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billyg121

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you just cant decide what should stay or go? My situation has evolved into something ridiculous. I have 7 drive/fuzz pedals. I love them all..but i will never need them all on my board. sometimes i think there is too much overlap. in other words i shouldnt keep them all. also i find hauling all the ods to gigs only complicates things. im thinking too much on the fly about what i want to step on. on top of it all... i set my marshall style amp too a fairly well overdriven tone. the pedals in question are...1.Monsterpiece GE fuzz. My go to fuzz. this ones not going anywhere.2. plum crazy squawk. i think this will stay. it actually provides diff textures for leads and stuff. 3.fulldrive 2. i use this in comp cut. i love it, but it may be redundant with others? 4.timmy. also as a lead boost or kick up the rhythm tone bit. 5.fulltone ocd. kick the rhythm to hot rodded marshall tones.6. monsterpiece stud. this is a new addition. so far its awesome.7. barber ltd v2. love it..but similar to the stud and timmy. anyway..didnt mean to carry this thread this long. thanks for any thoughts or personal experiances.
 

harpinon

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The answer is simple. Make up another board!
Really. I have two with two themes to it. Maybe you can have one for single coils and one for humbuckers.

That's what MacGyver would do.
 

jason41224

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or, just swap in whatever you feel like on a certain day. sounds like the ones in question is your fulldrive, timmy, LTD, and Stud. so just commit to only one of these 4 at a time, and keep the rest. maybe one day you'll prefer the Stud to the rest. put that on board. maybe another day you like the fulldrive. sub that in as needed.

it doesn't have to be painful (unless you need the cash)
 

fahrner

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Yes, it's decadent. As harpinon suggests simply make up a second board.
I like have them all available so I can pick, mix and match on demand.
I currently have something like 15 drive pedals on pedal boards. Ridiculous is putting it mildly.
 

FLYING V 83

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one fuzz
two ODs, low & medium
one distortion
one clean boost

Although I'm guilty of more than this on my board, this "should" be enough! :rotflmao
 

billyg121

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well ive flipped what i need to flip and really dont have to sell any. i like the second board idea. it sounds nuts but i think i get attached to ones i like. for now i will prob sub some in and out. sometimes i think my tonal madness comes from too much pedal action going on. maybe my frame of thinking is changing...for the first time im thinking less instead of more.
 

PatrickE_FenderADV

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I've got seven dirt pedals... Four on one board and two on another with an extra OD lying around waiting for another board to be built.

Three guitars and four amps... why can't I have more than one board?
 

groovington

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I've got the AF1, Monsterpiece STUD, SYOD od1, SYOD od2, Bearfoot HoneyBair, Timmy, and Rockett BlueNote that I switch on and off my board. And even a couple fuzzes too. Mostly depends on what amp I'm using and who else I'm playing with. Certain pedals sound better with different amps so that is a factor as well. I know some of my od pedals are redundant, but if I hear and feel the difference (even if it is just slight) I will use them when appropriate. But I do really try to limit myself to no more than 3 overdrive pedals on my board at the same time.
 
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You guys ever have so many overdrives on your board that you just cant decide what should stay or go?
:facepalm all the time........
I've finally realised that the thought "maybe I will just try the <insert drive pedal name here>" is A BAD THOUGHT and I should (but probably wont) ignore it. :bonk
 

Fulldrive-1

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I've actually cut down. Until recently I had the Fulldrive for crunch rhythm, and then a dyna-comp feeding either a GT-500 or Keely hotrodded Tubescreamer for solos.

I'm simplifying now. I got rid of the 500 and the compressor and the Keely pedal, and now it's Fulldrive for crunch, Pinnacle for leads. To me, you don't need 7 different distortions; I only need clean, crunch and lead.
 

89strat

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I use a RAT and a TS9, but I find that i could probably get through the whole night with just the RAT and using my volume knob on my guitar to go from light overdrive to saturated leads. The OCD is good for this also. I used to have another distortion flavor on their along with a compressor, but I've learned that the audience could care less and aren't listening that hard, as long as it sounds good. For me, the less I have going on, the better the tone.
 

theelectic

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Hm I've never tried to rationalize it. My BOSS CS-3 and Klon stay on all the time. I have a Fulltone Robin Trower Overdrive set as a flatish but dirty boost. JAM Rattler for dark fat leads. ZVex Fuzz Probe for crazy fuzz. Pete Cornish NG-2 for gated/ripping fuzz. ZVex Box of Metal for huge wall of fuzz. Fulltone 69 mkII for basic fuzz. Landgraff Dynamic Overdrive for crunchy tones. Marshall Guv'Nor for ice picky bright trebly crunch tones. So they're all similar but individually, I have them set so they all sound different.

Really though I could get by with the Klon and 69, but I choose not to. They're all colors on a pallette as far as I'm concerned. I click on whatever I feel like at any particular time. Is it indulgent? Of course. Do I care? Hell no!
 

thekeefus

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I always have too many drive-ish pedals on my board.....
at the moment...

Foot Fetish Pedals Green Monster Fuzz
Foot Fetish Pedals FM Overdrive
Keisman Juggy Boost
Keisman Early Bird
Skinner Klon
Tim
Ecstasy
Box of Rock
Morning Glory


I can't stop....it's really pretty sad.
 

dascher

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I dont think I will ever need more than 3 drive pedals at a time. 1 TS9, 1 fuzz, and one other od (usually another TS9) has been plenty for all purposes. I might just get a dual OD and have 2 seperate drive pedals
 

buddachile

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one fuzz
two ODs, low & medium
one distortion
one clean boost

Although I'm guilty of more than this on my board, this "should" be enough! :rotflmao
I have exactly this on my board with the exception of the medium OD which I am removing to make room for the Wilson Parked Wah.
 
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Between you and me, I could easily ''get by'' with my Sovereign and my guitar controls. But I don't want to ''get by'', I want to have tonal options, so the idea is to have 3-4 dirt-boxes on my board. But admittedly, I could easily end up having 6-7 without feeling I have an overlap.


Example:

1 transparent OD
1 mid-humped OD
1 vntage-sounding fuzz
1 modern-sounding fuzz
1 distortion
1 (very heavy) distortion


...see...?;)
 

JaminJuno

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It really depends on what you play and how much tonal variety you are after. I currently have 6 drives/distortion/fuzzes on my board as well as 2 preamps and a comp to give me a variety of base sounds. I can't imagine being without any of them. Plus stacking the drives gives me so many more options.

Currently I use:
Cusack Screamer - Low gain middy OD
Hotcake - Trebly/crunchy low gain OD
Ecstacy Drive - Fat/warm low gain OD
DV Mark Tube Marker - Tube screamerish mid gain distortion
Diaz Square Face fuzz - Mid gain bright germanium fuzz
Tym Fuzz Munchkin - Big Muff high gain fat fuzz
 

Footbutt

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i find that you can justify pretty much about anything on your pedalboard, if you really need to (to your wife/significant other).

Lunar Module Deluxe - Heavy Gain
Double Barrel - TS/ low-med gain
Prince of Tone - All-purpose
i don't need a boost, but i'm really thinking about an EP Booster... again.
 






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