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BluesBrazil



Brazil

Jan 8th, 2018 05:31 PM        

Hey guys! I have a amp that it's a Blues Deluxe clone. With that in mind, the cleans are pretty nice and can take pedals really well!<br /> I play blues (SRV, Hendrix, Sayce), and I already have a TS 9. Can you guys suggest any overdrive or distortion pedal to be my "always on" pedal? By saying that, I mean, since my amp stays most of the time in the kinda of "edge of breakup", I want a pedal that, with my guitar volume low give me a nice low gain sound and, as I crank the volume knob of the guitar, goes more cruch, and, that work's great with another pedals, in this case, with tube screamers.<br /> I was thinking in a Marshall kinda pedal. Here in Brazil we have a company called Fire Custom Shop, that makes a pedal called Carpe Diem (check "that pedal show" on Ytube). I really liked the sound, but don't if I can get that classic full clean tone. Another option that I was considering is the Il Torino, by MXR or the Custom Badass Od Modified, but this last one it's kind of a tube screamer with steroids, and I was looking for something not like the TS sound. What do you guys think?<br /> <br /> BB



Modal Magic



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Jan 8th, 2018 07:06 PM        

The 2013 DOD OD250 RI is an awesome pedal for what you describe. Great, fat juicy tones, very amp-like sounds when pushed. It's relatively transparent, is relatively mid-flat and has sparkly lows and highs. It's the opposite to TS style circuits in that it doesn't boost mids and retains bottom. An awesome pedal to push an amp that's on he edge of break-up. It isn't no Marshall sound IMO because they are associated with a high mid emphasis but it's a great blues pedal. When I use mine I have it on most of the time because it adds depth and sparkle. <br /> <br /> There's also the original versions to consider but are expensive, and there are probably a bunch of clones available with more in-depth tone controllability.



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Jan 8th, 2018 11:50 PM        

The pedal I have that does that touch-sensitivity thing the best is probably the Barber B Custom Super Sport. It has five little trimpots inside that allow you to tweak tone, gain, and response curve. Super versatile and goes from clean to scream. Not a cheap pedal; find one used if you can.<br /> <br /> If you need something simpler and in a smaller package, the MI Audio Crunch Box is the king of the Marshall Plexi tone. It makes my Princeton sound and respond like a Marshall (really). I leave the drive set about 50%, crank the amp, and control the amount of crunch with the guitar's volume. It works really well, and these are not expensive either.



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Jan 9th, 2018 01:52 AM        

Here's a good demo of the Crunch Box. This is the version 1 model that I have.



SonicBlue



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Jan 9th, 2018 04:19 AM        

A Fulltone OCD responds very well to picking dynamics and volume especially when run at eighteen volts, although it's pretty good at nine volts too if you don't fancy finding a separate power supply for just one pedal.<br /> <br /> At 5:25 in the linked demo he does what you describe, drive knob up and guitar volume turned down. Is this what you want?



BluesBrazil



Brazil

Jan 9th, 2018 05:32 AM        

Thank's for all the answers so far guys! I really like the DOD ideia. I've heard about it few years ago, but never really search for what it could do, and man, I've just looked on YTube and was impressed by the sound.<br /> <br /> Peegoo, the crunch box was on my sight as well, but here in Brazil, even the used ones, are way to expensive. But I'm looking for to see the if I can test one.<br /> <br /> SonicBlue, the problem with the OCD for me, it's the same for the MI Audio, it's too expensive, even buying from Ebay, the Brazilian taxes and dutty are higher than any other country I know hahahaha But, I've heard the demo, and man...that sounds awesome!! This is kinda of I want. <br /> <br /> So now, I have in mind the DOD and the MXR that I said early in this thread. Have you guys already tested any of the Custom Badass OD modified (M77) or the Il Torino? This Il Torino sound amazing BTW. It seemes to work like an amp, and, I saw a review by sweetwater that the guy used just like I want: a low gain setting, controlled by the volume pot of the guitar and then you can max out and get some fuller sound.



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Jan 9th, 2018 06:11 AM        

Any Tubescreamer or TS clone will work great for blues.<br /> <br /> Of course not using anything but reverb and a touch of natural amp overdrive works too, depending on the style of blues.



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Jan 9th, 2018 06:23 AM        

The Xotic SL Drive does great Marshall too. It's at its best at 18VDC.<br /> <br /> I had a V1 Crunchbox and I shouldn't have parted ways with it. The SL Drive fills that void nicely. You can dial back the gain and leave it on all the time too. That range is in there.



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Jan 9th, 2018 06:25 AM        

Here's a good thread...



