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4 dirt pedals on one board? crazy? stupid?

csills

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hi guys.
i have a question:


i currently have 4 dirt boxes on my pedal board.

fuzz-->wah-->vibe-->dano TOD--> TS808--> OCD

the fuzz is a fulltone octafuzz, and i usually use it with almost no fuzz on, i only use it for the octave up effect generally.

but that still leaves me with three OD pedals. i use the TS for my main OD tone. i use the TOD for clean boosts and for boosting other od pedals for leads. and finally, i use the OCD only on two songs in our set. One of them with the drive turned up quite high and boosted with the TS, this is for our "heavy" song. its guns n roses type sound. and then i use it by itself once just for that marshall type sound.

is this many overdrive pedals overkill? should i remove one? i do use them all differently, but tbh i feel pretty damn silly with all these od pedals. esp. since i used to use just a wah and one OD pedal.
 

muffinman

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Just 4? That pales in comparison to some folks I know. That said, I don't have any on my board right now (just using my amp's dirty channel), so go figure.
 

Charles#5

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I used to have 4, then 3, then 2 and now just the Sweet Honey. I hit it with the Varioboost and/or enhance it with the FA-1 to get all the OD sounds I need.
 

Taller

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If you need 'em to do the job, then it's all good.
Last cover band I was in, I had a Sunface, a Beano Boost, a Tim, and a Sparkle Drive - used all of them, individually and some together, during the course of an evening for different textures.
 

guitbeef

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I use 4 because I gig with a loud clean amp and have to cover a variety of styles so it's a light gain, a medium gain, a TS-style to push the med-gain into heavier territory, and then also a fuzz face circuit to stack with the med-gain also.

I agree with what's been said- if you use them, it's not too much.

However, I like my fuzz stacked with my modded Shredmaster clone so much (with gtr vol knob manipulation) I could really get just about all I need that way.
 

The Kid

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Different flavors. Nothing wrong with that.
Mine are in my sig and I use them all. I stack them too.
Enjoy.
 

metz420

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For me, any addition to my chain better add a significantly different/usable tone otherwise it isn't worth degrading my signal/tone. I've had over 10 pedals on my board in the past and now I am down to about 4 (not counting my wah or tuner which are mandatory). I really don't miss the other pedals and I'd love to get down to fewer pedals if possible.
 

jakethesnake

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I could probably get away with just 1 or 2 but I currently have 5. 4 of them I use for different tones and 1 of them for a boost. Like someone mentioned earlier, I use them all so I have no problem keeping them on my board.
 

burnbritney

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Yea, 4 is totally fine... it gives you more than enough texture options if you stack them or even if you play them all on their own. Good choices to I must say...
 

orogeny

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axis fuzz for silicon bite on chords and leads, screwdriver (for distortion and germ-y fuzz), timmy for light dirt and DLS for marshally rhythm. i COULD go with just one (i'd want TWO. . . . screwdriver and timmy), but. . . . i don't have to. my axis is even OFF the board. . .. . and i'm the guy who used to INSISt that everything fits on the board so i can just put it down, plug in. . . plug out. . . and go. . . so. . . four is just poifect :-D
 

yellowecho

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i use 4 and don't even consider myself much of a dirt lover.

i have two different flavors of fuzz (one that's nasty for leads- one thats pretty for chords).
i have two different flavors of OD (one that's a slightly dirty boost- one that's a little flabby and messy. stack em up)

to me, four makes sense. i could use less and probably be perfectly content, but it's about flavor man! why eat only apples when you can eat oranges, too?:)
 

bozobreak

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4 here as well
Timmy->Top Fuel->Red Snapper->Honey Bee
waiting for Screwdriver (already in the caring hands of the USPS)
 

Steven

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I have five dirt pedals on my board:
1. Timmy for low/medium gain
2. TS9 for errr... TS9ish sounds
3. Keeler Kick fuzz for old school fuzz sounds
4. Crunchbox for high gain distortion
5. GGG Octavia

I´m kind of satisfied with this heard right now. I´m doing lots of different music and need a versatile rig.
 




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