What Would Be The Right Dirt Pedal For Me?

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  1. Rollin Hand

    Rollin Hand Well-Known Member

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    Not saying I will buy one anytime soon, but am considering....

    I have been asked in to jam with a friend, and the place we would most likely play doesn't offer footswitches for their amps. So, I am thinking an overdrive pedal might be needed. We would be playing everything from classic rock (Hendrix, KISS) to some harder stuff, so I would want something somewhat versatile. I hate noise, so it would have to be fairly quiet.

    And on top of that, I am cheap. I know, helpful, right?

    My last dirt pedal that got any use was my Boss DS-1, and while I liked it OK, I wasn't in love with it. To be honest, I prefer the preamp gain my amps have, but I don't want to haul the head and cab all over the place. As well, i doubt whether my Classic 20 combo will keep up with a drummer.

    I have an ooooooold Boss HM2, but don't love it. Too sludgy for what we will be playing.

    So, looking for ideas for something I may or may not buy. And yes, worse comes to worst, another DS-1 is on the table.
     
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    reach out to @rmfroyd . the last i knew he had a good selection of inexpensive, custom OD pedals available - vox, tweed, rat/timmy, etc. I own 5 of his pedals and can't speak highly enough of them. From the sound of things you may want to check out his Stig pedal.
     
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    Can you name a band that would represent the "harder" stuff?
     

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    Rollin Hand Well-Known Member

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    Iron Maiden, Ozzy, maybe some lighter Metallica. From what I gather the other guys are fairly open to trying anything.
     
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    I think you can get a lot of versatility with a RAT and a tubescreamer clone pedal, but others will know better.
    There are lot of cheap but good reviews offerings from Joyo, Mosky, etc. out there too.

    Lately I been getting some good tone over a lot of ground with the old Dano Fab Distortion (because I have it, there are probably better choices like the Boss DS-1 maybe instead) and an EHX Soul Food, either alone but especially stacked.
    Just my limited experience opinion.
     
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    The rat will always get my vote. fuzzrocious has some cool models with extra goodies packed in

    the friedman be-od seems to be well-respected here as well
     
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    Rollin Hand Well-Known Member

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    Wow, I have just been looking at the Joyo stuff. Like I said, not a pedal guy but....man, a guy can get a lot for only a little money. As in, I could buy several to try....MUAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH!
     
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    I really love the Jekyll and Hyde V3. It has noise reduction built in (no noticeable affect on tone) on the OD side. It's got a clean blend on the OD side and good EQ controls. I find the Distortion side is pretty versatile as well. Good EQ options, blends well with the OD (I think it's parallel by default but can be routed for parallel). My only caveat is that it's a pedal with a lot of options and controls.

    For a cheap option I like the Gunslinger at higher voltages (not 9v). Not my favorite distortion at 9v (although usable). Very amp like at 18v.
     
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    I love this thread already!

    My vote is the Fulltone OCD. With minor adjustment it can give you anything from clean boost to glorious distortion (think Alice in Chains-heavy).

    It's about $140, but that's for a USA-made, boutique quality piece of equipment.

    Do it. You WILL be happy.
     
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    Hmm, my Gunslinger is on track to be sold off.
    The 18v makes that much difference?
    I'd like to try that.
    This may be my "reason" to upgrade my pedal power supply from a One Spot to a budget brick type, with and 18v tap, of course.
    I was looking at the Donner for like $40. a while back.
     
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    It definitely sounds different. Whether you'll like it as much as I did is more up in the air. Granted, I was playing through one of @andrewsrea at 18V. At home my supply only goes up to 12v (which I frequently use with Catalinbread pedals).
     
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    That would be the Donner. I've had one on my board for about a year. It's trouble-free. And it has a cool lighting effect. Mine is mounted under my board so a cool cobalt colored light emanates from any openings.
    It was about $30 on Amazon.
     
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    Depends on what kinda dirt you want....but Donner, Joyo,
    and several other builders can probably put you in the
    neighborhood.
     
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    What amp would you be playing through?
     
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    I tried the friedman od. Huge gain on zero ranging into ridiculous fuzz by 10:00. That's just my experience, though.
     
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    I like the demos I have heard for the JOYO Deluxe Crunch pedal. Can do mild and heavy for very little $$. No personal experience though.

    Based on first-hand experience, I would have to say a decent Rat clone. Also low $$.
     
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    @Rollin Hand , you are welcome to borrow my Joyo British Sound for a test drive any time. Shoot me an email or text if you’re interested.
     
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    If you decide you ARE interested in the Friedman BE-OD be aware that there IS an interior trim
    pot that controls the gain and can make worlds of difference.....and I happen to have one for sale...LOL
     
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    EHX East River Drive (Tubescreamer)
    EHX Soul Drive (KLON clone)
    EHX GLove (OCD clone)

    All US constructed, all in the $40-55 new price point.
     
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