Please help me pick a distortion

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by lpstudio, Feb 13, 2008.


  1. lpstudio

    lpstudio Member

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    Hi guys I have been reading the forums, Talking to local music shops, Contacting Fulltone and I am going crazy. What I am looking for is a distortion that will give me a Jerry Cantrell like tone through a 1975 Traynor YGL3 100 watt EL34 based head. The music store told me to get a OCD but they didn't sell them. I listened to some sounds and it sounds wonderful but not enough gain I didn't think. Then I emailed Fulltone who said I should buy a zvex box of metal. I checked out some samples of the BOM and thought maybe a bit too scooped for my taste. I want rich mids and a very creamy tone but with some grit. I am running multiple guitars which include a prs CU22, a les paul with a JB,59 pickups and a strat with a little 59 in the bridge. I hope I have given enough info and btw price is a factor to some degree but I will spend up to around $300.00 if the tone is great.

    Thanks
     
  2. XKnight

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    Maybe try a MI Audio Crunch Box. It definitely has a very creamy distortion thing going on.
     
  3. Caribou

    Caribou Silver Supporting Member

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    The Crunch Box is highly recommended around here-- and it's nowhere near $300.
     
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    MI Audio Crunch Box
    Kaden Effects Brown Creeper
     
  5. erikm5150

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    I also have a crunchbox, and i love that little box, but i wouldn't say it sounds "creamy".

    check out the new Wampler pedals (indyguitarist) Ecstacy pedal -- from the clips it sounds very rich and creamy and gritty at the same time, just like what you are describing.

    http://wamplerpedals.com/ecstasy.htm
     
  6. lpstudio

    lpstudio Member

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    wow thanks for the advice guys I will have to check out the crunchbox for sure.
     
  7. lpstudio

    lpstudio Member

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    well I just got my crunch box today and I would like to thank everyone that suggested it. THis thing sounds pretty damn great cheers.
     
  8. XKnight

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    Glad to be of assistance and even gladder you like it.
     
  9. srvfan18

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    Have you tried the ToneBone Hot British. I have one and swear by it. It is a tube preamp. It comes with a 12AX7 preamp tube. It will give you the nicest marshall type tones. As for Jerry Cantrell I haven't analyzed his sound but I have attached a link to the tonebone site. Check out the sound clips.

    http://www.tonebone.com/tb-hotbritish.htm
     
  10. semi-hollowbody

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    I play alot of Alice in Chains and I like the Visual Sounds Jeckyll and Hyde (Jeckyll for Alice) and it sounds better than my MI Audio crunch box for nailing that tone!
     
  11. sega

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    Well It's nice to know that they are open to other format...
    I did the same when I used to sell bikes.
    Someone comes in to buy a certain bikes that match the customer's need...well I told them about other
    stores that had the product.

    And you don't end up with a unhappy customer in the end.
    It's all abour being honest with people.
    +1 for Fulltone

    :BEER
     
  12. tennisplayer

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    Save your money, get a Marshall Govnor Plus2.
     
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    I went on a hunt for the Marshall in a box thing for a while, and after playing all the hot pedals I thought the CrunchBox was the cream of the crop.
     

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