Not diggin' the FDII as much as I had hoped

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  1. HeeHaw

    HeeHaw Member

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    :eek: It was the first higher end boost pedal I have ever bought and it's just too much boost and gain for me. I only do gain levels up to about AC/DC and really need a clean boost or maybe a treble boost. Any suggestions?
     
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    what amps/guitars/pedals are you using with it......
    each peace tends to make a significant difference...
     
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    It's an overdrive pedal first of all. It does have some boost capabilities though. What are you using?
     
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    I've been using the FD2 for almost 10 years and it has some great tones in it. First, I'd say try it in Comp Cut mode, this will give you more of the Clean and Boost nature of the pedal. Next, don't be afraid to really cut back on the Gain and Boost knobs ie increase the Volume of the pedal and decrease the Gain and Boost. The pedal opens up nicely when you dial the Gain and Boost back in my opinion.

    The FD2 is not going to give you Angus tones right out of the box. You need some humbuckers that aren't too hot and a Marshall style amp also. Again, try the gain somewhere around 10 o'clock and set the boost around 12 o'clock with the pedal in Comp Cut mode. It will take some tweaking but the pedal can sound good for what you looking for.
     
  5. dinrodef

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    Your advice on FD2 settings is exactly what I've found . I've been playing mine for about 5 years and it sounds best with the gain and boost dialed low... As long as your amp sounds good to begin with it just adds some sustain and bite. But it sounds so good I hardly ever turn it off when playing with a strat.

    For an ac/dc type boost I usually use a zvex super hardon clean boost with humbuckers. It adds some "presence" instead of changing your eq... pushes the amp right over the edge... sustain for days
     
  6. HeeHaw

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    My amp is a Reinhardt Titan and it gets to AC/DC and early VH with room to spair, when I'm not using a boost. I'm just looking for something that will add a volume boost without a bunch of added distortion. I'll fiddle with it some more today, but I'm always on the lookout for the next best thing.:D
     
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    It's pretty difficult to add volume to a tube amp (any amp?) without increasing gain in some way.................unless the gain and volume is too low to begin with.
    If you find a way, do tell.

    Best, Pete.
     
  8. cuz/karl

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    Try a Time Machine Boost
     
  9. HeeHaw

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    Who makes them?
     
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    Legendary Tones in conjucture with Robert Keeley makes the Time Machine boost. I had one, it was a great pedal.

    Bottom line is though, a tube amp will NOT do what you want it to do.

    What pete told you was absolutely correct. If you are playing into an overdriven tube amp(overdrive FROM the amp) and you go to boost the volume or add any more signal on the front end, it will add more gain, period. You can boost certain frequencies that might cut more, but a lot of the time, your going to get more gain period. Also, a tube amp is not always louder on 10 then it is on 7, just more gain.
     
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    i reviewed the FD2, with 7 other OD's, and compared with an ac30, jcm, plexi, and blues jr.
    my thoughts on the fd2 lie in here

    :) hope it helps.
     
  12. dinrodef

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    Those are cool reviews... You're right about the FD2. I always use it with my amps dialed almost clean (just a little bit of break up)
     
  13. grego7

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    Put your boost pedal in the effects loop. I know, I know - sacrilege, but try it. All you want to do is bump the volume, and not add a ton of gain, so just set the level high and the gain low; I think this is the exception to the rule of gain and drive before the amp, time mod effects in the loop.

    Just try it.

    Honest.
     
  14. cuz/karl

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    +1 that does add less gain....if you have a loop
     
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    I happen like the FDII. As a previous poster said, for a clean boost (with a little edge) use comp cut mode with very low gain and boost settings. However, I find FDII does color the tone a bit but not in a bad way.

    For a cleaner, more transparent boost I would recommend an RC boost from Xotic. The first link is the product description and the second is some nice demo's. All the demos aren't exclusively for the RC but they are included in many.

    http://www.prosoundcommunications.com/english/xotic/effects/rc_booster/index.html

    http://www.prosoundcommunications.com/english/video/index.html
     
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    less gain and have you tried running at 18v ? :D
     
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    Try and RGW Electronics Bad Bob Boost. Works for me for exactly what you want. Very little distortion added but does add a little treble.
     
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    You might want to check out the Fulltone Fatboost. Place it behind the FD2 and you can get even more variations of drive, boost, etc. The Fat Boost is designed to give you "more" of what the amp is already giving you. Just an idea...
     
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    Yes, it's a very different animal running on 18v. I like it.
     

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