Overdrive pedal for Billy Gibbons tone

AStrangeDay

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I'm on a ZZ Top binge phase lately and i'm trying to squeeze some BFG tone from my rig. I cannot buy an amp JUST to play ZZ Top but maybe i can approximate enough with an overdrive pedal.

The tone i'm trying to reach is the one from Deguello and Tres Hombres.

I have no ideas on which pedal to buy. Some of the suggestions i've read are:
  • Analog Alien Bucket Seat
  • Blackstone Mosfet Overdrive
Both seems cool but i'm not sure and i want to ask some suggestions.
I'm not a Marshall specialist (to be fair, i know nothing about them, i don't know the difference between a Plexi and a JCM800 or whatever:bonk, i'm more of an American amp type of guy). But, for example, listening to I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide i can hear something that reminds me of a Marshall amp and when i hear Billy playing live that song i know that he uses some Marshall type of amp (from what i understand his signature Magnatone is a Marshall inspired thing) and the JCM-1 rack thing.

Knowing all that, i through the ball to you. Help me
 

Custom50

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I think alot of his recorded tones are old cranked small combo amps. Like fender tweed and brown deluxes, princeton's, etc.

You get that blown out amp about to explode type of sounds.

Maybe something emulating a 5E3 would be a good place to start?
 

MadFrank

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The Bogner 'La Grange' OD is really designed, as the name suggests, to get his early JTM45-ish tones. Worth taking a look at anyway.

I actually stumbled onto a brilliant Billy Gibbons tone in the Basic Audio Wildcat Fuzz! I'm sure it's not designed to emulate his tone at all, it's a derivative of something I cant remember right now, but it absolutely nails that thick, liquid-y lead, compressed, mid-orientated and gnarly lead tone you hear on Eliminator-era ZZ.
 
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fjblair

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I think Tres Hombres and Deguello sound nothing alike. The tone on Deguello was a departure from his signature sound and a nod toward what was coming down the road. You could even hear hints of what was to come on Tejas. That said I love Deguello, it was their last great album imo.
 
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DinoMikeSr

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Take time to watch their video documentary. They don't give away much but they do give stuff away. That ZZ Top sound was studio created and not just a 59 plugged into a Marshal amp and dimed. So they have always used stuff above and beyond the pure sound of that so called classic gear sound. As time has gone on it has become easier and easier to find a good tone like theirs and doing it with pedals and gear that doesn't break the bank and you come to realize that you're playing these simply blues riffs and it's just subtle touches giving off these great sounds. You're looking at sounds created in 1973 and 1979, Expandora's didn't come out until 1995. So look back and reverse engineer what was available at that time.
 

fendergeek

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I have the Blackstone and love it. I stupidly sold my CoT50 which was awesome for the Reverend tones. I play a clean fender amp
 

macrossgeorge

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I have a Lovepedal 5E3 Deluxe pedal (two knobs, one toggle switch, silver case - not to be confused with the entirely different black version nor the entirely different cream versions) and this pedal in the middle toggle position gets a very Billy Gibbons style tone for me with my vintage fender amps and a strat type guitar (especially when I use the lil' 59 pickup in the bridge).
 




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