Help me choose my last two ODs/Distortions?

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  1. McGurk

    McGurk Member

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    So. I don't have a lot of cash to spend on effects, so I have a small board. I recently decided to flip my Empress Heavy pedal. It was great, but didn't get used much, and overlapped too much with my newest pedal (JHS 73 Ram's Head Muff Replica).

    So let's say I've got about $300 to spend, and I want to get two more gain pedals that are stack-able.

    I don't think I want a pedal for a clean boost / tone enhancer. I love my clean tone on my amp. I'm looking for low overdrive to high gain (including stacking).

    Any suggestions for what two pedals I could match with my Ram's Head to cover tons of ground?

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    An example I was thinking of:

    Timmy (never tried one)
    CB DLS.III (Had one and regretted getting rid of it)

    Timmy alone - Low gain
    CB DLS.III - Med gain (probably superbass mode)
    Timmy + DLS - Distortion? (I have no idea)
    Timmy + 73 - Soaring fuzz leads??

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    Anyway, I don't have a lot of experience stacking pedals, but wanted to give it a shot.

    Any words of wisdom, pedal suggestions, or otherwise nice things to say to me?
     
  2. WhoJamFan

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    Buy an Amptweaker Tightdrive Pro and have all those bases covered with one pedal. You can route your other pedals through it and be able to use it as a switching system deoending on which of the 3 loops you put them through. Incredibly versatile and exceptional tone from cleanish boost through high gain. Definitely worth checking out.h

    Oh, and you don't have to have your amp cranked to the edge of breakup to get the sounds out if these pedals like so many others require.
     
  3. mgarrison99

    mgarrison99 Silver Supporting Member

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    I've chased those two tones for a long time My current favorites:

    Low/Medium Gain
    - Rockett Archer

    Medium/High Gain (from less to more)
    - Xotic BB MB Preamp (this pedal can do ALOT on its own)
    - Mesa Fluxdrive (righteous rock power chords)
    - Crazy Tube Effects Starlight (Marshall Guv'nor/Gilmour sustain)
     
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    kwaping Guitar payer Silver Supporting Member

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    A Rat and something else. I use it with a Plextortion to great success.
     
  6. Michael_V

    Michael_V Supporting Member

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    Last two? My lord, how many do you have?
     
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    Weehbo JCM Drive LTD. Ended my search for the perfect OD after years and years of going through one pedal after another. Just incredible.
     
  8. ES330

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    mcgurk,

    what guitar do you play ? single coil ? humbucker ?
     
  9. McGurk

    McGurk Member

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    One. It's a fuzz.

    Where can you get a Weehbo JCM LTD at?
     
  10. McGurk

    McGurk Member

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    I play mostly on my American strat. It's got a Suhr humbucker in the bridge and two single coils
     
  11. ES330

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    Single coils like the Blackstone.
    For a Humbucker, definitely checkout the GtrWrks bV
     
  12. ES330

    ES330 Supporting Member

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    btw, the GtrWrks bV is my favorite stacking pedal.
     
  13. scotty31

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    Low overdrive can be a fun search.
    I reeeeeally loved the Subdecay Liquid Sunshine. It's got just a little bit of grit that works so nicely with your amp.
    Xotic AC boost (which is a nice low gain drive to my ears) is a good, cheap option.
    MI Audio Blue Boy covers a span of tones and will get you everything from clean to medium drive. highly under-rated pedal.
    As is the T-Rex Alberta and the Barber stuff. Direct Drive is a winner.

    When i hear High gain, I ask how high gain?
    MI Audio Tube Zone will do everything from low to off the hook high gain (i.e. Mesa type stuff, very tight and focused).
    Personally - for $300 you could possibly look into a Kingsley Jouster.
    Its geared towards that marshally type gain, but i use mine in a way that could work to your needs.
    Channel 1 i back off the gain a fair amount and have it emulating that nice JMP/JTM cleanish crunch. the more you dig, the harder it gets.
    Channel 2 i go for Slash/Rhoads levels of hot rodded marshall tones.
    I like to run it with an EQ so i can fine tune the tone, but thats me.
     
  14. Michael_V

    Michael_V Supporting Member

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    So you're really pretty much building your entire dirt section. That's going to take some experimentation.
     
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    cheap?! :thud
     
  16. McGurk

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    So for my lower gain option, I was hoping for something that I could stack into both the medium gain and the muff. So I guess I'm looking for something pretty transparent that will add a little volume and gain. Is the Archer pretty transparent?

    Maybe a better question (since I'm guessing the Muff will be harder to stack with) is what will stack well with the Ram's Head Muff?
     

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