BK Butler Tube Driver alternatives???

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  1. Starsailor

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    Is there anything that has the tube driver tone, preferrably a non tube based pedal? I'm thinking of getting one but wonder if there are cheaper alternatives that take up less real estate.
     
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    Bumpy Bumperton.

    Anyone?...
     
  3. leumasjames

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    Man...That's a tough one. I think I'll have some time to play tonight...I'll plug in my tube driver and see if I have anything that comes close, or if I can remember past pedals I've owned that can get you in the same ballpark.

    It is a really great pedal. It can go from clean boost/very light OD, to fuzzy tones.

    Now that I think of it, I had a Skreddy Screwdriver that shares these characteristics. I would try that out.
     
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    My OCD V.4 followed by my EP-PRE sounds really close to a friends 80's Tube Driver. Close enough that I decided not to buy his tube driver. Also running my Barber EQ set to tweed mode into my OCD V.4 does a really good beefy tube driver tone. I think it will take stacking a couple of pedals to get you that nice tube driver low end.
     
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    Radial Tonebone classic is definitely the closest thing out there to the tube driver. After having owned the latest BK Butler version, I'll tell you its a lot more tube-screamery than people give it credit for.


    Remember the early Eric Johnson (including the album version of Cliffs of dover) was done on a TS-9 rather than a tube driver. I'm much happier with my TS808 than tube driver.
     
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    Cool, if that's the case then I guess I'm in good shape since I've got a screwdriver. I've never played thru a Tube Driver so really have no point of reference as to what it really sounds like other than the rare sound clip here and there. I just know it's a EJ and DG favorite. Maybe my amp has been the biggest obstacle in getting my desired tone. Hopefully when I get my new Reeves amp the screwdriver will get me there.

    Thanks guys.
     
  7. kevin hart

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    I read an interview with EJ in Premier Guitar where he mentions that he sometimes uses an Xotic AC Booster in place of his BK Butler TD.
     
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    Having played both they're nothing alike Eric probably just likes to change things up every so often for different tones.
     
  9. fusionbear

    fusionbear exquirentibus veritatem Gold Supporting Member

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    I think it is important to remember that EJ uses his pedals to bump his amps, not for the main tone. BTW I went to a Mesa Clinic last year with Andy Timmons and he used the Butler to boost his Mesa Stilletto. It sounded really good. Personally, I like the Tonebone classic over the Butler, but both are excellent. YMMV
     

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