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mattnobes

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Post Analog overdrive pedals...
on: December 11, 2013, 09:46
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Hello friends, I am in the market for an analog overdrive pedal.I am looking for something to goes from a glassy clean boost to medium distortion. I apologize if this question is redundant and the answer is somewhere here in the forum posts. I play fenders and carparelli guitars with seymour duncan single coils and humbuckers through a mark sheets boutique tube amp.i play mostly blues and classic rock stuff. I am aware of the ethos overdrive, then zen pedal and the barber overdrive. All of these sound great to me in yt videos. Any suggestions would be great. 🙂

Oinkus

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Post Re: Analog overdrive pedals...
on: December 12, 2013, 05:50
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Have to say I am a huge fan of my new Lovepedal Kalamazoo has a ton of what I consider to be good sounds in it.The demo stuff for the newer Gold version sounds good but has a little more distortion in the top end of the sweep. Kind of pricey but you can get them on sale sometimes or try ebay to get 30 bucks off or so. I basically use it the same as a tube screamer with distortion on 1/4 and level at 100%. It has 2 additional knobs that tweak the treble range and the basic feel of it . One of the best pedals I own and I have a pretty good sized board with 18 pedals on it currently. You can push the front end of your amp with it or just add to your gain channel some wonderful harmonics and a focused boost for soloing. Side note if you are rich buy a Klon just saw it is one of the 6 or so pedals in Jeff Becks current board and Joe just won't send me his for me to use.

bear

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Post Re: Analog overdrive pedals...
on: December 12, 2013, 15:18
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Glassy isn't something I hear often or like much when I do in a typical opamp & clipper overdrive pedal. Might be more of that available in a Rat with the gain down and the filter open. Nine times out of ten or more I prefer the Rat this way to a proper overdrive pedal. However, when I was a young guy and thought of myself as more of a blues and classic rock player I didn't like the Rat because it can be a bit rough and jagged-y.

el reclusa

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Post Re: Analog overdrive pedals...
on: March 22, 2014, 08:41
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I dunno if it would work for you, but I just went through a size able trade-and-sale-and-buy shakeup of my pedal collection...one of the acquisitions is a stock, cheap Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive...and I am finding I like it a LOT more than you might think, given it's dirt cheapness. One of the pedals I ditched was a fancy pants anniversary model Fulldrive 2. While it was a fine pedal, and It really shined in comp cut mode as a clean boost, for straight OD, I actually prefer the Boss. Also picked up a Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive that's nice for a "screamer"ish sound. Either of those might fit the bill for you, in certain settings. There are LOTS of good choices, and many cheap ones. A bunch of pals recently all bought EHX Soul Food pedals and like them a lot...

bear

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Post Re: Analog overdrive pedals...
on: March 22, 2014, 09:24
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Soul Food indeed does sound like a good cheap option. I don't like JHS for some of his sketchiness in lifting other builders' designs, but his Soul Food mods seem fairly reasonably priced if you need things a tick better than stock and don't want to solder SMD components yourself.

DavidRaven-
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Post Re: Analog overdrive pedals...
on: November 8, 2014, 18:25
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Do you realize that the SoulFood's design is stolen from the Klon Centaur?

mwseniff

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Post Re: Analog overdrive pedals...
on: November 24, 2014, 09:17
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Quote from bear on March 22, 2014, 09:24
Soul Food indeed does sound like a good cheap option. I don't like JHS for some of his sketchiness in lifting other builders' designs, but his Soul Food mods seem fairly reasonably priced if you need things a tick better than stock and don't want to solder SMD components yourself.

I got a Soul Food/ JHS mod recently as a tip for doing a quick emergency tube amp repair I do very little repair work due to my failed back these days (I love my few old "pet customers" I have them well trained after all these many many years). Any way the Soul Food sounds pretty good and the JHS mods can help tune it to specific amps. Does it sound like a Klon Centaur? I fixed a few and used to do pedal boards with them (I've probably played 25-30 different ones over the years and honestly there were many that sounded like sine waves of gold but on the other hand many seemed just OK. The Soul Food is definitely in the ball park of the Klon Centaur but the Soul Food seems almost too perfect until you start playing with the JHS control and switch additions. But I like it and will probably keep it on my pedal board. The Soul Food sounds great with extra dirt ahead of it, I've put both a Pigtronix Fat Drive and Earthquaker Hoof fuzz in front of it with great results. Seems like a heck of a pedal for the price and the JHS mods are reasonably priced IMHO.

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