I love my Barber Burn Unit

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  1. popsongsmith

    popsongsmith Senior Member

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    What a great pedal. I had one and sold it during a period of confusion, but I just bought another one and...ahhhh, that's better.

    There's something about Dave's pedals. He must have golden ears, 'cause they just sound so sweet.
     
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    I've had a BU for years...first the BU, then the BU II and now the BU EQ. The British Drive setting sounds great.
     
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    frankencat Guitarded Gold Supporting Member

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    Amen brother. The Direct Drive is one of the best OD pedals of all time IMHO.
     
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    Then there's the DD LG - even better than the DD. I'm thinking about a Dual Discrete Drive DD LG - 2 DD LG's in one pedal...
     
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    I'm not sure which version I have. It's the dual pedal with yellow lettering, but not the EQ version. It sounds amazing across the board. Lower gain settings sound thick and punchy without the nasal-ness of a TS, and higher gain settings are creamy yet detailed.
     
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    I call that the BU II. 6 knobs and maybe an effects loop, but not the 3 trimmers inside like a BU EQ. Nice pedal!
     
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    Holy smokes :eek:, that is almost EXACTLY like my situation. I actually had a Small Fry and sold that during my own "period of confusion."

    The BU*EQ is by far the best pedal I've played on. I set one channel for dirty break-up and then the other for hi-gain lead tones. I'm still trying to find a great hi-gain tone (probably with another stomp box), but the BUEQ is here to stay.
     
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    yeah, that's the one. my first one had the loop, but not this one. one trimmer for bass inside.

    I spoke to Dave Barber a while back, and he said this one is Nils Lofgren's favorite dirt pedal.
     
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    I love my, I have had it on my board for 3yrs now. I set one channel for higher gain leads, the other barley any gain. The low gain setting is something all its own on this pedal....brilliant tones!!
     
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    yeah, I haven't found many pedals that sound equally good with the gain at either 9 or 3 o'clock...
     
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    Hit it with a compressor with the sustain low and volume to taste. Also a Keeley Fuzz Head or Cot/Balance boosting the BU would also take you to the next level of gain.
     
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    i actually kick in my launch pad for extra oomph when i need it, which basically covers 80% of my tone needs. :banana
     
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    Burn Unit kicks A$$!
     
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    Is the LP before or after the BU in your chain?

    A compressor before the BU will give you a better gain bump than a boost, at least in my rig it does. That's an Alf Hermida tip - Alf knows gain. :D
     
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    after, actually. the BUEQ + LP goes really well into my Carvin Legacy. I wanted the tone of the BUEQ and a little more so putting the LP after it made the most sense to me.
     
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    You'll get more gain if you place the LP before the BUEQ. The LP after the BUEQ just gives you a volume bump.
     
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    which was what i wanted :AOK
     
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    I thought you said "...I'm still trying to find a great hi-gain tone..."
     
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    i am! but i never thought much about using the LP to push the BUEQ. thanks for the input - especially since it took me so long to figure it out :p
     

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