Clean amp owners, what distortion/drive pedal?

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  1. Tone

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    Hey guys.
    What do you guys who own really clean amps, like Fenders, use for distortion? What would be good to give a Twin Reverb RI some classic rock to hard rock type distortion? Does'nt need to be perfect just passable and decent sounding. I already have a TS9 for blusey stuff, Timmy on order, and I'm just looking for something to cover some ground with If I only have one amp available.


    Thanks!:dude
     
  2. Tone_Terrific

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    Ok here's the secret recipe.
    Compressor for boosts (set mild)>Bad Monkey (light OD)>TS10 (mid od)>Korg ax1500g (for everything else including fx, lightest crunch and heavy OD).

    Much tweaking was required to throw out the bad stuff, but I can set up in front of any clean amp, set my clean tone and my board sounds close enough if I just pick what I need. Everything is based on a great clean (patch) tone, effectively bypassing the Korg for normal amp tone of the host amp.

    I expect a Vox Tonelab SE would be even better, with more options and access.
     
  3. steeeve

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    Barber Direct Drive. An extremely versatile pedal. It's very reasonably priced and sounds great.
     
  4. loudboy

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    Vintage Rat.

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  5. Gamle John

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    Emma Reezafratzitz.
     
  6. jero

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    BJF Baby Blue OD:)
     
  7. rabbit

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    T-rex Mudhoney for the Twin Reverb RI!!!
     
  8. erksin

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    Wait for your Timmy...

    Stack the TS-9 in front of it - you'll have 3 different OD tones...
     
  9. Ben C.

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    I'll second the Reezafratzitz for your high-gain / "distortion" fix that you're looking for. A TS-9 and a Timmy aren't going to get you there.
    Re: getting your classic rock / hard rock tones in a pedal (leaving stacking out for now), the AC and BB pedals from Xotic would work for that.

    -Ben
     
  10. bluesdoc

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    RAT, V-Stack Classic, V-Stack Tweedy, Xotic BB, Hermida Mosferatu and Zendrive, OCD, Eternity........... :rolleyes: They're all great, great lead pedals. :)

    jon
     
  11. 6789

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    Blackstone Mosfet Overdrive into a Timmy.
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  12. journo

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    Hi,

    On my pedalboard I have a Zoom PD-01 for clean boost, TS-9 reissue for low gain OD, Tonebone Classic for medium gain, Maxon SD-9 for lead dist and Marshall Jackhammer for "heavey" dist. The only thing I don't have is a Zendrive (which is on order) that will give me "that" sound. I will have to decide which pedal will come off my board to make space for the Zendrive. Jackhammer or SD-9. The Tonebone does a very good SD-9 style dist so probably the SD-9.

    Then of course you can run any or all of the above in combinations for even more flavours.

    I run my board into a 6L6 amp set clean. Works great!

    Cheers,

    Mats N
     
  13. Rob Eadgbe

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    For low to medium gain

    Fulldrive 2
    Keeley modded Sparkledrive

    for medium to high gain

    Menatone KOTB
    Ibanez Tube King

    into either an AC-15 or JTM 45 both run clean.
     
  14. Moe45673

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    Tonebone Classic, all the way
     
  15. SteveR

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    TIM into AC boost.

    TIM set for light. AC boost set for medium. TIM (w/ internal boost on) into AC boost for heavy.


    Steve
     
  16. drolling

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    All of mine are old school single channel tune amps (Fender/Vox) without mid controls or master volumes. It's the only way I've ever been able to get a decent clean sound, and I've yet to come across a pedal that does a credible imitation of the built-in trem & reverb circuits in these old dinosaurs.

    Most of these amps are also maited to power attenuators (mainly HotPlates) that I leave at the lowest (-4dB) setting mainly to get rid of audible hum, hiss & RF interference.

    For OD, I'm currently using (in descending order, gain-wise) an Eternity, a Zendrive & a Honeybee (not necessarily stacked, and not always in that order.

    Having lots of luck w/boosters as well, for adding finesse to some pretty gnarly tones; these would be a SeaBlue EQ and an RC Booster, placed at any point in the chain that gives me the best results. That seems to change from guitar to guitar - amp to amp not to mention time of day.

    This has been an ongoing quest for me, as I've yet to try an amp that delivers both a great clean AND distorted tone (excepting my buddy's LoneStar short head w/Avatar cab).

    The pedals that the new crop replaced being a Vox Valvetone, MJM BluesDevil, Boss OD3/BD2, Reverend DriveTrainII, and most recently, a siler mod LTD.

    I've had the pleasure of playing thru' some of the best high-gain amps out there, and as much as I've enjoyed the experiences, I prefer to build on a great clean sound w/a few choice pedals than to lug 2 or 3 amps around to get all the sounds I need.

    There's NEVER been a better time for guitarists looking to finesse their tried-and -true rigs w/the abundance of tone-shapers out there now. Can be confusing & expensive, too, but the rewards of the reseach are well worth it!
     
  17. bryan83

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    Hello can someone please tell me what the "tim" or "timmy" is? I got a tonebone classic on my twin, but I'm hearing alot about this tim thing. thanks

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    Nevermind answered my own question by looking through the threads! thanks
     
  18. drolling

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    Uh, yeah, sure. Most players here already seem to have one or, like me, have one on the way.

    The TIM is a clean boost /OD pedal & Timmy is a smaller, stripped down version that just has the OD (which , as I understand it, can also be set for a gritty boost).

    These are all hand made by Paul Cochrane in Tennessee. You have to order direct from him, and there's currently a fairly long waiting list.

    Don't have his number handy, but if you do a search, you'll find it all over this page. Look for his phone number only, as he does not respond to e-mails. Best time to call him is after 7PM central on a weeknight.
     
  19. bryan83

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    Wow there is SOO much info here on the gear page on these, they must be great. Anyone have one of these hooked up to a Twin/blackface amp?
     
  20. fr8_trane

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    I use several gtrs through either a modded Bassman or a deluxe reverb. Here are the pedals I use or have tried.

    Boss BD-2: Low gain rhythm OD. Very transparent in the midrange but WAAAY too fizzy and unnatural overall. Will be replaced by a Timmy.

    Digitech bad monkey: Does the tubescreamer thing better than any Ibanez TS I have tried. I mainly use this for bluesy leads on the neck pickup of my strat or tele. Too much midrange for rhythm work to my ears.

    Zendrive: Its on the way and will most likely replace the Monkey as my blues lead pedal.

    Rat: GREAT for Hi gain leads. Too fizzy for rhythm work.

    Boss OD-3: Very transparent midrange but a little loose and woofy in the bass. Sort of like a more natural sounding BD-2 with more balls. Pretty good Classic Rock rhythm OD

    Tech 21 Double drive: The best Marshall in a Box I have found in my limited search. It does a true clean boost (its a separate circuit not just the OD with the gain turned down) up to unmusical amounts of gain.

    Zoom PD-01: great, cheap and discontinued boost/OD pedal with bass/treble knobs. Like the Tech 21 this pedal has a dedicated Boost circuit which is very good. The OD side is similar to a Boss SD-1 (Like a TS with harsh treble) and just as useless to my ears.

    Barber DD: Good rock OD but much too compressed sounding for me. Very little in the way of dynamics and as a result sounds a bit "small" and constricted. Lost out when compared to the Double Drive which was more open and dynamic.

    Barber Silver LTD: Really good low-medium gain OD. Not as transparent in the mids as the BD-2 but flat enough for rhythm work while also adding enough mids for solos that jump out at you. The SLTD has a really open quality due to its fantastic dynamic response and gritty (not harsh) voicing.
     

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