I need just 1 OD pedal on my pedalboard. What should I buy (and why)?

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  1. 33hz

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    Pedals I'm liking right now: Vintege microtubes, SA OFD, okko basstard. Are those any good? Thanks
     
  2. jimmybc91

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    As per the vintage microtubes, it's awesome! Gets dirtier than what most people assume. BUT I can't compare since I have never tried the others.

    What are you aiming for? Do you want a verstatile OD or just one for a specific need?
     
  3. 33hz

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    Really, I don't know. I'm just looking for a nice OD but where I live I can't try any :( . But it should be able to do a low grit OD, not over the top.
     
  4. cybersnyder

    cybersnyder Always groove.... Gold Supporting Member

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    I'd recommend the Hardwire CM-2 if you want a cheaper pedal. Darkglass VMT or SolidGoldFX Beta if you don't mind paying a little more. Hundreds of overdrives out there, but these, IMHO, get a nice range of tones from light OD to distortion without the buzzy / fizzy sound.
     
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  6. nocluejimbo

    nocluejimbo Supporting Member

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    I have the MXR Bass Ovedrive and it is good if you want a dark tone with a decent amount of grit. Not too fuzzy. Keeps low end really well.

    I am looking to switch to an Xotic Bass BB Preamp, as it has active treble and bass controls, and I would like my overdriven sound to be quite a bit brighter than the clean sound.
     
  7. DagoMaino

    DagoMaino Supporting Member

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    Of everything I've tried, my Wampler Ecstacy clone is a step ahead of the others... it's solid tone with clipping options and sounds good always. I have a few more that are coming up on the building block though... Fairfield, DAM, Cochrane...
     
  8. aphexafx

    aphexafx A mind is a terrible thing. Supporting Member

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    Agree about Darkglass VMT; if you can afford it then one is worth trying. Also, for a more modern, or at least less traditional, OD try the B3K. Both of these have great OD but also tons of use outside of the crunch range for massaging your tone. Both Darkglass ODs are low end masters, me thinks.
     
  9. Adamixoye

    Adamixoye A PT Pro is cool for worship, right? Supporting Member

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    If I had to have JUST ONE dirt I would go Darkglass B7K, Empress Multidrive, or Source Audio OFD. (I own the first two, I do not own the third.) So of your list, I would go with the OFD.
     
  10. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

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    Just one? Empress Multidrive is the obvious answer. It covers everything.
     
  11. Vlad5

    Vlad5 Chronic Knob Twiddling Tone Chaser Supporting Member

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    Heh, me too!

    Barbershop, Ezekiel, Tim, and Euphoria.

    I have the boards and boxes ready to go.
    Just have to connect the wires.

    The drive hunt continues...

    I myself use a B3K, but it's a very modern (mid scooped) sounding drive.
    I supplement it with a very mid-range boosted Hyperdrive.
    Two different drive settings in two different pedals.

    The Euphoria, by comparison, has a very flat eq sound.

    The SA OFD will give you pretty much whatever you want.
    I would recommend looking into the Empress Multidrive too.
    One drive, lots and lots of options.
     
  12. 33hz

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    Doesn't the OFD sounds digital?
     
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    Uh Source audio OFD, it does not sound digital at all. Its replacing my empress multidrive, and probably my tafm. KILLER dirt pedal!
     
  15. FromTheBassMent

    FromTheBassMent Those who can, play bass. Supporting Member

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    The Vintage Microtubes will get you a low-grit sound. This is what I prefer in an OD, something nice and smooth and warm, not crunchy or crackly. I'm using a Cusack Screamer Bass on the LED clipping setting for this, and am very happy with it.
     
  16. depalm

    depalm Gold Supporting Member

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    I have two ODs in my board: VMT & Barbershop. Love them but you should check this out
     
  17. jerrod

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    One advantage of getting the OFD is that it will do the mild settings and extreme settings and everything in between. You can really experiment to get the exact sound you want. Plus you get 2 presets so it's two pedals for the price of one. I bought it for the fuzzes but ended up falling in love with the tube drive
     
  18. MSUsousaphone

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    Darkglass always rocks. Obviously I like Myco. But if I had to have one and only one it would be the Onkart Gromt Grombass. Rare German pedal. Three totally different sounds. Not any one is the best of that sound...still good...but I play in different enough things where I need the variety.
     
  19. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    I would go with a Myco it can go from soft to nasty pretty quick it's a tube OD.
     
  20. Cloverfield

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    I haven't even gotten my hands on one yet, but I suspect the best one-stop-shop for bass OD would be the Source Audio OFD (as so many people are saying). And it's very reasonably priced...
     

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