Tube-vs. circuit-based dirt pedals

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by joegrant413, Feb 3, 2008.


  1. joegrant413

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    Right, I'm pretty darn happy with my rig. After going the MFX/ Atomic amp route last year, I took an abrupt turn and went back to a real nice tube amp and quality analog-circuit OD and distortion pedals.

    About the only GAS-candidate for me now would be different dirt pedals. I've read a lot of folks lately swearing by Damage Control and other tube-based pedals for OD and distortion. Theoretically, yeah, it appeals to me to have tubes doing the distortion work going into a clean Fender. (And when the wife's gone, crank the Fender for power tube OD, yeah:dude.)


    But I'm really pretty happy with Keeley BD-2 and Keeley DS-1. So has anyone done a good comparison for themselves between some really good -- and under $400 -- tube-based OD/dist pedals, and some of the better analog pedals form the likes of Keeley, Zvex, Fulltone, Barber, Foxrox, etc.?

    Cheers,
    -- Joe
     
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    Hi Joe,
    Personally, I don't think there's any advantage of using a tube-based OD. I find that the good SS pedals are as good or better. They are also smaller and potentially more reliable.
     
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    Hey hamfist,

    Thanks for chiming in here, and good to hear at least one person saying tube pedals ain't necessarily the best.

    -- Joe
     
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    Butler Tube Driver is my favorite od right now.
     
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    Thanks, bro, I hadn't been familiar with that one.

    -- Joe
     
  7. Daniel-San

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    The Tube Driver is one of my favorite pedals ever.
    The Seymour Duncan Twin Tube Classic is very nice too.

    Now I don't think tube-pedals are better in general(still love the TS), but they do have a certain sound that a lot of people seem to like.
     
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    The Blackstar pedals are really worth checking out.

    I've just bought a HT-Dual and personally think it's the finest tube driven overdrive pedal I have ever tried. I also have a BK Butler Tube Driver, another pedal deserving of it's rep as one of the finest around.

    www.blackstaramps.com
     
  9. PremiumPlus

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    It seems to boil down to pre and post distortion eq in the circuit, and how many stages of gain are cascaded. I have and use both tube and transistor style OD's. I think that as the art advances we will see more similarities than differences in the two, as far as pedals are concerned. Amplifiers are another question, and I'm pretty sure I will always prefer tubes, but who knows what is coming in electronics? I recently picked up an old Roland Blues Cube that sounds pretty darn good!
     
  10. joegrant413

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    Thanks folks, for the GAS ideas so far!
    -- Joe
     

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