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I disagree with this assessment. I use the Boneshaker as a base distortion and then boost it with a RAT. They sound and feel very different. The Boneshaker does sound fantastic on bass though.
you mean, a RAT after the Boneshaker? I never know what people mean when they say the use a pedal to boost another one. if I choose to use a certain high gain pedal as my main dirt tone, I tend to use another low gain overdrive as a pre-boost.
 

doghouseman

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DLS Mk.1
Lumpy's Tone Shop Albion
BOSS ST-2

I just got the ST-2 and I think it has THE greatest cleanup with the volume knob that I have ever gotten out of a MIAB. It can be pretty grindy and midrangy....but when you roll down your guitar's volume knob it gets clean and sparkly.
Do you find the ST-2 to be noisy?
 

johnh

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I couldn’t resist any longer - I’ve just ordered a La Grange. I hope it’s as good as you guys say.

I think I’m on a crusade to have owned every MIAB known to man!
 

Buzzard Luck

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Yes, it does. In fact, the Dark Matter and the Mojo Mojo go together very well indeed. You can see that in action at the end of this video:
 

BenoA

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Is it mid-gain or high-gain ? Does it stack well ? I heard mixed reviews about this one.
I really dig my Dark Matter. It has sounded half decent with most amps I've tried it. I bought it first to use my my Mini Ditto but I have used it as a easy to lug around (read fits in the case) pedal to plug anywhere.

I would say you can get from mid to high gain with it but do not expect "extreme high gain". The name of the pedal could somewhat makes you think differently.

I have stacked it with some of my of my OD pedals (TS9, SD1, Spark) with OK results. I have bought yesterday a Mojo Mojo but haven't tried both together yet. Will do today.

Here is a humble recording I have done with it. I got a few thumbs down for this one so you may not like it. Hope it can help.

 

BenoA

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Played my own Santa for Xmas and bought myself a Mojo Mojo (boxing day price was good). :) Had the time to record this quick clip before my son's friend (he is a guitar player) found out about the pedal and borrowed it for a few days.

 

cwlivingston

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Personal favorite is still Zvex Distortron (Box of Rock without 2nd boost side).

Have owned DLSIII, LaGrange, Keeley 1962 and 1962x. Biggest disappointment was DLS - really didn’t sound much like a Marshall to me although it’s a fine sounding pedal otherwise. Tried SL and SB both at 9 and 18v - definitely more amp like at 18v but still not close enough to Marshall to justify keeping it. Catalinbread makes some great pedals, but this one doesn’t quite hit the bullseye.

Both 1962’s were fine, but not special. I had the Distortron to compare to both, and it won easily.

LaGrange was also a good pedal, but again, after several hours of tweaking, it never made me say “aha, that’s it”. To be fair, I slightly prefer the sound of JTM45 over SL anyway, so all things being equal, I’m gonna gravitate to the pedal that gives that sound.

Distortron is an instant gratification pedal. It’s not a tweaker, you’ll know instantly if you like it or not. It’s early Hendrix or AC/DC in a box.

My rig is a recording setup, pedal into interface and then into a variety of virtual amps set for a neutral clean tone, plus good IRs. The front end pedal is bigger sounding than a JTM45 model on its own.
 

Dr Git

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I just won a 1959 DD ...what power supply options do i have and what do you recommend buyi ng to power it up. Currently i'm using a cheapo Pedal pad power supply that's working well for my other pedals...suggestions...cheeers
 

golddillion

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PedalPal fx Gold Overdrive just last week knocked my Weehbo JCM Drive off my board. I had been using the Weehbo for years and thought nothing could ever touch it.

I think I'm going to reverb to order the PAL 959!
 

Beto

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I couldn’t resist any longer - I’ve just ordered a La Grange. I hope it’s as good as you guys say.

I think I’m on a crusade to have owned every MIAB known to man!
So you MUST try these pedals mentioned below:

I just won a 1959 DD ...what power supply options do i have and what do you recommend buyi ng to power it up. Currently i'm using a cheapo Pedal pad power supply that's working well for my other pedals...suggestions...cheeers
The 1959 DD is a thing on its own. Sometimes I don't know if it's fair to put it competing with usual pedals.

PedalPal fx Gold Overdrive just last week knocked my Weehbo JCM Drive off my board. I had been using the Weehbo for years and thought nothing could ever touch it.

I think I'm going to reverb to order the PAL 959!
I love my Weehbo JCM. And while I love both the PAL 800 Gold and the 959 on my board now - I just play at home -, the JCM stays because it's just PERFECT for some songs I've dialed it for - and it's two channels in one pedal!

To summ it up:

Into my Mesa Mark IV combo, 1959 DD, Wheebo JCM, PAL 959, and PAL 800 Gold are the best I've owned according to my ears.

(Disclaimer: I've never played plugged into a real Plexi amp.)
 

monkeymagic

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A Guvnor is a fine pedal
But a MIAB it is not. It was never even intended to be that.
It is a transparent mild overdrive boost pedal
However the drive master out of that series that came along shortly after the guvnor was/is one of the best MIAB's ever.
That doesn't make sense. The Guvnor and Drivemaster are the same! Did you get your model names mixed up?
 

Alpione

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Posted this separately before I saw this big MIAB thread, so thought I'd spare everyone a new thread.... :)

Been looking for (I thought) a good always-on MIAB pedal that I could use for gritty OD and then stack with a TS or clean boost to get into a good lead tone.

I got the Catalinbread DLS Mk3 today used on Craiglist and it sounds great but holy cow ... too much gain even on the Super Bass mode. I am running it at 9V and I understand it has more headroom at 18V, but that's not happening right now.

Suggestions for something to kick on whenever I'm looking for a more Marshall'y vibe with my Strat that stacks well but isn't veering into super hard rock? Main amp is a Fender '68 CDR.
 

effectsman

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Into my Mesa Mark IV combo, 1959 DD, Wheebo JCM, PAL 959, and PAL 800 Gold are the best I've owned according to my ears.
I'm really interested in the Pedal Pal FX pedals. They seem to be getting good reviews. I'm wondering though why if getting the most authentic plexi tones is simply a matter of using the same circuit schematic as the amp using transistors instead of vacuum tubes (as Pedal Pal FX claims), then why hasn't someone done it before now? Or have they?
 




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