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Overdrive/Distortion for soloing

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by BFunk, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. BFunk

    BFunk Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    I am looking for the right overdrive/distortion for soloing. I am in a band doing original indie rock, r&b, garage rock, blues, etc. I have been getting some soloing opportunities lately and I think that the right overdrive would do the trick. I am looking for something creamy, smooth, long sustain, and excellent dynamics response. It will need to be warm. A little bottom end loss is not such a big deal. I little compressed is ok. I like the tube-screamer sound somewhat, but find that many are very compressed sounding. Would an OCD type work for me? Rat? What do you guys think?
  2. Black russian muff? If i understood correctly the things you are looking for, that would do the trick, i think.
  3. BFunk

    BFunk Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Yeah, I have W&C TFR. Great pedal. It is soft around the edges. I am looking for something a little brighter and more sharply edged.
  4. Hmm. Have you tried Rat with muff? But then you would need LS-2 or something like that. If that isn't a problem, i would give it a try. Rat gives you the high end and aggressiveness while the muff smooths the thing, giving you a result that at least I like.
  5. I love my modded Boss ODB-3. At medium to high gain it really does some good soaring solo type things while being smooth because of the mods. I can't recommend this pedal highly enough with the mods. A great $60 to spend!
  6. You should check out The Demon from Fuzzrocious. I got one a little while ago and haven't had GAS since...except for their Rat Tail! I got mine with a second distortion setting, so if I need even more oumph I've got it. Sweet pedal.
  7. ChopperDave

    ChopperDave Hai-ohhhhhhh!

    Nov 14, 2012
    Boston, MA
    I don't solo, but I have messed around with the Hardwire CM-2 Tube Overdrive on its "Modern" setting with the gain at about 10:00. Seems pretty smooth and articulate, though I wouldn't call it fuzzy. The "Classic" setting is more of an overdrive. Worth a shot, and I got mine for about $50 used.
  8. If you already have a W&C pedal and know how great they are, then I suggest you look at a W&C Phat Phuk B. You'll probably get the brighter grind you are looking for from that pedal, especially if you start to tweak the bias control to get exactly the tone you want from it.