The Most "Interesting" Drive Pedals

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  1. tfrancis

    tfrancis Member

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    I'm looking at changing up my drive section, but I find myself wanting something out of the usual mold. So I ask you, what is the most interesting drive pedal? What has the character to stand above a sea of TS circuits and sound "special" and "different"?

    I'm interested to see what everyone's take is on this.
     
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    We have this thread pretty often :)

    Fetto, Screwdriver.
     
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    cajone5 Some guy Silver Supporting Member

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    And HBOD
     
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    HBOD was the first thing that popped in my head.
     
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    ZVEX Distortron, because of its slightly garbled and therefore authentically amp-like low end. It doesn't just sound like another diode clipped OD pedal.
     
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    THIS.

    also, infanem driving notion, and aardvarks, noisemaker fx dead hipster, and devi ever's karaoke party and electric brown
     
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    For interesting overdrive, I would look at fuzz that works well at lower gain. Certainly you can reign in most FFs, but if your only looking for medium gain, then I would check out the Screwdriver and Astrotone.
     
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    I'm starting to think an EQ is the only 'unique' sounding dirt pedal, at least when it comes to boosting dirty amps. That's not to say there aren't lots of great dirt pedals out there, I just find many sound similar into a dirty amp.
     
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    klon(e) seriously. But not for a grand. Get a good klone or hold out for the new one, suppose to be cheap(er)
     
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    I just got a Ubangi Stomp from Nocturne Brain, basically a RAT clone that is tweaked to do low gain with a Gretsch. Really open sounding, interesting pedal that can also do the typical RAT sounds too.
     
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    No tone control, and a sag knob that chokes voltage to the circuit, making it respond like a low wattage amp that's in over it's head.
     
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    What kind of setup do you use it in? I have one of these that I bought new about a decade ago, and found it to be one of the noisiest pedals I'd ever heard. Maybe I'll dig it out and see how it sounds with the much different rig I'm playing through now. I remember getting some interesting sounds out of it with the "warp" knob.
     
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    I find this pretty interesting . . .

     
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    I have a Black Arts Toneworks Black Forest which is based off the Colorsound Overdriver. It is very flexible and seems to sit in a unique niche for dirt. It's one of those happy surprise pedals you find every once in a while.
     

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