Best low gain drive pedal

Will Nova

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Hey guys! Happy New Year!!
I'm running a Strat into a 90s US Blues Deluxe. I keep it totally clean.
What's the best low gain drive pedal?
I'm talking strictly rhythm here :)

Then I'd like to stack a drive pedal on top for leads. Thanks!
 

plan-x

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Timmy. The lead stacker could be many options. I have a Maxon RTO 700 for lead duty. Would the low gainer be first or last? Btw the Page is a good choice also.
 
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PatrickE_FenderADV

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True low gainer with a BDlx and a strat? Boss BD2 or the new Keeley phat drive.

Another choice would be the Barber Gain Changer on the low gain setting. Good dirt box that you can take into higher gain modes if you ever wanted to "make them cry or sing." :D
 
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ChampReverb

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I would look for a pedal that provides an interesting character that you like.

There are a lot of good ones out there (and I am a certified low gain overdrive junkie) but you probably have a particular sound in your head that you'd like to get.

If so, maybe you should describe that.

I've used most of the following successfully to provide low gain breakup:

Timmy
Bearfoot HBOD
JHS Superbolt
Bondi Del Mar
*RYRA Klone
*Greer Lightspeed
Simplexity (Menatone germanium preamp)
Analogman Sunface (fuzz turned down and guitar volume backed off)
Etc.

*Means I have not tried it but the clips sound good.
I do own the others though.

-bEn r.
 

Ryan Swanson

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I would look into a Lovepedal amp 11. It's very similar in circuitry to a Timmy, but I find that it sits much nicer with fender amps (big bottom and top ends). In addition, It comes with an independent boost stage that adds some really nice dirt by itself or combined with its main OD side.

Other than that, I'll also +1 the Bearfoot Honey Bee and the barber gain changer. More are worth checking out too, like the Menatone red snapper and Roger Mayer 4644 drive (expensive!)
 

btjguitarman

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Greer lightspeed is my favorite. It's the one that beat out the gain changed, Timmy, blue note, morning glory, and archer for me
 




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