I can't believe I am asking about transparent overdrives

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

  1. KBN

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    Subdecay Liquid Sunshine does what you need. Equally capable of boosting and/or being boosted. Flexible eq options, although in an unconventional way and the tone of it is musical and natural without adding too much of its own character. It really finds ways to give you more of what you have or improve what you have. It is best with an amp that is starting to compress a little bit. Can sound a little stiff if the amp isn't cooking a little.
     
  2. Artie Fisk

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    Wampler Tumnus Deluxe. Fantastic boost. Very musical and open OD. It’s the only Klone that I’ve tried that I was able to bond with.
     
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    I concur.
     
  4. HeavyCream

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    If you’re looking for a transparent, non middy overdrive you can’t go wrong with a Visual Sound Open Road. It’s a very natural sounding pedal, it does sound like an amp being overdriven rather than sounding like you are using a pedal if you know what I mean. Only overdrive I use these days.
     
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  6. theRagman

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    I like the Bogner Wessex for this, and a wide range of other overdrive tones. The OCD and Klon(e) suggestions also ought to do the trick.
     
  7. jimijimmyjeffy

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    has anyone made a clear plexiglass OD? That would sell like hotcakes here.
     
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    Transparent overdrive. Is that like the master volume on your amp? :) (I kid, I kid.)
     
  9. Riffa

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    Way Huge Saucy Box!
     
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    I had one. It was great for single coils but I never could get it to sound the way I wanted with humbuckers.
     
  11. FenderBigot

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    Someone said it earlier - the good old Boss BD2 is probably the most transparent OD pedal I have used in lower gain settings... but I think it’s really rig and user dependent.

    There are many options here beyond the three you just in the OP, but the results are pretty subjective to the individual. I love the Amp 11 and find it pretty transparent with my set up, but some here don’t like the A11 in their rigs.
     
  12. Kevsonic

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    In my estimation little comes close to what you wanted like the Timmy. I guess you tried it and moved on from it?

    Barber Gain Changer SR (or the original Gain Changer if you find one) is a great move, too.
     
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  14. goodhonk

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    Have you tried increasing the tone knob on your tubescreamer? Ime, brighter is better.
     
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    Of the options you gave, Xotic and DOD are definitely well-rated. Either would be good options.

    My personal vote would be Way Huge Pork Loin or Saucy Box. They are perfect for giving you “more” of what you already have in a very pleasing and musical way.
     
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  16. Benjoman

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    Have you considered getting a Timmy?
     
  17. Whiskey N Beans

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    EQD Westwood is great with great EQ.
     
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    Barber Gain Changer

    Extremely flexible. Goes from gentle boost to a nice thick Overdrive. They are priced very competitively and you can’t find a nicer guy to buy from.

    Hard to lose if you buy a Gain Changer.
     
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    Mathew effects architect v3. So there’s a 3band eq Incase you need to shape the gain structure 3 clipping styles and a dirty-ish boost. So the weird thing is the gain side doesn’t go above unity(it just breaks up your signal) Which really annoyed me at first but now that I understand it better it makes sense (just a heads up for anyone interested)
     

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