Best low/mid gain OD for chord clarity

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  1. Dave Wakely

    Dave Wakely Member

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    Your suggestions please. My playing tends to have a lot of augmented/dimished/broken chords or double-stopping, and I'd like your thoughts on the best OD for rendering these clearly. Good sustain and smoothness also important. Dislike icy harshness but enough smooth/sweet top to still cut through is good to my ears.
     
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    OD guys...

    Barber Direct Drive LG (Low Gain)
    RC Booster (push your amp into natural saturation...or add some grit)
    Timmy (not a whole lot of sustain/smoothness IMO)
    Carb (a bit bright...no tone control)

    Still looking for that "right" low gain pedal myself. Personally the FD2 cleans up well when you roll the volume knob on the git-fiddle down (or use a volume pedal before the od pedal). So that may be an option as well.

    Using for example a jetter gain stage red and rolling back the volume for your lower gain/rhythm stuff.

    Just a thought.
     
  3. re-animator

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    I've owned a lot, but I think Fulltone Fulldrive 2-mos in compcut mode fits the bill perfectly. Very nice for chords without losing clarity and becoming ring mod-y. I'll have a TRex Moller/TC Tube Primer here next week to compare, and maybe kick the fulldrive off the board though.
     
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    TC Jauernig DGTM fulfills that criteria easily. If you can find one, that is (not selling mine)
     
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    I like the 4 knob Red Snapper for this. Very smooth transition to OD, and cut control tames highs while bite regulates snarl in the OD.
     
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    In my experience the Barber LTD is where it's at when it comes to low gain chord clarity.
     
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    you should check out the Barber Burn Unit (or little sister, the Small Fry). They were both designed to do the chord clarity thing.
     
  9. sickboy79

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    The Clark Gainster would be a good choice.
     
  10. TooManyHobbies

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    In this category, you can't beat the diamond jdrive series for that range of versatility. I'd also check out the interstellar overdriver as the range is absolutely huge on it, and it cleans up well.
     
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    I like my screwdriver.....it stays on A LOT
     
  12. Last Nerve

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    +1! Has a clarity, yet edge and grind, like an amp. :BEER
     
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    A COT 50, with the volume rolled back to taste.
     

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