Distortion, what's good?

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  1. eric-d

    eric-d Member

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    I've been thinking about getting a distortion pedal... I use mainly two OD pedals together..... The TS-808 and a Klon... Usually for my "heavy" sound I'm using an Alalog.man modded Fuzz Face, but was thinking about something a little different. I've been looking at the original Expandora, OCD, Tonebone's Classic, etc... What do you guys think?
     
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    HomeBrew Electronics Big D - lots of flexibility
     
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    By all means check out the Catalinbread SCOD. It's an exceptional sounding box if you're into thick, juicy, and dynamic distortion tones. At first the tone might seem "mid heavy," but it has nothing in common (sound wise or design wise) with any "mid humped" pedals. It's more that the circuit emphasizes low order harmonics such that the tinkly trebly stuff is not as present. While it's different than the norm, over time it seems more and more natural and many other traditional sounding pedals sound fizzy. *Very* amp like in its response in terms of notes blooming and responding to different shades of attack. With gain maxed it won't "clean up" as completely as a fuzz or some lower gain distortion pedals -- but you can always shut it off. :) Highly recommended.

    - DB
     
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    I enjoy the OKKO Diablo. It's a very dynamic responsive pedal and offers great flexibility in setting up your sound.
     
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    Subdecay Stupid Box

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    From overdrive to thick distortion, the Stupid Box is a great pedal.
     
  7. eric-d

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    I used to own a Rat.... it's not bad, but it wasn't really what I was looking for..... the others mentioned I've never heard of, the stupid box, sco, and the Diablo sound pretty intersting..... I'd like to know more about those.... :) Where do you find these things??? I've never heard of them...
     
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    There are some Stupid Box clips in the sig. I'm not sure if I have any SCOD clips up yet.
     
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    I'm in love with my Mosferatu right now.:JAM
     
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    All around versatile distortion, my favorite is the Tonebone Classic. Midrange response is nearly unity with your amp. From crunch to real high gain. Real versatile eq, with active bass and treble controls. If you need a mid boost it has a lot on tap.

    Second would be Keeley Modded RAT. This pedal was a real surprise to me. Is not as flexible as the Tonebone but has a nice full tone and doesn't scoop the mids. It's a bit fuzzy, but in a cool way. Plus it's a great deal brand new for $150.

    For a heavy rock tone, I look no further than the Menatone King of the Britains. I have the 5 knob, which I love but I'd say that the newest version is the most versatile and realistic.
     
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    I have a modded Maxon SD-9 and I love it. True bypass too.


    I gotta go look into that Subdecay Stupid Box.........:D
     
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    One of my all time favorites--my old SD-9. If you want to check out the Diablo with samples:
    Okko Diablo
     
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    OCD
    Tube Zone
    Jekyll and Hyde (better 808 overdrive on the jekyll side too)
    Stupid Box
    SCOD
    Varidrive
    Vstack Classic
    Kaden Brown Creeper

    Coud list a lot more, but those were the ones on my list.
    I opted for a tube zone.
     
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    Gravel-textured distortion: Wyllie Wylo Deluxe

    Queasy distortion: Crowther Prunes-n-custard

    Modernishoid Marshallishoid distortion: BJFE Dyna Red Distortion

    Smoooooooooove Santanesque distortion: Barber Burn Unit

    Mid-happy sculpting distortion: ToneBone Classic Distortion

    Mo-betta TS808oid but really distortion: Maxon SD-9

    Even Mo-betta TS808oid distortion: Landgraff Dynamic OD

    Fat Cadillac money shot distortion: Cornish P-2

    And dohn even get me STARTED on Da Fuzzes...

    Smoke if you get em...
     
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    I'm liking the MI-Audio Tube Zone a bunch, and both the ToneBone (Tri-mode and Hot Brit), the Fetto is pretty cool.

    Want to try one of the Damage Control Womanizers.
     
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    +1 for the Tube Zone...I'll be getting another one soon.
     
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    Just ordered a Damage Control Womanizer ... been hearing rave reviews about it.... the dealer can't keep them in stock.
     
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    I have hardly heard anything about the Lee Jackson distortion boxes, but damn(!) are the clips on his site Lee Jackson really sounding good. The price is on the high side, but if pure high-gain distortion is what you seek, then it looks like his pedals deliver. These pedals are really the preamps of his M-1000 and XLS-1000 amps with his own proprietary tube emulation circuitry.

    Another fine distortion box is the BJF Emerald Green.
     
  19. mtm105

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    I read a review about the Aramat Green Machine, it's predicted to be a hot item next year.

    read reveiws about the Bad Monkey on HC, great if you need a reliable pedal on a budget.

    I love my Tube Works Real Tube, no longer in production. You can get one on ebay for about $70.
     
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    I've known about the Green Machine for two years.... I almost got one, but I decided on the TS-808 RI...
     

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