Help on my OD/distortion quest (Pork Loin? MØLLER? Signa Drive?)

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  1. Mixophrygian

    Mixophrygian Member

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    I, like many of you, am on a quest for the right OD/distortion pedal for my needs. Hoping y'all can help.

    I have a Les Paul studio '10 and a Vox Night Train 15 through an Epiphone 1x12 cab (Eminence Lady Luck speaker). I play in a cover band, classic rock through 80's pop to present day stuff.

    I like my amp's distortion, so generally I set my amp gain where I need it for a given song, then hit the Bad Monkey for a boost for solos. But we have some songs where I need 3 levels of gain: clean in the verse, distorted for the chorus, plus a boost for the solos, and the NT doesn't have a channel switch.

    I'd like a pretty transparent overdrive, something that retains the sound of my amp. A pedal with a built-in boost would be great, or else something that can take a TS-like (Monkey) boosting it for solos. A healthy amount of gain for flexibility would be nice too.

    I've tried:
    Digitech Bad Monkey - I don't like this for rhythm (too honky) but gives a nice lead boost.

    Way Huge Fat Sandwich - Grabbed it off Craigslist out of curiosity. Nice sound but usually too much gain. It also needs to be run into a very clean amp which isn't always handy. I use it for leads sometimes.

    Fulltone OCD - with its popularity I had high hopes but it's not a good fit with my rig. Sounds hollow and rather shrill and adds a lot of grit even at the lowest drive. I turn it on and it's like I'm playing a whole new rig. Unusual I know but very off-putting. Maybe the Vox chime clashes with it?

    Pedals I'm considering:
    Way Huge Pork Loin - because I like the Sandwich but need an OD more than a distortion. I've heard great things about this, and I like the ability to mix the clean tone with the overdriven tone.

    T-Rex MØLLER - The price seems to be the only downside. Apparently transparent sounding and super flexible: clean boost, OD, or boosted OD. Seems like this would satisfy all three of my gain needs in one pedal. Again I like the clean mix feature. Downside is it's a lot of $$ and I'm not sure how easily I'd be able to flip it if I don't like it.

    CMATMods Super Signa Drive
    Fulltone Fulldrive 2 - these two were suggested to me, they seem to also have lots of voicing/clipping options and a bulit-in boost.

    Anyone run these through a Vox amp? Any other suggestions? Thanks!
     
  2. Adagietto

    Adagietto Supporting Member

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    I'm curious about this too. I hope you get some good suggestions.
     
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    I've been using it for some days, really great pedal
     
  5. turnstylepoet

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    +1 for the Pork Loin. It is my main OD at the moment. I absolutely love the PL. The clean blend is very useful and the pedal is very tweakable. It does take a little bit of time because of its tweaking options but it is not hard to find great tones from the little purple box.
     
  6. sshan25

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    For "pretty transparent" OD. I can't think of anything better than a Barber LTD. I have the V2 and it seems to get more use than anything else I have (I'm getting a 1/2 gainer so it may replace the single channel LTD). I also have a Signa drive. While a nice pedal, I don't consider it to be particularly transparent.
     

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