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Jan 9th, 2018 07:31 AM        

Personally, I like the Blackstone Mosfet Overdrive 2S. It has 2 channels, one higher gain than the other and has tweakable pot presets. And for further tweaking there's an internal pot as well. It is a small, well made pedal and perfect for a smooth, non harsh overdrive that is very touch sensitive to your picking and guitar settings.



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Jan 9th, 2018 08:13 AM        

I have a digitech cm2 od pedal that works well. It has a ts9 setting and a switch to flip that has more gain and a 2 band eq.<br /> <br />



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Jan 9th, 2018 03:17 PM        

I have a Fulltone OCD and a MXR Il Torino and like both of them very much. The Il Torino, with full bass, mid and treble EQ controls, behaves just like an extra amp channel and gain stage.



gdw3



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Jan 9th, 2018 03:25 PM        

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



LeftyMeister



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Jan 9th, 2018 03:39 PM        

FWIW, My Keeley Blues Driver is on all the time.



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Jan 9th, 2018 03:55 PM        

Hi BluesBrazil.<br /> <br /> "Have you guys already tested any of the Custom Badass OD modified (M77) or the Il Torino?"<br /> <br /> I have the Il Torino on my board right now. It's a great OD and perfect for blues imo. For low to moderate OD into a clean/cleanish amp, it performs great.<br /> It doesn't go into high gain crunch (which I don't use anyway) but can get pretty gnarly if you push an already overdriven amp with it. And I really like the 3-band EQ.<br /> <br /> It's a very versatile pedal working in either mode (Boost or OD) and I think a highly under-rated one. I picked up mine used for a very reasonable price here in AUS.<br /> <br /> re: the Super Badass OD, I can't comment, but I have the Super Badass Distortion and that is also a great sounding pedal. Again goes way heavier than I use but good to have the options.<br /> <br /> "I have a digitech cm2 od pedal that works well."<br /> <br /> I had this pedal also and it is a great pedal for blues as well. The Classic & Modern clipping and the 2-band EQ are what really set this one apart from the standard TS. <br /> My only complaint (floabw) is the size. It's a bit bulky if you're trying maximise real estate on your board like me :^)<br />



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Jan 9th, 2018 04:00 PM        

My Fulltone Fulldrive Mofset 2 in compcut mode is on all the time. I have the OCD V4 next in the chain but it is on/off to taste.



BluesBrazil



Brazil

Jan 9th, 2018 07:42 PM        

Mick, thank's a lot for your info about the il Torino. As same for you guys that are helping me out. I'm learning a Lot of new pedals from here. For instance, i'm between the SL drive (nice choice leftee) and the il Torino, but not leave the badass od idea yet. Mick, can you tell if the torino get's harsh or icepicky? I'm a bit afraid of that as I want that clean and slight overdriven gay tone tô work with the volume knob and with my tube screamer and my amp has pretty bright speaker.



Mick Reid

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Jan 9th, 2018 09:23 PM        

"...can you tell if the torino get's harsh or icepicky?"<br /> <br /> Not at all. That's the beauty of the 3-band EQ.<br /> You can really contour the sound in any direction.<br /> <br /> That was always my problem with the TS-9. I could never dial in the Tone control to have enough low end without being muddy, or enough top end without being too glassy. And FWIW, I *do* use the tone controls on my guitars.<br /> <br /> I know heaps of players *love* the TS, so maybe it's just me.<br />



BluesBrazil



Brazil

Jan 10th, 2018 10:35 AM        

That's what i was thinking of. After I put the vintage noiseless pickups, i had to learn to work with the tone knob as well (A bit bright to me). That's something I'm always tweaking in the TS 9 - the tone knob. Thank's for the sharing your experience with the Il Torino.<br /> As I said before, i think my shot stays between the SL Drive and the Il Torino



BluesBrazil



Brazil

Jan 11th, 2018 03:31 PM        

So guys, let's start voting lol<br /> Based on the many reviews and videos that I saw, most of them because of you guys, that helped me a lot, my options are the Xotic SL Drive and the MXR Il Torino. I only play strats and my number one it's filled with Vintage Noiseless pickups. Sometimes I think they sound a bit harsh and my amp it's a bit brighter as well, so I compensate that on my tone knob as in the EQ section of the amp. I'm gonna stack this with a TS 9 and as I said before, I play SRV/Hendrix/Sayce/Heavy funk blues stuff, so I want a full and warm clean sound, and control with my volume knob to get more drive, and use my Tube Screamer as a boost. What do you guys think? <br /> Thank's<br /> <br /> BB



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