Led Zeppelin - first two albums OD pedal options

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  1. axdxm

    axdxm Silver Supporting Member

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    I am looking for something to nail the tones of the first two Led Zep albums. I used to use the Lumpy's Lemon Drop (aka ZII), but there were a number of frustrating things about that pedal, so I decided to look for something else. I know there are a number of pedals that claim to nail Zeppelin but results are varied. I know the JHS Superbolt and just a Tonebender MKII are not the answer from experience. I'm looking for - Lemon Song, Heartbreaker, How Many More Times tones. Love to hear what any of you come up with!

    Edit: I should clarify - I use a high headroom Fender amp w/tele and LP (both vintage flavor)
     
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    Skreddy Lunar Module and a Supro Dualtone amp!
     
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    A lot of those sounds are overdriven amps. A pedal into a clean amp will not give you the same experience. What amp & guitar do you play and how do you set the amp?
     
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    Or This...

     
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    axdxm Silver Supporting Member

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    High headroom Fender 6l6. I do have a little champ as well, but I am looking to cop this tone live if possible.
     
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    I like the Skreddy Hybrid Fuzz Driver for the live tone. You could also try the Skreddy Screwsriver Deluxe.

    If you want to add fuzz, I also like the chase Tone Roadster Fuzz.
     
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    Germanium treble booster and wah pedal into semi dirty sounding dark tube amp like a Silvertone 1482.
     
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    You could try running a tonebender MkII into an overdrive pedal?
     
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    JHS Superbolt
     
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    axdxm Silver Supporting Member

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    Been there, done that. Not even close and wayyyyy too much bass like all of JHS’ pedals.
     
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    Supro drive pedal?
     
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  12. John Mark Painter

    John Mark Painter Supporting Member

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    Those are some oddball sounds. I've actually got to listen to the multitracks on some of those :)
    It's funny to hear how 'feeble' Heartbreaker's sounds are. And they ROCK.
    Heartbreaker in particular is really mid-heavy. Sounds like tone rolled back into a Treble Booster to me.

    You can hear serious scooping EQ on Moby Dick as well. Doesn't sound quite like a parked Wah to me
     
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    V Gold Supporting Member

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    One more question: what kind of speakers are in that fender. Greenbacks are pretty important for this sound.
     
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    Jimmy page never got those tones live. And hes not known for ever using fender amps. Maybe check out the band Get the Led Out and try scope their rigs. Thats about the closest ive seen anybody get the tones.
     
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    Tele with a Analogman Sunbender MKIV.
    Dazed and Confused
    ZEP I and II in a box

     
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    axdxm Silver Supporting Member

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    The band Train covered the entire second album and nailed it. Not into them at all but I gained huge respect!
     
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    Isn't the Catalinbread RAH supposed to get somewhat close. I know it was supposed to be a Hiwatt pedal in a box but it still seems to get close.
     
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  18. John Mark Painter

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    No (and I just ordered one today).
    The RAH is like the live Led Zep tone.
    Those recordings are messed up tiny Valco amps and who knows what else.
    I used to have a bunch of those amps. I still have a couple. They are fun...a pain in the butt to keep working.
    Many of them get those weird tones when you dial back the tone knob...they'll leave the mids emphasized.

    Just buy a couple of the Monoprice tube amps (theres a 5w 8" and a 15w 12") and have fun. They're $100 and $150. Money well spent if you're into those little crunched combo tones. You'll definitely want to change the preamp tubes!
     
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    The Menatone Hindenburg essentially has the Zeppelin I cover right on the pedal - I have one for sale in the emporium, if you are interested.
     
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    very different from each other! remember, the first album was tele, the second les paul.

    think fuzz pedals into small non-fender amps for the first album, and maybe fuzz pedals into bigger marshall-y type amps for the second album.
     

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