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case211  
12 Jun 2010 02:36 | Quote
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Okay AGC peeps, I've got a question that I would like a bit of input on. I'm looking to buy a different "dirt box" so I can have a bit more of a Marshall high gain sound, since my Son of Hyde sounds more like a Mesa, which isn't bad, it's just not what I want ALL the time(If you have one that can get both, then please tell me!).
I've been interested in checking out the Fulltone OCD for quite some time now, and really want to go demo one, and will soon, but I'm looking for some other choices for pedals to check out as well, since I want to get a pedal that I like, but I don't want to have only one choice and I'm worried it might not have as much distortion as I would like, since I hear more people saying that you drive a tube amp with it and that it isn't a full on stand alone dirt box.

So list off some pedals that you think a shop might carry and how much it may cost (new/used doesn't matter).
I really want to have some other views on a few other pedals to check out since I don't have all day to check out everyone of them, sadly :(

Thanks,

Case

EDIT:

Also found the Ibanez Tube King for cheaper than the Fulltone OCD. Anyone ever have any experience with that one at all?
EMB5490  
12 Jun 2010 08:28 | Quote
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i dont recommend it. its a realgood pedal but not the best for the price.

check out lovepedal eternity
check out box of rock by zvex
check out rockbox

if you want a real good cheap pedal tube screamer style but better check out gearmanndudes luther drive. 107$ and amazing as hell. he custom paints it too. very good sounding.
carlsnow  
12 Jun 2010 13:41 | Quote
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i'd grab the OCD ...or a (vintage)Tube Screamer ...or a (1980's)Rat (ProCo Org. only)

i've actually been looking into an OCD myself!
that and Vai's Jemeni dual Pedal(a it leans a bit to far on the distion aspect from what ive heard)

my , lol, "light rig" (aka- no racks) is a nine-pedal configuration based on a penchant for comps and delays (Boss the BCB-60 P-Board) and mainly play "clean" sooo i like the OCD's temperment, not so hot from yer pots (vol) and it goes down to 'near clean' for ya but push it hard (Vox-Com+Marshal-Tremolo(trem not used) and it sceams a nice warm rounded scream that is virtually noise free.

yup it is pricey, hence my not owning it yet lol

RAWK!
Cs


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Guitarslinger124  
12 Jun 2010 14:53 | Quote
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If you are playing anything from rock to metal, the best distortion pedal you can buy, in my opinion, is the BOSS Metal Zone. Nothing else comes close to the raw power of this little box. I say this every time someone asks this question, but that is because I believe it.

BOSS Metal Zone. The distortion of your heaviest dreams!

Ok, now that my BOSS advertisement is over...

Nothing else needs to be said.


Rock on!
DarkRiff  
13 Jun 2010 21:44 | Quote
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Sorry Guitarslinger, The metal zone is a static **** box, it's one of the most digital pedal's I've ever heard in my life, I know. I have one and I'm probably going to sell it to get a better pedal. IMO go with MXR or Lovepedal, But the OCD is also a good Choice. I fancy that pedal myself (If I could afford it).
EMB5490  
13 Jun 2010 22:07 | Quote
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yeah im gona have to go with the metal zone or metal core are the biggest pieces of ** ever. even the keeley mod it still sucks in my opinion. lacking total clarity and have huge gobs of distortion without proper eq very high on highs and no sustain...but thats just me... and im very opinionated

also check out the xotic BB. very good pedal too.

cheap good pedals? like 80 bucks cheap?

try the barber electronics pedals. great great stuff... they have a real good high gain one too... the luther drive is good at 107$ very good choice. i dont really recommend going mainstream stuff like mxr boss etc unless you really like it more. boutique you get more bang for buck, sonme are very cheap like barber direct drive, and they sound loads better.
case211  
14 Jun 2010 03:16 | Quote
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I'm going into the shop to check out a variety of pedals today, so yippee!
Guitarslinger124  
14 Jun 2010 13:56 | Quote
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DarkRiff says:
Sorry Guitarslinger, The metal zone is a static **** box,


Ever used it live? Mine is quiet as death.



EMB5490 says:
yeah im gona have to go with the metal zone or metal core are the biggest pieces of ** ever.


I have never played the Metal Core pedal. But either way, I can't imagine you would like either one, considering how much you dislike metal.

