OD / Light Distortion pedal for Allen Accomplice + Cannabis Rex?

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  1. Think Floyd

    Think Floyd Member

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    After going back and forth between some speakers, I finally chose the C-Rex for my Allen Accomplice. But, my Barber Burn Unit EQ pedal that I've been using for the past few years doesn't seem to like the Allen and the C-Rex. So, it's got to go and I'm hoping to find a single channel replacement about the size of a Boss pedal or even smaller. I don't play Metal; when I use dirt it's usually low to mid gain Classic Rock style Crunch/OD, and on occasion I may use a higher gain OD/Light Distortion tone (using a Strat with bridge humbucker). The Burn Unit did have enough dirt on tap, but I wouldn't be opposed to something with a bit more (although I'd rarely play that distorted). And, cheaper is good! I'd put my limit at about $150 (new or used); preferably less.

    I'd love to say that I'm looking for a pedal with more of this or less of that, but in all honesty my ears can't differentiate those nuances. I can say that I prefer the clean tones of the Accomplice with the Raw control set low (2 or 3), so with those added mids maybe I don't want/need a Tubescreamer-type pedal with its mid hump. However, the Tubescreamer cuts bass, and my Accomplice has plenty of bass... I have to keep the bass control set very low.

    Any suggestions? What are you using with your Accomplice?
     
  2. Think Floyd

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    After thinking about it, I'd probably prefer a smooth-sounding OD pedal with a decent amount of dirt available over a Distortion pedal. In my limited experience, Distortion pedals can get too thin and buzzy, and don't clean up as well when rolling back the guitar volume.

    Some thoughts to help:

    I've watched a lot of video demos of the newest, smaller Carl Martin Plexitone. But, while some demos were great, others were terrible. My local Guitar Center had a used one for sale, but it was sold before I could try it.

    The best Classic Rock tone that I've ever heard with my guitar was with it plugged straight into a Clark (or Victoria?) Tweed Deluxe with a Celestion Gold speaker. I hate the full-blown distortion and flabby bass of a cranked 5E3 (Neil Young tone), but the sweet crunch at low to mid OD with a tight bass (before the bass falls apart) was heavenly. I know that there are several Tweed-styled pedals, but do they also add the flabby bass?
     
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    The Barber Gain Changer blurs the lines between a medium gain OD and a "light" distortion pedal... Check it out.
     

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