as versatile as an FDII, but isn't?

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  1. rorschah

    rorschah Member

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    I've got an FDII, and I dig how versatile it is - all the settings, and the overdrive or boost. I like that I can just grab it for a jam and nothin' else. The clean boost is super useful. I just don't like how it sounds as an overdrive - especially as a high gain overdrive. The high gain stuff sounds like ripping dry cardboard to me.

    I think I don't like tubescreamer-type overdrives, that smooth-overdrive thing.

    Anything else at that level of flexibility, but not a tubescreamer-type?

    Something that might move between gritty to crunchy to roaring ?

    -thi
     
  2. jlagrassa

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    Get the OCD, The FD-2 and OCD together are great for searing high gain tones! The OCD has a very fat sound with plenty of bass and major crunch.
     
  3. rorschah

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    I tried the OCD once. I was hoping it would be like a super-boutique version of a BD2, which I was all excited about, but it seemed very midrangey to me.

    maybe I'm on crack.

    -thi
     
  4. Big Bob

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    How bout that 2 channel Tonebone classic?

    Bob
     
  5. Laroosco!

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    I prefer the HBE Power Screamer over the FD2.

    I found the FD2 to be a bit on the dark side. THe HBE is a bit on the bright side(I'd rather have more than less). I've also heard that the new model of the Power Screamer has a fat switch for the boost channel. Very cool IMO

    The HBE is definitely on the edgy side as far as the charecter of the OD compared the FD2. The HBE has a bit more gain IIRC

    The HBE doesn't have a clean boost mode like the FD2 but it has a 3 way gain switch that ads compression, more/less bass etc.

    The Banzai Fireball is another that I prefer to the FD2 for the same reason.
    YMMV
     
  6. Phil M

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    I love the FDII but recently just dumped my cream CS; I'll get a MOSFET one of these days.

    You gotta check out the TC Jauernig pedals. Actually, just yesterday I took delivery of his Gristle King which is his DGTM overdrive and Luxury Drive boost in one pedal. I ordered my original DGTM and LD back in March and find that the DGTM is a particularly great TS inspired drive pedal. The less compressed toggle switch setting is where it's at.

    Two cool features on the Gristle King that I like better than the FDII:

    A) The OD and boost can be used separately or together
    B) There is a "pre/post" toggle switch. This lets you run the clean boost before the overdrive, or after.
     
  7. Curly

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    the OCD is transparent rather than 'midrangey' ... that was the point of that pedal

    you might check the Banzai, and also the G2D classic
     
  8. Mullet Kingdom

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    I've got a Tonebone Classic and a FD2. I bought the Tonebone for a good high-gain crunch sound because the FD2 doesn't quite do it through a clean amp with a strat. A guitar with humbuckers is ideal for that sound, but a Tonebone sounds awesome with a stock strat for high and low gain sounds.

    Try a Tonebone Classic or a Trimode, which is like two Classics in one box.

    Tonebone Classic

    Tonebone Trimode
     
  9. CharlieNC

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    +1 for the HBE Power Screamer

    I bought one after chatting with Laroosco! on another board. This pedal rocks and has much more amp like crunch than the FDII.
     
  10. agentcooper2001

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    FoxRox ZIM - the best od/distortion pedal ever made, IMO. I've tried a ton of dirt pedals and it's my favorite. The FD-2 sounds good, but doesn't have as much gain as the ZIM and is a bit more compressed sounding. Plus, the ZIM has interchangable cards that you can install for different sounds. I think Dave has about 10 different cards you can choose from now.

    Check it out at: www.foxroxelectronics.com
     
  11. Den

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    After I picked up a Barber Burn EQ, I didn't think the FDII was versatile at all. To my ears, this is the pedal you're describing. Worth a look.
     

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