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Who makes the best Colorsound Overdriver (clone)?

cajone5

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I know there are reissues and clones out there but I'm curious if anyone has really put them through their paces and found that something stood head and shoulders above the rest. I have played the reissue and sonically it was pretty fantastic although I sold it for a few reasons...

1. Enclosure was too large to remain pedalboard friendly
2. Didn't like the reversed in/out jacks
3. Unity (or close) volume was impossible with the drive knob maxed into that awesome fuzzy OD territory
4. Only operates on battery

So I'm looking for something smaller and more pedalboard friendly with a 9v power port and the ability to hit unity on the master volume even with the drive knob maxed.

Any thoughts or recommendations? :munch
 

cajone5

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Cool -- listening to the PGS clip now :phones -- sounds great as a fuzz but does anyone know if the pedal can still be used as a fattening EQ/boost like the original? That's probably how it would be used by me 70% of the time so that tone is also very important.
 

PlexiFuzz

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I recently had the opportunity to spend some time with Basic Audio Futureman, and I thought it truly excelled using it the way you describe. I loved it as a fattening/EQ boost that could also add some fuzzy hair if needed. I played it into my Fargen, which was running variously on the edge of breakup, dirty, and really dirty. Would love to check out a Black Forest at some point.
 

Rumblefish

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Gtr Player mag did a shootout and the Prescription Elec. RX Overdriver won.I used to have a colorsound and I like my RX a lot more.
 

cubistguitar

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I have the Throbak Overdrive Boost, really like it for fattening and lead breaks, you can dial in how much it will break up too, very nice. I am quite interested in the Black Forest, it looks super good, very smart re-think of the circuit.
 

cuz/karl

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Wish I could be more specific but I never had them at the same time for direct comparison but I do remember being on the fence about the Throbak and ultimately sold it cuz I just wasnt stepping on it.Then I came across a deal on an old purfboard area Rx and was instantly stoked about it right out of the gate.Been quite a while now and still love it.I do recall liking the EQ'ing better + the overall gain sound was better,exactly how eludes me.
 
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Thanks for the good words.
The Black Forest is indeed based on the CS OD. I changed a few values to make it work better to my ears, and the added 6 way rotary switch can set the amt. lows/woolyness/woof you want in the circuit. From thin and crunchy to a halfcocked wah type of setting to a completely bottom heavy wooly fuzz. If you are looking for a faithful CS OD circuit, you'll find something close, but this is a bit more of a versatile modern take on it.
 

cajone5

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Sounds like the Rx might be what I'm looking for -- I've got a WTB ad in the emporium at the moment so hopefully that pans out :aok
 

cajone5

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I totally dig the basic audio stuff but it seems like that pedal (from the demos anyway) doesn't do the same fattening eq'd clean boost that the original overdriver does. It does a great job at the fuzzy OD stuff but doesn't seem to have the clean range on the drive knob.
 

meterman

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Sounds like the Rx might be what I'm looking for -- I've got a WTB ad in the emporium at the moment so hopefully that pans out :aok
I've been curious about that pedal for a long time, I have their Germ and it is a really sweet clean boost and fuzzy overdrive as well.
 






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