View Full Version : Please recommend a distortion pedal for rhythm work
07-27-2009, 10:37 AM
I need to get a little more crunch out of my club royale and strat. I can't quite get heavy enough a Marshall sound out of it. I don't need 80's hair band or heavy metal, but just a bit more grit for my rhythm playing. From searching here, I'm thinking anything from a Box of Rock (used), OCD, Crunch Box or maybe even a Guvn'or. Any suggestions? Hoping to keep the price under $150. BTW - in the signal chain is a Fulldrive non-mosfet
07-27-2009, 10:40 AM
I recently used a BoR with great results. I was using a Fargen BB & a Heritage 535 which is different than your setup. But after hearing a recording of a live performance it really sounded good. Plus I like the boost on the BoR also. I've used the OCD & for me the BoR worked better. I could send you a sound clip if you want.
Used MI Audio Tube Zone ?
Actually a Tim or Timmy pushing the front end might be the ticket for that amp.
Also think about a good germanium booster ..
07-27-2009, 11:04 AM
BOR is a good choice (if you need more low end control and don't need the Boost, you could get the ZVEX Distortron).
I'd also check out some clips of the Visual Sound Son of Hyde.
07-27-2009, 11:18 AM
I'd suggest Catalinbread's Dirty Little Secret, a Timmy or a Screwdriver
07-27-2009, 11:38 AM
Check out the Barber Direct Drive.
07-27-2009, 11:43 AM
For me the pefect "rhythm" od is my
Smart People Factory "Greenline" od.
I call it my "Scofield, Sco" pedal because it's so articulate with chords, you hear everything.
Just like Sco, he plays chords that have hair yet are so defined and clear.
It's a great low gain TS type, but better (imo). It doesn't come across aggressivly, just smooooth.
I'll pump it into my Zendrive2 for extreem od-ability, but when you think all would be lost as far as
chord articulation, the Greenline passes that on to the mix and chords are tame, even when sustain
is at a max.
Absolutely terrible clips at SPF, not much better on Youtube. I had to discover the greatness of
the pedal by testing it out. I tested it out against a few different ods, Barbers, Keeleys, some others,,
I noticed it wasn't as hot as some of those pedals, and it ain't going to take you to Texas like a good
Keeley. But it kills those pedals in the chord dept, the sales rep agreed and was amazed like me.
07-27-2009, 12:12 PM
A few come to mind
Green Big Muff
Ibanez FL-9 Flanger
BEHRINGER V-AMP 2
07-27-2009, 01:54 PM
I play strat into club royale. I would go with OCD.
07-27-2009, 02:20 PM
07-27-2009, 03:32 PM
Club Royale player here... I would suggest a BSIABII circuit. Such as the CMATMOD's Brownie. A *killer* Marshall sound out of a Club Royale. Only distortion pedal I like better is my BJF Dyna Red Distortion. The Wampler Pinnicle is supposed to be similer to the BSIAB, but with more tonal shapping (such as a mid contour control).
07-27-2009, 06:23 PM
Another vote for the OCD. Great pedal and perfect as a core sound.
07-27-2009, 07:28 PM
Don't forget the Lovekraft Chupacabra as well. Great tones and affordable price tag.
07-27-2009, 07:54 PM
Try a Fulltone FullDrive II MOSFET if you can. I like it better than the OCD for crunch rhythm.
07-30-2009, 10:09 PM
I just finished building my BSIAB2 from GGG. Pretty good rhythm pedal. I was gettin some odd noises out of it, but I think my epi SG just has a few problems. The pedal is very touch sensitive though. Only caveat to it is there's no sound without some drive kicked in.. But it's a Marshall in a box, who'd want a clean tone?
Another vote for the Box of Rock. I've had good luck with mine for that purpose.
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