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post Apr 3 2009, 05:42 PM
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Hey guys,

Just starting to look at some pedals to go with my new blackstar HT-5 amp, I got a nice new Hardwire RV-7 reverb today which I really like (The amp didnt have reverb so it was first on my list!) and i'm looking to put together a little shortlist of pedals to audition, eventually I want a nice chorus, delay and wah but i think my first would be a nice clean overdrive.

What do we think? I'm not interested in metal and I love blues so I was thinking: Boss blues driver (duh!), tube screamer and the analog man "king of tone" (Although its a year waiting list sad.gif there might be some for private sale) I know boss do "vintage amp pedals" such as the Bassman etc but I view these with some suspicion.

any suggestions would be most welcome, I dont mind paying a bit for something i like!! Also any pointers on pedalboards and power supplies etc are also welcome.

As ususal, thank you all in advance!! smile.gif
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post Apr 3 2009, 06:07 PM
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The Boss Blues Driver Pedals are pretty solid.


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post Apr 3 2009, 06:48 PM
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If you love blues and blues/rock I recommend you to try :

- Fulltone OCD & Fulldrive II mosfet
- Xotic BB preamp

They are really versatile and the sound is really amazing with all tube amp (and much better than a blues driver IMHO)


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post Apr 3 2009, 07:28 PM
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Getting an overdrive pedal is a long jurney I think, so buying several of them before you settle on one is the right way to go. You just have to try them for some time with your amp and see how it behaves.

I would personally go with Keeley Tube Screamer TS-9 Mod Plus as a first overdrive/boost stomp for an all-tuber, although I haven't tried it! They are relatively cheap, and better in quality then regular ones, so I think selling later and getting a new one if you don't like it won't be a big issue. Check out this video review on it:

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post Apr 3 2009, 08:17 PM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Apr 3 2009, 07:28 PM) *
Getting an overdrive pedal is a long jurney I think, so buying several of them before you settle on one is the right way to go. You just have to try them for some time with your amp and see how it behaves.

I would personally go with Keeley Tube Screamer TS-9 Mod Plus as a first overdrive/boost stomp for an all-tuber, although I haven't tried it! They are relatively cheap, and better in quality then regular ones, so I think selling later and getting a new one if you don't like it won't be a big issue. Check out this video review on it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb8eoUfHfFw


Thats a cool sounding pedal for sure, just one thing about that demo, im sure thats one of Gabriels lessons from GMC thats being played at the start!!

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guitar/blues-licks3/

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post Apr 3 2009, 09:40 PM
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yeah it is similar. It is a classic SRV style lick based on a "Merry had a little lamb", very cool riff! smile.gif


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post Apr 4 2009, 04:24 AM
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fulltone OCD is very nice, I own one, also just bought an MI Audio Crunchbox, on lower gains it's a sick pedal for blues, I love it...you can't go wrong with tube screamers or a keeley modded boss blues driver but I think you'll get more mileage out of an OCD or one of the xotic pedals like the bb preamp because they can go from light blues to a nice marshall plexi
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post Apr 4 2009, 12:20 PM
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I'd suggest the OCD and a Keeley modded Boss Blues Driver. Both very good and they do have a different sound from each other.


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post Apr 4 2009, 12:29 PM
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I checked out the maxon TOD 9, it could be the one for me!!

Its that or the TS808 keeley mod i reckon, maybe i should just order both!
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post Apr 4 2009, 04:34 PM
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The only other one I'd recommend that's not been mentioned is a Marshall Guv'nor!


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post Apr 4 2009, 10:24 PM
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Xotic BB Preamp, Tubescreamer (Keeley modded), Voodoo Labs Sparkle Drive and Blackstar HT-Drive are some really great pedals worth looking into smile.gif
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post Apr 4 2009, 10:57 PM
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I've heard the Digitech is the second best choice after T-Rex Room mate.
But I think the Digitech went up in price just rescently, before both it's functionality and low price worked for it. They must have realized they had a product that could compete on quality only.

Still, I say the T-Rex room mate is the way to go if you can afford it. My friend in a former band bought it and it was truly amazing, and I think reverb is the effect to be really picky about.
A bad reverb can really ruin everything.


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post Apr 5 2009, 12:25 PM
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QUOTE (MickeM @ Apr 4 2009, 10:57 PM) *
I've heard the Digitech is the second best choice after T-Rex Room mate.
But I think the Digitech went up in price just rescently, before both it's functionality and low price worked for it. They must have realized they had a product that could compete on quality only.

Still, I say the T-Rex room mate is the way to go if you can afford it. My friend in a former band bought it and it was truly amazing, and I think reverb is the effect to be really picky about.
A bad reverb can really ruin everything.


I bought the Hardwire RV-7 reverb which i really like, i think its digitech's upmarket range, they are built like tanks (even better than Boss!) and have great features and lexicon processing with true bypass, as with most pedals it has good and bad points but it sounds great for my playing style. They also do a CM-2 tube drive pedal which is getting good reviews and retails for around 80 quid, less than half the price of a keeley mod TS, anyone any experience with this, I know they are fairly new??
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post Apr 5 2009, 03:34 PM
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QUOTE (VictorUK @ Apr 5 2009, 03:21 PM) *
I thought tube drives where only for boosting solid state amps to basicaly act like a tube pre-amp.


I think a lot of people use them to drive the clean channels of a tube amp as well, all the demos i watch of these things they are always played through a very good tube amp but on the clean side (Pro guitar shop demos everything through a 65 amps soho). The drive channel of my blackstar is like a crazy Marshall so i dont need a traditional distortion pedal and I thought a nice overdrive on the clean would just boost the natural characteristics of that side of the amp giving me a new tone to play with.
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