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the gushing review: OCD 1.4

Devin

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I was not an early adopter and frankly was downright skeptical about this pedal when the "craze" began. I read the reviews and the literature and thought "sounds great, must be bullsh*" I had just gotten rid of my FD-2 after being frustrated with its softer and compressed sound (i still think this is a great pedal btw, just not the sound i wanted at the time) And i thought the fulltone lineup was confused, offering far too many distortions with too many switches for my desire to try anything new. But curiosity got the best of me (thanks TGP) and i offloaded some "close but no cigar pedals" (keeley DS-1, rust driver and phase90) today and picked up the OCD.

Took it home, out of the box, clicked it on and became a convert. Im not a snob, a studio pro or an expert, just a guy who wanted a pedal that wasn't too "remix toob screemer" or "synth crunch noise box with awful treble" The OCD is really what i want and basically what it promises. This pedal breathes classic rock with no compromise. I never feel like I have to tweak to get a good sound, i didn't touch the controls on the pedal; everything at noon LP selected. My amp set to 11oclock. I cannot believe how good the harmonics and note decay sound, its like every note has its own personality and all the same dynamics of the dry sound are still there with no noise!!! Never gets fizzy never makes me want to EQ the top strings and bottom strings differently. pretty sweet :Devil
 

vintage66

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Here come the haters.......


I like it too. Seems to be a love/hate pedal, but I haven't played it through an amp it didn't like-Mesa Express 5/50, Traynor Ycv40wr, Jcm800. It really likes 6L6's.
 

Devin

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I agree that pedal choice has allot to do with the amp. There's plenty of volume on tap with the current ocd so i hope that's not what people hate about it.
 

Bluedano1

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Does the "1.4" refer to your version of the OCD or is your review called "1.4" ? not trying to be a wise ass....Is there an OCD 1.4 (as opposed to v.1)
 

bobbradley

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v1 seems to be the loudest. On my v4 unity gain is at like 3:00 not much room for turning it up. but its a good box. I think it is mike's masterpiece as far as drive boxes, he will be trying to top that one for quite sometime. I mean it really is like the "new" tubescreamer everyones just got one, regardless if they use it. I think what I'm saying is its become a more or less classic design. (like a rat,muff,tubescreamer,etc.) so popular it became the standard. how do you top that.........not the plimsoul.(nothing wrong it, just saying)
 

Octafuzz40

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I haven't tried any other OCD versions, but you're right about 1.4 not having a ton of volume on tap, esp. in LP mode. Not a big problem--still probably my favorite OD of the ones I've tried (and they've been many)--but I sometimes wish it had more output on tap. I have recently tried both the Catalyst and the PlimSoul and they are both gone; just couldn't measure up to the OCD. I can't see myself ever getting rid of the OCD, even when it's bumped from the board temporarily for something else. As one poster put it in a different thread: the OCD sounds good in the bedroom and at the gig. Not something that you can say for a lot of OD pedals.

v1 seems to be the loudest. On my v4 unity gain is at like 3:00 not much room for turning it up. but its a good box. I think it is mike's masterpiece as far as drive boxes, he will be trying to top that one for quite sometime. I mean it really is like the "new" tubescreamer everyones just got one, regardless if they use it. I think what I'm saying is its become a more or less classic design. (like a rat,muff,tubescreamer,etc.) so popular it became the standard. how do you top that.........not the plimsoul.(nothing wrong it, just saying)
 




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