Best Overdrive Pedals for a Marshall type amp?

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  1. pickaguitar

    pickaguitar 2011 TGP Silver Medalist Silver Supporting Member

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    What's your recommendation for best overdrive pedals for a Marshall type amp?


    I have an 18 watt similar to the 1974x and an early 80's JCM800 50 watt. I'm playing single coil pickups these days. I'm wanting something with plenty of overdrive but not over the top.

    I've tried...
    -OCD v4
    -RAT w/308 chip
    -Boss Keeley SD1
    -Original Blues Breaker
    -Ibanez Tube King

    So far the OCD sounds the best. I really wanted to like the RAT but it isn't my thing...yet (some bass and mids are lacking imo). I thought the modded Boss SD1 might be the ticket but it's harsh, brash...not very organic. Blues Breaker was pretty cool but really messed with the eq and I wasn't a fan ultimately. Tube King was fairly high gain and somewhat thin (an AU7 tube might have improved it).

    Whatcha got?


    I'm sorta interested in the Barber Gain Changer or Direct Drive
     
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  2. ToneIsKing55

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    I know it’s actually a fuzz, but a treble booster + Marshall = Sonic Bliss
     
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  3. Vaibhav Joshi

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    Which mode in the OCD did you like? LP or HP.
    And what did you like about it? I think I may favour a similar setup.
    If you've liked the OCD, then a Barber DD may be worth checking out.
    I have a chance to get it here used & while seeking opinion, someone described it being a bit smoother & open sounding than the OCD but it may have been the version 2.0.
    1.4 sounds more open even on youtube videos.
    Isn't the OCD supposed to sound like a 1974 18W itself?
    The GC seems to have less mid flavoured EQ & less gain overall but I didn't feel it's a low gain OD although it does that quite well. Even DD is useful across the gain range, OCD too. I use it for cleans mostly.

    Snouse Blackbox?
     
  4. TheGuildedAge

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    My favorite is a tubescreamer type. Not picky. Fulldrive 2, stock ts, mjm phantom, maxon, whatever.

    Cliche but it works.

    I have a Barber Drive. That'll do it, but not as well.

    For reference I used to gig with either a 50 watt plexi head, 1982 JCM800 head, JTM45, or Fargen Olde 800. Plexi was too loud for overdrive, JTM45 I preferred amp on edge of breakup with distortion pedals, but the 800s just sang with a ts.

    Plugging into a JCM800 with a 4x12 and pushing it with a ts just to get that liquid singing tone was pure joy.

    Huge Marshall fan.
     
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  5. J5jarod777

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    A good old BD-2
     
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    I think the Fat Rat has enough mids and bass. Maybe clipping out the one resistor for the Ruetz mod might improve the bass and mids of the one you have.
     
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  8. gearscrubs

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    Tubescreamer
    Timmy
    Klon
     
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  9. TheGuildedAge

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    OP didn't specify but what I never liked about boost pedals is the 800 is such a raw sound, they make it rattier.

    I like a ts circuit because it tightens it up and adds a creamy liquid sear to it.

    A treble boost, especially one with some mids, gives it a real cut though. Not creamy like a ts but more biting.

    I like a treble booster for rhythm or prickly leads and a ts for anything smoother.

    I am in the minority but I didn't love the Timmys I tried. I liked them as a stand alone overdrive or eq after drives, but not to boost a cooking amp. Too strident to me.
     
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  10. Dannyz

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    These days treble boosters are a bit old fashioned but i would recommend you a Mad Professor Ruby Red Booster or Analogman Beano. I have the former and it does all, i use it in front of my 50w plexi to tighten up the low end and give more saturation ala Angus Young (he used a Schaffer replica).

    Marshall, treble boosters and single coils also rock. Ask Blackmore, Brian May, Rory Gallagher.
     
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  11. pickaguitar

    pickaguitar 2011 TGP Silver Medalist Silver Supporting Member

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    I think the treble booster is a great idea. TS too...which I'll look into later

    I'm not using the SD1...just put it up for sale and ordered an Analogman Beano (which I'll put beside my Sunface)

    Thank you all :)
     
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  12. OverdriveLover

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    I love my rat into my plexi pre amp especially when its run close to breakup. But Distortion is at 9oclock, Filter and Vol are at 3oclock.

    Smallsound/bigsound Mini is great. and may seem odd but the Chase Bliss Condor kills, as you can set the gain and freq exactly how you like and it pushes my Marshall circuit.
     
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    Timmy
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    Did you try the SD1 with full volume, dist low on 8-9 o'clock and tone to taste. It's a bit noisy, but the sounds was rocking. It didn't earn a place on my board, but I was surprised of how good it sounded.
     
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  15. sanhozay

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    barber's OD is great with marshalls!

    hot cake is a personal fave

    timmy, klon{e}, bk tube driver, dry bell '67, prince of tone {or kot}
     
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    My successes with my plexi 50w are:

    EP Boost (Slightly scooped boost, can get loose)
    Waza BD-2 (tight low end, slight upper mid and treble push)
    One Control Golden Acorn (fatter, thicker low kids)
    Bogner Blue (from neutral thru to thicker and Bognery)
    Timmy (neutral)
    Bondi Sick As (Slight upper mid push, like turning a plexi metalface)
     
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    The Full-Drive 2 is my hands down favorite in my OD stable. Been using a FD2 with my Marshalls for over 20 years and despite owning some pretty stiff competition - I've yet to find anything I like better.

    I run my FD2 in the Flat-Mids mode 99% of the time, and for me - it offers the best combination of added midrange color/fatness/compression vs open transparency of anything I've tried.

    A Strat is my main guitar followed closely by a Les Paul, and the FD2 works great with both of them into a Marshall IMO.

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    Catalinbread Naga Viper.
     
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