Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by Figaro, Jan 18, 2015.
Anyone use the Barber Gain Changer for Marshall sounds with a cleanish Fender amp?
It's not really voiced for that sort of thing, I think the Direct Drive is more Marshally.
Yeah, Direct Drive should fit the bill. Tho I did prefer it in front of another OD.
DD is probably what you want but I have to say that I could get good Marshally sounds out of my GC and Super Reverb.
Yeah, the GC is pretty versatile. I've used them to get Marshall drive type sounds out of a cleanish amp successfully.
I have both the DD and the GC - I think each of them has a Marshally thing going on.
This is what I'm hoping for. That the Gain Changer with it's switches can be adjusted to give Marshall sounds?
Go to Barber's website. He has some sound clips and product descriptions.
Couldn't find any clips of the GC on the Barber website.
With the toggle in the unLTD mode, you can definitely get some medium gain (classic rock Marshall tones) going on, especially if you add some mids with the eq toggle as well.
The gain changer is a combination of the "Ltd" and "Unlimited" pedals in one box. There are sound clips for those pedals. Read the description of the Gain Changer and you'll understand.
Thanks! It seems the GC can do everything from Fender overdrive to Marshall distortion. And it seems the GC can do everything the Compact Direct Drive can do, and more?
It depends on the details you are listening for. If you are primarily listening for gain-range, then they both (dd and gc) do a similar thing. The EQ spectrum of the DD is different from any of the EQ spectrums offered by the GC. The texture of the drive is also different between the two, the GC has a little more clarity and the DD has more of the compression style you would hear from softer vacuum power tubes (el34, el84) when they are cranked up. Neither pedal can actually cop the sounds of the other, if they did we would stop making one or the other.
this is absolutely right.
CDD much better for that through a clean Fender, the feel is there. I think the CDD is the ultimate MIB for a fender, bedroom player too, no bass cut and smooth. I prefer the GC for my use, which is driving a marshally amp (Badger) at live volumes because of the clarity, I get the Marshall flavor from the amp. But if I were a fender player, I would go with the CDD or a Dirty Little Secret.
Compact Direct Drive is what I would suggest with a Fender amp for Marshall tones plus the Low gain option is really good in that pedal as well.
This is close to my assessment too... but I will say the GC isn't really a "Marshall in a box" type pedal, the CDD is that pedal. I found the two of them to sound close enough for rock n roll and decided to keep the GC.