FDII - mistaken creamy for muffled?

wragen22

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Hi folks, I am thinking of getting rid of my fulldrive II mosfet. I can't get past the "muffled" tone that I am getting. Am I mistaking this for that creamy tone everyone talks about? I keep wanting to turn the tone knob all the way clockwise to get a clearer tone and more treble. I'm finding I much prefer my Timmy, with it's sweet clear OD tone.

Current setup is super champ xd, clean channel - either strat or tele.

Is it possible I'm using it totally wrong?
 

mlt1214

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What setting are you on? I personally find the same issue with mine when I use the vintage mode. I prefer FM with the tone a little past noon. It's slightly less compressed which may be what you're hearing. Also try running it at more than 9 volts, it'll open it up a little more.
 

wragen22

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I've also found staying away from vintage mode helps. Could that be my problem? Running at 9 volts?
 

mlt1214

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Could be... lots of folks around here run their FD2's and OCD's at 12-18 volts to get a little more headroom. It's a different sound, which may be worth trying in your case. Fulltone describes it as such:

"What will it sound like?

Quite different actually....the FD2 gets much more dynamic, a little brighter and a lot less compressed, more articulate, more amp-like, with more of the strings coming through....very nice!"
 

jcbranam

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I was about ready to sell my FD2 for the same reasons then I tried it at 18v. I love it now. I also stay away from vintage mode and use it mostly in FM. Try this before getting rid of it. You may like it.
 

LuckyBlackCat

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If it's not your sound, it's not your sound, but it's supposed to sound a lot different than your Timmy. It's got the typical Tube Screamer mid hump whereas the Timmy is more transparent. It is a pretty dark pedal, all around. I keep my tone control between noon and 3:00 in Vintage mode.

You can try 18 volts, which will be "clearer" and less compressed, with less distortion. That might reduce the muffle as you call it. If you have a power supply like the Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2, you can get a cable to combine two 9V outputs to one 18V output. Otherwise you'll need to buy an 18V wall wart adapter.
 

bluesky636

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I don't find my FD2M to be muffled at all. My tone knob is set at 11:00 as is the gain control. I use Vintage and MOSFET settings. I also run at 18 volts. Very smooth with clear highs on either my Strat (with Fender SCNs) or my humbucker equipped guitars.
 

sanhozay

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with all due respect....i think it's your amp, not the pedal.
 

gtrnstuff

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The amp does make a big dif, some of my amps like the FDII better than others. And it's not a strident OD ever, but if the amp is crunching a bit and sort of bright on its own, the FD can be just the ticket. Where a TS808 would sound to toppy, the FDII can be just right.
This kind of stuff doesn't always show up until I'm trying to fit into a recorded band track.
 

ruger9

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I can't imagine an instance where the newer (mosfet) FD2s coud be called "muffled." Are you playing a bass thru a Marshall Super bass or something?
:p
 

wragen22

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Ok, went back and really evaluated both pedals. I think the one comment was right about the compressed tone of the FDII. Two different pedals. I actually started to appreciate the FDII and even second guess selling it..
 
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I don't find my FD2M to be muffled at all. My tone knob is set at 11:00 as is the gain control. I use Vintage and MOSFET settings. I also run at 18 volts. Very smooth with clear highs on either my Strat (with Fender SCNs) or my humbucker equipped guitars.
this is exactly how i run mine, and its fantastic into my DRRI, using a tele or HB guitars. no muffles at all.
 

Mickey64

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I've had several versions of this pedal since the late 90's, and all of them to me sound very smooth and quite dark in the boost mode. I can get the normal side to sound fairly open and transparent, but definitely not the boost side. I still own the 10th anniversary mosfet version, but it's one pedal I rarely use, for this very reason. I prefer the more natural tone of my Xotic BB/RC combo or KOT. However, I think Mike Fuller prefers that smooth and compressed tone, judging from his demos.
 

sick1982

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I had the same issue with the OCD: muffled.
IMHO they are designed for bright setups; while I have a bass heavy setup.
 




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