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.Originally posted by Cranknfrank
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.
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)
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.Originally posted by trisonic
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.