Best OD pedal to put in fron of an el84 amp?

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  1. jcat5503

    jcat5503 Supporting Member

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    Any suggestions?

    Amp set to overdrive as well, but not fully saturated

    I'm thinking red snapper?

    Anyone else?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Hangfire

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    I've had great luck with the Timmy and Kalamazoo pedals!

    :JAM
     
  3. neville5000

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    Crowther Hotcake works extremely well with my rig.
     
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    My main gigging amp is a 4xel84 channel swicher.
    Clean channel set to edge of breakup.
    Gain channel set pretty crunchy, with good note definition.

    My red snapper sounds great pushing either channel.
     
  5. jaredisburning

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    +1 on the Hotcake. It loves my AC30, and my Badcat (EL34 based). It's a little hit and miss with my Fender deville though....:aok
     
  6. Staticbuster

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    The Hotcake always comes up in these threads..I haven't had the pleasure of trying one, but the fact they always enter these conversations should say something....

    Aside from that, my Full Drive 2 and NOC3 Pure Drive sound great running into my AC15 set to clean.
     
  7. Trotter

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    OCD, Red Snapper, Timmy.
     
  8. Unabender

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    Treble and clean boosts sounded good to me... Tube Screamer types not so good.
     
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    non booteek = boss od-3.
     
  10. jcat5503

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    I have heard hotcakes are magical with ac30 type amps as well
     
  11. dsmc80

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    Seriously people. Treble boosters! I love the Red Rooster Booster
     
  12. tdarian

    tdarian Gold Supporting Member

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    I can tell you that the OCD is very popular over at the Z-talk! forum, and many of those guys use them with the many variants of DR Z EL-84 based amps.
     
  13. cvansickle

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    I agree. The best OD I find for my Orange Tiny Terror and my Vox Night Train is a HBE Germania treble booster.
     
  14. stevewire

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    I was disappointed in the Hotcake. A Timmy sounds very natural in front of my AC30.
     
  15. Trotter

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    Agreed. I bought a Hotcake after hearing all the praise here on TGP with El84's amps... I was really disappointed.
     
  16. yellowecho

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    i've found that the Hotcake is very sensitive to both amp and guitar volume.
    i was about to sell mine until i realized this.. adjusted.. and got the most amazing, thick, and juicy overdrive sound.
    a sound that, imo, absolutely destroyed the jcm900 i was playing with.

    with that said, i've also very pleased with my Timmy.
    it's a lot more plug-and-play since it sounds good at any volume and on any setting.. though, the clipping seems softer than the Hotcake.
    barber pedals, such as the LTD, also sound pretty nice if you're into that TS-style mid coloration.
     
  17. 53-Jazzmaestro

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    I currently gig with a Fat Strat into pedals and a clone of a Marshall 1974x. I generally set the amp to be just lihgtly overdriving when my volume is all the way up on the bridge humbucker and kick in my Catalinbread SFT for my dirt tones. I have found it to work really well with the amp to have this thick yet natural sound while having a great EQ/gain taper.

    I have also used the Tim/Timmy and Catalinbread DLS for this purpose, and they each sounded great.
     
  18. deeohgee

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    My EL84 Crate V3112 blends wonderfully with a Barber 1/2 Gainer. Just sounds like the amp boosted and pushed.
     
  19. Jim

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    BB into my Grease Monkey sounds pretty rockin.

    Jim
     
  20. neville5000

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    I agree with this, but you have to have the amp cooking, the louder, the better, for a TB to sound good. It won't do wonders for a relatively cleanish tone.
     

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