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Post by jaguarsg » Sat Jul 15, 2006 11:46 pm

for good distortion that can cover most of the bases, i would go with a Rat, especially the 80s ones with the LM308 (opamp) chip.

for over the top insanity, try a Danelectro Fabtone.

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Post by LeedyGuy » Sun Jul 16, 2006 8:27 pm

kdarr wrote:you know... i might be the only guy on earth who actually thinks that the Boss DS-1 sounds pretty good.

you just can't turn the tone knob up past 12:00... not too much gain... great straight-ahead rock sound.

plus, hey, it's orange. and you can find them fuckin' ANYWHERE.

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I love my DS-1, but I'm not really a guitar player, I just play one in the studio sometimes. DS-1 and a TS-9 (that's the one with the HOT switch, right?) are pretty much my go to pedals for everything.

Wait...I have a Rat too. That's neat if you need swoopy stuff that won't sound all fretty in the low end. Low E slides and even octaves down there for that indie thing. Foo Fighters swoops...does that make sense? I don't think that it's all purpose though, but what is?
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Post by riantide » Wed Jul 19, 2006 3:52 am

I second and third and even fourth the Boss DS-1. There are tons of mods for them and you can pick them up for 30 bucks. You can turn them into a fuzz box or a gnarly distortion or a bass overdrive pedal or whatever. Get three for less than $100, grab your soldering iron, and start googlin'!

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Post by RefD » Fri Jul 21, 2006 3:59 pm

i can second the DS-1 and the tan (made in Kansas) Ross Distortion, which is really more of a nice crunchy overdrive IMO.

my DS-1 isn't so great through a toppy amp like a Twin, but sounds good through a blackface Princeton or a Valve Junior...and i totally agree about not putting the tone knob past noon!
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Post by inverseroom » Fri Jul 21, 2006 4:21 pm

Somebody on here turned me on to the discontinued Boss SD-2 dual overdrive. I got one for $45 and I love it. I use one channel for some clean gain into my tube amp and the other for solos...the "regular" OD on channel one is also excellent.

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Post by riantide » Sat Jul 22, 2006 2:22 am

A good boost pedal is pretty handy in the studio, as well.

I often like the sound of boost pedal over an overdrive, especailly on old fenders and vox's and whatnot.

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Post by lancebug » Sat Jul 22, 2006 6:33 am

for od the dod 250 is $40 new. It is nice on bass too.

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Post by LeedyGuy » Sat Jul 22, 2006 8:28 am

Wow. Those sound samples are interesting. Really creamy sounding to punchy bassy sound and some interesting overdrive.
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Post by inverseroom » Sat Jul 22, 2006 1:02 pm

I bet that that is the exact same pedal as the DOD Juice Box. Which is also a superb OD/boost, in my opinion.

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