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Ever buy an amp that made you sell all your drive pedals?

naveed211

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I just found that amp. I went to a guitar shop I frequent in Milwaukee (Cream City Music, check them out). They always have a bunch of cool vintage amps coming in and going out pretty regularly.

I went into the vintage room and found a Gretsch 6150T they just got in. Plugged into it and was blown away. Just the raunchiest, rawest overdrive you could imagine. It was the sound I was trying to get with two or three drive pedals all working together. Started overdriving almost instantly on the volume knob. Even so, pull back the volume on the guitar or pick lighter and you get chimey clean, just like a good tube amp should.

I tried it extensively with a Tele, but since I also play humbuckers a lot I tried it with a Gretsch Duo Jet and a Godin Summit (LP-type with a Duncan 59/AP2). All sounded great. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to get good lead tones out of it, but once I plugged in the dual-HB Godin, I got rockin' sustain. I was sold.

Yup, all my drive pedals are on ebay now.
 

trailrun100s

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Between my PWE EH3 and my Bray 4550, I have no need for any dirt pedals...

That being said, a fuzz is still a nice addition to either amp since it is such a unique type of OD sound...

And I still have two other OD pedals for when I have to play through a back line or a strange rig...
 

Blue-moon

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This just happened when I bought a two rock. Kept my zen and two fuzzes (for fun)....all other pedals are gone...boosts, Klone, EQs...Evan my board. Just guitar....zen (or a fuzz) into amp. Love it. I kept my tuner for setups/intonations.....use a clip on for play.
 

Peppy

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Doing such soon. With my new Magnatone Varsity I no longer use, nor need, my Sparkle Drive. Very freeing for this player.
 

naveed211

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Very freeing for this player.
It really is a good feeling. I was kind of missing just plugging straight into an amp, and I needed a few pedals on at once to get the sound I was looking for from my old amp. Got good tones out of it, but it's fun to go "less is more."
 

ProfG

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A couple of Sewells did that for me. Now I didn't sell my 2 drive pedals, and I'm not at all against pedals. But every time I plug a drive pedal into one of the Sewells or my TopHat, I realize I can get almost the same tone by simply boosting the volume on guitar a notch or two. Those amps really make pedals unnecessary, especially with a coil-splitting humbucker guitar (like a DGT) where there's a wide range of gain on tap from the guitar itself.
 

phoenix 7

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I have lots of nice OD pedals, but I've never heard one sound better than the OD channel on my Bogner Shiva.
 

XKnight

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Sort of! I recently bought a Laney L5T and it has a great drive channel so I no longer need any dirt pedal for my OD tones. It also has built in spring reverb which is a very nice touch and the clean channel is excellent too. The only pedal I plan on using with it is a compressor and maybe a delay occasionally in the effects loop. That being said, I'll still use my pedals with my other amps since I just can't get the tones I want from them at bedroom volumes without pedals.
 

bdm

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Sort of?

I started with Marshalls and small cranked combos, so anything that wasn't real tube distortion has never sounded quite right to me.
 

naveed211

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Sort of?

I started with Marshalls and small cranked combos, so anything that wasn't real tube distortion has never sounded quite right to me.
I was loving the flexibility of pedals, but yeah, small cranked combos are the business.
 

guitarjazz

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Sort of?

I started with Marshalls and small cranked combos, so anything that wasn't real tube distortion has never sounded quite right to me.
Same here. I had great amps and OD pedals were the last thing on my mind.
 

Jedi

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I never have used or will use a pedal for my main drive tone....only time I step on something is for solos, boost or overdrive pedal used as a boost.
 

RockinRob

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I have never kept any dirt pedal because they were better than one amp or another...i keep them because my ears gets bored every now and then. For me there is no "better" anymore, just different.
 

LPMojoGL

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Yeah, but I missed em so I bought them again.
Always nice to have a couple of ods around for different sounds.
 

Sirloin

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Not selling them because they are Barbers and I use them with my other rig, but this one needs no drive pedals. BC Audio #8
 

Gemini2

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Wow this thread was perfect timming! It was just yesterday I started thinking about selling most of my OD pedals.

Since the arrival of my unleash I have unlocked the secrets of a cranked up 50 watt plexi! IMHO, no pedal can really top that. Hate to let go of the versatility safety net but I paid big bucks for a musical tone machine. Why not hear it?
 

TheGuildedAge

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I never used drive pedals until the last few years. I had a Marshall DSL, TSL, and then got a Zwengel. With channel switchers, my board was just tuner and delay.
 






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