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Own a FD2 would buying a Blues Pro be redundant?

jcbranam

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I currently own a FD2 for my smooth overdrive setting and thought about getting a Blues Pro for a grittier drive. Is buying the blues pro the way to go or would it be redudant with the FD2 and I should look in another direction?
 

TMcB

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I'd get something else a bit further from the Tubescreamer circuit if I could.
Blues Pro is a great pedal, but it'd a bit of more-of-the-samey.
 

Hugo Da Rosa

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I currently own a FD2 for my smooth overdrive setting and thought about getting a Blues Pro for a grittier drive. Is buying the blues pro the way to go or would it be redudant with the FD2 and I should look in another direction?
It can be, but it also may not necessarily. These are both TS-style circuits and would essentially cover the same ground when tweaked. However, there's also nothing wrong with stacking 2 TS pedals. SRV did it and created a sound that many today pursue after.

It's worth trying out. But if you find that there's little difference between the FD2 and BP and find yourself using one more than the other, then you can't say you didn't see it coming :).
 

jcbranam

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I figured it prob would more of the same....so maybe something like an LTD SR would serve me better?
 

5150user

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Or, you could try both of them side by side and see which you like best. Then, sell one and get something else, or trade it for something else.
 

tattoedsailor

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I've owned both pedals. The FD2 mosfet edition is very similar Blues pro particularly when booster is engaged and gain is past 9 o'clock. The Blues pro got a lot more gain on tap. The mids are a bit stronger on FD2 in standard mode. Personally I think FD2 is much better pedal when running it through a hot tube amp. I still own Blues pro and generally use it through a clean amp for late night jamming. I can get some great tweed tones out of it through my Blackface Fender.
 

Bluedano1

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I've owned both pedals. The FD2 mosfet edition is very similar Blues pro particularly when booster is engaged and gain is past 9 o'clock. The Blues pro got a lot more gain on tap. The mids are a bit stronger on FD2 in standard mode. Personally I think FD2 is much better pedal when running it through a hot tube amp. I still own Blues pro and generally use it through a clean amp for late night jamming. I can get some great tweed tones out of it through my Blackface Fender.
So for someone running a clean Fender amp (me) you prefer the Blues Pro? I have heard the FD 2 can sound thin unless your amp is already overdriving...true/false? Do you use the Fuzz switch with the Blues Pro- I'm interested in this pedal- good features and price
 

DanJep

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I found them to be really similar. I hate them both on my board at one point and ended up selling the BP just because of the redundancy.
 

tattoedsailor

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So for someone running a clean Fender amp (me) you prefer the Blues Pro? I have heard the FD 2 can sound thin unless your amp is already overdriving...true/false? Do you use the Fuzz switch with the Blues Pro- I'm interested in this pedal- good features and price

The FD2 does sound thin through clean amp, but thats not what it was designed for. The FD2 sounded better than the BP through a hot amp. I thought the BP sounded best through a clean amp.
 

tattoedsailor

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One pedal you may wanna check is Para-drive. Its like cross between the FD2 and BP. It sound great through a clean and dirty amp. I may dump my BP for one.
 

drolling

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As much as I like Blues Pro, I'd hafta go along with those who feel you've got 'that' tone covered with the FD2. As I was remarking in another thread, I've discovered I've got about a dozen pedals that are all TS derived - Gonna start doing a bit more homework before sending off for any more of these toys!

OTOH, some players love the sound of two stacked tubescreamers, in which case a BP/FD2 might be just the thing. I used to stack 2 TS's myself (got the idea from Brian Setzer), but have gone over to boost & OD for the lower noise floor
 

jcbranam

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Thanks for the responses...you guys saved me some money and a purchase. I think I'm going to take the advice and try to get a non TS style pedal such as a LTD SR. Seems to get positive reviews for it's flat response and openness.

BTW I run my amp pretty clean and haven't really felt the FD2 to sound thin...but maybe thats because I run HB's instead of single coils...would that make a difference?
 




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