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Boost/OD Pedals?

Post by Recycled_Brains » Tue Nov 24, 2009 1:49 pm

Hey all.

Looking to get a nice, but not terribly expensive boost, or OD pedal for my lady friend for Xmas.

Curious what you guys are digging.

She wouldn't like anything that's too over-the-top. Just something to push her Reverberocket and/or Princeton into slightly dirtier territory and to thicken things up a bit. I'd like to find her something with some classic vibe to it, rather than just a boring ol' clean volume boost.

I've come up with some ideas, but I'd love to hear what you all are into.
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Post by A.David.MacKinnon » Tue Nov 24, 2009 1:54 pm

You can't go wrong with a tube screamer into a tube combo. I don't like them as a distortion box on a clean amp but I do like them for pushinging the pre-amp section of a lower watt tube amp. It's like a boost with some teeth to it.
I also like the MXR Micro Amp for doing the same kind of job.

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Post by cgarges » Tue Nov 24, 2009 2:32 pm

An Electro Harmonix Linear Power Booster (LPB-1) ought to do the trick nicely for not a ton of dough. They're also readily available on the used market.

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Post by Sean Sullivan » Tue Nov 24, 2009 2:35 pm

There are so many boutique overdrives, if you go on eBay, and just browse overdrive/distortion pedals you'll probably find a nice one for pretty cheap.

How cheap is cheap? For $50 a TS9 is probably the best you can get. For $100 you can probably find a lot of cool stuff.
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Post by Recycled_Brains » Tue Nov 24, 2009 2:57 pm

minorleagues wrote:How cheap is cheap?
I'd like to stay under or around $150.
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Post by jv » Tue Nov 24, 2009 3:07 pm

Crowther Hotcake.

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Post by Trick Fall » Tue Nov 24, 2009 3:40 pm

I really like the hotcake into my deluxe reverb, I bet it would sound great with the princeton. I like the LPB-1 too, but I find that it is better for a my amp is going to blow up sound. The digitech Bad Monkey does a nice tube screamerish thing for under fifty bucks. I also hear a lot of good things about the Danelectro TOD which is under fifty bucks as well.

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Post by Nathangrn » Tue Nov 24, 2009 3:47 pm

It's not sexy and may not make a good gift as a result but I love my DOD FX50 (2 knob version.) I think the FX 250 is a similar circuit. I've had it for about twenty years. To me tubescreamers boost the mids way too much.
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Post by RefD » Wed Nov 25, 2009 4:55 am

jv wrote:Crowther Hotcake.
OH YES!

also, Paul Crowther stands behind his products and is very prompt in both correspondence and in getting any problem sorted out.

the Hotcake is sounds great to me and seems to love EL-84s and 6V6s.
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Post by calaverasgrandes » Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:03 am

Electro Harmonix makes a bewildering array of fuzz pedals. There is the plain old big muff, the nano muff, metal muff, bass muff germanium muff, double muff etc. I picked up a double muff a little while back. It just has a knob for each "muff" and a single or double switch. On single its just kind of chimey with no sustain (think later joy division). With it gets pretty wooly.
Most EH pedals are pretty affordable.
The nano, double and little-big muff are all well under of your price point.
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Post by sound for sandwiches » Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:10 am

I heartily recommend the Voodoo Labs Sparkle Drive. It's like a clean boost blended with a standard OD. It also has a pretty useful tone knob. it's $120ish new IIRC.

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Post by davepinkham » Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:42 am

jv wrote:Crowther Hotcake.
the hotcake is awesome. i have the "bluesberry" version which is a little more compressed and love it. i also highly recommend Barber pedals. the LTD is a great sounding light overdrive pedal that is well within your price limit.

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Post by cgarges » Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:46 am

The Hotcake is definitely a cool pedal.

There's also an awesome boost pedal called a Timmy. I can't recall who makes it, but it's a boutique thing with a waiting list. It's an incredible boost pedal with really useful tone controls and the ability to just give you "more" of whatever you want. That thing gets A LOT of use at our place.

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Post by kuene » Wed Nov 25, 2009 11:15 am

stop blabbing our Hotcake secret! seriously though, Crowther Hotcake is the best pedal I've ever owned -had it for about 4 years now i think. i plan on getting a backup in case i lose it. it is hands down the warmest, most responsive overdrive i've ever heard. i doubt you'd find one under 150 though.

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Post by Hallogallo » Wed Nov 25, 2009 11:24 am

Barge Concepts makes a Harmonic Percolator clone, the DB1, and a couple different Roland BeeBa clones that are in your price range.[/img]

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