Replacing my Direct Drive, Help!

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by humbert, Nov 28, 2005.

  1. humbert

    humbert Member

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    Hey -

    I just got a Barber Direct Drive, newest model. I really like the way it cleans up from picking and volume knob, but I find it not to sound as thick or complex as my modded SD-1 (which I'm trying to replace). Also, there is a little too much mid-hump with this pedal. Does anyone have any suggestions as to other overdrive pedals to get a medium-drive sound that cleans up from the volume knob?

    I've tried the Indyguitarist SD-1, and it's incredible, save the fact that when you clean it up, there are distorted little artifacts and it gets a wee bit woofy.

    I tried the Blackstone, but I can't work without my compressor in front of it. "Buffer Mode" sounded like total shite.

    Fulltone Fulldrive had too much bass cut and was too compressed.


    Any suggestions, friends? Price isn't much of an object, because I can sell off some of those pedals to get a new one!


    Thanks Guys!
     
  2. AshlandBump

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    Sounds like you're describing a Menatone Red Snapper to me.
     
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    +1
     
  4. pacomc79

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    did you try adjusting all the internals yet?
     
  5. Hamilton

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    Yes I agree that a Menatone Red Snapper would be a great choice. Have you tried any of the mods listed on the Barber website?

    Hamilton
     
  6. David-R

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    Just curious if you tried it with the tone pot pulled (fat harmonics). That seems to add the thickness and complexity.

    Also, Barber has a mod board they can add to your pedal that provides you with an inside trimmer for continuous mid control. That being said it's probably easier to just try another OD pedal.
     
  7. fuzzyguitars

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    I got the mod board on mine and it changed a great pedal into an indispensible one.

    Love it:dude :dude
     
  8. G'OlPeachPhan

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    Possibly the MI Audio Blue Boy (not in production right now) which I've tried and it's a great pedal in the vein of what I think you're describing, and the MI Audio Blues Pro which is a more stripped down version (less features) of the Blue Boy (haven't tried the Blues Pro but I've heard it's great).
     
  9. humbert

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    Awesome. Probably will keep this Barber around and sell off something else.

    Realized today it's SOO subjective to pickups -- what was over-dark with my Les Paul with Super Distortions was ear-splitting with my roomate's Strat. Going to wait to sell this one off until AFTER the big pickup swap I have planned.

    And that mod board sounds bad-ass, especially with some stacked ICs!

    Thanks again!
     
  10. Matt Gordon

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    I think you should try the General Guitar Gadgets Standard Overdrive.
     
  11. David-R

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    That's cool. I have a DDSS that I'm not using now that I'll probably have them mod.
     
  12. stratnpaul

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    GGG BSIAB II
    The clips go from lightly overdriven to distortion and sound great, too.
     

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