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LeftyMeister
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Dec 4th, 2010 01:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Plimsoul is one of the best OD/Dist pedals I've ever tried. My initial reaction the last time I tested it was that it sounded thin. That's not the case. I attribute that experience to the cheapo Squier Strat with spider webs for strings that I was using at the store.

This pedal is extremely versatile and dynamic. I demoed it next to a Lovepedal Superlead (both pedals were on the demo board) and the Plimsoul was much more natural-sounding and less affected. I'm sure the Superlead is a very nice pedal but the Plimsoul made it sound muffled and somewhat boxy.

The Plimsoul adds an amp-like gain without coloring the guitar's tone. With the tone knob set to match the amp's treble (a Fender Twin), I tested it at unity gain with and without OD and did not notice a discernible difference in bass or midrange.

This pedal has distortion available in spades. In fact, there is minimal gain with the gain knob barely off of zero, but it's a nice just-breaking-up OD. With the gain knob fully at zero, it works great as a volume boost and has a LOT of boost available.

This pedal has a two-stage gain circuit. Stage 1 has a smooth Plexi Marshally saturation with the gain knob cranked and with Stage 2 at zero. By adding Stage 2, it adds more compexity and overtones until, with both stages cranked, it'll peel the layers from an onion.

With Stage 1 gain at zero and Stage 2 cranked, the OD is reminiscent of a tweed pushed to breakup. There's not a ton of gain at this setting, until adding a hint of Stage 1. It then starts into a smooth distortion. Also, Stage 2 seemed to have more of a low midrange hump, but it was not honkish at all like a TS midrange.

So, this pedal has a ton of great sounds from light OD to full-on saturation, and it will allow your guitar's character to remain intact. I'm very happy I made this decision.

(This message was last edited by LeftyMeister at 06:31 PM, Sep 15th, 2011)

LeftyMeister
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Dec 4th, 2010 01:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

BTW, I got this pedal from GC for $149 out the door, which is $20 less than the street price of $169.

LHW
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Dec 8th, 2010 08:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the review Rocky. I'm glad you finally got the Plimsoul. I know you've wanted one for a while.
I just bought the OCD, so I'm good which I love. I also bought a Zakk Wilde overdrive. It was a Black Friday impulse buy. I have no idea what I will use it for :-(

(This message was last edited by LHW at 08:15 AM, Dec 8th, 2010)

LeftyMeister
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Dec 8th, 2010 04:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Crazy Train? Bwahahaha!

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Dec 23rd, 2010 03:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hey Lefty, will this pedal clean up when you roll your guitar volume down?

LeftyMeister
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Dec 23rd, 2010 03:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes it does. Very well indeed.

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Feb 3rd, 2011 08:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

i picked one up last weekend. concur it's a great pedal. even with both stages set to max it still sounds articulate with my strat. great dynamics, many tones available. the tone control is very useful also.

pairs up very nicely with my vox atv4 or blackface voicing on scxd.

Ricey

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Feb 25th, 2011 08:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Could someone with experience with both compare and contrast the Plimsoul vs. the OCD? I am going to pull the trigger on one or the other, but no local retailers carry the Plimsoul, so I cannot actually compare them. Who has the best internet prices for these boxes?

Rick Plays The Blues

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May I try that again?
Feb 28th, 2011 09:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I do not own the Plimsoul and I do not own any other Fulltone pedal. But I had a quick testdrive in the shop and all I can say is I was positively surprised by the Plimsoul. Not that the OCD sounds bad, but I personally liked the Plimsoul more. You can get very close to the OCD sound, however. But very easily, you can get a slightly fatter sound or a remarkably fatter and softer sound.
I also liked it more than the Fulldrive.
Definitely a go to pedal, if you are willing to spend that much money on a solid state overdrive pedal ...

Buffalo Bob

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Mar 9th, 2011 10:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

i think it's the best pedal fulltone makes for sounding like a "pushed amp"...although i like the wampler hot wired brent mason pedal a tad better...

(This message was last edited by Buffalo Bob at 06:21 PM, Apr 2nd, 2011)

gdw3
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Oct 10th, 2011 08:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Another Plimsoul happy owner here. Try it at 18 volts. Wow, creamy, complex, yeah!

5Strats
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Oct 11th, 2011 04:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I started using the Plimsoul for some of my band's more rocked out songs about 4 gigs ago and its perfect for what I was looking for.

What tonal difference are there when running the Plimsoul at 18 volts? Does it provide a warmer sound?

littleuch
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Oct 13th, 2011 01:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

To address the Plimsoul vs OCD question, this is from the enclosure that comes with the pedal:

"How does it compare to the OCD? Completely different! The EQ of an OCD is somewhere between neutral and mid-scoop, and
asymmetrical Hard-Clipping...PlimSoul has a gorgeous midrange, not too much...and has Soft-Clipping AND symmetrical
Hard-Clipping...offering a totally different array of sounds."

"Does it clean up when the guitar's volume control is reduced? Yes, more than any, and even better than the OCD."

There is no discussion concerning 9V vs 18V. I bought the pedal with 9v intention and now have the 18V option. It sounded good to me (that why I bought it) at 9V and sounds really good to me at 18V but this may be due to a multitude of other variables.


LeftyMeister
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Oct 14th, 2011 07:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I used the Plimsoul tonight for a gig. When I couple it with my Keeley Blues Driver, I can get some really nice violin sustain.

(This message was last edited by LeftyMeister at 04:15 PM, Oct 29th, 2011)

gdw3
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Oct 16th, 2011 06:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"What tonal difference are there when running the Plimsoul at 18 volts? Does it provide a warmer sound?"

It's a little hard to explain. It's also fairly subtle. Not like you're missing out terribly if you only do the 9v option.

At 18 volts, the Plimsoul has a bit more complexity, in a good way. Not warmer. Creamier, maybe? But it still can be aggressive. Also, I believe I get more sustain. More useable at all adjustments, too, IMO.

D Rogue
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Dec 26th, 2011 07:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just got a Plimsoul for Christmas, and am digging it allot so far. I've only played with it for a half hour or so, but it sounded great.

Looks like my OCD is taking the place of my Bad Monkey on my pedal board, with the Plimsould taking the place of the OCD.

I had the OCD running at 18v, but since I only have one 18v plug I moved it the the PS and plugged the OCD back in to a 9v plug. So I've got the OCD before the PS, which I thinks sounds great. I'll try flip flopping them, but think this is how it will stay.

So far 2 thumbs up for me.

LeftyMeister
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Jan 26th, 2012 01:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

DR, how are you liking it after the honeymoon?

D Rogue
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Is it supposed to make that sound?
Feb 3rd, 2012 03:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sorry Lefty, I haven't checked this thread in a while.

I still dig it! When I play a guitar with humbuckers through my tweed champ clone (with 10" speaker) going through the Plimsoul just oozes rock! Going Guitar > OCD > Plimsoul > amp gets me that awesome violin sustain as well.

I still haven't used it much with single coils, including P90's, but so far I still dig it.

rfrakes331K
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USA

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Feb 4th, 2012 07:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Now I may have to check a Plimsoul out. Shoot!

CheapShoes
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Aug 5th, 2012 06:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sorry. I traded it in at a big loss. Too metal scooped and hard sounding for me. But 90% of the time I'm straight into the amp, so my ears are more attuned to that rawness. YMMV.

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