Affordable, transparent overdrive!

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  1. Artimus82

    Artimus82 Member

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    looking for an affordable (150 mark), transparent overdrive for a friend of mine. I went shopping around town with him and saw a few...

    BBE Green Screamer?
    Mod Tone Dyna Drive?
    Ibanez TSDX?
    Digitech Bad Monkey?

    any love for any of these out there?
     
  2. winkofaneye

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    get yourself a used Xotic AC Booster,or a Tubescreamer from analogman(although the TS isnt that transparent)
     
  3. TheLemon

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    It sounds like all those are TubeScreamer variants, which IMO (and many other's) won't be a very transparent overdrive. What sounds is he looking for? What music does he play? This would help alot
     
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    he's a rhythm/lead/mostly rhythm guitarist in a very ambient instrumental group.
    he loves his fender amps and likes to hear string separation and response.
     
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    The Danelectro Transparent OD is great and cheap. The Bad Monkey and other cheap TS variants are very compressed.
     
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    The Catalinbread Silver Kiss is in that ball park and it's very nice.
     
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    Duncan Pickup Booster.
     
  8. Uma Floresta

    Uma Floresta Senior Member

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    The obvious answer is the Danelectro Transparent Overdrive :D
     
  9. LocustXReign

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    I'm going to have to suggest the MXR zakk wylde od. I believe its a modded boss Sd-1 (I believe thats the model number, its the yellow one lol).

    Very transparent, true bypass, and has served as everything from a solo boost on my dirty channel to a mild breakup on my clean channel and sounds good in both roles.

    -DB
     
  10. orogeny

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    tubescreamers really aren't super-transparent. it's not their forte. what they do, they do very well, but transparent isn't it. . . .

    super transparent = timmy.

    also the silver kiss (i prefer the timmy by a stretch . . . a long one these days).

    can you get BOSS where you are? probably their most transparent is the blues driver. it has its own issues. . . . unless its modded, but you can get some very good tones out of them if you don't mind having a very tiny usable range on the tone knob (like below and around 9 oclock!). modded, these pedals are excellent for transparency. i really love the keeley mods (haven't tried others).

    what i like MORE in the boss line (much more) is the boss od3. not as transparent, but i didn't care after i heard it. i could still do a whole gig with one as my only pedal. from clean boosting to light grit to all-out angus young. i love the darn thing still, though i hardly use it since the timmy arrived.

    i hope this helps.

    orogeny/mjr
     
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    Keeley BD2 is a great "transparent" OD, and will go from clean boost to light fuzz. And it fits into your price range.
     
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    bad monkey costs $50 and works great with fender amps. Give that a try first and if it doesn't meet your needs look at more expensive options.
     
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    +1 or the Barber Direct Drive LG
     
  15. Hugo Da Rosa

    Hugo Da Rosa Silver Supporting Member

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    I'm guessing your price range is somewhere more or less of $100. If you want something readily available, check out the Visual Sound Route 66 overdrive. It's a TS clone like many others but very transparent and very warm.

    If you don't mind doing some research and waiting a little while to get some not-so-readily available stuff, check out the Barber LTD/DD or Xotic boosters.
     
  16. wildschwein

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    Yes - you seek Dano Transparent OD. See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0TGg2NAGbk
    It's the second pedal they demo.
     
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    +1 for Dano TransOD. I also remember being pleasently surprised by the MXR Zakk Wylde, although it has been a while since I demoed it.
     
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    +1.
     
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    Without a doubt, he has to go with an OCD :AOK.
     

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