Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by blue_lu, Jul 8, 2019.
There isn’t one.
No pedal feels like an amp.
- Origin revivaldrive (custom if you can) and eq2 setting.
- benson preamp
- Crazy Tube Circuits black Magic v2 (meant for high gain, but if you turn down the the gain and crank the volume, or just ride your guitars volume knob, it will surprise you.)
Fulltone OCD, 18V mode, is awesome.
Nothing soft-clipped is going to cut it.
Look up a 1.7 OCD or earlier. Cut to the chase.
Honey Bee. Why it's my favorite. Great feeling overdrive with just the right amount of coloration, retains bass but doesn't hype it.
C-bread amp in box pedals also quite good at this, I favor the SFT but the variations of the Formula 5 are all excellent as well.
Benson preamp pedal indeed. Very useful EQ that helps it to work with a lot of different
Zvex Box of Rock, Distortron or Double Rock for JTM45 AMP like tones.
Those sounded most amp like to me.
Lots of good ones out there.
Without hesitation, my first recommendation for an "amp like pedal" is ALWAYS a BJFE design. You could look for one of his originals, check out One Control (the Baby Blue would be killer for this), or get one of the versions that Bearfoot makes.
Custom Tone Ethos Overdrive
Custom Tone Ethos Clean II Preamp
Komet Amplification K.O.D.A.
Probably true... but that doesn't mean there aren't great tones to be had with pedals.
Barber and BJF make some of the best ones available...
IMO you need to be running above 9v to get the "amp-like" feel. The 12-18v pedals I've used are less compressed and have that punchy attack that reminds you of an amp. Good High voltage tube OD's are the king of the "amp-like" pedals.
Here are a few that did it for me
SIB Cuda (tube OD). A Poor man's Kingsley
Bogner La Grange
Carl Martin Plexitone
Here's a clip of the Baby Blue OD
Ramble FX Marvel Drive
My Barber LTD SR seems very "amp-like" to me. It cleans up like a tube amp, which I've used for 50 years.
Barber Burn Unit. Super natural and seems to acclimate to every amp.
A Rat pedal can also be pretty responsive and amp-like. I’d start there.
I'm all-in on Kingsley for my drives these days. This is the zone the Page lives in, but there are several other Kingsley drives that would work as well.
Before I got my Kingsley pedals, I used a Barber Burn Unit EQ for this sort of thing.
Do they make Tolex-covered pedals?
Try stacking a germanium fuzz into a transparent overdrive or dirty boost, and then backing off the guitar volume to taste.
I used to think I wanted an "amp-like" sound. Turns out I wanted a "fuzz-like" sound. Fuzz into dirty boost did that for me.
Friedman BE OD