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Carr Rambler Owners: Favorite Dirt Pedal?

motis1953

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I have a Carr Rambler and would like to have ONE dirt pedal to get heavier tones. I run the amp with the vol @ 3:00, treble @ noon, and the bass and middle wide open. The amp is right at the edge of breakup and my volume pot on the guitar is rarely opened up. I want just one pedal that will get me from where my tone is at now, to being able to roll my guitar's pot up to get each clean note to feedback in tune without being much louder than the volume without the pedal. Right now I'm using a Foxroxx Hot Silicon which works really well but is very touchy to set up. Just wondering what floats other Rambler owner's boats. I'm looking pretty hard at the new BB Preamp with a mid-control, Zendrive, Tim/Timmy, Lovepedal Eternity. and the Zvex Super Duper. Any thoughts? You can't tell anything from demos through a tiny laptop speaker. I liked Harry J's demo of the Eternity the best so far but it looks like there's 10 variations on that pedal and I don't want to be bothered with "the early circuit is better, or the green ones aren't as good as the gold...". Any thoughts would be much appreciated. Thanks.
 
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river_jetties

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I tested a Rambler out with my Kingsley Jester / 60 LP RI and I thought it sounded great at a local store. Didn't play long (like 20 minutes) but was able to dial in a bunch of great tones.
 

chetchetney

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I loved the Zendrive with the rambler for so long, but now I discoverd how wonderful the Analogman TS9 Silver Mod sounds stackes with a compressor. Honesty, the rambler is such a good amp that it will make any good OD pedal sound how its suppose to sound. I say TS9, Zendrive, or TimmyTim
 

RJLII

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My Fulltone OCD (v4) sounds pretty good with my Rambler. You can dial in pretty much anything from moderate grind to insane levels of gain. The harmonics really come through and you can coax feedback pretty easily. All that said, I'm going to be ordering a Tim or a Timmy. I'm a fan of lower gain overdriven sounds and I can't turn the OCD down far enough.
 

Flyin' Brian

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The Zendrive with a Rambler gets you to "D" style territory in a small and quite inexpensive package.
 

5150gtrmonkey

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You really can't go wrong with any of the pedals mentioned above, or almost any good quality pedal for that matter. When I owned a Rambler, my faves were an OCD v4 or the Kingsley Jester. Almost anything I threw in front of it sounded great, including a Plush Valve Job, Jetter Gain Stage Blue and a Zendrive 2. The only pedal the amp didn't get along with was a recent version of the Menatone King of Britains. For some reason I couldn't find a sweet spot with it.

But with the settings you have it at, I think an OCD v4 would sound sweet pushing it over the edge or using the Plush Valve Job as a boost.
 

motis1953

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I had an OCD (not sure of which version) and it worked exceptionally good for getting to that feedback point we all crave but it also was grainy and hissy at that point. I can't deal with hiss at all even if the pedal sounds fantastic. My amplifier even almost totally cranked makes almost NO noise even with the single coil guitar's volume pot opened up. So far I've been rotating pedals by always having two and selling the one that doesn't do what I want as well as the other. My first was a tube screamer, replaced by the OCD, replaced by the Gainster, and now replaced by a Foxxrox Hot Silicon fuzz. The Foxxrox works really well and doesn't make a lot of noise once you get it set up right. I'm just of the opinion that by trying as much different gear as possible, I get closer to finding which works best for me. Since I can't walk into a store and try an Eternity, a Klon, A Mad Professor, or a KOT, all I can do is "rotate the stock". My decisions have to be predicated by Youtube gear tests and what I read here.
 

bettset

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our other guitarist has a rambler. he uses a vox distortion booster & a blue bawls wah that has the distortion effect with that unit. it sounds very good :munch
 

Fireball XL5

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My favorite dirt pedal that I've tried into the Rambler is the Fulldrive 2 set in the FM mode. I also have a Klon and a couple of Analogman modded Tubescreamers (Silver Mod & Brown mod) that I rotate, but always come back to the Fulldrive. Typically I'll run the Fulldrive in conjunction with the Klon (set for a clean boost/tone enhancer) which is a really great combination IMO.

I'm probably in the minority, but I didn't care for the OCD into Rambler at all when I owned one. No matter how I set it, it sounded way too processed and "pedal-like" as opposed to "amp-like" to my ears.
 

Cap'nMayhem

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I haven't/don't own a Rambler but every amp I've plugged the Shut Up And Drive by Menatone into works quite well. Definitely worth checking out.
 

majordelt

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I have the same question..I have a rambler and an OCD v4..I don't like how the pedal sounds at all thru the rambler but love it thru my DRRI.
To brittle on the top end thru the Rambler..I had a BB once and seem to remember digging that one.. Love to hear more on this topic..
 

GTRJohnny

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I have the same question..I have a rambler and an OCD v4..I don't like how the pedal sounds at all thru the rambler but love it thru my DRRI.
To brittle on the top end thru the Rambler..I had a BB once and seem to remember digging that one.. Love to hear more on this topic..
What speaker you running in your Rambler?
 

GTRJohnny

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Redcoat. The wizzard
Yeah, I had a similar feeling when trying my OCD v3 with the Rambler, to the point where I thought it had a bad tube. It was fizzy and wrong sounding. I came to find out later that the fizz was mostly the Wizard. The extra highs of the speaker reveal some less-than-good content. Some speakers with smoother highs are said to get along better, or at least mask this effect to a good degree.
 




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