this might seem like a weird question, but...

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  1. GibsonMarshallguy41

    GibsonMarshallguy41 Member

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    ... is there such thing as a transparent, low gain, fuzzy overdrive? just wondering if something like that exists. preferably something heavy on the low end.
     
  2. SirGilmour

    SirGilmour Supporting Member

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    skreddy screwdriver.
     
  3. JCJones

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    I like the same kind of thing, I would think it needs to have a germanium chip. The Skreddy does have that, had one a few years ago but I can't remember what it sounded like. I keep meaning to try the EH Germanium OD but haven't gotten around to it, but in order to get some fuzziness to the sound I would think you might need a GE based OD. The Rat has a fuzzy tone but maybe not so much low end.
     
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    That sounds like a Red Llama with the gain rolled back
     
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    There are a lot out there. A Red Llama, Colorsound Overdriver, or Tweed/Supro in-a-box-pedals would be my first suggestions. I've built and used both the RL and CSO with great results.
     
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    I think lots of fuzzes are fairly transparent and low gain with the guitar volume rolled back. Fuzz faces / sun faces are know for this in particular.
     
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    BAT Black Forest can do this.
     
  8. Flatscan

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    Swart Fuzzy Boost - one of my favorite pedals

    It is highly tailorable and cleans up beautifully.

    It can do fuzz and also chimey open distortion (think a DOD 250/Greer Vintage 390 without all the compression).
     
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    I agree with the comments about the Screwdriver and the classic Ge-fuzzes too (e.g. Fuzz Face).

    The Fuzzy Boost has Ge too.
     
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    GE treble boosts will get you there as well
     
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    PTD Mini-bone, with a GeSi switch, has a nice overdrive range.
     
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    Roger Mayer Voodoo Boost with gain past 2 o'clock and the Fatness knob crancked
     
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    A tonebender set very low, also the Fulltone Catalyst is a pedal that was designed with clean boost/fuzz in mind.
     
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    Here's a weird suggestion: Dr. Scientist The Elements. Turn the gain up in low-gain mode, and it'll do almost exactly what you've described. Tons of EQ choices, too. And pretty transparent in low-gain mode.
     
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    This is a good rec. I had a Black Forest for a while and it can most definitely do what you're asking for.
     
  16. GibsonMarshallguy41

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    some great suggestions here... thanks a lot, people.

    and what I'm looking for is definitely more transparent OD than fuzz (low gain). I'm thinking only a subtle hint of fuzzy-ness. something that can be used along with a mild or moderate amount of amp distortion.
     
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    Red Llama and Crowther Hotcake.
     
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    My top 2 were said (Screwdriver and Red Llama) but I suggest also checking out the Skreddy Hybrid Fuzz Driver - excellent pedal with either strats or HBs

    Also you might like the JColoccia Horus Overdrive. Nice clear OD that can get fuzzy if you crank up the Growl control.

    Oh and also maybe a Cornish G2 - if you like your fuzz more on the muff side - there are clone kits available if your are a DIY guy.
     
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    Germanium styled.

    My Lumpy's Class A Germanium does it, the Skreddy Screwdriver and Hybrid Fuzz Driver and LMMD does it. The Analogman Sunface NKT275 does it
     
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    This thread has got me looking for other options for fuzzed out overdrive tones. The Red Llama had not been on my radar before but the clips I've heard have been impressive. And of course there a lot of DIY kits and clones of this pedal out there. Mojo Hand Mule seems close and it's a smaller pedal but the price is better for the Way Huge.

    The next question is what kind of music is for? 70's rock, Blues or ? I just like the sound, sometimes people associate that cranked Tweed thing with Neil Young and so the Durham Crazy Horse comes to mind, but that's really pricey at least to me. I've never found that Tweed style pedals (like the Clark Gainster) are fuzzy enough for that sound, not to me anyway.
     

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