View Full Version : OCD vs. Keeley Stacked SD-1
11-11-2008, 11:32 AM
Thinking about my next pedal purchase, these are two I am looking at. Anyone done a side by side? Interested in any and all opinions.
I have an OCD v3 and briefly had an SD-1 w/ Keely's mod where he puts the knob in there to control the mids or something. Sorry - a friend gave it to me as part of his payment for a pedal he bought so I didn't really learn about it.
Anyway, I did mess around w/ it a little bit and thought it was OK. I think it's $130 on Keely's site which was a ridiculous price if you ask me. As been said before, the OCD is very 'amp like'. I love my OCD! The DS-1 w/ that mod (may not even be the one yer talking about) sounded like a decent dirt box, not like a natural OD like the OCD does, IMHO.
I got the OCD b/c I was tired of all the 'hype'. I figured, 'let me see this thing in action. I bet it's overrated, but I can flip it easily enough." That was two years ago and I don't see it going anywhere.
11-12-2008, 09:26 AM
I haven't been overly impressed with many of the Keeley mods. I've had the BD-2, SD-1 and TS-9 (baked mod) and ended up using my Fulldrive 2 Mosfet instead. So much more versatility.
I recently purchased an OCD v4 and was blown away. There are so many usable tones in this little box. Most important to me was the lack of mid-bump that most OD pedals add. The OCD is very amp-like and transparent. If I want a little mid-hump, I can dial it in on the FD2 MOSFET that I usually use to stack with the OCD. I've gotten rid of almost every OD pedal that I've accumulated and I am now down to an OCD and FD2 MOSFET. An added bonus for both of the Fulltone pedals I've mentioned is the ability to run them at 18 volts. This minor details yields some pretty significant changes - all positive IMHO - to the tone of the pedal(s).
In the end, it all comes down to your ears.
Here is a YouTube video of my setup (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=DddO2mXA1mU) using the OCD and FD2 MOSFET (excuse the playing - just trying to test the tone of my setup).
11-12-2008, 10:41 AM
Thanks for the info. Sounds like the trend is toward the OCD. One question: Does the OCD clean up well when you back off guitar volume?
11-12-2008, 11:06 AM
11-12-2008, 12:02 PM
I donít have a SD-1 or any keeley mods however I do have an analog man DS-1 pro mod, analog man silver ts-9 and an OCD v4.
Out of those three the most versatile by far is the OCD. It has much more ďumphĒ when driven than the DS-1, with much richer and fuller harmonics. When you turn down the gain you can actually get a very tube screamer(without the mid-hump) sound, itís actually almost better and more usable than the tube screamer, although itís not entirely the same beast.
That being said, I find the OCD does not clean up 1/10th as well as the DS-1 or tube screamer when the volume is turned down. Itís decent, but especially tbe DS-1, almost cleans up to the point of crystal clear with the volume knob.
I love all 3 pedals in their own way. They all have their own use, but to be honest Iíve been using the OCD exclusively for the past month.
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