Rock on!
EMB5490  
14 Jun 2010 17:09 | Quote
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thats true i am opinionated but tone wise i just feel it lacking
DarkRiff  
14 Jun 2010 17:14 | Quote
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I love metal, I just think that Boss makes crappy distortion pedals.
macandkanga  
14 Jun 2010 17:31 | Quote
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I have an Ibanez TS08 Tube Screamer. Not the reissue but the original. The reissue however is really the same thing and it kicks ass!
EMB5490  
14 Jun 2010 18:50 | Quote
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the reissue isnt quite the same, and if your going to go tube screamer get a luther drive made by gearmanndude (check his vids on youtube) its cheap and sounds great... basically a louder more defined slightly higher gain version of the tubescreamer
EMB5490  
14 Jun 2010 19:06 | Quote
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best ive heard the mt-2 and still honestly not amazing. for the love of god dont click on the jason specer video he can make a d*a*m pedal sound like crapola.

heres his luther drive



heres a bunch of ones i like

really good high gain



nd im lazy but the box of rock is good, bb by xotic, lovepedal redhead, darling devil, eternity, kalamazoo all good lovepedals, if you wana splurg look at bjfe or rockbox
Guitarslinger124  
14 Jun 2010 19:14 | Quote
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I wasn't going add anything else, but I couldn't help myself. If you want a demo of a product, don't listen to a hill billy, wanna be, try to play guitar. Go to the source - BOSS METAL ZONE DEMO


Rock on
case211  
14 Jun 2010 19:37 | Quote
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Well it's been settled, I went with the Ibanez Tube King. They didn't have the OCD's in just yet but I tried 3 other pedals before hand, they were:
Fulltone Distortion Pro
Fulltone Robin Trower Overdrive(really amazing for sustainy solos)
Barber Small Fry

The Tube King sounds amazing, nice and warm and crunchy....mmmmmm....tubey....

anyways, thanks for the input guys :D
EMB5490  
14 Jun 2010 20:17 | Quote
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WOH gearmanndude a hill billy? woh there. hes acctually the man and has vbery fair demos \

i could have put this P.O.S. up.




yeah. i just jason spencer'd u. its the new rick roll.
case211  
14 Jun 2010 21:22 | Quote
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woah-ho there, let's just calm down. Tone is subjective, and there are hundreds of overdrive/distortion pedals out there that are fantastic, they may not be your cup of tea, but they are someone's. I'm not a fan of the Boss MT-2, but it can be used well and some people do like the tones it can produce.

Side note: gearmanndude RAWKS!(TM Carl Snow)

But, the metal zone isn't a bad pedal, it's just not what some people like.
Think of it this way, if no one liked it, would they continue to build it?

Also, the Tube King is amazing sounding. Thick sweet saturated sounds, and it reacts very well to the eq and can actually get some very creamy, smooth, liquid-like leads ;)
macandkanga  
15 Jun 2010 12:21 | Quote
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There ya go case211! I've never tried that one but I bet it sounds great. The Tube Screamer sounds great too but it's more limited in what you can get out of it. Your right though. Tone is subjective.
case211  
15 Jun 2010 13:36 | Quote
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here's a couple of good videos of it:



This one you need to go to the last 5 minutes haha but it actually shows the pedal off fairly well(nothing beats having it to mess around with though)



My sound right now is very similar to that of an 80s Modded Marshall sound with my leads being SUPER sweet...mmmm... The rhythm sound is very thick but distorted and actually very articulate considering it sounds very saturated :D I'm then pushing into my lead tone with my Big Muff Pi(Deluxe) which has a compressor built in along with a very VERY subtle fuzz. I think something is wrong with my fuzz circuit but I don't know if it might just be because it wasn't meant to be that nasty fuzz sound, so it acts more as a lightly overdriven signal with some mids boosted, sustain to the max, and some subtle compression running at the same time... my leads sing :D haha I'll try to post some sound clips of it later, but I need to figure out how to record them minus my "pre-amp"(was the Big Muff).

It is a very fun pedal, and I never thought that I would be so surprised by having an actual tube versus a solid state pedal. There's something different about the feel, and the way that the guitar pickups play with the tube... I don't think that I can go back D: haha
EMB5490  
15 Jun 2010 14:54 | Quote
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very nice, thats a good pedal. the only reason why ive stayed away from tube driven pedals is that tubes break, wear out, and can be unreliable. but it sounds good
case211  
15 Jun 2010 15:15 | Quote
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yeah, but I'm willing to that for the tone I can get out of it. It's definitely worth it haha
pedalmaniac  
27 Jun 2013 18:55 | Quote
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Check out the Joyo Ultimate Drive a Fulltone clone for less than $40. By the way, Michael Fuller the owner of Fulltone is a real legendary douchebag. If you search on google you can find numerous stories of his obscenely bad customer service and mistreatment. Best not to support such a guy.
J.R.M.30  
3 Aug 2013 15:35 | Quote
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How about neither, or maybe a vintage pedal or maybe a copy-cat version of the OCD. Don't narrow it down to this or that.


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