Suggest A Low Gain Boost/Drive For Me!

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by the tourist, Oct 5, 2014.

  1. the tourist

    the tourist Member

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    I play a Tele and a Gretsch through a BadCat Cub III (see my sig for specifics) and I'm looking for two different drive sounds. I play indie pop-rock with a bunch of dotted delays. Looking for one that is tube-screamer or very mild fuzz with some mids and one that either is actual flat mids or scooped.

    An example of the main tone I'm going for with a mid-bumped pedal are the main rhythm guitar sounds in this song:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=waEoKZIa0S4
    Or the intro to this song:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BgK_Er7WZVg

    An example of the main tone I'm going for with a flatter-EQ pedal is like the guitars in this song:
    http://vimeo.com/m/78172746
    Or the rhythm guitar in the intro to this song:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6vmVhaFDe4A

    I've been looking at demos for Morning Glories, Mayflowers, Timmys and Gain Changers. I'm decently okay with my Fulldrive 2 MOSFET but I'm wanting to try to fit two pedals into the same space as the Fulldrive. My board is pretty packed.

    Anyway, I don't see a lot of quality demos for this type of pedal with similarish guitars and amplifier combinations. Can anyone help me out on this? My budget for two pedals would probably be below $300 so I'd probably be looking at used stuff if they're $200 pedals new. Would a Gain Changer and a Timmy get me what I'm looking for?
     
  2. InkblotNebula

    InkblotNebula Member

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    The gain changer can definitely do the U2/Luna tones without missing a beat. Really great pedal. I highly suggest it.
     
  3. shredtrash

    shredtrash Supporting Member

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    I'll second the Barber stuff. Great pedals!
     
  4. InkblotNebula

    InkblotNebula Member

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    I decided to go hunting after that tame impala tone. Best I can tell you is he uses a red (germanium?) fuzz face live.
     
  5. meowmers

    meowmers Member

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    Timmy.
    Gain Changer.
    EM Drive.
    OD11.
    Morning Glory.
     
  6. richpjr

    richpjr Member

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    Another plug for a Gain Changer. It is definitely my go to low gain pedal these days.
     
  7. snow and steel

    snow and steel Supporting Member

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    All are VERY good suggestions.

    I own, use and love my Timmy.
     
  8. jota

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    TC Spark Boost offers you flat, mid or bass boost and two way EQ.
    Nice pedal.
     
  9. DuncanNZ

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    I have a Timmy but I've recently taken it off and am using a catalinbread 5f6 Bassman effect. Easy any intuitive where the Timmy always feels back to front to me (tone controls attenuate bass and treble as you turn them CW) and EQ changes as gain is adjusted. Good, but fiddly.


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  10. Pazz

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    I may be well off the mark, but after listening to the clips you posted, would an AC30 type pedal do it for you?

    Wampler has the Thirty Something with a 15/30 switch.
    CatLinbread has the Galileo.

    That's what I'm hearing in the clips. But my ears haven't been in the shop for calibration for a while!

    A few years ago there would have been a line to post "Zendrive!!!" Now the low drive darling is the Timmy. (I hAve both and you can't go too wrong with either!)

    I hear jangly chime in the clips so I'm thinking Vox.
     
  11. leighianson

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    You need to grab a Greer lightspeed. I got one recently and I gotta say it's what I always wanted my timmy to be, a low gainer that is a great balance of warm and bright without being sizzily or spikey. It's also the only OD pedal I've tried that works for mild overdrive on the clean channel of my Carol Ann and as a boost on the dirty channel, I highly recommend it.
     
  12. Starquasi

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    I highly recommend a Gain Changer/Morning Glory duo!

    I run the gain changer as a low drive and the Morning glory before it to push it a bit more. Sounds glorious!
     
  13. gearscrubs

    gearscrubs Supporting Member

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    Crowther Hot Cake

    Sweet Honey/Sweet Baby OD
     
  14. Drewski

    Drewski Silver Supporting Member

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    Mojohand Rook for the midhump low gain push

    Lumpys Germanium Class A Overdrive for the fuzzy od sounds.
     
  15. reussen2907

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    I recently bought a Wampler Euphoria pedal. I wanted a transparant boost/drive. Really impressive! It has 3 modes you can use, all very nice. It was either this one or a Timmy. Still want to try a Timmy, but they are hard to come by, over here.
     
  16. muletrane

    muletrane Supporting Member

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    Second vote for Timmy and a Gain Changer.

    Edit: More like fith or sixth vote

    Lovepedal Amp 11
    Prince Of Tone
     
  17. jordane93

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    This or a Timmy.
     
  18. the tourist

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    Thanks guys! I was already slightly leaning toward a Gain Changer and now I picked one up in the emporium. Would you say it's fairly flat or is it more mid-humped?
     
  19. the tourist

    the tourist Member

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    Settled on the Gain Changer for sure and now I've got a few Lumpy's pedals on the way to try out! Thanks for the suggestions! Looking forward to some test drives over the next couple weeks!
     

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