Looking for a dirty, fuzz-ish overdrive...

johnetone

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ss/bs mini is worth consideration
Pretty much this or the SS/BS Fvck Overdrive are the ways to go imo. I use the Mini into my '67 Bandmaster and it smokes! Plus the low bias/low gain sound can go from crumbly to fuzzy with other boosts/dirts in front of it. The Fvck is more capable and has some really cool crackle & poptions that respond well to dynamics. I personally find the Mini to be more versatile. But I do really enjoy what the Fvck is capable of. It's like an overfuzz.
 
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And so it's time TGP brethren, to gather 'round the fire and play some deep, dark, dirty blues.

Here's the score. I have two great fuzzes, one germanium, one silicon for a wide range of all-out fuzz, which is how I like to play them. I have a great low-gain and a great mid-gain overdrive, to cover traditional overdrive tones.

But there's something I'm missing...

As you may have guessed from the title, I need a dirty overdrive with a strong low-end presence. I'm thinking dirty, swampy... think like ZZ Top with maybe a little Black Keys. I'm not trying to sound like either of those, but I want that style of tone.

For my taste, most overdrive pedals, in their rush to pile on the mids, have a weak low-end presence. So they add a tone knob that just gets dull and murky when you roll the tone off, that's not what any really wants. Or they add a bass knob that sort of goes from not much bass at all to this goopy mess, and yeah, we don't want that either.

Or, if they create a sort of fuzz hybrid, the fuzz is harsh and shrill, and we're back to no low end again.

What's the solution, a better EQ section maybe?

For reference, I play mainly a Strat with semi-low output pickups into primarily Fender style amps.

Does anybody out there have any suggestions?

Can you help a TGP brother out?

Cheers,
Danny
OOH! EQD Bellows! I have one for sale on Reverb. It fits exactly what you're looking for.
 

Demioblue

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A dirty fuzzy overdrive? look no further:

I have this, and it's fantastic. It behaves like an overdrive (dynamics, attack and all) yet sounds like a fuzz.

I mean, it IS called the Little Fuzzy Drive after all.
 

Daytona57

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I have been experimenting, stacking a EQD Hoof into a Red Llama MKII, fuzzy boost, with the option of adding a Red Llama 25th, higher gain fuzz. I am using the Red Llamas to simulate the dual Hudson Broadcast.

This is a fun combination, for electric and slide.
 

ruger9

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I had forgotten about the Dover Drive, I had one of the first ones years ago. Managed to find one for sale for a reasonable price (because they aren't being made anymore, used prices have skyrocketed). It's the "Old School" version. I've never tried to get EJ's rhythm tone- always his lead tone- so I didn't buy it for that... but I had forgotten it was really more of a fuzz pedal, and bought it to use as a "fuzzy drive" and it's working great for that! The other one I really liked for that was the BOG- what I didn't like about the BOG was, I had to leave the gain cranked, then turn the guitar down to the desired level of fuzz when I stepped on it. Not so with the Dover Drive.

I had been through many fuzzes, for years. Finally decided they just weren't for me... I didn't like having to "control" them, and I never use them at full bombastic wack. I like to step on a drive pedal, guitar on 10, and it does what I want. Fuzzes just took too much tweaking to finally get what I was after... but with the DD, I can set it to sound like a Fuzz on 10 with the guitar backed down. Perfect.

This is the tone I recently re-discovered that put me on the fuzz hunt again:

 

ruger9

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I'm surprised this one never got mentioned in this thread... I was THIS CLOSE to ordering one directly from Swart (because I want 9V power jack), when I came across the Dover Drive for a reasonable price.... but this was the one I was going to get.


 

tigercasual

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I had forgotten about the Dover Drive, I had one of the first ones years ago. Managed to find one for sale for a reasonable price (because they aren't being made anymore, used prices have skyrocketed). It's the "Old School" version. I've never tried to get EJ's rhythm tone- always his lead tone- so I didn't buy it for that... but I had forgotten it was really more of a fuzz pedal, and bought it to use as a "fuzzy drive" and it's working great for that! The other one I really liked for that was the BOG- what I didn't like about the BOG was, I had to leave the gain cranked, then turn the guitar down to the desired level of fuzz when I stepped on it. Not so with the Dover Drive.

I had been through many fuzzes, for years. Finally decided they just weren't for me... I didn't like having to "control" them, and I never use them at full bombastic wack. I like to step on a drive pedal, guitar on 10, and it does what I want. Fuzzes just took too much tweaking to finally get what I was after... but with the DD, I can set it to sound like a Fuzz on 10 with the guitar backed down. Perfect.

This is the tone I recently re-discovered that put me on the fuzz hunt again:

" This is the tone I recently re-discovered that put me on the fuzz hunt again"

Yeah, that's as good as it gets!
 

HBob

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I just ordered a Spaceman Sputnik III for this kind of tone. I really like the OD tones with the fuzz dialed down and the squelchy tones with the second foot switch engaged. Looks/sounds like a lot of fun.
 




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