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JENGL175

McAllen TX USA

Jun 5th, 2011 06:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

looking for a distortion pedal for my Teles.. all have single coil Stock Fralins or Seymour Duncan classic 54 pups...I run though 2 DRRI and or Super Reverb or Twin... Please give me your ideas thanks JPE

VA_Steve
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Northern Virginia

Redneck Rock Aficionado
Jun 5th, 2011 06:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a similar setup (tele, DRRI) and I like the Zendrive, and Sparkle Drive. I have a Fulltone Catalyst distortion that I don't care for and am looking to replace.

AnalogPackrat

California

If it is to be it is up to me.
Jun 5th, 2011 08:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What range of tones are you looking to get? Lead, rhythm or both?

I have DLS and my Tele through a SFDR gets me some nice low to medium gain meaty Marshall tone. Try the Formula No. 5 for cranked tweed stuff (I don't have one of these but there may be one in my future). Check YouTube for demos with Teles.

MLC
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Jun 5th, 2011 10:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I run my Fralin and Barden loaded Tele's into a '68 DR and I'm very happy with a Turbo Rat for all my distortion needs.

JENGL175

McAllen TX USA

Jun 6th, 2011 02:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

thanks for all the info... I also have a Sparkle Drive..which so far is the best I have found for the tone I am looking for... I have had lots of different dist. pedals and usually end up blending them with my Sparkle Drive... but I would like something that isn't as brittle or tinny as most are with a single coil..without having to adjust and readjust....I have been told that the Danelectro CO-1 is pretty good with single coils.. anyone had any success with them????

fendrguitplayr
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Greater Boston

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Jun 7th, 2011 09:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Blackstar pedals with tubes in 'em are pretty hard to beat, IMO.

Crackerhead
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Elkhart, In

Jun 7th, 2011 01:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Happy with a plain ol' TS9 Tubescreamer....:~)

Peegoo
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Jun 7th, 2011 05:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Some of the pedals mentioned here are overdrives.

A distortion pedal is one that severely clips the signal (the RAT is a great example). I have a Turbo RAT and love it.

Also, try an MI Audio Crunch Box if you like mild to medium (not fuzzy) distortion. When dialed in, it can make most amps sound like cranked Marshall Plexi.

Tele295

St. Somewhere

RG
Jun 7th, 2011 10:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

RAT has all the drive you'd ever need

lox

Columbus, Ohio

Docofrock
Jun 10th, 2011 08:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

American made Rat 2 is good for distortion. Fulltone Catalyst can be used for some fuzz or overdrive, more for fuzz though. For overdrive I use a variety: Fulltone Fulldrive 2, Tim pedal,Gristle King, and Barber Small Fry. each has its merits though. I have them spread out on different pedal boards. One board has the above mentioned pedals minus the FD2 which is on my other board. I no longer use the Rat because OD and fuzz are all I need. the Rat can do all of those sounds to a certain extent if you do a lot of tweaking but I prefer different pedals to set to different sounds and some have two switches so there is quite a variety especially when you then combine pedals.

Stratmanx
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Memphis, TN

Jun 20th, 2011 10:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here's a 2nd on the tubescreamer.

Mine's been modded by Keally, and it pretty much takes any guitar quite well.

It does what it does well. Plain and simple.

AnalogPackrat

California

If it is to be it is up to me.
Jun 21st, 2011 05:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, I've also got an early-mid 80's Tube Screamer (no mods). The DLS covers a lot of that tone and much more. DLS also has a lot better dynamic response--very much like an actual amp. For the money I think the Catalinbread pedals are some of the best out there .

Hope you find something you like.

TweedDogSteve

Canada

Jun 22nd, 2011 07:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

For distortion (ie metal/hard rock tone) , you can't go wrong with these classics;
RAT2 as already mentionned
Boss DS1
BOSS SD1
MXR Distortion+

For modern tone, MXR Distortion III

The key to getting a good distortion tone is also in the EQ pedal that you put in front or after it, check the MXR 6 or 10 band EQ. For 100 to 120 bucks new, you can get both dist + EQ and will never look back.

(This message was last edited by TweedDogSteve at 08:13 PM, Jun 24th, 2011)

jimijamfan
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Jun 23rd, 2011 10:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Still lovin' my Boss SD1.

fredocaster

USA

Jun 23rd, 2011 08:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

+1 on the sd-1. I also use a blues driver. Tried a bunch of boutique stuff and all kinds of others, then came back to these two Boss pedals. Go figure.

jesse1d

canada

Jul 11th, 2011 07:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

+1 on the blues driver, although mine has the monte alums h20 plus mod.

stinger22

USA

Aug 7th, 2011 09:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sounds great with my Zen drive that's for sure.

Webfoot

US

Aug 7th, 2011 10:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Two things...

1) I found that using 12AY7s (EH) in V1 can really make dirt pedals sound a lot better.

2) Also stacking your dirt pedal into a Timmy pedal (light overdrive pedal by custom pedal builder Paul Cochrane) is a real plus. It can EQ, boost and add dirt. The Timmy can really help EQ/shape your upstream dirt pedal like an extra set of tone knobs on the amp.





3 chord

MT/USA

I don't have anything clever to say
Aug 25th, 2011 05:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use a PV classic 30 so I don't need pedals!

(This message was last edited by 3 chord at 05:48 AM, Aug 25th, 2011)

Coral Head

Sunshine State

Groupies needed
Aug 25th, 2011 07:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use a Danelectro CO-1 Drive with my Tele and a clean amp. It works well but is an overdriven not highly distorted sound. I also use the Danelectro Transparent Overdrive CTO-1 and combine them at times.

Good pedals.

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