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Stackable overdrive and/or distortion pedals. What are you stacking?

jacoby75

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Hey guys,

I'm new to the wonderful world of stacking drive pedals. In the olden days, I used to just turn one pedal off and another one on, but more research as of late has opened my eyes to the infinite possibilities you can get from stacking drives, and I'm wondering what you guys use when you stack?

I currently run a TC Electronic Spark Boost (light grit, similar to a Timmy, always on) into a Fulltone Fulldrive 2 for stage 2, and have asked for suggestions in another thread for a third stage. But if I find another great drive pedal, I might make that stage 2 and use the Fulldrive for stage 3.

In the meantime, I'm curious what you guys use for your three stages (or more)?

Thanks
 

johnh

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I run a Keeley BD2 or an OCD into a Wampler Plextortion or a DLS mk3. The BD2/OCD are my main rhythm tone, and either cleans up well and is on 100% of the time. The Plextortion/DLS is added for heavier rhythm or more sustaining leads. I run a TC Spark in front of them both so I can give a light boost to either, or have all 3 for flat out mayhem.
 

mcnabbanov

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Timmy with elements is great. Heck, elements on its own can pretty much do anything.

I stack my timmy with any dirt i may have on my board for a little extra kick or tone shaping, with a T Jauernig Gristle King, with Scarab Dlx fuzz...
 

Holzar1988

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I'm stacking a JHS-modded Bad Monkey and a Keely TS9DX into an Elements and my Weehbo JMV Drive. Also stack a Bearfoot Model G into the Elements. Five drives total: BM > Keeley TS9DX > Model G > Elements > Weehbo JMV Drive. Pretty much everything's in there somewhere.
 
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jacoby75

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Good lord. That's why I love asking these questions. So many responses with pedals I've never heard of before. Good times. Now I have some new toys to look up!
 

jordane93

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blues king into timmy
blues king into scarlett love (toggle switch on TS)
clean boost after all my drives for leads and solos
 

Jonny D

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...Fulltone Fat Boost 2 > Barber Tone Pump EQ > Boss OD-3 > (sometimes I even put a Bad Monkey, OCD, or SD-1 in here) > ToadWorks Meat Jr...
 

strattitude

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Love the Mojohand Crosstown into a Rockett Blue Note.

Just got a Jan Ray clone. Dont know how close it is to the real thing but its not bad. I like the Blue Note into the Jan Ray clone.
 

skiltrip

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Red Witch Lily into the front end of the amp, always on. Just beefs it up, adds a little nice low end, and of course a little volume.

Bad Monkey (drive 0, level at noon) into my BD-2 (set with gain about 10oclock) for a little volume boost, tone thickening, and sustain.

That same Bad Monkey into the TC Dark Matter (gain about noon, switch UP) for the same kind of volume boost, thickened almost compressed tone, much more sustain. A great lead tone without sounding at all metal or overly gainy.

The Bad Monkey really is a bit of $49 magic when it comes to goosing a pedal into a lead tone, and shaping the tone just enough that it cuts thru the mix without getting at all middy/honky.

So at any given moment, it could be one of five gain scenarios...

Lily -> clean amp
BD-2 -> Lily -> clean amp
Dark Matter -> Lily -> clean amp
Bad Monkey -> BD-2 -> Lily -> clean amp
Bad Monkey -> Dark Matter -> Lily -> clean amp




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cubistguitar

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Soul Food
Timmy
Spark


course I do this a little different
my levels of gain go like this:
level 1 no pedals, slightly dirty amp, just slight
level 2 Soul Food or Spark (end of chain)
level 3 fuzzface or Bone Machine or Tornita (front of chain)

of course once that SF or Spark are on it is hard to cut em off.
 

jacoby75

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I've learned that a lot of the guitarists I want to emulate these days start with a slightly dirty amp and go from there, which is why I got the TC Spark Boost, to give me some "slightly dirty". It was cheap, and works great. My fender Hot Rod Deluxe doesn't sound so good slightly dirty, in my opinion.
 

jacoby75

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I've seen a lot of recommendations for the Bad Monkey these days, which surprises me. I always thought Digitech stuff was crap (by reputation only. I don't think I've ever owned any of it except the Bass Synth Wah which I tried when i was playing bass in a cover band and it just wasn't for me).
 

Billy Idle

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I chose a very light but mid-rangey (OD11) and a amp-like gritty pedal (HPTT) to feed my Kalamazoo and Bone Tender.
Yeah, I'm a one-track mind when it comes to dirtboxes...
 






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