Distortion for Blues Junior

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  1. Trojan

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    Need your expert opinions

    Looking for a new distortion pedal to pair up with my Fender Humboldt Blues Jr

    What do you guys recommend?

    I've got a tubescreamer. Looking for something a bit more gainy to add to the pedal chain

    cheers
     
  2. lbj273

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    the best I ever heard an OCD was through a Blues Jr
     
  3. Heady Jam Fan

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    The Blues Jr takes dirt really well, but I find that dirt pedals sound dirtier on the Jr. than on my Bassman. I had to pretty much double where the dirt knob was (ie, 9 o'clock to 12 o'clock). So medium gains might sound crunchier. I really like the Timmy, the Alpha worked really nicely after I took out the tone pot resistor and they stacked really well. TS stacks well with the Timmy. The Morning Glory was awesome too, but is really low gain (consequently, I got almost no distortion out of it on my Bassman). I didn't use any higher gain pedals with it, but I guess my point is that a medium gain might sound like a high gain if you want it to. Oh yea, the Lunar rocked too.
     
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    Love Rats into Blues Jr.'s
     
  5. Windup 43

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    I liked that combo too w/ my Les Paul.
     
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    I really like a stock Blues Driver (at low Gain) for a clean boost/ very natural mild breakup with my Blues Jr (owned both for over 10 years and I just leave the pedal ON as it is dynamic and works well with guitar volume knob...). For a stronger overdrive w/o getting into pure distortion, I have had very good luck with a GC/ MXR Classic Overdrive which has a good "Tube Screamer grind", or a Barber Direct Drive for smoother OD. I run the Blues Jr. very clean with an efficient 120 watt Emi spkr and just leave the amp alone, prefer to adjust volume and dirt all from the pedals...
     
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    Tim pedal to bring out the subtleties and Zendrive for solos!!
     
  8. Trojan

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    Cheers guys for the replies

    Will check out your recommendations

    The OCD and Blues Driver sounds interesting

    Would like to hear more suggestions
     
  9. lbj273

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    thats because the Alpha without the resistor on the tone pot is essentially an OCD ;)
     
  10. Heady Jam Fan

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    Lol, not quite. I was never a fan of the OCD, but I heard a forumite playing at a bar using a Gibson Thinline and a Maz 18 and it sounded great - sounded like an Alpha!
     
  11. lbj273

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    the Joyo Ultimate OD is an OCD...
     
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    Yep and I thought the joyo clips sounded worse than the OCD (obviously just clips). I dont know enough about electronics, but looking at the schematics, there are a number of other changes between Joyo UD / OCD and the Alpha aside from the tone pot resistor.
     
  13. diagrammatiks

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    you missed the party huh
     
  14. Heady Jam Fan

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    Nope I was there. Funny thing is Ken asked me a favor right before it came out, and I was on a waiting list with one of his dealers/retailers. When (bout 2 weeks after) it came out, he dealer/retailer asked me to summarize everything when I asked for a refund and to be taken off the waiting list. He hadn't heard and was blown away, refunded me immediately and canceled his checks to Ken.

    I got one second hand because I still think it sounds great, but did not want to send my money directly to Ken (at least until his formal apology, which never seems to have happened?). I was thinking about selling it for a Wampler Ecstasy until I took out the tone pot resistor, which was apparently originally Analogman's advice. It sounds great now, still debating about if I need it or not, but its a keeper for the time being.
     
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    FDII sounds great with a Blues Jr.
     
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  17. Trojan

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    Thanks for your imputs gents
     
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    Nice! I should be getting a used Barber Direct Drive tomorrow, and I'm getting psyched to pair it up with my BJ or my old Deluxe Reverb- Great OD! I owned one before but sold it as I needed the $$- not gonna let that happen again- I Hope! ;)
     
  19. lbj273

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    thats because its a mashup of the OCD versions similar to how the Dano Drive was, not a straight clone of any particular version

    back on topic, I also really like the Vox Satchurator into the BJ for a smooth lead tone, the problem is it sucks for rhythm. Another one to look into is the Marshall Guv'nor, the original one or a clone of the original not the crappy sounding one thats out there right now.
     
  20. iurod

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    I have a fender blues junior texas red special and the best overdrives I've paired with it have been:

    BJFE Dyna Red
    BJFE Honey Bee
    Timmy (although some don't like the timmy-fender combo, I think it sounds great!)
    Basic Tube Screamer

    The Bjfe's are expensive and have long waiting list, I would try out the more economically Bear Foot ones for experimentation.
     

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