Fulltone FD2 Question

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by dahn8, Feb 19, 2008.

  1. dahn8

    dahn8 Member

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    Hi... i have a Fulltone FD2 (non-mosfet). i like it, but its a little too big for my board and i never use the boost side. I was wondering, is there anything similar to it (for a reasonable price) in a smaller enclosure (i tend to use the FM mode)?

    Thanks in advance,
     
  2. hurleysurf

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    I've owned 2 Fulldrives over the years. I always try to get into it, but end up finding out I really don't like it. It's such a boring drive to me. I always go back to a TS808 reissue which you'll find fits a similar niche. I just personally think it has a little more life.
     
  3. ChickenLover

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    A FDII is just a Tubescreamer with minor tweaks...tweaks that other people do or have been doing for a very long time. There are a ton of slightly different 'takes' on the TS and the FDII is just one of them.

    Try a Sparkle Drive...that's a very nice 'take' on the TS.
     
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    If the boost isn't essential to you, an Analogman modded Boss SD1 with asymmetrical clipping was just like the FD2. I actually sold my FD2 for the same reason and loved the AM SD1!
     
  5. Mike52

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    I asked this same question a few weeks ago. The mi audio Blue Boy Deluxe gets high marks around here for a TS style pedal. It's resonably priced and very small. The Red Snapper was also recommended. I decided to try something different than another TS and ordered a timmy and zen. I'm hoping they open up a lot more sound possibilities in the same amount of board space.
     
  6. dahn8

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    Yeah, i was looking at the Tubescreamers but at the same time, i tend to use the flat mid mode... im not a big fan of that mid-hump. so pretty much i was wondering what would be a good overdrive without the mid hump but has a similar feel to the FD2 (if that makes any sense at all...)?
     
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    The 'Flat-Mid' thing is a very simple, easy tweak that I'm sure other TS variants do...unfortunately I don't know exactly which ones. I'm sure Analog Mike or Keeley (among others I'm sure) have something comparable. IMO/IME...even FM has a mid-hump it's just not as pronounced as non-FM (at least that's the way it sounds to me on my blue FDII with the toggle switch). My point is that you probably do like some mid-hump...just not as much as a 'stock' TS.

    Another idea might be that since the TS is such a well-known circuit...maybe have someone build you one (they could use the General Guitar Gadgets kit if needed) and customize it just the way you want.
     
  8. Terry Hayes

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    I have never tried one but, based on the sound samples, I always thought that the AC Booster would be nice if I wanted something like the FD but in a smaller box.

    Terry
     
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    The AM modded SD1 -silver mod- has less mid hump!! :BEER
     
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    I find the FD2 is great with some amps but so so with others. I like it with my Lonestar Special. I have a keely Sparkle drive that really works great with everything that isn't high gain.
     
  12. kurt1981

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    Love my xotic AC, but a fulldrive it is not. Quite different, imho
     
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    Check out GMD's Luther Drive. A very nice TS.
     
  14. dalandan

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    VERY far from an FD2, IMHO. I currently have both and they're different flavors of OD.
     
  15. jonlarsen002

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    Totally different pedals, indeed. I run my Keeley BD as a gritty boost into my FD2. Great big chunky tone that I can't get close to with either by themselves.
     
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    +1, except mine was a Keeley, and I kept the FD2 because it had the FM mode & comp-cut mode, both of which I use.

    But the Keeley SD-1 was a dead-ringer for the FD2 vintage mode.
     
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    The Fulldrive 2 running on 18v is a marvelous pedal and thankfully I still have some room on my board.
     

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