Low gain OD for violin

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  1. sawcebox

    sawcebox Member

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    The fiddle player in my band uses a bridge pickup and sometimes wants to add some grit to her sound. We've tried using some of my fuzzes or overdrives on the fiddle but it has never really worked. They alter the original tone too much and even at the lowest gain setting it becomes too growly. Also, there is usually too much compression and feedback when we use my pedals on her fiddle.

    So I'm looking for ideas of pedals that might do the trick. They need to be low gain and really transparent. Preferably with a tone control as well.

    Thanks!
     
  2. chrisroeguitar

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    Last year a female friend of mine who plays the fiddle tried a Barber LTD.
    Never heard it but she liked it. :)
     
  3. Structo

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    It could also be her pickup if it is high output.
     
  4. slimdave

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    I've played a few times with a violin player who thinks he is the Jimmi Hendrix of the violin. This guys has more pedals than any guitar player you can find. We tried a few or pedals with the violin and they didn't work, they didn't break up at all. What worked for him was a good preamp on his pedal board. That way he got a nice break up sound. Just my 2 cents.
     
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    My wife uses a JHS Superbolt on her viola set to a pretty low gain setting. Sounds awesome and natural with just a touch of grit when she digs in with the bow
     
  6. BluesHarp

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    BJFE Honeybee or perhaps a Timmy would be a couple I would try.
     
  7. DaveKS

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    DR scientist the elements or the cleanness might work good, they have a clean blend knob which sounds just like what your asking for, both have 3 band EQ and multiple clipping options on Elements.







    Voodoo labs sparkle drive might be another with clean blend to check out.

    VFE triumvirate boost(low gain boost/OD model) might be another option.
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    You can leave bass and treble clean and add just light OD to just the mids. There is also a internal adjustable crossover network you can tailor more to ranges she needs on violin.
     
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    I have Recorded many Violin players. The best I found is a Zvex Super Hard On. It seems to buffer the Viloin PUP. Seems to make it sound thicker, and less harsh.
     
  9. sawcebox

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    Thanks for all the good suggestions, I'll look into them.
     

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