Fulltone OCD v3 to v4 Mod?

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  1. impactblue

    impactblue Member

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    Such a thing? Anyone done this? :D
     
  2. Caribou

    Caribou Silver Supporting Member

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    "In version 4 the circuit board has undergone numerous modifications, so a do-it-yourself upgrade from an older version to v4 will be hard to do."

    This comes from a page you can see at fulltone.com where the different OCD versions are discussed in detail.
     
  3. pear gage

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    sell the 3 and buy a 4. I've seen used 3's sell for more than new 4's simply because they are no longer made.
     
  4. impactblue

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    Righteo thanks! Are most ppl liking the V4 more?
     
  5. Brien

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    There's a fan club for every version.
     
  6. impactblue

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    Haha..righteo...

    Well I'm not in the V3 fan club...i'm gonna just flip it on the bay...
     
  7. The Pup

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    I owned both and stayed with the v3.
     
  8. Caribou

    Caribou Silver Supporting Member

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    Can you tell us why? I've got a v3 and have thought about going to a v4.
     
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    I'm predominantly an LP mode user and the v4 seemed brighter (arguably less bass, more fizz and grit at the outer edges of the note)...although the volume knob was more linear (but I've never had trouble turning a volume knob before).

    Contrary to the reference below (which is linked from the Fulltone site), I thought the v3 sounded smoother and better. However, if these two are your choices...you really can't go too wrong.

    http://www.pedalarea.com/ocd.htm

    P.S. I run my v3 at 18vdc.

    Check out this demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZ3iumBEvCE
     
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    I agree 100%. I had the v3 and v4 side by side in the house for two weeks and the v3 won since I felt it had more girth.
     
  11. impactblue

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    Its no preference beteen versions...just that I'm not 100% loving the OCD...

    You know what...I think I'm gonna try my pedals at 18v first to see how i like it..and then decide if I wanna keep the OCD. If i sell the V3 im not gonna bother with a V4 anyway...

    If running it at 18v gives it more headroom and clarity I might like it more...coz i feel right now it distorts too much and tad too thick...
     
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    I don't think either version of the OCD cleans up very well...it's nothing like a BoR (darn bass hump).
     
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    ive had them all and dig the v2 best.
     
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    Ditto......

    There are not enough treble and upper mids with the 4. To the point where it was unusable with my rig (humbuckers/P-90s into Hiwatts). I just fixed my V2, which I modded to V3, and I love it.....

    They sound great with a Strat though.........
     
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    v3 is a muddy mess, these guys just haven't spent any time with v4 and/or are pissed they have v3 ;)
     
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    You're all spinnin me out....

    I'm just gonna try the V3 at 18v and if i still dont like it then no more OCDs for me :stir
     
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    I use a v3 and it's nowhere near a "muddy mess."
     
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    Really? I have a V2 (which is now a V3) and a V4. One of them is sitting on the shelf awaiting sale, and the other is on my board..... The one on the board is V3....... The V4 was unusable for me. Way too dark and muddy with any of my guitars/amps........ And I don't have dark amps or guitars! The other guitarist in my band plays Strats, and he LOVES my V4, so he's gonna buy it......
     
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    18v is a transformation, makes ocd (and fd2 by the way) so much better
    much more open and transparent
     
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    I agree about the 18V. That is the only way my V4 was even close to usable. I run my V3 at 18V, but it also sounds great a 9V....... I've found that these things are very player and rig specific...... I went through about 10 boutique ODs in the last few months that are raved about on here, and was very underwhelmed with all of them, I am back to what I had. A Barber LTD Black, OCD V3 and a Keeley Rat.
     

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