Tone Freak Severe vs Suhr Riot who has compared them side by side?

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They both come up as some of the best Distortion boxes currently and I'm looking to pair this pedal up with a Blackface Fender. Who has both and what's your views. I'm not after a which is best as tone is subjective, but which seems more aggresive, which is smoother, which rolls off better with volume etc.
Any help would be appreciated.
 

beej

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Man, there aren't many Riots out there in the wild yet. So it'll likely be a while before you hear a lot of opinions from someone that has both.
 
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Man, there aren't many Riots out there in the wild yet. So it'll likely be a while before you hear a lot of opinions from someone that has both.
I hear what your saying but I thought than anyone who now has a Riot would likely have owned a TF Severe or played one.
 

Guitar Josh

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This is why you use search :) You would have found my three comparison videos.
 

forum_crawler

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So far, I would say the riot has the better sound demos out there that I have seen. There is even a butt kicking video of it paired with a Peavey ValveKing, so I did find it impressive.

The only good demo of the severe I have heard was the one with an ODS100, so that isn't a really fair demo.

My vote so far, from what I have seen goes to the riot.
 
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This is why you use search :) You would have found my three comparison videos.
My apologies Guitar Josh, I did try the search function but somehow did not come across your demo until now. It was very informative and clearly shows up some differences. I found the Suhr more Soldano style and the Tone Freak more Bogner (ish). Thanks for the demo.
 

JVIOLIN

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I tried both and came home with a Severe... Love it!! So much versatility, tone, color, umph, growl, ... just WOW.
 

tylerfreak

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i tried my severe with a fender 65 deluxe reverb...OMG!...something about that combination was absolutely NASTY! very amplike and pushed TONS of air...the riot is a killer pedal, im actually looking for one right now, but with the deluxe, the severe took on a whole new attitude...almost sounded like the riot in a lot of respects...lots of clips w the severe sound like a SLO with whatever amp, but with the deluxe i have to say it sounded like it had less gain (haha, less gain w the severe right?!!!) but much more useable push, like a nasty modded marshall/mesa recto.

KILLER!
 

tylerfreak

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forgot to mention that the riot DOES have more useable volume rolloff than the severe...BUT i have not used the riot w a fender blackface; i know the severe kills with it, so unless you can try a riot id go w the severe knowing that its going to be good.
 

sick1982

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Buy both! ;) .. I have the Severe, and like it a LOT, but I don't use it as a stand-alone distortion; I use it to push my amp, works a lot better than regular OD/boost/distortion pedals for that.

I recently switched to a new amp, so I have to check out how the distortion will sound through this amp, but I remembered it's not as "high gain" as you might want it to be.

Note that the Severe has a bright switch which is most usable if you have a bright amp (yes, I think it feels more as being a less-dark switch). Oh, and it has ZERO noise, what I can't say of all Riot demo's floating around.
 
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Got a friend bringing a riot by on thursday to try out, maybe buy but I also want to try the severe. I'm basically trying to find an overdrive that's little more high gain and a little tighter than my OCD v4 for my JTM45.
 




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