-1 Super mod. I love the sound of the Crunch Box and use it in situations where I need my "Marshall In A Box" tone.

Guitar George

As Utterhack posted earlier, go to http://www.blackstaramps.co.uk/productslandingpage.html for more info.
Personally, I'd never heard of these until I read this thread yesterday. And, as it happens, I'm in the market for just such a box right at the moment. Also, living in the UK, they are superbly priced !! I think I'll get one. Just can't decide between the standard HTdist and the HTdual, which has two channels. Hmmmmm.

StuBrew
09-04-2007, 02:47 AM
Another vote for the ZVex Box Of Rock, that pedal makes me want to rip into early Iron Maiden riffs! Very Marshall-esque.

hamfist
09-04-2007, 03:40 AM
Another vote for the ZVex Box Of Rock, that pedal makes me want to rip into early Iron Maiden riffs! Very Marshall-esque.

The BoR surely cannot be described as a high gain pedal, which the OP was asking about.
I remember another thread somewhere, maybe not even on this forum about " high gain". People seem to have very different viewpoints of what the word actually means. For me, I think dimed JCM900, and later marshalls as high gain.
The BoR is a fantastic pedal, but definately more JTM45/plexi levels of gain. :BEER

Dave
09-04-2007, 04:17 AM
The BoR surely cannot be described as a high gain pedal, which the OP was asking about.
I remember another thread somewhere, maybe not even on this forum about " high gain". People seem to have very different viewpoints of what the word actually means. For me, I think dimed JCM900, and later marshalls as high gain.
The BoR is a fantastic pedal, but definately more JTM45/plexi levels of gain. :BEER
Totally agree. It's got that loose bottom and wouldn't be my first choice for high gain, palm muted stuff. It's more AC/DC than Iron Maiden IMO.

Cheebatone
09-04-2007, 04:44 AM
http://www.blackstaramps.co.uk/productslandingpage.html


Since they're actually british, I don't think the exchange rate does us any favors on cost...

Seeing as they're built in South Korea, I'm fairly sure the US distributer will be able to sell them cheaper than they are being sold in the UK. I could be wrong, but I see no reason why this shouldn't be the case.

ramjet2007
09-04-2007, 06:14 AM
Can't believe no one's voted for the MI Audio Classic Distortion! Maybe because there's only about 100 of them.....

There's my vote: the MI Audio Classic Distortion. It's firmly planted on my board and never coming off. Maybe in 20 years though when people are forking out 3 times the original value like vintage TS-9s :jo

PS My mate's KOTB is a dope pedal too. So another vote for that!

jmplese
03-23-2010, 11:28 PM
Without a doubt, check out the Rothwell Hellbender. It is handmade in the UK and is the best sounding "roots of rock Marshall" pedal I've heard in a LONG time!

Bazaboy33
03-23-2010, 11:34 PM
It has taken quite a bit of knob tweaking, but I think that I am finally beginning to understand the Wampler Super Plextortion. Loads of Marshall tones in that little box...