Best Distortion box for nice , tight low end crunch ?

handyman11

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Posted this in Amps and Cabs by accident ...

I have a Keeley Ds-1 and Keeley BD-2 ..nice pedals , but I'm still looking for that sound I heard when I took my kids to Warped tour and other 'New Found Glory' shows a few years back ....tough to explain , but ,althoug the bands may not be what I saw when I was younger , I liked that tight crunch they would get on chords ...

I've tried a Direct Drive ( decent pedal , but not that sound ) and a V1 Crunch box ( not bad , but sounded alot like my BD- 2 when the Gain was cranked on the BD-2 ) .. my amps have been a Pro Junior , Peavey C30 , and now a Blackheart 5watt ..

Most of these bands used some kind of Marshall , but I play out once a year , where we are miked , and my 15 watt Pro Junior keeps up with a drummer when we jam , through a 2X12 ... I want to stay with a very low watt head (5-15 watt ) through a 2X12 ....

Was looking at a Box of Rock , or OCD , and may try them ....

Any suggestions would be appreciated ...thanks
 

Dearthian

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I just picked up a Menatone King of the Britains. It goes after the 1968 (I think) Marshall Plexi circuit. Killer crunchy sound. 3 different voicings and a boost circuit to boot.
 

Jay Strange

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Definately NOT a BOR or an OCD for that tight type of sound. I remember
when I played boogies a BB preamp was great for tighting it up.
 

JohnLutz

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I use a pair of Pro Juniors...

H&K Tube Factor (my favorite - huge form factor though)
Lovepedal 800 (my favorite small pedal for live use)
Visual Sound Jekyl & Hyde (sounds great with Pro Junior)
Crunchbox V2 (best for low volume situation)
 

GuiltySpark

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I just got a Wampler (Indyguitarist) Plextortion last week. It is killer! I'm done looking for my main sound, now just need a good OD/boost to stack on it. I will say I got the older build with the boost button. I think the new design he has now is probably better as I leave the boost on most of the time for extra oomph. It's really dirty, but is touch sensitive and not muddy, and cleans up nicely. Good for a little tease or major grind.

He also does his sound clips through non-expensive amps like you are talking about. I play a Peavey Classic 50 and a strat, and it sounds just like his Classic 50 clip with his strat.

Check em out -> www.wamplerpedals.com

He builds after orders are placed, so expect about 18 days or so on an order. *Hint* - to save some $$ on an order join his newsletter.
 
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marshall guvnor...the new one...has a bass and a deep bass tone control, along with a mid and high tone control...sounds great through my drri or peavey classic 30...lots of low end growl...angus young would be proud
 

steveb

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Marshall Shredmaster. Closest thing I've found for Marshall tones at manageable volumes.
 

TimH

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Sorry...that tones can't be really had with pedals through a 15 watt amp. As a compromise any of the pedals mentioned are fine but if you want that sound, even at low volumes, you need a 50 watt MV amp with lots of preamp gain.
 

JUSTJOB

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IMHO the Keeley BD2 is not bad for that nice tight crunch, the Keeley Fuzzhead may be a bit tighter and can give a more thunderous meaty crunch if that is what you mean. But I think your gonna need more headroom to get that tightness your after cause 15 watts running flat out is gonna be a bit compressed and loose no matter what pedal you goose it with. Actually any pedal you goose it with would probably just make it looser and more compressed! Try it without any pedals, it may be better, but still those EL84's are gonna give a lot of compression nontheless.
Best Regards!
 

handyman11

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I use a HSS Lone star strat with a Pearly Gates HB ....got close with my Laney PT 50 , but just sold it as it was too much for what I was doing ...actually was also looking at Keeley Fuzz head , as I like the Keeley pedals I have ... thanks for the good advice so far ..
 

GuiltySpark

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I used to have a Fuzz Head, but I sold it to pay for some other things I wanted to try. It's got GOOD tone, but it didn't stack well with other pedals. For it to sound right, it needed to be dead first in my pedal lineup. I will own another someday, I think.
 




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