How many drives do you need/have?

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by Pott, Aug 18, 2008.

  1. Pott

    Pott Member

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    Well I play anything from the softer clean Blues to down right brutal metal... So I have, in order of gain:

    Bad Monkey (slight thickening of sound)
    Blues Pro (very light OD)
    Stupid Box 2.0 (medium gain OD)
    Carl Martin Hot Drive and Boost I modified a little (changed the clipping section entirely), sounds AMAZING with Strats (low gain distortion)
    Mi Audio crunchbox (high gain distortion to downright metal, especially when boosted by the blues pro, fantastic combo)
    Seymour Duncan Power Grid (about as much gain as you'd ever need) for everything too heavy for the rest to do
    Big Muff for fuzz

    And then I have a compressor and tremolo on the board and that's all.

    And for my other amp I have a CM ACtone and Plexitone in front...

    I often think about downsizing... but Bad Monkey/Blues Pro/Crunchbox or Power Grid would give me most of my OD sounds but I just love all the other pedals so much, I can't get rid of them :( I actually use every single one of these all the time I play.
     
  2. todd richman

    todd richman Senior Member

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    My new board will have 5 plus an Octavian. I am going to have a Textosterone for gritty, germanium OD boost, a Pro Analog MkIII for fuzz that is controllable from the volume knob for differing shades of color, a COT50 on all the time more as an enhancer, Smoky Signal OD for more saturated, Dumblesque OD, Precision Overdrive for a Texas Tube Screamer type tone and the Octavian. Other than that, a few delays, a tube reverb pedal, wah and a parallel mix loop for the time based effects. I fretted (pun intended!) over the idea of 5 dirt boxes, six if you count the Octavian, but a lot of guys use 4 channel preamps in rack systems and then throw a dirt box or two out in front which is the same idea-differing shades of OD, fuzz, etc to color a track.
     
  3. jaywalker

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    I need tons for backing track sessions. I have 3 basic drives on my board (TS9, Drivemaster, OD) and one distortion - BOSS mega distortion because I was sick of having to goose the DS1 to get a decent amount of gain. Theres also 8 different drives in my boss Vwah and I have a catalogue of maybe 13 different drives/fuzzes/distortions I've modeled on originals in my magicstomps, and I also employ my amps drive from time to time.

    Here's a demo of a handfull of them on one board:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkb4IY8BEpQ
     
  4. FLYING V 83

    FLYING V 83 Pedal Trading Guru Silver Supporting Member

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    On the board right now:

    Timmy
    Screwdriver
    Aphek Peanut Butter Model T
    CMATMODS Signa Comp-Drive
    CMATMODS Signa Drive
    CMATMODS Brownie ("fr8_Trane'd")
    Menatone Red Snapper
    Catalinbread SCOD
    Electrictabs Dr.Boogey
    Kaden Pavo Booster
    GGG CB1 (LPB clone)

    I'm in a working cover band with a 200+ song list so all get used every gig.
    Thinking of replacing the Aphek with something else, maybe a red GT500.
     
  5. LouRossi

    LouRossi Member

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    I rotate gig to gig but just bring two

    #1: Maxon OD808 or Keeley SD-1 or Nobels ODR-1
    #2: Keeley RAT or Marshall Guv or ZV. Box of Rock

    Sometimes I'll just bring the Box of Rock
     
  6. mrodrigues

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    Tim and Zen.

    So essentially three 'levels'.
    Tim = boost.
    tim + zen = med lead/open chords.
    then tim + zen with tim's boost on = lead.

    also have a lunar module on the way so that will hopefully round things up if i need some more outrageous sounds hehe
     
  7. clothwiring

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    Timmy (OD)
    RC Booster (Boost)
     
  8. jhumber

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    In order of gain:

    BJF PGC - it's a comp, but it boosts signal with single coils
    RC Booster - clean boost
    BB Preamp - low/medium gain OD
    Mad Professor Mighty Red Distortion - high gain dist.

    With my Strat, the PGC is always on. With my PRS, it's off more.
    MRD + BB is one hell of a tone :)
     
  9. semi-hollowbody

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    Ive got a crap load of od...
    barber ltd
    barber direct drive
    proco rat
    mi audio crunch box
    visual sounds jeckyll and hyde
    bbe green screamer
    marshall guvnor
    marshall jackhammer
    boss od-3
    boss blues driver
    moss mt-2
    metal muff
    and a couple fuzz
    barber trifecta
    little big muff

    i have a line selector to keep them seperated and out of the chain when playing ckean...I just cant give up the variety and subtle diferences between them...if I were to gig I would NOT use all these...
     
