Which Low Gain Overdrive pedal?

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  1. cnltb

    cnltb

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    Title says it...which is your favourite low gain OD?

    Thanks!
    :)
  2. Marlat

    Marlat Gold Supporting Member

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    BJFE Blueberry Bass Over Drive. Still the best and i've tried loads. The MP version doesn't come close.

    My other topic picks since a Blueberry is super hard to find is the [sfx] Red Dragon. Still, every time I put on the BBBOD it puts a smile on my face.
  3. chaosmic

    chaosmic Supporting Member

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    smallsound/bigsound Mini or an Earthquaker Devices Monarch are my top choices for low-gain OD.
  4. pantherairsoft

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    Fuzzrocious BDPG still does it for me every time.
  5. MCS4

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    Xotic BB Preamp (at low gain settings) is looking like my overall favorite thus far, after trying tons of them. Barber Gain Changer is also a solid and versatile choice, although it is more midrangey and less bass-heavy than the BB. Both of those are also great choices since they have a reasonable amount of volume, gain, and tone-shaping options so they can be used either as a plain low-gain pedal or for other applications.

    Darkglass VMT is a good choice if you want more of a vintage tone, but I found that it colored my sound too much. I couldn't bond with the Blueberry myself... like most ODs, I found that I couldn't find a sweet spot that preserved enough low end while maintaining drive and ability to cut through.
  6. MightyMiloQuinn

    MightyMiloQuinn Supporting Member

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    Fairfield Barbershop (and Accountant!), EQD Monarch (especially at higher voltage), Catalinbread WIIO, Recovery 9-volt Disaster and Electric (these are real sleepers IMO).
  7. cnltb

    cnltb

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    You'd use the accountant as an OD pedal?
    I almost ordered one last night...perhaps I should have.

    the 9 volt disaster looks real nice too(I like the 2 pots only thing!)-need to find clips of it, I recon.
    Where are the differences between the electric and the 9 volt disaster?

    Thanks to all for the tips thus far!
  8. irvinz

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    barber ltd sr, catalinbread sft, tone factor cream pie, catalinbread WIIO
  9. MightyMiloQuinn

    MightyMiloQuinn Supporting Member

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    Yes. It provides some distortion especially at higher levels of compression. It got me to sell all of the above pedals.
  10. MightyMiloQuinn

    MightyMiloQuinn Supporting Member

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    I don't know that there are any clips of the 9VD anywhere other than the official ad. I came across this the other day, a pretty good deal: http://bit.ly/1exCjH8
    Not affiliated with the sale, just always keeping my eyes open for these.
  11. jumblemind

    jumblemind I also answer to Bryan Supporting Member

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    I guess I sorta like them all.
  12. bassmusic17

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    Fuzzrocious Dark Driving. It also has a bright option via footswitch for a different flavor.
  13. Sidewinder IV

    Sidewinder IV Supporting Member

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    Fulltone Bass-Drive, Way Huge Pork Loin, Fairfield Circuitry Barbershop (as previously mentioned), JHS Low Drive...I've used each of them with success. The Bass-Drive is my always on pedal and then I build from there.
  14. cnltb

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    Thanks! I sent a message to the seller...
    Do you know if how far the 9vd is different from the electric( what does the toggle atop the pedal do? etc)?
  15. Swift713

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    +1 for the BJFE Blueberry. I haven't owned a lot of overdrives because I lucked into the Blueberry early but I also liked the SFT for a different flavor.
  16. MightyMiloQuinn

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    The major differences are that the 9VD is only powered by battery (I used a battery clip adapter) and it has some level of distortion throughout its gain range. The Electric is a copy of the Emerson Em Drive. It's a clean boost with distortion after 3 o'clock on the gain knob. The switch toggles between 2 different transistors, one being brighter than the other. And it can be powered by a typical 9V adaptor or battery.
  17. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

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    IMO, the Fairfield barbershop, ROG Ginger, Catalinbread WIIO & RAH, and the Creation Audio Labs Holy Fire are all great at getting lo gain overdrive tones.
  18. Konigstiger22

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    Fuzzrocious BDPG! Literally sounds like my Ampeg B100r
  19. skulletwhip

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    Yep
  20. gregmon79

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    Me, Im a big fan of the Fulltone OCD. Im giving the Joyo Ultimate Drive a shot for a while though. Other favorites include but are not limited to the dark driving, VMT, ODB3 (if its running through my B7K of course :) ) and the Brimstone Audio XD1 set to low gain. Crushes. Outside of those, I havent tried some of the favorites here on TB, some I have, but other I havemt like the Barbershop, red dragon or SFT. Always wanted to, maybe someday.

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