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Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by TimH, Aug 3, 2006.

  1. TimH

    TimH Member

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    Ok,

    I'm getting severe G.A.S. for some OD pedals. Right now I have an RC Booster and a Monte Allums TS-9 that I quite enjoy for what they do. What I'm looking for is a pedal to do the big distortion/boogie rectifier type sound, something to do a FAT lead tone and something to do a fuzz/distortion for leads. The front runners in each category are as follows:

    Distortion:
    Mi Audio Tube Zon

    OD:
    Eternity
    Zendrive 2 (I'm recently on the list but this will take a long time)

    Fuzz:
    BJE PPF (based on Fatback's clips...something less expensive would be nice here)

    So I know this covers a lot of ground and that there will be many opinions but I'd just like to try some things. For reference, I'm an Anderson Classic guy and run through a DRRI and Bad Cat CubIIR. Ideally if I can make the DRRI work by itself I will.

    Thanks a million,

    Tim
     
  2. eknapier

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    "What I'm looking for is a pedal to do the big distortion/boogie rectifier type sound, something to do a FAT lead tone and something to do a fuzz/distortion for leads."

    Maybe everything you are looking for is in a Keeley RAT? You will probably especially like the "Phat" mode, but there are 3 to choose from.

    For really super fuzzy leads, I still think nothing comes close to the Big Muff style, I've been through a few clones and currently my favorite is Da MOAF. But the RAT also crosses over into fuzz territory, the most flexible of the two for sure.
     
  3. TimH

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    I had a Keeley RAT and didn't like it. I'm looking for more of a tube amp like pedal. I also should be clear...I am looking for multiple pedals here.
     
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    get any of the skreddy pedals... trust me, theyre wicked! (I only have a mayo, but am waiting on two others!)
     
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    Tonebone Hot British
     
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    Xotic BB Preamp
     
  7. TimH

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    Skreddy would be new to me. I've had a BB Preamp and have extensive experience with the Hot British.
     
  8. Phil M

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    TimH, what didn't you like about the Keeley Rat? The only pedal I've heard of that's based on the sound you're looking for is the MI Audio Tubezone--the new ones even have that Dual Rec aesthetic. I'm in the same boat as you and the Tubezone is a front runner for what I'm looking for. The Tonebone Hot British and Keeley Rat are the other two.
     
  9. drolling

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    Tim, there's just so many great pedals in the categories you've described.. I've had to stop the search and devote more time to playing - which is another way to say I'm broke..

    ..but sounding good, thanks to stuff I've picked up since I started hangin here @ TGP

    MI Audio; I've got the BluesPro & CrunchBox- both very good pedals, tho' I get a wider variety of tones w/the BP. The pedal you're considering's got tons more bells & whistles, but I haven't heard it (except for clips, which have never helped me - fun to listen to, but often very misleading)

    Hermida & Lovepedal; I got a Zendrive before all the hoopla started and it doesn't do much for me - I can get a nice lead tone, but only w/humbuckers, and that's it. Eternity, on the other hand, has a surprising number of applications- from treble boost, thru' crunch rhythm all the way to the edge of full-bore distortion. One of my all-time favorite pedals.

    The only other manufacturer you've mentioned that I can comment on is BJF; No experience w/Bjorn's fuzzes, but the HoneyBee is easily one of the most unique & interesting drive pedals out there. While it imposes it's own character on whatever rig I'm using, it's dynamic response is more *amp-like* than any pedal I've used. Hitting it w/boosters and/or other ODs produce the most natural sounding compression & distortion I've heard from a stompbox.

    I've also got a BJF SeaBlueEQ, which serves as a great tone-shaper at any point in the signal chain. Such a versatile, musical pedal - I really wish I had two of 'em. A good EQ'll take your whle rig that much further..

    I'm gonna stick my neck out here, and recommend something that's not on your list; A RetroMan Sybil. This is one cool fuzz pedal. Two in one, actually, w/a ge & si circuit that can be run seperately, in parallel or series. I was expecting over-the-top fuzztones, and Sybil does not dissappoint in this regard - but I was surprised at all the other functions this pedal fullfills.. nice rangemaster-style treble boost & dirty rhythm tones when you roll back the gain on the pedal (or guitar!).

    Good luck on the hunt!!
     
  10. TimH

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    Thanks so much guys!

    Drolling - how would you say the Honey Bee is Compared to something like the RC Booster? I've always thought of it more like a clean boost...but would to work better than an RC for adding some grit and girth to the front of a clean amp and then running other pedals into it?

    Sounds like an Eternity is something I need to try out. Everyone goes on about it and I do like the tones I'm hearing from it on clips...which I agree...can be misleading.
     

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