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New med/higher gain 'matchless friendly' pedal?

dave s

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Looking for a new medium to high gain stomp box that is guaranteed to 'make nice' with my Matchless Clubman rig.

Current pedal I'm using for higher gain, 80s style rhythm tones is a ZIM pedal loaded with the T+ card which is based on an MXR Dist+ and Vintage Rat pedals as its basic tone and gain level.

Works ok, but I'm looking for a little more 'razor's edge' type distortion tone and a pedal that will definitely work with the Matchless and of course, doesn't cost $300.

Any ideas? Thanks in advance,

dave
 

dankayaker

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Don't have a Matchless but I do have one of Sampsons new GainStars. I have 3 OD pedals and all work great with the GS. Timmy, Stupid Box and a COT. The COT into the Timmy gives me huge gain possibilities.
 

dzeitlin

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I don't currently have a Matchless, but I've owned both versions of the Clubman, 2 Chieftains, and an SC30. I never got a chance to use the OCD with any of them, but I bet it would sound killer through any of them.
 

blueprint

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I have a Matchless chieftain 210, and many dirt pedals...
Results are VERY different when I use single coils or humbuckers.
What guitars do you use?
What kind of tone are you about?
And most of all: Do you think the chieftain can be compared to the clubman? ;)
 

dave s

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Originally posted by blueprint
I have a Matchless chieftain 210, and many dirt pedals...
Results are VERY different when I use single coils or humbuckers.
What guitars do you use?
What kind of tone are you about?
And most of all: Do you think the chieftain can be compared to the clubman? ;)
thanks for the help and the additional clarifying questions:

1) Always use strats and single coils. Yes, I know that makes a difference with the matchless amps.

2) The higher gain tones I'm looking for would be similar to the 80s big-hair, smooth sustaining rhythm tones. Nightranger, Whitesnake, Gin Blossom rhythm tones.

3) Not sure about the Chieftain/Clubman comparison. The power section of the clubman is 2 x EL34 if that helps. But nothing like a marshall!

Hope this helps. thanks,

dave
 

dave s

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Originally posted by dzeitlin
I don't currently have a Matchless, but I've owned both versions of the Clubman, 2 Chieftains, and an SC30. I never got a chance to use the OCD with any of them, but I bet it would sound killer through any of them.
Acutally, I have an OCD on the way. It will definitely work with the amp. Pretty sure I need something that'll do higher, smoother, razor-edged type rhythm tones than the OCD will do.

dave
 

dave s

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Originally posted by dankayaker
Don't have a Matchless but I do have one of Sampsons new GainStars. I have 3 OD pedals and all work great with the GS. Timmy, Stupid Box and a COT. The COT into the Timmy gives me huge gain possibilities.
Can you describe the COT? I have a really good clean pedal on the board right now. More info on COT please?

thanks,

dave
 

dankayaker

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The COT50 is a killer pedal that sounds like the lighter OD of Hendrix . . sort of . . . Marshall ready to break up. Where it really works for me though is in front of my other OD pedals to push them and makes them sound huge.
 

blueprint

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Originally posted by dave s
thanks for the help and the additional clarifying questions:

1) Always use strats and single coils. Yes, I know that makes a difference with the matchless amps.

2) The higher gain tones I'm looking for would be similar to the 80s big-hair, smooth sustaining rhythm tones. Nightranger, Whitesnake, Gin Blossom rhythm tones.

3) Not sure about the Chieftain/Clubman comparison. The power section of the clubman is 2 x EL34 if that helps. But nothing like a marshall!

Hope this helps. thanks,

dave
I mostly use single coils strats too, and the chieftain is also EL 34 powered.
I'm not really into those kind of tones you're about by the way, but here is my experience:
-TS pedals will work with your setup as long as you can live with the mids they delivers. In this case, I would recommend the Analogman TS silver mod pedal.
-Lovepedal Eternity is one of the best pedals into my amp. Works well with humbuckers too.
-Klon is #1 as a clean boost, but as an overdrive I think the Eternity gives better results.
-Another amazing pedal is the BJFE Pink Purple Fuzz. At some settings, it has a typical fuzz tone but it can do much more.
-If you want something cheap, look at the Digitech Bad Monkey.


Hope this helped!
:)
 




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