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

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by 33hz, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. 33hz


    Oct 31, 2011
    Pedals I'm liking right now: Vintege microtubes, SA OFD, okko basstard. Are those any good? Thanks
  2. jimmybc91


    Oct 8, 2013
    Los Angeles
    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


    Oct 31, 2011
    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. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Alien Audio Fanatic!! Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Columbia, Md
    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.
  5. nocluejimbo


    Jul 10, 2011
    St. Louis
    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.
  6. DagoMaino


    Feb 1, 2013
    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...
  7. aphexafx

    aphexafx A mind is a terrible thing.

    Dec 10, 2013
    Denver, Colorado
    Designer - Big Machine Electronics
    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.
  8. Adamixoye

    Adamixoye A PT Pro is cool for worship, right?

    Apr 9, 2012
    Occasional Beta Tester for Confusion Studios, Singular Sound, and Source Audio
    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.
  9. mmbongo

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

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

    Vlad5 Chronic Knob Twiddling Tone Chaser

    Feb 17, 2011
    New England
    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.
  11. 33hz


    Oct 31, 2011
    Doesn't the OFD sounds digital?
  12. eeyorebass


    Jan 2, 2008
  13. yaksonator


    Apr 16, 2011
    Branson, MO
    Uh Source audio OFD, it does not sound digital at all. Its replacing my empress multidrive, and probably my tafm. KILLER dirt pedal!
  14. FromTheBassMent

    FromTheBassMent Those who can, play bass. Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2010
    Providence, RI
    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.
  15. depalm

    depalm Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2004
    I have two ODs in my board: VMT & Barbershop. Love them but you should check this out
  16. jerrod


    Mar 8, 2011
    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
  17. MSUsousaphone


    Dec 4, 2009
    Lake Charles, La
    Endorsed Artist: Myco Pedals
    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.
  18. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I would go with a Myco it can go from soft to nasty pretty quick it's a tube OD.
  19. DinnerWithAGypsy

    DinnerWithAGypsy Supporting Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Louisville, KY
    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...