The most versatile OD pedals choice...

blueprint

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If you'd like to cover a large tone range with different ODs, what would be your choice?
Prices and number of pedals doesn't matter.
Any suggestions?
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John II

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Menatone Top Boost In a Can. From full rich overdrive to treble booster its one of the most flexible overdrive I have tried.

~John II
 

ruby7829

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Hellbilly. Does everything from serious fuzz to OD to crunchy treble boost. Really a jack of all trades and a master of all trades as well.
 

herbs

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Keeley ts9dx 4X2 is versitile, the four modes are all slightly different.

+1 for the tube zone aswell, has a huge gain range.
 

todd richman

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In a word. Pro Analog Dual Drive. Ok that is a few words. I finally jumped back on the PA/Scotty Smith bandwagon and I am sure glad I did. I have owned and gigged with a lot including TS-9's(modded), Analog Man, Sex Drive, Klon, Fulltone including OCD, Fatboost and FD2 and original FD and a whole lot more and through my late 70's Marshall with PAF equipped Les Pauls this DD is amazing. The Clean/Green channel is dynamic and alive and the Red/OD channel grinds and screams with more volume from the amp. And, I have not tried it with 12 volts yet which is how Scotty likes it and I am sure I will too! I liked the DD so much, I am getting a Power Driver today to goose the front of the DD clean channel and also as a stand alone boost-think early Jeff Beck and Zep II tones. Scotty has amazing ears and vast knwoledge of all things tone-especially vintage pedals. I have bought and sold a lot of stuff from him-much that I wish I had kept, but the Dual Drive is staying put.
 

sstweed

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I am getting lots of miles out of a Blackstone and a Timmy. The Blackstone is far more tweekable than any other overdrive I have owned. It has two trimmers, two socketed caps, two switchable channels, a pretty flexible external tone control, and a gain and volume for each channel. The options are suprisingly staggering concidering the pedal looks like it has no knobs at all. It has so much flexibility that frankly it can be tweeked to sound aweful with a given rig. But tweeked correctly, which can take some time, it is the most amp-like pedal ever and has survived many revamps of my board over the course of the last 5 years now. I am going to give the MI Audio Tube Zone a spin soon, as it is a similar to the Blackstones method of cascading transistors rather than diodes and opamps. The Timmy is just a cool pedal, apparently no matter what it is mated up with.
 

sanhozay

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I don't hear many much more versatile and musical as a Fulldrive II w/toggle switch. The surface used everyday for steals. You can't lose with this pedal.
 

raz

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Originally posted by sanhozay
I don't hear many much more versatile and musical as a Fulldrive II w/toggle switch. The surface used everyday for steals. You can't lose with this pedal.
Of the one's I've used, the FDII would get my vote so far for versatility. I could make that work for me for everything from blues to this end of heavy metal. Not necessarily well, but I could make it work.

That said, I'm currently using an RC Booster and BB Preamp and those two together are very versatile (especially with the Flexi).

I'm awaiting delivery of a Dual Drive, so it remains to be seen how it shakes out.

But the FDII is still a solid answer to the question here.

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erksin

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MI Audio Blues Boy for me - with chip swaps, trimmers, and the extremely versatile and well-voiced controls I can get anywhere from a straight clean boost to a killer TS to an MXR Distortion +. He builds incredibly versatile pedals for the money, IMO.
 

Spider Mark

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Range of OD tones?

JHS Bonsai (every tubescreamer)
Timmy
Klon(e)
BD-2
Two Notes Le Crunch
Amptweaker TightDrive Pro
BAT Tres Diablos Ruidisos - listed as a OD, can destroy just about any amp, but has a big range of tone as well as volume
Chase Bliss Brothers

With that lot or variations I can't think of much that couldn't be done OD-wise, with the TightDrive having FX Loops.
 

JohnnyBGoode

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I really like the Voice knob on the Zendrive (I own a clone). It gets you from soft and very round to Boss SD1 territory.

The Tech 21 Sansapm GT2 is a very versatile AIAB. With three distinct voicings, 3 levels of gain, bass and treble controls, etc... I didn't get great results with it when I treid it with my band.

I do think that using your guitar's pickup selector and volume and tone knobs gets a lot more from any overdrive than any number of features on a pedal... it's also more practical when playing live...
 
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Flouncingfleasbag

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Another option is to stack two ( or more) overdrives. Doing that ended my search for the perfect all-in-one overdrive and stacking in itself makes for a lot of sound shaping options.
I recently have opened up to the world of blenders/ parallel mixers, some of these allow you to stack pedals in any order on the fly, adding even more versatility.

That said, for a single versatile pedal the Chase Bliss Brothers is three dirt pedals in one, with seemingly endless stacking/tweaking options.
 

mugician

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Clean boost into bluesbreaker into big muff. Three pedals. Every possible tone I'll ever want.
 




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