Question for Zendrive 2 Users

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by Andygee, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. Andygee

    Andygee Silver Supporting Member

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    I've read that if you're gonna use single coil pickups with this pedal you should use something (boost, drive) in front of it. Any suggestions? Something like an Xotic EP? Thanks
     
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    I don't need it and I use only single coils. It does sound very cool if/when I hit it with my Clean Boost for leads, but the pedal sounds great on its own. FYI, O did not like mine with a 12AX7 and am currently running an NOS 12AU7 for a bit less gain, and I love it.
     
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    You might of gleaned the wrong info on it. It does boost/stack nicely. But as expected, It's a $250 pedal that sounds great right out of the box with any pup configuration. It's the foundation of my board! I play an HSS. As far as I'm concerned Throw anything in front of it and "voila" lead boost. Yeah even more mojo I suppose. Does it need a boost for singles.....nah.
     
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    Andygee Silver Supporting Member

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    +1 on the NOS 12AU7. I thought it made a big difference in gain, tone, and feel. Really smoothed out the harshness much to my liking.

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    Really reacts great with the mid-boost on my Clapton Strat.
     
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    IMHO.....Hermida should ship the Zen 2 with a good 12AU7!!!
     
  7. Andygee

    Andygee Silver Supporting Member

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    On the money with the 12AU7 tip. Not bad with the "X" but all the difference in the world with an NOS RCA 12AU7 I had sitting around collecting dust. BTW the Tung Sol 12AX7 that came in my Zen 2 sounds great in V1 of the 15W 2xEL84 amp I'm playing.

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