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    Default What is your favorite Overdrive pedal?

    Ibanez TS9, Barber Direct Drive, Fulldrive 2, Cool Cat Drive, etc?

    My pick is Duhvoodooman's Zonkin' Yellow Screamer. :

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    So far, my Bad Monkey. Such great bang for the buck. But DVM's Rabid Rodent, which is really a distortion pedal, also has a very nice overdrive in it. More transparent, and hotter than the Bad Monkey. Some day, I would like to compare the V.2 overdrive kit DVM is building to the tube screamer specs like Dreadman got. But for now, the Monkey is king.
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    My favorite:

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    Digitech Hardwire Tube Overdrive...this was a great find. I also like the EPB SRB 808 Plus.

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    I have just a few pedals but this pickup booster is great for OD.Sumi

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    Fulldrive II, and OCD. I use then separately and in tandem. It depends on what I am looking for. NO noise and true bypass, built like a tank.

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    (Currently) my favourites are the Cool Cat Drive (I've sold the TOD) and a stock Boss SD-1. They stack really well using the CC first in front of a cleanish amp as a "tweedifier" and the SD-1 to add midrange and gain for the now legendary screaming solos .

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    Well I am new to this bus.....so it has to be the Bad Monkey.....but I have serious ambitions for one of those DVM ZYS pedals....

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    I go back and forth between TOD and Bad Monkey. If I gig with the TOD I'll probably be able to make up my mind then but I haven't yet.

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    Hands down it's the Zonkin' Yellow Screamer. It's a TS-808 blessed by the gods and given more power and lucious tone.

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    Seeing as I only have 1 overdrive pedal it would be THAT one. It's a TS-808 clone that I modded to Bob Keeley specs and added a red LED clipping circuit as well. If I had known earlier, I probably would have done a Landgraff mod on it, they sound really sweet. I haven't actually used it in about 6 months, I wonder if it still works

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    Fulltone OCD covers my overdrive and distortion needs nicely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suhnton
    ....I haven't actually used it in about 6 months, I wonder if it still works
    Hmmm, I would think that would be an automatic disqualification from "favorite OD pedal" status!

    Just a comment on the much ballyhooed Landgraff mod: This overhyped mod, based on an incredibly overpriced "boo-teek" pedal, is quite simple and really does just two things--adds switchable asymmetric silicon/LED clipping and punches the available maximum gain up by a factor of about 8.5. The rest of the component changes basically just compensate for the gain boost circuit changes, so that you don't lose all your bass and the low-gain end of the drive control. Seriously, you could take an off-the-shelf TS-9 and about $7 worth of parts and do this mod yourself, if you know what to change. How anybody can sell such a modestly modified TS clone for $400--handmade or not--is just astonishing to me. No argument from me that the pedal sounds good and is of excellent build quality; I just find the pricing ridiculous. But if people are willing to pay that, I guess you can't blame them for pricing it that high. :

    I have two favorite overdrives: the aforementioned ZYS (though the new BYOC Overdrive 2 gives you exactly the same circuit & tone, minus a couple of the switchable options I include on the ZYS), and the Boss Blues Driver BD2 with the Allums "H2O Plus" mod. The former is the best & most flexible TS-type OD I've heard, and the latter is the best "transparent" OD I've played through. I've never played through a Fulltone OCD, but have heard uniformly positive things about them.
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    Fulltone OCD or Ibanez Tubescreamer TS9. Both are just fantastic.

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    Were there any clips ever posted of the BYOC OD 2 posted, built like Dreadman asked (TS808 specs)? I tried to keep an eye out, but did not see any.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sunvalleylaw
    Were there any clips ever posted of the BYOC OD 2 posted, built like Dreadman asked (TS808 specs)? I tried to keep an eye out, but did not see any.
    Not that I've seen. I've only built one of those, and Mudcat has it... :
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    FULLTONE OCD

    I have tested so many od pedals and I was looking for that uncoloured sound that is perfectly controlable with the guitars volume poti. No pedal came close to my idea until I found the OCD was perfect.

    The OCD is such a versatile pedal, it delivers transparent overdrive, it gives your cleans that little extra to make them sound great, the OCD also delivers great distortion sounds, not modern metal sounds, but very very creamy classic sounds, plus you have two modes among which you can chose, which is a great feature.

    I always wished to have "total control" with the guitar's volume poti and the OCD offered that to me better than any other pedal I have ever played.

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    Paul Crowther's Double Hot Cake - the best overdrive i've ever heard.



    I set pedal A to a smooth singin' overdrive, B is set to a sparkling, slightly driven cleansound and A into B gives a cutting leadsound.

    I like the OCD but prefer it for more distorted sounds la Foo Fighters.

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    I used to have a DOD something overdrive that was pretty much the balls but it's not with us today :s but now I really like the bad monkey or maybe a big muff (does that count?)

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