Praise for the Barber Direct Drive

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by GregS, Jul 29, 2006.

  1. GregS

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    As most of you know, some pedals sound great with some amps. Well, the Barber Direct Drive sounds freakin' fantastic with a Two Rock Onyx. I have tried it with some of my other amps and it still sounds very good. However, paired up with the Onyx clean channel, I am getting a great, great crunch tone. Kudos to Barber for making a great, well built, and relatively inexpensive pedal!
     
  2. JPenn

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    It's works great with my Peavey Classic 410. I've got 2 of the DD's now and they stack pretty good together. I think maybe a Silver LTD would work out better for me, but this is working for now since I don't have SLTD.
     
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    I want to second what GregS & JPENN stated. I use the Direct Drive with a Relic Strat and 68 Princeton Reverb and the tone is unbelievable. I think it's probably one of the best pedals on the market today and is relatively cheap. Great job Barber Electronics!!!!!!!!
     
  4. Ken

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    I also have the DD with a Carr Rambler and it really shines for getting the Rambler into Classic Rock territory with Marshall type tones.

    Dave posted this sample of the DD on another thread:

    http://barberelectronics.com/SShamer.mp3
     
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    Is there an amp that the Barber DD doesn't go well with? Any bad match?
     
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    What really impressed me about the DD when I first tried it was the nice little extra bit of singing sustain I seemed to get out of it, notes just seem to hold on a little more with the DD than a lot of other ODs I've tried......
     
  7. mude

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    Killer pedal for sure. The Silver LTD is also a cool pedal (have not played the black version). Great stuff.

    Lots of good pedals out there these days, but the Barber still is a real bargain compared to some of them.

    Evan.
     
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    I liked it with my old Fender Twin. Doesn't sound as good thru an AC30. It sounds kinda fake. Doesn't really sound natural (IMHO) with the vox.
     
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    I play mine through the Carvin MTS3212 clean channel and it's awesome. Literally it sounds HUGE. :D

    I have the DD SS, a local store had a new one and when I found out Barber quit makin the SS I bought it. It was an excuse and my wife bought it. :D

    Anyhow it's great, it has a harmonics pot on the inside which is somewhat like the push/pull pot only more extreme. It adds a bit of girth, and when turned up it adds compression which really makes it sing with the gain up. Great pedal.

    -Chris
     
  10. FatTeleTom

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    Love my DD SS. It's worked well for me with a Traynor YCV40, a Blues Jr, and a silverface Vibro Champ. Pretty amazing range of drive levels available.

    I normally use it for a nice singing lead tone, but it can do a really great crunchy rock rhythm thing too.

    I dug out my ancient Ibanez Les Paul copy which has Dimarzio Super Distortions pup's, and it sounded very cool through the Barber. Not a tone I have much call to use, but, damn, it was a great "rock" tone.
     
  11. Droptop

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    I was trying a DD out at the local store and had a small crowd around me praising the tones I was getting out of that pedal. I bought it and then learned at home about the push pull tone pot. What a great versatile pedal! Truly best band for the buck.
     
  12. ReddRanger

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    The Barber DD was my first boutique OD pedal. I've been so happy, I haven't bought another OD since. It's my little secret weapon I carry with me to jam nights. It sounds great through almost any amp. I love this pedal. Next up for me, is the Barber Small Fry. I think Barber products are among the BEST values out there.
     
  13. Scooter

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    I'm not nuts about it with my Dr. Z Mazerati. Wondering if the silver would be better.
     
  14. Lution

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    I use the DDSS with the Silver LTD. Both are a great combination and sound amazing when stacked!!!
     
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    My friend runs one through a deluxe reverb. To me it sounds more like the ideal Marshall sound in my head than any Marshall I've ever played. He gets absolutely killer tones with his. I tried it with my Mesa, it just didn't have the same vibe. I borrowed it to use through a HR deluxe for a gig, and it didn't have that vibe either (but the stage volume at that venue wouldn't allow me to warm that amp up, so I still blame the amp for the lack of mojo that time). Give it a really good clean channel where the power section is just barely breaking a sweat, and you are in for a treat.

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    very nice clips.

    To hear a DDSS and the Silver LTD together and separate go to my band's myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/plasticorangemusic

    All the recordings were using the DDSS and Slvr LTD into a Fargen Blackbird 40.

    :JAM
     
  17. Ken

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    you have to play the amp loud to get the natural tone from the DD IMO, but it sure sounds good when you do. I was a bit luke warm after playing my first gig w/ the DD at lowish volume, but then I took it to my classic rock gig and look out, my fave pedal OD tones ever, goose it w/ a tube screamer for the EJ thing, I love my original hand lettered DD
     
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    I totally agree. When I first got a Direct Drive I wasn't just floored with it, but after taking it to a gig I haven't been able to find a pedal to replace it.
     

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