  10. geetarman

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    Just two for me:
    MJM Blues Devil
    Skreddy Screw Driver
     
  11. powermatt99

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    One.

    Fulltone 10th Ann. Fulldrive II.

    With the two channels on my LSS and the boost on the FDII I have all the drive I need.
     
  12. kenoflife

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    Sunface
    Gaspedals Carb
    Zendrive 2
    Honeybee OD
    Klon

    Klon is always on, Carb for boost, Zendrive for leads and crunch, Honeybee w tele for rhythm, Sunface mixed in for various shades of 60s and higher gain. (Like jhumber, I use a BJF PGC early on to sometimes boost the single-coil tele). I also have a BJF EGDM not on the board - I can kind of get away without it but it definitely has its own color. Also play in a band with mostly covers, probably over 200, and these drives seem like a minimum to me for what I want to hear myself doing - kind of like to try a Screwdriver too - but I think it might be similar to the EGDM?
     
  13. Lightningrt

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    At one point I had:
    Timmy - Light OD
    Cactus Crunch - More OD
    Eternity OD/Distortion+
    Mad Dog Fuzz - Fuzzz!
    Aphek Peanut Butter - Distortion
    Octron - Fuzz/Octave

    to cover most [ all?] angles.

    Then I realised I didn't need 'em all.

    My 'board for this Saturday will have:

    OCD V4 - Med OD
    MI Crunchbox - Distortion
    Retroman Wolf Tone Machine - Fuzzzz! [+octave]

    I find that I like a good Overdrive [like the Timmy or OCD] but have a soft spot for the Distortion I grew up with.
     
  14. slacker

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    I generally use one or two overdrives out and mix and match at home. It all depends on the application.

    Klon-main live od with LP dont use it at home.

    KOT V2 home use and I really like it with my Rickenbacker

    Fulldrive 2-Strat heaven

    Blackstone-great at low volume with most guitars
     
  15. LowWatt

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    I play in a three guitar band that spends a lot of time doing soundscape parts, so I need a lot of texture and keep my amp set clean. I try to keep my board somewhat limited so that I'm not focusing on my pedals more than my playing (was a problem for me in the past).

    For dirt, I run (in order in my 9 pedal board) :
    - Analogman Beano Boost (for goosing pedals, lead boost, dirty boost)
    - Hot Cake (my all purpose overdrive/distortion)
    - MJM Foxey Fuzz (for big thick parts, riffs and heavy rhythym especially)
    - Throbak Overdrive Boost (end of chain clean boost and EQ, clean up the Foxey so that it is tight and better on leads, provide grime if I want to do washes of distorted delay and/or trem ...aka, it's the all purpose do everything dirt box/clean boost/eq that I need at the end of my chain)

    Off my board are a BYOC MKII Tone Bender that I love the tone of, but it gets horribly lost in the mix when everyone is going (too thick), and a Frantone Brooklyn. The Brooklyn is an awesome pedal, definitely not another tube screamer clone. It is like a thicker version of some of my favourite tones from the Skreddy Screwdriver, but it is not versatile enough to make me remove the Throbak and I always need my Hot Cake buffering my chain (one of the few built in buffers I really like), so it's a little redundant with what I have and stays off the board for when I am at home and want to just plug into one dirt box and go. Actually, the BYOC and the Brooklyn make a great pickup and go pairing for when I don't want to haul my pedalboard to a jam.
     
  16. Greiginoz

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    I plan to run with a Keeley Phat Mod Blues Driver and a Rat II for OD and distortion respectively. I also use the Overdrive that is part of my Marshall DSL 401 for most stuff. The Blues Driver is mainly for my Mustang as I set the OD on my amp to suit my SG and the Rat will be used for either guitars.
     
  17. butrus

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    Need only one,but have 6 :jo
     
  18. seiko

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    Use two, could get away with one with the amp cranked but nice to have two for rehearsal room situations

    Either a Silver Kiss into an 80s RAT or the SK into an Expandora MKIII.
     
  19. jb1911

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    This is a great combination!

    Right now I've got a BBB07, a Screwdriver and a Mosferatu on my board. It's been that way for a couple of months now, a new record.

    I've also got a Lunar Module, a AM TS9 Silver, a Liquid Sunshine, an Eternity and a '69 that are not on my board.
     
  20. nibus

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    I have two dirt loops on my board. One for light - medium, and the other for med-high.

    Low-med:
    Timmy > Screwdriver > HBE Power Screamer

    Med-high
    Openhaus > BYOC Shredder > Pink Flesh
     

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