JCM800 needs OD & Boost retaining my tone so...

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by keano, Jan 3, 2007.

  1. TheGuildedAge

    TheGuildedAge Member

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    I replaced my jcm800 with a fargen olde 800. I have the same scenario as you describe. I set it for a touch of gain. I use a bumbox bust for the clean boost tones, solos, etc. The times I want the amps sound, but louder.

    I use a jekyll and hyde for my distortion tones. It's nice, but does color the sound. I am after a pedal that will give me the almost mesa saturation, but less tonal coloration than the jeykll and hyde.

    I did not like my crunch box into an overdriven amp.
     
  2. DEMENTED

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    I prefer the OCD into my 2204, does not color the tone , tightens up the bottom and adds some teeth.
     
  3. rob2001

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    I have a 4104 combo, which is a 2204, running a 4x12 greenback cab. Tried...... TS-9, Timmy, BB preamp, OD-1, SD-1, DS-1, MXR micro amp, Zoom PD-01, EQ,s, comps and a few I forget. Fave's?? Timmy and SD-1. The Timmy was cool using the low input as a clean-semi dirt and stomping for heavier grind. The SD-1 is good for all applications. Seems boss just nailed it for these amps with the SD-1. That said, the best straight up rythym tones come with no boost at all for me. I guess it depends, when I'm practicing alone I like boosts and such but with the band straight in sounds great with a stomper for leads. These amps just ain't right unless your volume is neck and neck with a hard hitting drummer and the rest of the band. Believe it or not the Zoom is a close 3'rd for me. Not as a boost on the low input but as a lead boost on the high. It can be set up as a straight clean boost but with bass and treble control. Very under-rated pedal. Funny but I sold the timmy even though it sounded great. The sound in a live setting didn't justify keeping a $200.00+ pedal when a stock SD-1 did the job. What I didn't like about the BB, on the low input, it left some clean signal along with the dirt. Just sounded funky. So i'm done now, Timmy, SD-1 stock, Zoom PD-01, although the Zoom left that clean signal too, it sounds great on the high input.
     
  4. Rex Nomad

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    The Keeley SD-1 with 4559 chip is a bit more neutral, balanced and straightforward sounding than the E. The E is a tad brighter, musical and lush sounding with a sort of subtle singing compression to it. Hope that helps.
     
  5. Jack Luminous

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    Ok. I just saw that TC Electronic has reissued their old pedals (I'm not talking about the rehoused T-Rex thingies). I can only advise you to try their booster/dist. I have an old one and if the reissue is true to the original, it's the absolute best booster for a 2203. Amazing. You'll know right away when you'll plug the thing in the high input... [​IMG]
     
  6. anti-flag193

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    Easy. Digitech Bad Monkey. I love mine with my 2203. Tightens it right up and it's only 40 bucks. Try one from MF and send it back if you don't like it before you drop a bunch of money on more expensive pedals.
     
  7. keano

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    Tried the Bad monkey didn't like it at all.
     
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    Did you try it as a clean boost?
     
  9. hbentley

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    yeah, the monkey definitely sounds best through my 800 with the gain set really low
     
  10. keano

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    Got a Timmy on order. Going to try a power screamer, and Barber DD. I like crunchy rather then smooth. Doug Roccaforte recommended a Carb boost
     
  11. Elliott Damage

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    Barber DD will NOT work. Sounds good through a Fender amp and is smoother than crunchier. I'd get a Super Chile Picosso or something like that.
     
  12. Rex Nomad

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    Keano, did you try the OCD? And if you did, what do you think? That's one I've been wondering about for my 2203s.
     
  13. keano

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    Hi Rex I have it got it last week. It is nice but it darkens the amp a bit. Low end is kind of exagerrated. I do like to though just would like it tighter, less low end.
     
  14. johnny q

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    Thats a pretty bold statement dont you think?? Barber DD works just fine for this application. Whats a Chile Picosso, does it give you gas if you eat too much??
     
  15. anti-flag193

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    The OCD sounds great with my 2203. If I want to tighter the amp up I'll use the Bad Monkey, but other than that the OCD is my favorite OD with the 2203.
     

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