Compare: Eternity & Zen Drive

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by beckanon, Jan 27, 2006.


  1. beckanon

    beckanon Member

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    Maybe this has been covered here before...I don't really have the time to search the archives. I've got a version #1 Eternity. If you guys have tested these pedals side by side, let me know. I'd like to find out how they compare with each other. Okay, now do it!:dude
     
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    I have them both. I have 4 Eternity's and they all sound a bit different, depending upon the chip and which version it is. I find the ZD has a little less gain and has little more fatness/compression than the ET. The ZD has 2 tone shaping controls so it is a little more versatile. I can set both pedals so they sound the same with my rig (custom strat with lil '59's and a stacked strat in the middle). My ZD is a 2 in 1 pedal with a Mos and a ZD. My fav ET is a version #2.

    I have yet to find a bad sound in either pedal, so I don't know if I am much help.
     
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    What's a version 2 Eternity?
    Never heard of that....
    Randy
     
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    Sean has made subtle changes along the way. I think he is on the 3rd version now, but do not quote me.
     
  5. beckanon

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    Yeah, I've got version 1 of the Eternity, which has the least gain of the family. I don't necessarily feel like I'm missing anything though. Sounds like the ZD might be in the same ballpark as my Eternity gain-wise. I would like to hear the compression and tone shaping effect in person some time.

    Thanks for the comparison, jpagey!
     
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    Depends on how you use the pedals.

    Having more knobs to twiddle doesn't always translate into versatility for me. My Eternity (version; unknown) provides me w/clean/treble boost, overdrive or disortion, depending on pedal settings & other equipment in the equation.

    My Zendrive's set to deliver smooth, slightly overdrive lead tones. Once & a while I'll give that 'voice' knob a nudge (it reminds me of the prescence control on old fenders).
     
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    My pleasure. Truthfully, they are similar pedals that sound great and are made by class builders. Hard to go wrong with either one.
     
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    whoops! sorry to be quoting you...
    I got my E. in December 2004.
    Would that be version 2 or 3?
    It has a ton of gain.
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    Why be sorry? :) I don't know the dates of exactly when Sean made changes. Maybe the inside of your back plate says which version it is?
     
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    can anyone tell me where I can order a zendrive2
    thanks, zoemunchkinpro
     
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    Can Sean mod my version 1 Etern with a version 2 top end and version 3 tone knob?

    Maybe a blue LED also with an AC tap with jacks on the top ....

    Oh no Ive gone cross eyed
     
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    I pretty much use my E for smooth od and the ZD for more bite. Lately, I have been using a ZD and my custom Revolution (CoT and Deluxe 60) and have all my bases covered.
     
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    can the Eternity serve as rythm mild OD (ie "crunch"), with a Strat and a Blues Jr set clean ?
     
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    I would say yes. I've used it at home and at jams for this purpose with my Strat (usually through a Top Hat Club Royale or a Bruno CT22 though). On the gig the COT50 usually gets the call for this kind of duty.
     
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    Yes.
     
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    thanks, i'm really hesitating beetween Eternity and Tim for that purpose:confused:
     
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    Hard to go wrong with either choice.
     

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