Amp-like dirt boxes

johnny5

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What are some of your favorite Amp-Like dirt pedals? What I mean by amp-like is essentially feel. Something that will clean up with picking attack, is not too compressed, fairly neutral tone. Anything ranging from overdrive to distortion to fuzz, or even a little of them all.

A couple I have run across lately are;
- Skreddy Screwdriver - very unique tone with excellent feel. works amazingly well in front of either a clean or overdriven amp.

- Greer Ghetto stomp - Very cool box that is like it claims, tweedy. I am not the biggest fan of the tweed sound but this pedal is alot of fun. very touch sensitive and sharp on the edges in a good way.

- Catalinbread Teaser Stallion - Mostly the straight drive channel here. very impressive feel and tone out of this one. big and woolly bordering on fuzz and distortion.

Looking for more, any others?
 

NeilYoungFan

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What you're describing (which I don't like to call amp-like, but organic) was the Lovepedal COT50 (the handwired one-knob version), in my case.
 

eknapier

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Himmelstrutz Fetto
Paul Cochrane Timmy
Penny Pedals Fingerprint

All extremely different, all extremely amp-like
 

alguit

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If you're talking about pedals that sound good into a clean-sounding amp, pedals which work to recreate the body of an amp's od tone, I like many of the suggestions already made and also advocate for the Blackstone Mosfet, meant to work in a clean amp as well as the HAO Rustdriver if you're looking for a "vintage Marshall on the verge of blowing up" tone-it is the ONLY OD pedal that sounds killer in the clean channel of my Carr Slant 6V-all the others sound too "transistor-ish".
 

dap9

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I have the OCD. Haven't played the other ones mentioned, though I've breadboarded the Red Llama circuit which is similar to the Rust Driver. But I feel I can only speak on the OCD so I will. As has been documented, it's a great pedal. I have V3 and love it. I play a Mesa Tremoverb and sometimes use the OCD as a 3rd channel. I'll set the Mesa up for clean and dirty, and use the OCD for subtle grit. Yesterday I noticed how similar I could get the amp and the OCD to sound w/ a little tweaking. PRetty cool.
 

gpro34

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Without mentioned some of the common favorites here I like the Precision Overdrive. I have found this to be one of the most dynamic touch sensitive overdrives around.
 

Hugo Da Rosa

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Barber Small Fry.

Voiced to sound like a Dumble...can pretty much get it to sound like most Fender amps. Can get anything from a nice clean boost to a full on distortion. Cleans up like a charm - probably the best on my board right now.
 


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