Reccomend me an overdrive

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  1. paulandpaul

    paulandpaul Member

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    this is a generic thread i know, but i have some specific requirements.

    i play solo so every note i play counts. It's just me an the electric guitar. I use a fender pro jr and i love the way it sounds, but i need something to give me a bit or hair and still remain transparent and touch sensitive like a tube amp.

    I was thinking maybe something tube driven so can get the response i want but i guess if something non-tube can give me what i need that's fine as well.

    So what do you think?

    -low to mid-gain
    -transparent
    -touch sensitive and amp-like

    thanks:dude
     
  2. paulandpaul

    paulandpaul Member

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    also, it must be able to handle chords and not get too muddy. Like i said, every note counts and i really just want a bit of hair on top of my normal sound.
     
  3. theelectic

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    Are you not cranking your amp already? With that small an amp, I'd just get a booster to goose the front end a bit. Maybe even an EQ pedal to cut the low end a bit so it doesn't sound muddy.
     
  4. paulandpaul

    paulandpaul Member

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    no i'm not cranking it.

    but i don't really want a boost pedal as I'm not really looking for additional volume. I just want the dirt.

    Like i said, i'm playing alone so a jump in volume is not really a desireable thing.
     
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    I use a Klon..... I love it. It does have a slight mid-hump that's really noticable in the higher gain registers but when it's low, it's VERY transparent...
     
  6. JohnK24

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    Barber LTD... is very good at that application. I have on and use it with my Blues Jr. It's pretty transparent, but does add some lower mids which thicken up single coils. Internal trim pots add/subtract presence and bass.

    It's also a good "cheap" boutique pedal, new $120, used $85 or so.

    hth,

    J
     
  7. Unburst

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    Stock Boss BD-2, it's my fave pedal for that job especially into a clean Pro Jnr.
     
  8. paulandpaul

    paulandpaul Member

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    thanks for the suggestions.

    keep em coming. i want to have a lot to research before i make a decision.
     
  9. paulandpaul

    paulandpaul Member

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    I have a modded bd-2 and i do like it quite a bit. still not quite what i'm looking for.
     
  10. Cary Chilton

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    the popular bjf's might be it, or the more reasonably priced mi audio blue boy, hot cake?
     
  11. Tinman

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    Analogman King of Tone. Expensive and hard to get, but its exactly what you are looking for.
     
  12. erksin

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    If that's the case, get a Timmy. It has a MUCH better EQ and the gain isn't as fizzy as the BD-2 when cranked.
     
  13. paulandpaul

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    I'm really reading a lot of good things about the subdecay liquid sunshine as far as it beiing really dynamic and touch sensitive.

    I think i'll give it a closer look.:)
     
  14. glynn

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    I'd check out the blues pro, it sounds just like what you are looking for.
     
  15. blong

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    Try to find the General Guitar Gadgets website and check out the Standard Overdrive. I have one and it is outstanding.

    Do a search on this forum for my namve or for Guitar and Gadgets and read about them.

    I happen to love mine. It has become my favorite. I would still like to own a Landgraff or one of the Tonebones, but I love this pedal. One of the best I have played with, in my opinion.

    Bob
     
  16. Moe45673

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    check out a TC jauernig diabolical gristle tone manipulator. It's everything the keeley modded bd-2 wishes it was, and more

    And it's only 150 bucks!
     
  17. rewog

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    The best I have ever heard or used is the G2D Cream Tone.
    In your requirements, you describe it exactly.
    Transparent, touch sensitive and amp like, great low end response, not a trace of fizz. Usable sounds at all settings.
    It's also very versatile with the extra Solo boost.
    It's a fairly smooth pedal. If I want to crank it up a notch, and add an edge, I put a Zvex SHO after the Cream Tone.

    I have always found the BD-2 very dissappointing, even modified.

    After the rave reviews here, I now have an Eternity on the way.
    I think this might also be a great pedal with a lot of versatility.
     
  18. Wizard of Ozz

    Wizard of Ozz Silver Supporting Member

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    MI Audio Tube Zone, Fulltone OCD, and Xotic BB Preamp will all do what you need.

    :dude
     
  19. SteveK

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    Fulltone Fulldrive 2 :D :dude
     
  20. Bryan T

    Bryan T guitar owner Silver Supporting Member

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    I think a Fulltone OCD meets those requirements. Do try it with your amp before buying it, as I don't think it gets along well with all amps. I didn't like it with a Carr Rambler, but loved it with a Carr Hammerhead. I also thought it sounded great with a Victoria Tweed Champ, which might be somewhat similar to your Pro Jr.

    Bryan
     

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