Looking For A High Gain Overdrive Pedal - Any Suggestions?

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  1. binge

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    Hi folks,

    I'm looking for a high gain overdrive pedal. I've toyed around with distortions but, for the most part, I find them too harsh.

    The overdrives I have are the Wampler Plexidrive, Wampler Ecstasy, Wampler Paisley Drive, Boss OD-3 and Boss SD-1. I do not consider any of these to be high gain.

    When I stack the Boss SD-1 into the OD-3 I can get a good high gain sound, but I'd like a pedal that can do it on it's own.

    I do not want a pedal that sounds like heavy metal eg Pantera, Rammstein etc.

    I do not want a pedal whereby I'd have to wait for it to be built and I'm after something that is available in the UK / Europe.

    The sounds I like are Chris Poland, Warren DeMartini, George Lynch, Joe Stump, Steve Stevens, Reb Beach.

    I play through a Cornell Romany and it's very low volume and is very clean. I do not play gigs or play live.

    My guitar is a Fender Jeff Beck Signature Strat with dual ceramic single coils.

    Thanks!
     
  2. dshobe

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    How about the Elements by Dr. Scientist?
     
  3. binge

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    Checking it out now....it sounds fuzzyish to me. I'm looking a the ProGuitarShop demo.
     
  4. dshobe

    dshobe Gold Supporting Member

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    While your at it, check out the Holy Fire by Creation Audio Labs.
     
  5. Class5

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    Lovepedal Superlead or the VFE The Scream?
     
  6. es125luv

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    I am personally very impressed with the Carl Martin DC Drive. Plenty of gain on tap.

    I also use the TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion a lot. Do not let the name fool you, it is a not a death metal distortion by any means.

    Other ideas are the CM Plexitone and the Rockbox Boling Point has a lot of gain on tap.
     
  7. binge

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    I read that it needs it's own power supply.... Out of the question I'm afraid.

    I had a Lovepedal Redhead and I hated it, I think it's the same as the Superlead, right? I also had the Purple Plexi and didn't like it at all. I'm not really a Lovepedal fan.

    The Scream sounds good - it's like a turbo charged Tubescreamer, right?
     
  8. MiguelO

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    My two "go to" high gain OD's are the Rockbox Boiling Point and Tonemonk Seed of Life.
     
  9. lspaulsp

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    If you're not playing live, go to guitar center and get the black MXR distortion for $40. You'll get no respect from the snobs here but it's got plenty hi gain break-up for the bedroom and it's CHEAP. I bough some as presents when they came out on sale for $30. Two out of six are still on pedalboards I use my red one at home thru my 11R. The black one is still on my board. It was cool to see guys I played with open a pedal present.

    If you just want to drop a couple of hundred that's cool. The new Dirty Little Secret will go from mild to wild.
     
  10. binge

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    Thanks for the suggestions, guys. I'm heading to bed now but will look back on this thread in the morning :)
     
  11. mrpinter

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    For me, the Subdecay Super Nova Drive does what you're talking about. It can get pretty gain-y and it has a very useful 3 band eq. Here is a pretty good demo by Bobby Devito.
     
  12. King Rat

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    from my experience 50+ overdrives later haha

    1. HBE Power Screamer
    2. Menatone King Of The Britains
    3. Frantone Brooklyn

    they have been the only real stand outs for a high gain overdrive i've allowed to be on my board for long periods of time.
     
  13. Whiskey N Beans

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    Skreddy Screwdriver
     
  14. binge

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    Wow, youve played a lot of pedals!

    Just before I go, is there such a thing as a high gain, turbo charged Tubescreamer?
     
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    I'd say the VFE's The Scream is in that ballpark.
     
  16. King Rat

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    The middle position of the HBE is pretty turbo, more gain, more bottom end, tad more compression etc..

    The TS9Dx is the turbo tubescreamer, and keeley has a modded version.

    although i read recently at namm that ibanez or maxon just brought out a new one which is a bit of a cross with an SD9 which might be interesting...
     
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    Carl Martin Plexitone (If your amp is set on the Darker side this pedal is hard to beat)
     
  19. shredtrash

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    Wampler Plextortion
     
  20. matt5150

    matt5150 Either U Know Or U Don't Silver Supporting Member

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    We have similar tastes.

    I really like the XActone Atomic OD followed by the Tone Freak Abunai 2 to get these tones.

    Matt
     

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