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US Florida

Jun 26th, 2010 09:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thinking of getting a Twin Reverb RI, and wondered if any of you out there have found a good pedal for moderate overdrive. Just kind of nice crunchy stuff, no metal, no MESA sounds.

I haven't really found Fender amps, though I love them for clean, to be very friendly for crunch sounds, unless it's a mild blues overdrive, though Townsend's Vibro Kings sound good.

Thanks for any suggestions...this would be for pop stuff, not blues, etc.


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somewhere in England

I fought the lawn, and the lawn won
Jun 28th, 2010 11:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

I don't have your amp, but am enjoying crunch from a Danelectro Cool Cat Transparent Overdrive* into a Princeton Reverb II.

If this doesn't help, consider it a *bump* for your thread.

*named by someone paid by the syllable?



Jun 28th, 2010 11:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

Ibanez TS 9 Tubescreamer, Boss SD 1 Super Overdrive, Marshall Bluesbreaker II.

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Jun 28th, 2010 12:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

You might consider the MXR Wylde Over Drive - a mild attractive OD similar to the SD-1 with a wide range on the tone control.



Wear a cape & let 'er rip!
Jun 28th, 2010 12:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

I used a Visual Sound Jekyll & Hyde and a Keeley modded Boss DS-1 with mine. Those two covered anything from clean to mean and all things inbetween. ;)


La Bombonera

Dale Dale BOCA!!!!!
Jun 29th, 2010 09:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

I use either a Menatone Fish Factory ( tuff to find) and an MXR Classic Distortion. I get everything that I need. Good Luck!

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Massachusetts, USA

Jul 1st, 2010 01:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

I play a TRRI and have two crunch pedals on my board: a $200 Box-of-Rock and a $20 Danelectro Cool Cat CO-1. The box-of-rock is a GREAT Marshall in a box pedal, but the Danelectro gets way more play time.

No Limits

Maryland, USA

Never squat with your spurs on!
Jul 4th, 2010 10:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

I use blackface amps quite a bit and the best pedals for low-gain OD or "crunch" that I have found for these amps are:

- Zendrive - Smooth OD, very flexible
- Barber Direct Drive - Warmer, darker OD... Marshally
- Tim or Timmy - EXCELLENT Mid-Gain Pedal for any amp
- B0x of Rock - Great Marshall OD & Best boost in the business
- Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret - Best JTM45 in a box you can find.

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That chicken

is WRONG, baby.
Jul 4th, 2010 04:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

+1 on the Danelectro Cool Cat. Inexpensive, well made, and great tone.

Another one to consider is the Crunch Box. It works really well with my Doctor Z Maz 38, which I play clean until I need the crunch. Instant Marshall grind.


I'm not an expert

... but I play one on the internet!
Jul 5th, 2010 05:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

MI Audio Crunch Box. The name says it all, but it's capable of going from crunch into full-on roar!



Tone to 'da bone!
Jul 5th, 2010 11:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

+2 on both the Dano Cool Cat Drive and Transparent drives. I use both into my Supersonic clean channels and 57 Deluxe, but find the Drive pedal suits humbuckers and the the Transparent single coils. The Drive gets very near classic 60s Marshall with a LP and the Transparent just fits in with anything blues. So cheap and both the V1 and V2 variants are equally good!

Elliot Easton
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Elliot Easton
Jul 5th, 2010 06:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

Another one to consider is the Crunch Box.

+1000. M.I.Audio Crunch Box will turn your twin into a Marshall. Seriously.

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Jul 6th, 2010 11:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

No one mentioned an OCD! One of the best, IMO. I also really like the Barber Burn Unit EQ. Niceely voiced for the clean fender circuit, and you can fine tune it also. Dual function OD with 2 OD's on tap. Nice unit. There are just so many really nice OD's on the market today, it's great to be a guitar player.

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Jul 7th, 2010 07:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

Elliot, it's great to see you contributing here. Your a great talent for sure, and I've enjoyed your signature "hooks" for years. You've brought back some olde memories of your late friend Benny "Elevenletters". I remember Benny from bands around Cleveland when I was just starting out in the 60's and early 70's. I played with some dudes who were in bands with Benny in the 60's. Great memories. Hope your doing well.


South Florida

Jul 7th, 2010 05:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

I use the OCD V4 with my TRRI and am happy with it.



Jul 7th, 2010 09:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

I play through a TRRI and have two overdrive pedals on my board - an Ibanez TS-9 and an Xotic Effects AC Boost. I use the AC Boost as my normal gain and the TS-9 as my lead overdrive. They sound absolutely perfect!


Dallas Texas USA

Thread Janitor
Jul 8th, 2010 06:01 AM   Edit   Profile  


As much as I enjoyed my OCD, it has been on the sidelines for a while now.

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That chicken

is WRONG, baby.
Jul 8th, 2010 07:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Another one to consider is the Crunch Box."

Well, now THAT's a switch. Easton quoting ME. Elliott, you have a LOT of catching up to do =o)

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Mechanicsville Va

Jul 11th, 2010 05:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

cool cat is awesome, just got a Hardwire Valve Distortion and the Hardwire overdrive,, I tell u, These are awesome, good volume pot always help


Texas, USA

play, play, play
Jul 30th, 2010 03:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

I use a Fulltone Fulldrive 2 Mofset and an Analogman-modified Ibanez TS9 with my TRRIs. No complaints.

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