Barber Direct Drive or OCD for Marshall-esque tones from Fender?

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  1. padavis

    padavis Supporting Member

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    I am stuck with my Fender Pro Reverb and thats ok as its cleans are sweet! So now which pedal for the best Marshall-esque tones? I read some past reviews saying the Barber Direct Drive does it and the clips from their site are great. The OCD seems to be a mainstay too and to be honest this is about as much money I want to spend. So other options are great as long as they are fairly easy to get and less than 150. I have had a Katana, SD-1, and Mod Plus TS9 which are great but still not quite what I am looking for.
    Thanks for any help,
    Patrick
     
  2. Yossi

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    I have both the OCD and the Barber DD. They are both great pedals.
    I think that you would be happy either way. The Barber is less money but not less pedal. Here is a link to some recordings of some jamming that I did using the Barber :http://www.acidplanet.com/artist.asp?songs=660719&T=7011
    I haven't done any with the OCD as I just got my Sony a couple of days ago.
     
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    If you want a clean Fender to sound like a Marshall a (Tonebone)Hot British is the one that's guaranteed to get you there.You'll have to buy used though.If you get one put a Tungsol 12ax7 in place of the JJ it comes with(noticable difference).
     
  4. AshlandBump

    AshlandBump Silver Supporting Member

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    I have a MusicMan 65/212, similar to a Pro Reverb, and used to have a Deluxe Reverb. I got an OCD right when they came out (so apparently several versions ago from what I can tell) and it sounded fizzy to me so I sold it. I had a Barber Direct Drive at the same time and still have it. To me, they are the quintessential pedal to use for Marshallesque medium-overdrive tones with a clean Fender amp.
     
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    I'd like to try the Barber myself. I used to run an OCD through my Twin and got some smokin' overdrive. In fact it was my DISTORTION for a lone time.
     
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    I've got a Blackbird 30 (sounds like a cross between a DR and a Pro Reverb), and my primary OD is a V.4 OCD. Gives really good plexi tones with excellent bass response. If you're looking for marshall tones, the OCD will do it, no doubt at all.
     
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    I use a BB Preamp and it sure sounds like old school Marshall tones on my DRRI to me.
     
  8. Snakum

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    I still feel that the OCD, Crunchbox, and V-Stack were way closer to actual Marshall tones than the Direct Drive. The DD was, I thought, a very nice, warm, lo gain OD, but I didn't hear Marshall, at least not in the one I tried about five years ago or so. Hmmmmmm ...:confused:
     
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    The DD and OCD are great pedals, no doubt. But the Wampler Plexirive nails the Marshall sound to a "T" for me. Check that out. (I think someone just put theirs on ebay. I, for one, am keeping mine).
     
  10. Analog Assassin

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    What is it about the OCD that I don't get? They don't seem to have any sustain and it seems like you have to 'fight' the pedal to get it to sing.
     
  11. jamison162

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    Maybe you got a bad one. OCD is one of the best pedals I own out of the 50 or so I've been through. I have a DD w/mod board but it's thicker, darker and better at lead than rhythm IMO. Both are keepers.

    I have a Plexidrive coming for the authentic JTM45 tone.
     
  12. Paul Parrish

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    I see you haven't played a current version.

    Paul
     
  13. screamingduck

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    I've compared the OCD (v.1,v.2, and v.3) to the Barber DD into my Super Reverb and while the Barber is a fine pedal, it does not have that "amplike" feel the OCD has. It sounds more like a pedal whereas the OCD seems to blend into your amp.
    I settled on v.3 although I liked my earlier v.1 and my friend's v.2 as well.
     
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    +1

    Had a V.2...not nearly enough sustain...picked up a V.4, EXACTLY what I was looking for!!
     
  15. Analog Assassin

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    There's that much difference? I thought Fuller just changed around some pot values. It seemed hard to tame the highs on the pedal I tried also.
     
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    I think the Box of Rock does it for me. I have had OCD, Crunchbox and Barber DD. Sold all the others and kept the BoR.

    Jack
     
  17. Sikor

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    What's not to get? "To sing" is not for everybody THE most important characeristic of the effect. At least not for me.
     
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    +1 on the BB into the DRRI.

    you leave the BB on lower gain settings, maybe 9 or 10 o clock. Gives you that nicely overdriven "BluesBreaker" sound. Then you kick on a boost into the BB and you get the crunchy early JCM 800 sounds, or like my late 70 JMP MV.

    When you crank the gain on a BB, it gets more compressed than a marshall (ie. the need for the boost pedal instead)
     
  19. Analog Assassin

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    So it's more for rhythm? I never really thought of that. I guess you'd have to stack it with something else for leads then?
     
  20. Sikor

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    Once again: does lead = automatically singing tone? I know that it is very popular, but it is not a given rule.
    And yes, I use OCD mostly for rhytm, HP-mode, gain 10-12 o'clock. Love it :)
     

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