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What is the best Keith Richards sounding OD pedal?

johnsfore

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Hi. I'm a new member and this has probably been asked a thousand times before, but I am interested in buying a true-bypass overdrive pedal and I don't mind spending a few bucks, but I wan't to make sure I get a good unit. Not interested in a TS-9 or TS808 type pedal of which I have had many. Also currently got the Keeley modded Blues Driver which I like but still want something smoother, creamier, a-la Keith style. I have heard wonderful things about MI Audio Blues Deluxe, Lovepedal Eternity, Throbak Overdrive, Nick Greer Ghetto Stomp, G2D Creamtone, to name but a few. If anyone has any good advice, I'd certainly appreciate it. Thanks.
 

therhodeo

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Never played one myself but Erksin says that the BJFE Honey Bee OD is the perfect Keef pedal.
 

teXum

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I've owned the Brown Source, and currently have the HB. IMHO, you'll need an open back, tweed or blonde, with one or two 12 inch speakers, combo to be able to get close to Mr. Richards tone, even with those pedals.

Anyway, another option, with the right amp, is IMHO in fact the ZVex Box of Rock.
 

CWFurst

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I know it's expensive but the Red Llama (or it's clones) will get you there pretty stinking quick. I would also try a germanium fuzz face with the fuzz set low.
 

gang twanger

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I picked up a Throbak Overdrive Boost back in November and I love it big time. I was just playing around with it about twenty minutes ago. It takes a little getting used to at first because it really does react like an overdriven amp (quite well, actually). It's a replica of a Colorsound Overdriver with switchable added mods (The mods are VERY effective-The unit is a stock Overdriver clone when the mods are off). It's great for seventies Beck tone, but there are so many other uses for it; it's a great booster and also does the treble booster thing very well/It's great for stacking/The faux attenuator function that the website talks about works awesomely and comes in real handy/The EQ rocks/The master volume, pre-gain switch, and the germanium transistor switch are all equally great as well.
When I've mentioned this pedal in such glowing terms in the past since I bought it, some people have accused me of working for them or being close friends with the builder,etc. That's so not true. If I like something, I say it; if I like it a lot, I say I like it a lot. The best you can do is research something as much as you can before you spend your hard-earned money on it.
As far as the other pedals you've mentioned, I've read great things about the M.I. Blues Boy Deluxe. I think it's geared toward the boutique TS-808 type of sound (I don't know whether the circuit is the same or not, but I'm pretty sure the sound is). The Blues Pro (or Blues Boy Pro, I'm not sure), as far as I know, is a grittier-sounding version of the Deluxe. I love the sound clips for both on the M.I. website. Personally, I gravitate towards the sound of the Pro.
I'm not sure, but I've heard people say that the Lovepedal Eternity is also a boutique tubescreamer clone as well. However, judging from it's insane popularity, it must be a decent one. I've never been able to try one, though.
Good luck with the search. Try and get as much info as you can before you take the plunge. I'm currently trying to make up my mind on the Fulltone OCD (or something better in the same price range).
I hope you find what you're looking for.

P.S.- I'm also fond of the Menatone King Of The Britains. Go to Carlygtr's music page on soundclick.com. There are several great clips with that pedal that you can compare with the other clips of pedals that he's done there.---(I don't know him either; I just like his sound clips.)
 

brianf

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If you want to do a budject Keith a DS1 with the gain all the way off does it very well though a clean amp like a DRRI or TRRI. We do a few Stones tunes and I do the Keith parts in open G. I usually just use the DS1.

brianf
 

CWFurst

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I picked up a Throbak Overdrive Boost back in November and I love it big time. I was just playing around with it about twenty minutes ago. It takes a little getting used to at first because it really does react like an overdriven amp (quite well, actually). It's a replica of a Colorsound Overdriver with switchable added mods (The mods are VERY effective-The unit is a stock Overdriver clone when the mods are off). It's great for seventies Beck tone, but there are so many other uses for it; it's a great booster and also does the treble booster thing very well/It's great for stacking/The faux attenuator function that the website talks about works awesomely and comes in real handy/The EQ rocks/The master volume, pre-gain switch, and the germanium transistor switch are all equally great as well.
When I've mentioned this pedal in such glowing terms in the past since I bought it, some people have accused me of working for them or being close friends with the builder,etc. That's so not true. If I like something, I say it; if I like it a lot, I say I like it a lot. The best you can do is research something as much as you can before you spend your hard-earned money on it.
As far as the other pedals you've mentioned, I've read great things about the M.I. Blues Boy Deluxe. I think it's geared toward the boutique TS-808 type of sound (I don't know whether the circuit is the same or not, but I'm pretty sure the sound is). The Blues Pro (or Blues Boy Pro, I'm not sure), as far as I know, is a grittier-sounding version of the Deluxe. I love the sound clips for both on the M.I. website. Personally, I gravitate towards the sound of the Pro.
I'm not sure, but I've heard people say that the Lovepedal Eternity is also a boutique tubescreamer clone as well. However, judging from it's insane popularity, it must be a decent one. I've never been able to try one, though.
Good luck with the search. Try and get as much info as you can before you take the plunge. I'm currently trying to make up my mind on the Fulltone OCD (or something better in the same price range).
I hope you find what you're looking for.
Big +1 on this one. Great great pedal. I just picked up a RX Overdriver which is similar. Killer stuff.
 

gang twanger

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Big +1 on this one. Great great pedal. I just picked up a RX Overdriver which is similar. Killer stuff.

I'm dying to know how the RX Overdriver sounds (or 90% of their stuff for that matter), but the website (for years now) says that sound clips are "coming soon". Anybody know where I can hear that one (not a crappy-sounding U-Tube clip, but a good audio file)?
 

Mac-P

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Well, which era Keef? :rolleyes:

Early 70's Yer Ya Ya's out Gibson humbucker crunch, mid-late 70's Live You Live Strat slight crunch, 80's Tele Boogie clean, or early 90's Tele/Musicman Marshall/Fender -clean/crunch/channel switching?

He has so many sounds, so many shades. I get a fantastic YaYa's tone with my SG's into a Barber Tone Pump set for a very slight amount of crunch, into a Reverend Kingsnake (12AT7, 12Ax7 & 6L6's) on the "US" setting, also set for a very slight amount of crunch. Totally has that Sticky Fingers thing goin on....

:cool:
 

steadygarcia

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So, are you guys all running your amps clean when using this wonderful assortment of pedals you're talking about, and strictly using the pedal for the overdrive? Or do you run your amps driven (for instance, running a Fender DR up loud at about 7), then use the pedal for extra boost?
 
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So, are you guys all running your amps clean when using this wonderful assortment of pedals you're talking about, and strictly using the pedal for the overdrive? Or do you run your amps driven (for instance, running a Fender DR up loud at about 7), then use the pedal for extra boost?
good question - i'm interested to know as well...

:munch
 




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