Can a Zoom pedal be "boutique"?? Maybe in this case...

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  1. JimmyR

    JimmyR Member

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    Zoom PD-01 Power Drive. No longer made, completely analogue and reasonably cheap.

    I recently got another Guild Starfire III as I had foolishly sold my first. As I like to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon I tried it with all of my different OD pedals to see which was a good match with the guitar and my Tweed Twin clone, as this amp goes beautifully with this guitar. Well I tried my all-time fave, my Bad Cat Two-tone and sure enough it sounds fantastic. Then I try it with a Menatone Working Man's Blue and VOS, an Xotic BB, a Timmy, a Lovepedal Eternity and a BYOC TS.

    Well I just can't believe how good the Zoom PD-01 sounds with this combo. With bass on full and treble at around 11.00 I can get the guitar to sound almost exactly how it does with no pedal but with a lovely singing crunch that it very touch senstive and chirpy. The Menatones which sound so good with a Gretsch or 335 sound slightly artificial by comparison. The Timmy sounds pretty ordinary with this combo where it sounds so good with other guitars and amps.

    So I guess it tells me two things - one is that the PD-01 is a better pedal than most tone snobs would give it credit for. I kinda already knew that! And secondly not all pedals work with all guitars and amps. I am amazed it the quality of sound I am getting from the Guild (also criminally under-rated!), the PD-01 and my lo-po Twin.

    I also have the Zoom Ultra Fuzz that they released at the same time and it's my favourite fuzz pedal. I wish that they'd pursued thses types of pedals more because they are both excellent pedals and the rest of the Zoom stuff totally leaves me cold!
     
  2. Wesman61

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    It was My first "Boutique" pedal. And also My 73rd.:D
     
  3. JimmyR

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    Hey utterhack I'd completely forgotten about that thread! I even contributed on the first page! But as I think it was you said - I'm having to convince myself I'm hearing what I'm hearing to a degree. It may indeed just be the right combination of gear but it sounds fab.

    I guess it just shows that you can't judge a book by it's cover. I am not generally a fan of Zoom gear but like to think I'm open-minded enough to try something. And in this case it has been very worthwhile. I've been selling off a lot of stuff but will be hanging onto this pedal just to use with my Guild.
     
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    'Boutique' or not, I've had positive experiences with zoom od/distortions. I still use a 707 for noodlin' in the basement & the g2 into a 15W tube amp live.

    Mind you, there's only one particular od/dist flavor I find usable in each unit, but that's the way of all multi boxes I've tried over the years.
     
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    I have two overdrive pedals on my board, a Zendrive, and right next to it, a Zoom PD-01. I mostly use the Zoom with the gain turned all the way down as a boost, either with or without the Zendrive engaged. Fattens things up nicely!
     
  6. LowWatt

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    Boutique means "a small company that offers highly specialized services or products" http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boutique

    It might be a great, underappreciated pedal, but it is not boutique. It was made on a large scale in a factory. It doesn't make it any worse, I'm just pointing out what the word means.

    Still, thanks for drawing attention to something that doesn't get as much discussion around here. I love when people find great tones in pedals people may have never given a chance to. :BEER
     
  7. JimmyR

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    I guess I was using the word "boutique" with irony. I don't think any pedal needs to be "boutique" to be good, it just has to be good. I think the major reason for me not using mainstream pedals would be the buffer thing. Make it TBP and I'll try it!
     

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