Pretty much a spot on observation of what can happen with OD pedals that sound fat on the bridge, but lose it on the neck pickup. I'd add that the current massive crop of "PAF" voiced neck pickups does not help, as most are over-ripe sounding even though they measure 7.xK, it really helps to take the cover off, and sometimes A2 is not a perfect neck solution with a cover on. That said, neck PU clarity with D-style pedals can be assisted with a treble bleed on the guitar's volume (220k parallel with 680p) and backing off the volume a bit when on the neck. I bet I spent an extra couple of weeks voicing every day to try to get as much fatness out of the bridge, while still having clarity from the neck. Covered Seth lover bridge is great, but I'd much rather have a Antiquity neck, or Alnico II Pro uncovered to match it in the neck, single coil split sounds are usually better from an uncovered PU. All those early Ford tomes seem to be uncovered alnico 5.Well first impressions are very positive. My experience with a bunch of D-style pedals is a mixed bag. To get that juicy, chirpy of tone it was often at the cost of articulation. Neck pickups could get muddy. Dial out the mud and you’d risk introducing some fizz. The CBU’s dynamics and mid toggles, along with a well voiced tone control, do a great job at balancing both extremes and work equally well with HB’s and single coils. It excels at mid to higher gain leads tones but even at high gain settings remains articulate enough for chord work. So far, all good.
I think for the music you describe the GC is your best bet. However this new Burn Unit seems a bit more unique and covers a lot of ground. It's definitely a different flavor compared to the other two.Which of the three new Barber ODs would you recommend (DD, GC or BU) for someone wanting a little different sound.
I have CBU, GC SR, and DD v3. Right now I have all three on the board, and am trying to do a lot fo comparisons to see the overlap and differences. Space doesn't permit all three to stay on the board at the same time.Which of the three new Barber ODs would you recommend (DD, GC or BU) for someone wanting a little different sound.
I've had LTDs and Direct Drives in the past, but it's been a while. I liked both. My current ODs are a TS-style (MJM Phantom OD - good with Strats), a Rat clone (good w/335 styles), Skeddy Screwdriver (good w/P-90s), Timmy v3 and a Catalinbread DLS (version 1.2). The DLS is probably my all time favorite, but I mostly use it for lower gain stuff - general rock rhythm w/humbuckers and P-90s and to warm & juicy up single coils (so even thought the DD is a MiaB, I wouldn't rule it out for higher gains).
I play lots of different stuff - from 80s rock and alternative to more experimental jazz and lots of stuff in between. Never too high gain and I'm not chasing any particular sounds - just want something unique (from what I already have) that sounds good. I tend to not like overly 'transparent' ODs. The Timmy is not my favorite, for example. Too crunchy and fizzy w/my Fender amps unless I keep the gain real low.
First, thank you! That last question is sooo loaded! It is completely gig and guitar dependent. I don't feel like I can get GC SR tones from a DDv4, and vice versa, but the CBU can tread a bit in each pedal's territory. The GC as you mentioned, can get clearer than nearly anything, that was the goal there, the DDv4 can get meaner and toothier than the GC or CBU, for some in would be splitting hairs though, but it's overt to me. If I had a humbucker guitar in my hand, and needed power chords and classic rock, the DDv4 would go well, Give me a strat or Tele and the need to get some polished sustain, and clanging chords, I'd grab a GC SR. When I get some time away from building to keep up with the ever mounting CBU wait list, I need to make video showing all the directions you can go with a CBU, and how to get there in a hurry. Once a set of controls for an audio device is set, the phycology of how to use them becomes another character of the device. After playing the CBU every days for months now, I feel like the midrange toggle has become a "clarity vs thickness" switch, more so than I ever thought the internal trim was anything but a "mid trim", once you start thinking of it that way, you plug a guitar in, and you get there quicker. Having 3-way midrange toggles on 3 knobber overdrives really improves their usability, now all three of ours have that. Good luck choosing the second drive, my shop floor is somewhat capacious, so it's all three drives, Tone Press, DD500, a Ventura Vibe, and a Flint for me.David has always called the Burn Unit an analog amp modeler. And I think that's pretty spot on. AND the tweed tones are just awesome. As are the dumble (although like many, I don't truly know what Dumble sounds like to compare. . I really like the edge of breakup blackface and thick singles coils with sustain settings.
DAVID B: If you could put two of your pedals on a board (CBU, DD, GC) and the CBU was one of them, what would provide the most variety? (Asking, thinking about classic rock and blues for music styles).