Which is the "smoother" OD - Timmy or Morning Glory?

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  1. pete12string

    pete12string Supporting Member

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    I don't want to color the tone of my guitar and amp, so I'm looking for a "transparent" OD. I'm assuming both of these are good "transparent" OD's. I'm also looking for a "smooth" OD. So what's the TGP consensus - Timmy or Morning Glory?
     
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    Can you give a song example that shows your definition of a "smooth" overdrive? I don't consider either of those overdrives to be smooth personally. We might have different meanings for the word smooth though. I think of it as added mid-range and compression. The morning glory and timmy aren't really meant for that in my experience.
     
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    I have both...I'd say the MG is the smoother of the two
     
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    That's a tough one... I guess maybe "not harsh" is a better description? Are you familiar with Bill Nelson - Be Bop Deluxe? Maybe that sort of sound. Or some Rory Gallagher, the Top Priority album - he gets some real nice dirt but it doesn't sound (to my ears) "brittle". Sound/tone is so hard to describe. Don't want muddy, but not ice-picky either. I play Strats, Teles, an ES-335, and an SG. Amps are a Reeves Custom 12 PS, Fargen Micro Plex and Fargen Townhouse 5w. I'm looking to retain the tone of both guitar and amp while getting some extra dirt. If that makes any sense at all.
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    That makes sense. I'd say go with the morning glory based on your further explanation.
     
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    Just wanted to say bill Nelson is awesome it's nice to see someone
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    If you want something transparent, Timmy. But due to its transparency it tends to get fizzy for me.

    The morning glory is smoother and adds more colour to your sound. You may not like it if you're going for transparency. But it's a nice colour that I and many appreciate.
     
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    JHS Morning Glory is smoother
     
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    It sounds to like what you may really want is a booster or compressor and not an overdrive. Just something to push your amp a little harder. Try an Orange Squeezer or a EP booster. Maybe even a BB preamp.


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    Timmy is a little more transparent, MG is a LOT smoother.
     
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    It's all in how you set up the dials on the pedal and your amp.
    If you want smooth, can you say "Mad Professor Simble"?
     
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    I have an Xotic RC Booster but it doesn't do what I'm looking for. I currently have it posted for sale here... Maybe I'll play with it some more. Thanks for the suggestion!
     
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    I think you need a compressor to pair with the OD for that smooth sound
     
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    I already have a Crowther Hotcake. Would I be replicating the Hotcake sound with both or either of these pedals?
     
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    I've gotta say the Timmy is smoother IMO. I found the Morning Glory to be a lot grittier.
     
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    Someone else said that changing the opamp to an LM1458 smooths out the Timmy a lot. Anybody try this?
    What does the little toggle switch on the Timmy do?
     
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    No, I don't. Maybe that's what I should look at?
     
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    Timmy and not the Timmy, depending on how you use it in relation to the clipping options available. If you want it to be smooth, it will out-smooth (word?) to MG. If you want the breakup to sound less smooth and more gritty and, as I like to say, "impolite", you can achieve this as well in ways you cannot with the MG.

    YMMV
     

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