Barber Direct Drive V3 is the real deal

Doomrider78

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How does the DD compare to a Tubescreamer? I'm looking for a new OD boost for my Marshall DSL that isnt a tubescreamer.
 

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Likely, V4 came out months ago, if you purchased before then, it's likely v2.
yup, it's an older one. and now I'm going to restrain myself from going back through this thread and reading about all the improvements that have been made since I got it...
 
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Is there a seafoam V4, or did you re-house that?
Funny story: as an off hand comment I mentioned in the thread that I would likely not feel compelled to get a V4, since I had the V2 and V3, UNLESS it came in a color such as surf green or some such...well David Barber answered that it just so happened that he had ONE Surf Green V4 on his shelf...so I couldn't resist and bought it, and I'm super glad I did btw. David now thinks I'm a peeping Tom and will henceforth keep the blinds to his shop closed.
 
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yup, it's an older one. and now I'm going to restrain myself from going back through this thread and reading about all the improvements that have been made since I got it...
Edited: sorry I hadn't finished my post and somehow I posted!

I have a V2, V3 and V4 and I think that unless your rig makes you wish you had more bottom end when you kick your V2 on, the V2 is still totally amazing and a very hard to beat MIAB pedal. I actually prefer the V2 to the V3 with my R7 and R4, and even with my Fenders when I want a lighter to medium overdrive, as the V2 seems to have a bit more high end and presence that I like having available. The V3 has more low end and a creamier top, and the V4 keeps the low end but restores most, if not all, of the V2 top end, and I prefer that higher amount of top end for my particular set up and taste. I do have to say that the V4 is more versatile, and in some ways the V4 achieves many tonal sweet spots, at least for me, especially since you can also set it for a more transparent less mids rich tone.

However the V2 has a low and high harmonics switch, which the V4 doesn't have, and I actually use the V2 in low harmonics mode quite a lot. So I'll still be keeping the V2 for sure...and I'll probably be keeping my V3 for my thinner more percussive single coil guitars for when I want to rock out some high gain with them.

Well I was trying to make you feel better about not "upgrading" but I probably confused the $hit out of the issue! So Sorry!
 
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chromewaves

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Edited: sorry I hadn't finished my post and somehow I posted!

I have a V2, V3 and V4 and I think that unless your rig makes you wish you had more bottom end when you kick your V2 on, the V2 is still totally amazing and a very hard to beat MIAB pedal. I actually prefer the V2 to the V3 with my R7 and R4, and even with my Fenders when I want a lighter to medium overdrive, as the V2 seemed to have a bit more high end and presence that I liked having available. The V3 has more low end and a creamier top, and the V4 keeps the low end but restores most, if not all, of the V2 top end, and I prefer that higher amount of top end for my particular set up and taste. I do have to say that the V4 is more versatile, and in some ways the V4 achieves many tonal sweet spots, at least for me, especially since you can also set it for a more transparent less mids rich tone.

However the V2 has a low and high harmonics switch, which the V4 doesn't have, and I actually use the V2 in low harmonics mode quite a lot. So I'll still be keeping the V2 for sure...and I'll probably be keeping my V3 for my thinner more percussive single coil guitars for when I want to rock out some high gain with them.

Well I was trying to make you feel better about not "upgrading" but I probably confused the $hit out of the issue! So Sorry!
actually I was mostly only kidding but your notes definitely helped - I don't need more low end from it at all, and wouldn't want to lose any high end so maybe the v2 EQ is for me. Plus I really like the harmonics switch... okay! thanks!
 

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How does the DD compare to a Tubescreamer? I'm looking for a new OD boost for my Marshall DSL that isnt a tubescreamer.
It doesn’t compare. The pedals are in two different leagues.

The Compact Direct Drive (I have v4) is a versatile British drive pedal.
 

Doomrider78

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It doesn’t compare. The pedals are in two different leagues.

The Compact Direct Drive (I have v4) is a versatile British drive pedal.
Thanks, and I appreciate that. My question was really related to how they work as a boost: do they boost certain frequencies, or are they fairly flat etc? As I've only ever owned a TS, it's my only frame of reference at this point.
 

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Thanks, and I appreciate that. My question was really related to how they work as a boost: do they boost certain frequencies, or are they fairly flat etc? As I've only ever owned a TS, it's my only frame of reference at this point.
I use a DDSS to boost my Marshall 2204 into "Classic" Metal territory. That pedal has such an aggressive, angry midrange when paired with my Marshall it's amazing. Doesn't sound like a TS either, not as compressed, more open and aggressive with a wider midrange hump. It sounds awesome, been my main OD since I got it in 2003, will never part with it!
 

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Thanks, and I appreciate that. My question was really related to how they work as a boost: do they boost certain frequencies, or are they fairly flat etc? As I've only ever owned a TS, it's my only frame of reference at this point.
You might take a look at the Barber Gain Changer for a fairly flat boost to push the amp further. It excels at that.
 

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You might take a look at the Barber Gain Changer for a fairly flat boost to push the amp further. It excels at that.
Came here to suggest this as well.

The CDD is great, but I don't know if it would be a good boost. It has a strong personality, the GC is more flexible IMO
 

SlyStrat

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How does the DD compare to a Tubescreamer? I'm looking for a new OD boost for my Marshall DSL that isnt a tubescreamer.
Nothing like it. To me a TS gives half the tone the Barber DDC gives.
For me it gives authentic amp overdrive tone.
 
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Hi,

After reading so many good things about DD, I have a question or two.
I use OCD v1.3 as my main drive. Better term would be always on pedal that I boost with other drives to get the tone I want -> Skreddy screwdriver + OCDv1.3 is a thing to beat. At least in my living room. :)
So, I wanted to check what else is out there (just because) and found a lot of praise about Barber pedals and DD -> I've noticed Barber 10 years ago, but since I'm in europe it does not appear on used market and new price + shipping + 25% VAT is a bit too much for a drive pedal I've never tried. Sorry, just letting it all out. :)
So, is DD usable in my setup? Can I use it as a low gain always on and then hit it with Screwdriver and Fuzzface (JHF1) to get that melting fuzz tone withouth nasty highs...?
For that it should be highly dynamic as OCD is (at least v1.3 - dont know about later iterations).

Thanks!
 

djw

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Hi,

After reading so many good things about DD, I have a question or two.
I use OCD v1.3 as my main drive. Better term would be always on pedal that I boost with other drives to get the tone I want -> Skreddy screwdriver + OCDv1.3 is a thing to beat. At least in my living room. :)
So, I wanted to check what else is out there (just because) and found a lot of praise about Barber pedals and DD -> I've noticed Barber 10 years ago, but since I'm in europe it does not appear on used market and new price + shipping + 25% VAT is a bit too much for a drive pedal I've never tried. Sorry, just letting it all out. :)
So, is DD usable in my setup? Can I use it as a low gain always on and then hit it with Screwdriver and Fuzzface (JHF1) to get that melting fuzz tone withouth nasty highs...?
For that it should be highly dynamic as OCD is (at least v1.3 - dont know about later iterations).

Thanks!
Yes, without a doubt. Both the DD and the Gain Changer can be used that way, as an always-on base tone, very much like the OCD but a different flavor (which I like better, personally).
 




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