It’s odd when the copy becomes better known than the thing copied. Like with Hydrox and Oreo. Hydrox cookies came first, but most people think of them as a cheap knockoff.What he said.
And while we’re at it, let’s start calling “TS type” overdrives “OD-1 type” overdrives, and start giving Boss the credit it deserves for designing this type of circuit. Can I get an amen?
This 100000 percent. The TS's mid-hump and clean blend works best when your amp is cranked, clipping, and pushing too much bass. As metal players figured out long ago, the TS tightens up the low end and gives you the mids to be heard. The resulting tone is not exactly saturated, but just more of what you want. It's a glorious combination at loud, gig-worthy volumes.I think most people that don't like them (IMO) haven't really used them the way they are intended to be used-they play them through an amp on 25% volume and use the neck pickup and with the drive on the pedal set above 25%--- put that together and it sounds really bad. I think these home players are why you see so many postings around "need an overdrive that retains the low end and doesn't have a mid-hump."