The Top 5-10 Boutique Overdrives. You Pick

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  1. gpro34

    gpro34 Member

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    Ok gear heads I'm calling on you're expertise. What would be you're top 5-10 overdrives to check out. And please include the companies name who makes the pedal aswell as the pedal name. There are so many threads I read where a guy will say "the green echo" or "cherry bomb" and I'm trying to google for the maker with no luck. I would like your help on this one because there are about seven million overdrives on the market and unfortunatly I can't try them all so please give me your 2cents --Thank's
     
  2. Fuzzdawg

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    personally, i can only go from experience:

    FUlltone OCD
    Fulltone fulldrive II
    any good TS-808 Clone. i've heard that Keeley does some good things. or analog man.
    i played a fulltone distortion pro last week and REALLY liked it. i'm hoping to get one.

    i've heard that the timmy made by paul cochran is good, but haven't even heard a sound clip to back it up.

    also, people here like the MI audio Crunchbox a great deal. i have heard enough sound clips to decide i want one.
     
  3. qatcat

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    menatone kar krash
    ocd

    haven't heard the tim/timmy
     
  4. shallbe

    shallbe Deputy Plankspanker Gold Supporting Member

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    Clay Jones Overdrive
    Klon
    Landgraff Dynamic Overdrive
    Tim Pedal
     
  5. lcjc800

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    The Klon is an amazing extention of your amp but best when used when the amp is already working.
    The rc boost does that thing when you hurt your self and your trying not to show it in front of your bud's thing to an amp, its working and you know and they know it and everybody's just waiting to see what happens, takes it to the edge.
    The LTD is a great low gain OD good tone stack for tweaking the tone.(Barber)
    The DDSS, also a Barber pedal, is a great gain machine with internal trim pots to tailor it to your needs.
    The MJM blues devil (anologman silver mod) does the tube screamer thing up very well. the maxons 808 and sd9 are good too but more $$.
    And finally the Fuzz Head by Keeley is a great boost when set right and a paint store full of color and texture on tap.
     
  6. todaystomorrow

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    i'd say....from experience:

    Tim (way blown away by this pedal...even with all of the hype)
    Menatone Blue Collar (I think this one quite often gets overlooked)
    Zvex SHO.....may not be a true overdrive...but does a simple act so well



    i would also expect to see these voted for in a list, although I haven't owned most of them:

    Klon, HoneyBee, Zendrive, King of Tone, Red Snapper, Clay Jones, FullDrive, Direct Drive
     
  7. smallbutmighty

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    if I were starting today from ground zero, here are the first ones I would try out:

    Ibanez Tubescreamer TS808
    ProCo Rat
    MXR Distortion Plus
    Boss SD1
    Fulltone Fulldrive II
    Paul Cochrane Tim/Timmy
    Hermida Zendrive

    There are millions of others, but those are the "main food groups" IMO.

    A
     
  8. trinitysun

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    my general favorites:
    Fulltone OCD (at higher gains)
    Keeley TS808 or MJM Blues Devil
    BJF Emerald Green
     
  9. Joe Boy

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    Lets kick it up a notch ot two, shall we...which work best for humbuckers?
     
  10. trucks

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    Clay Jones OD
    Lovepedal Eternity
    Lovepedal COT 50 Blue
    Skreddy Screw Driver
    Paul Cochrane's Timmy
    Landgraff Dynamic Overdrive
    Klon

    I play humbuckers exclusively.
     
  11. otherone

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    Proanalog Dual Drive, SIB Varidrive, Analogman KOT, ZVex Super Duper, Keeley Fuzzhead, Timmy, Proanalog Dirt Royale w/cheeze, Boss OD-1 (14 chip version)
     
  12. KarlH

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    Landgraff OD
    Zendrive
    Clay Jones OD (now THAT'S a good one!)

    uh, thats about it for me...

    *maybe the HBE power screamer and the frantone brooklyn, too.

    Im not including ODs that use germanium or silicon trannys like some of proanalogs stuff, cuz those are diff sounding to my ears, and dont really excel at producing faux amp OD on their own.. they are more suited for driving a gainy amp and mixing in their own fuzzy/OD-ish drive and adding a whole new dimesnion to the tone. This is just IMO.
     
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    1. analogman beano (i guess this counts)
    2. bjf honey bee
    3. klon
    4. fulltone ocd
    5. SIB varidrive
     
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    word. trucks...we gotta hang out man....
     
  15. TaronKeim

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    The ones I wanna try are:

    1. Landgraff Dynamic Overdrive
    2. Landgraff Mo'D
    3. Pro Analog Dual Drive
    4. Klon
    5. Pro Analog Drive Royale (not released yet)

    The ones that I have coming to me that I wanna try:

    1. Demeter DD-1 Double Drive (two Demeter OD's in one pedal)
    2. Okko Diablo (have a custom Double Diablo on its way)

    Ones I got and love:

    1. Pro Analog Dirt Royale w/Cheeze - Singing with a sharp edgy attack but a smooth sustain and feels like a fuzz.

    2. Legendary Tones Time Machine Boost - Raunchy, feedback at will, crunchy, classic, smooth... whatever you want this thing to be... it is... but the one downside is you gotta have an amp with a tone you already like, cause it just adds the aforementioned characteristics TO the tone you already have.
     
  16. playon

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    My personal faves that I use at the moment, (although I haven't tried as many as some people on this board):

    BJF Honey Bee
    BJF Emerald Green Distortion (it does overdrive really well)
    Analog Man KOT (a more refined and flexible Tubescreamer thing)
    Way Huge Red Llama
    Throbak Overdrive Boost

    I've also tried and liked (but don't own):

    Durham Electronics Mucho Boosto
     
  17. GtrWiz

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    FWIW, I find, especially while recording, that different pedals work better with different amps, and guitars...

    My current faves:
    AnalogMan - King Of Tone, and TS-9 Silver Mod
    Radial - Tonebone Classic
    Demeter - FOD, and Fuzzulator
    (The Double Drive is nice too, but a bit crazier than I need)
    Menetone - Blue Collar
    Xotic - RC and AC Booster
    Prescription Electronics - Experience
     
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    Klon: The honeymoon will never be over. It seems to break the laws of audio physics.

    Zendrive: Anywhere in the stack.

    Timmy: Who'd a thunk it? It's like your cats' lovebite: you feel it, but it won't leave a mark.

    Keeley/Boss baked TS-9: The shot heard 'round the world. Cover band necessity. The only one on this list best when maxxed.

    Keeley/Boss BD-2: Viral and versatile.
     
  19. gpro34

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    I want to thank everyone for their posts, you have given me some intersting options. If anyone else has something not listed that they would like to add please feel free to contribute.
     
  20. mavrick10_2000

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    Not in any specific order

    Clay Jones Overdrive
    Zendrive - Hermida Audio
    TS9 Flexi 4x2 - Robert Keeley
    Tim/Timmy - Paul Cochrane
    Crunch - MI Audio
     

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