I can't believe I am asking about transparent overdrives

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by TheGuildedAge, Aug 9, 2019.

  1. TheGuildedAge

    TheGuildedAge Supporting Member

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    First off, I know there is no such thing.

    As my great rig pare down of 19 comes to an end I am down to one pedal.

    I realized after playing today that my amp does 99% of what I need. I can control it with my eq and volume knob. So I set it up for a chimey crunch. Dig in and switch on the ts for gain.

    So what I realized today is I don't want an overdrive or distortion per say. I want a pedal that gives me the amp but more. Just a non middy overdrive/dirty boost.

    Here are the contenders:

    1. Mesa Tone Burst
    2. Xotic RC V2
    3. DOD Looking Glass

    I don't know much about these type of pedals but realized today after listening this is what I have been after.

    My drive section is comp=>mini tubescreamer=>?

    So I guess my question, which has probably been covered ad nauseum, is what do you like?

    Not a Timmy fan. However, I am after a pedal, I think, that needs to do more than just a clean boost. I need some EQ and gain. So I may have to give one a whirl again.

    I am having trouble finding things that work with an overdriven amp. I want to add clarity and punch and chime, but be able to add some gain if I want it.

    I have tried a few with negative results.
     
  2. amstrtatnut

    amstrtatnut Member

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    I wish I had a Wampler Euphoria button or stamp.
     
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  3. Marikian

    Marikian Supporting Member

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    Lil China.
     
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  4. TheGuildedAge

    TheGuildedAge Supporting Member

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    Thank you. I remembered trying a Wampler years back I like and could not for the life of me remember its name.
     
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  5. Gaheba

    Gaheba Member

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    OCD.
    Keep the gain down low.
    In LP mode you get more of your amp.
    In HP mode, raise the gain a bit, and things start getting crunchy.
    I use my 1.4 as a boost into an FD2 and Plimsoul into a clean amp (Fender Blues Deluxe).
    Vol = 2pm
    Tone = 2pm
    Drive = off.
    LP mode.
    At these settings, its also a great standalone clean boost.
     
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  6. Major Dude

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    Greer Lightspeed and Barber Gain Changer SR are worth checking out
     
  7. nkt275

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    Sounds to me like you're describing the Klon, or a clone. Have you tried any of them? I have the Wampler Tumnus, and I'm so happy with it.
     
  8. TheGuildedAge

    TheGuildedAge Supporting Member

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    Never even considered one until today.

    I can make my amp sound like every pedal I am using, so I thought, why?

    What I don't have is a pedal to make "my" sound bugger with little coloration. I want to be able to add some treble, cut bass, etc.
     
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  9. undeadxundead

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    I strongly encourage you to check out Westwood by Earthquaker it’s everything you are describing, and a bit closer to a Moog overdrive than anything like a Timmy despite its layout.

    Another couple options are;

    Archer series by J Rokket

    RYRA Klone

    KTR Klon

    No experience with it yet but am looking at a CBA Condor, although for you Brothers has more Overdrive, and Boost options. These two could be worth a gander.
     
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  10. mabinogeon

    mabinogeon A really hoopy frood. Silver Supporting Member

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    Way Huge Red Llama MkII. The red one, not the newer silver one. My favorite pedal ever, and does just what you want with the gain around 9:00 (which is how I run mine)
     
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  11. pmjgear

    pmjgear Supporting Member

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    Of what you listed, Looking Glass would be my pick.

    Otherwise, checkout:
    1. Midfi Magick I
    2. EQD Westwood
    3. Cascade Hosstortion
    4. Lovepedal Amp Eleven
    5. Way Huge Saucy Box
     
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  12. Whiplash17

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    Check out the VFE Dragon. They pop-up used from time to time and do exactly what you are looking for (more of your amp’s tone/gain).
     
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    Try a modern treble booster like the Naga Viper. TBs seem to fall into 2 camps: those going for vintage accuracy and those looking to expand/improve on original treble boosters while still retaining what makes them great. The Naga viper is exceptionally versatile but I only ended up using it on one setting, as a straight TB becuz I already had drive sounds I wanted, and replaced it with a one knob TB for that job only. At 18v it will have more headroom, less gain. Or the Red Llama two knobber. Just makes more out of the amp.
     
  15. coltonius

    coltonius Señor Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Hey, since we’re throwing out a new overdrive per post, there’s always the OG “transparent overdrive”:

    Menatone Red Snapper

    Get the 4 knob version for maximum versatility!
     
  16. Arf

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    Yes!
    LOVE mine.
     
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    The classic Boss OD-1 is one of the first transparent drives, and a pedal which some of those listed above have been based on.

    Best regards, Jack
     
  18. kramm47

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    I'm a huge fan of the Mad Professor Sweet Honey Overdrive. The new one has a three band EQ.

    This pedal is super touch sensitive and sounds amazing in front of clean and dirty amps.

    Joyo make a clone, the sweet baby, if you want to try it for $30 or so.

    I'm also a big fan of the Way Huge Saucy Box. It blends your core tone with its tone in a really musical way. Cool pedal.
     
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  19. hippieboy

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    Spark Booster (big one) has a nice eq control and gain.
     
  20. joealba

    joealba Supporting Member

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    The RC V2 sounds like a solid pedal to try for what you are going for. I have been using the Scott Henderson model for years for this sort of thing. Active bass and treble eq plus two stages of boost that stay clean until you really kick the knobs.
     
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