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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Always on pedal recommendations for blues?

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Jan 12th, 2018 05:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thank's Mick.

"What I would say is that SL Drive *is* Marshall tones and definitely has more of a compressed sound than the Il Torino, which is a more "open" sound (FLOABW) to my ears. Leans more towards bluesy IMO."

It's exactly what I was thinking. My only concern is about the "tone", some reviews that I saw, the SL Drive seemed that is hard to tame the gain and the highs, but, there's a video of Tomo Fujita using it with a strat and the sound was pretty good. The Il Torino, seemed more open as you said, maybe it's more usefull for the sound I want. Do you think that would work well for the kinda sound that I said?

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Life makes a man tired.
Jan 12th, 2018 08:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

The thing with the SL Drive is to take your time and go through the dip switch settings and the knobs on the pedal. It might take some time to get to the tone you really want.

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Jan 12th, 2018 03:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

What Leftee said is good advice and also one small reason I didn't keep it. I'm not a fan of internals. I prefer everything accessible from the outside of the box, but that's just me.

Based on your description of your style of music, I absolutely think it would suit.
If you were in a Death Metal band, I'd say maybe not so much :^)



Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Jan 12th, 2018 11:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

No one mentioned the Tumnis. It seemed to have a lot of rave reviews from the Blues crowd.
No personal experience with these but have heard many people use it for blues and it is their 'always on' pedal.
I was just waiting for someone to post comments on this pedal.

It appears that you have enough to ponder but had to mention it for the sake of discussion.

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Jan 13th, 2018 12:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

"No one mentioned the Tumnis."

Cal, that being Brian Wampler's version of the Klon Centuar, I'm sure would fit into the bluesy sound BB is looking for, but I'd bet availability & price could be prohibitive in Brazil.

In AUS, new they go for $270AU ($669BRL) and they only pop up in the used market *very* infrequently.

(This message was last edited by Mick Reid at 04:33 AM, Jan 13th, 2018)

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I tried to think

but nothing happened!
Jan 13th, 2018 07:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

Guess I have to bring up the Klon clone ehx Soul Food. Great sounding pedal for cheap.

I noticed that Coco Montoya has one on his board. Can't get more bluesy than that!


Southwest Florida

Alone in my principles
Jan 14th, 2018 05:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

I recently purchased an Electro Harmonix Hot Tubes pedal, which is a re-issue from the 70's. It's compact, has a switch to bypass the tone of the pedal (giving you just a drive boost) and only costs $60. I leave it on all the time, unless I am playing totally clean.

(This message was last edited by LHW at 07:02 AM, Jan 14th, 2018)

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Murrells Inlet, SC

So, so you think you can tell?
Jan 14th, 2018 05:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

I love my Tumnis and it's one of those always on pedals.




Jan 14th, 2018 08:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've tried/had 3 true touch-sensitive OD pedals: the OCD v4, Blackstone Appliances Mosfet OD, and the Skreddy Screwdriver Deluxe. Each has its fanbase.


What It Was!

Fairly Unbalanced
Jan 15th, 2018 09:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

I’d try a MOSFET. It’s a good always on front end boost for anything. Using it with my Tele & Deluxe - great for rock, country, blues, whatevs.


Northern CT - USA

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Jan 16th, 2018 10:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

OCD or Timmy



Jan 17th, 2018 08:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hey guys! After a lot o research and a LOT of videos seen...I made my decision and bought the MXR Il Torino. It was a tough decision because I was between the Fire Carpe Diem (that for me was easier to buy since I live in Brazil) and the Il Torino. After compare sounds with the videos and read the comments of owners, the MXR seemed the best for my use. It can do a medium gain thing and I'll use my TS9 to boost it. My amp is running in the edge of breakup, with just a bit of hair, so that way, the MXR will be always on and I'll controll the rest with my volume knob, so based on reviews, it cleans up better than the Carpe Diem. Another factor the made my decision, is the EQ section on the torino. As i can't use the same amp every night, it seemed easier to get a nice sound, as the Carpe diem, in my opinion, was more difficult to do that. I have to thank you guys that, REALLY, helped me a lot!!! If anyone got interested, as soon it arrives (probably in 2 days) I can share my opinions...wish me luck to this pedal be as good as everbody says lol

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Jan 17th, 2018 03:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

That's great BB. I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
Look forward to your review!

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Redesdale UK

"Still Alive And Well"
Jan 18th, 2018 08:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

Good result BB. I think the Il Torino is a very under-rated pedal. I use mine mostly to give a bit of overdrive for slide guitar.


Cypress, TX

I Dare To Be Different
Jan 18th, 2018 01:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

"The Timmy. Amazing pedal. Definitely my always on, except for the glassiest of clean tones."

Timmy's big brother, The Tim, works great too.



Jan 22nd, 2018 06:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

That's it guys! The Il Torino arrived in my board saturday. I didn't had much time to play with it, but my first impressions are good!! VERY well built, with a nice manual that shows some presets as well. About the sound: As some of you already told, it's not a high gain AT ALL. But you achieve that natural break up sound, creamy and warm overdrive tone. I've used in my amp totally clean and the results were amazing!!! Later this weekend I'll do another tests with my TS 9 into it and after it, as with my amp slightly dirty, let's see what happens!



Jan 23rd, 2018 08:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

MI Audio Super Blues Pro
Fulltone Fat Boost
Big Lloyd F9

(This message was last edited by stinger22 at 10:38 PM, Jan 23rd, 2018)



Jan 31st, 2018 07:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hey guys, just a video that I recorded with my phone. It was only for home use, but I think you like it. It shows a bit of the Torino's sound! Greetings


(This message was last edited by BluesBrazil at 10:59 AM, Jan 31st, 2018)


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avise la fin
Feb 2nd, 2018 04:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

Here is

your link

(This message was last edited by zenland at 06:18 PM, Feb 2nd, 2018)

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juneau ak.

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Feb 8th, 2018 06:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

Didn't see anyone mention this one.
I listened to the link and it sounds like you found some good tones already!
Lovepedal Amp11

External link Amp 11

(This message was last edited by scott-s at 09:01 PM, Feb 8th, 2018)

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