1590a overdrive with soft/clickless switch

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Si-bob, May 3, 2019.

  1. Si-bob

    Si-bob

    Jun 30, 2001
    High Wycombe, UK
    Focusrite / Novation
    Hi all,

    I need some hive-mind help please.
    Because of incredibly limited space on my pedalboard (there really is no room for something bigger), i’m after a 1590a overdrive. Additionally, the placement of the pedal makes a clunky 3PDT switch too awkward for quick on/off uses of the pedal, it’s certainly not something that gets left on very long.
    As such, and i’m Probably asking too much, but are we aware of a 1590a overdrive with a soft/clickless switch?
    A clean blend would be ideal, but as long as the pedal handles low end well, it’s definitely not a deal breaker.

    I currently have a COG 66 in place which sounds awesome, but suffers from the ‘having a 3PDT’ issue haha.

    All the other pedals are specific choices and won’t be changed.

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    Any thoughts?

    Cheers
    Si
     
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  2. Bigwan

    Bigwan

    Feb 22, 2002
    Ballymena (hey)
    Could a soft bypass be retrofit to the COG Si? Do you know if Tom uses an enclosure size PCB on the 66 (so the 3PDT is mounted direct to the PCB)?
     
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  3. cnltb

    cnltb

    May 28, 2005
    I'd email Tom to see if a suitable switch could be put in to replace the current one.
     
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  4. Si-bob

    Si-bob

    Jun 30, 2001
    High Wycombe, UK
    Focusrite / Novation
    Already talked to Tom, the Mini 66 is totally packed out, no space for relay bypass at all unfortunately, and yes it’s mounted to the board.

    I’m surprised that TC haven’t looked at a mini MojoMojo, that would be perfect.

    Si
     
  5. I know you said you won't change any other pedals but I'd consider changing out the tuner for a mini tuner and then getting a slightly larger OD. Much easier to find than a micro OD with a relay bypass (which may not even exist).
     
  6. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    I was going to say the same thing. No reason not to upgrade to a TC Polytune Mini. That would allow any of the smaller Darkglass pedals to fit just fine, which tick all of the boxes and then some.

    Heck if you switch to smaller cables like EBS, a Darkglass might fit in there without changing the tuner..but I'd personally do that anyway.
     
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  7. gregmon79

    gregmon79 Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    Is the One Control Green Hookers Bassmachine a soft touch switch? I can't remember....

    But I would follow @BartmanPDX suggestion to swap out the tuner for a mini strobe or something like that. Otherwise your options are going to be SUPER limited. Even in this day and age. I think soft touch relay in a mini pedal is a tough one for my builders. Seems as that's the case anyway. Not saying they're not out there, but it's going to be tough.
     
  8. gregmon79

    gregmon79 Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    I always wondered, how would that be an upgrade in tuner? IMO that's a downgrade going to the mini TC
     
  9. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    It is not soft switch.
     
  10. Or he could get a ST-300 mini tuner.
     
  11. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    It's personal preference of course, but the TC Mini has a better display (bigger, brighter, easier to read), works faster, and is half the size. Plus the new TC Mini 3 that comes out next week or so has the option to be always on, so you can still see the tuning whether you have it muted or not. The full size Polytune 3 already has that function. It would also free up enough board space to fit any number of overdrive pedals in the space above it.

    Of course none of that matters if the Boss is there for another specific reason.
     
  12. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    Also a good upgrade choice.
     
  13. gregmon79

    gregmon79 Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    I thought he meant he just wanted the OD he was looking for to be soft touch. Not the tuner too. Maybe I misunderstood.

    I just have a hard time seeing the polytune as a good and reliable tuner. Every musician that I have personally known that used a TC mini or otherwise eventually had to replace it. Including me. They end up either not tuning well or introducing more noise into your signal over time. I used mine for over 2 years before it started giving me issues. I've seen this happen to 6 people myself. I'm really surprised we don't hear more about this in forums actually. It also leads me to believe this is one of the very reasons why TC keeps putting further versions of the pedal out. It sucks too because I def like the display. It's the main reason I got one initially. Plus I had mini so having that was a plus too.
     
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  14. gregmon79

    gregmon79 Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    That's the one I was thinking of as well.
     
  15. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    No I was saying that the Hookers Green is not a soft switch.
     
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  16. gregmon79

    gregmon79 Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    Ah ok, sorry! Sure boofed that up. Thanks for clarifying to my blind a$$
     
  17. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    Extremely rough, quickie estimation done by a guy bored at work :)





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  18. Moose22

    Moose22

    Apr 14, 2019
    That sonic research one is my small board solution for guitar.

    I have the regular sized TC Chromatic. It still does the bass and has a spot my big guitar board (which I rarely use), but I really like the mini turbo tuner, regardless of space constraints.
     
  19. 76jazzbass

    76jazzbass Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2008
    Never had an issue with Polytune mini after a couple years of giggling. They are quite a space saver compared to full size version. The Sonic mini looks great but don't think they are soft touch.
     
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  20. My only thing would be nooooo don’t get rid of the mini 66 lol
     
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