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Early ZZ Top Pedal

pompeii0

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I am looking for a pedal that has the early ZZ Top sound, think La Grange, Brownsugar, Tush etc.

Thanks
 

CaptainAwesome

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In the early years, it was a '59 Les Paul played into a 100w Marshall amp - I don't think he used any pedals (or very few) at that point. Based on that, I'd look at some of the Marshall-style pedals, but realistically it's tough for a pedal to recreate what a LP into a 100w Marshall does.
 

guitargod2u

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he used like 6-8 expandora's at one point now i think he just uses a high gain analogman sunface nkt-275 with chili on it, from that fuzz movie
 

BradB41

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Honestly, I like my DLS V2 in Rock mode for early ZZ tones.

Edit: DLS into an amp that's already starting to break up....
 
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GCDEF

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In the early years, it was a '59 Les Paul played into a 100w Marshall amp - I don't think he used any pedals (or very few) at that point. Based on that, I'd look at some of the Marshall-style pedals, but realistically it's tough for a pedal to recreate what a LP into a 100w Marshall does.
Right. Early ZZ Top is Les Paul, or sometimes Strat into cranked amp. It's not a very tough sound to get, but it's not a sound that comes from pedals.
 

pompeii0

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I have a clear understanding of what Mr Gibbons used back in the day. But since I cannot afford vintage gear, nor do I have the space to crank a tube amp to get me there, I am looking for a pedal that can get me a sound very close to the sounds I am looking for. I also understand that a pedal will not sound exactly the same or "feel" the same but I know that pedals can come close.

I have been eyeing a DLS but i haven't been able to find one locally to try out.
 

AceBSpankin

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Bearfoot HoneyBeest!! Gets all that low-down,greazy-grit you are looking for and more!!!!
 

Bman20

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all jokes aside, i think an LM308N equipped Rat ran in the lower gain stages does this tone very well. (using a les paul of course)
 

PlexiFuzz

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The ones I've tried that have worked with varying degrees of success:

Menatone 7-knob KOTB
Catalinbread DLS V1
Zvex Box of Rock (though I suspect the Distortron would be more useful)

And though not on the Marshall side of things, I thought the Catalinbread Formula No. 5 did an outstanding job.

All of the above were through a Fender BF-style amp set clean.
 

jcs

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My 63 Tremolux with a Marshall Bluesbreaker (version 1) in front.

Nowadays i use a JHS Double Barrel which has the Marshall Bluesbreaker version 1 inspired OD on one side.
 

Rockerduck

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I've been playing ZZtop for 40 yrs.. At first, it was natural Marshall overdrive, Then small amp natural overdrive mic'd. Tubescreamer TS808 came out and nails the tone good. A little od and the rest is in the hands. Of course it was a Les Paul I was playing for 45+ yrs. now.
 

skylabfilmpop

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Given the era I would not be suprised if there is a , tonebender, fuzzface or Rangemaster in his chain. is early sound is Killer, and a bit fuzzy...
 

Jacobpaul81

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In the early years, it was a '59 Les Paul played into a 100w Marshall amp
A lot of it is Tweed Deluxe too. A Brown Deluxe & Tweed Deluxe rig with a Les Paul, Tele, and Strat could cop most ZZ top tones. That said, there is a lot to do with those fingers.
 
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malabarmusic

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The closest I ever got to a vintage ZZ Top tone was by accident when I plugged a treble boost into a tweed-style amp. Some higher power took over and I couldn't stop playing La Grange ...

- DB
 






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