View Full Version : Nice high gain rhythm crunch for strat
07-04-2010, 03:17 AM
Having quite a bit of trouble finding a pedal to do this..
What ended the search for you guys?
I'm using a strat with v60LPs into a fender deville..
Other drive pedals on the board are foxrox zim(stock), ocd v3, tim.
Considering crunchbox, radial hot british/london, tech 21 british, direct drive (suspect this will be too smooth), blackstar dist, hardwire SC-2, rat types, DLS (too low gain?) What else have i missed out?
07-04-2010, 05:23 AM
Check out the Henretta Engineering Chord Blaster! Kevin is a member here and offers a discount to TGP members as long as you post a video or mp3 of you using the pedal. I was playing my MIJ Strat with the early version (Choad Blaster) yesterday and loved how it crunched up the tone without masking it. His handle here is KevinHiFi. Click on my soundclick link for a few sound bites.
07-04-2010, 05:37 AM
The DLS isn't too low gain, really. And you know what? It's even better on the Rawk setting with the gain at 11 O' clock. But this is with humbuckers, you might want to dial it up a little or stack it with one of your other OD's.
07-04-2010, 09:19 AM
I have tried many and my favorite for chrunchy chord work is the BOR. Even better with the boost when you need a little extra. I have always been a Strat player. DLS is my second fav. have both.
07-04-2010, 11:44 AM
Xotic BB Preamp
07-04-2010, 11:50 AM
I have tried several of the ones that you mentioned, and what did the trick best for my Strat to get crunchy chords was the Keeley modded Rat 2 into the Timmy [with OP275 chip]:JAM
07-04-2010, 10:39 PM
thanks for the input!
anyone else tried the above pedals??
07-04-2010, 11:05 PM
Xotic BB Preamp
I have the custom shop version with the mid boost. While it might not be the single best sounding OD I own, it seems to cover the most ground and it sounds the best with the band.
Sometimes I'll use one strat with singles all night... for a somewhat wide-ranging classic/modern rock cover band.
I love my BoR too... probably is a truer OD sound... but I think the BB pushes my sound a lot further....
07-04-2010, 11:10 PM
I had a bb preamp before. and somehow i found it didn't have enough bite.. sounded more sweet than crunchy to me..
always seemed like there was a blanket over the sound.. could be the output of my pickups though
07-04-2010, 11:21 PM
Could also be the mid boost that makes a difference for me? Mine can get pretty dirty.
I've actually never played the regular BB.
I've crossed paths with a few guys who swear by the crunch box.... you can get them for less than $100....
07-04-2010, 11:44 PM
menatone blue collar might be what you're after - ts on roids
07-05-2010, 01:49 AM
I like OCD v3 and CrunchBox with strat a lot :rockin
But recently I got Rocket Pedals Animal OD and it's also great!
Old style plexi crunch OR with a switch flipped, hot-rodded marshall crunch.
Very nice, very nic :aok
07-05-2010, 04:19 AM
Currently have the ocd v3 on my board. Using it more for lead work cause it doesn't really get me the sustain i need for big rock chords.
Animal sounds interesting.. Shall check it out..
Going for the jcm800 kinda sound rather than jtm45.. preferably without stacking if possible..
keep the suggestions coming!
07-05-2010, 04:43 AM
I would vote for the Blackstar tbh. - its self tubes create that warm gain you want for rhythm playing, good sustain and quite quiet even cranked up. - it wont do heavy metal.. but certainly enough crunch and dirt on a strat, I don't own one. but my rhythm guitarist does. and its a joy to play over the top of that.."really"
We did a few gigs where people have approached him saying how nice his sound was. (of course I was jealous with my MXR Dist III and Ibanez TS9), but Ive no space to host a Blackstar.. else I would!.
07-05-2010, 10:07 AM
mi audio blues pro
OCD V4 in HP mode and gain past 3 o'clock with a tubescreamer pushing it gets a nice Marshall JTM45 tone into a Fender HRD on clean, or the drive channel with gain barely on.
Standard Strat with GFS Vintage Overwound Alnicos, 500k's. Delicious tone.
07-05-2010, 10:40 AM
I'm terrible at articulating tonal nuances but ... my strat + Direct Drive + cranked amp live = rock goodness. I typically have it dialed to the "hot-rodded Marshall" settings and it works very well for my rhythm stuff (which is 99% of what I do).
Here's a little bluesy/heavy jam with a stock MIM Strat and an OCD v4 I made a while back. OCD is kicked on after about a minute, give or take. Amp is 1-knob Valve Jr 5w combo mic'd into a Fender KXR 1x15. I don't know about other people, but I consider this sound to be "crunchy" and pretty heavy/high gain for a strat.
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