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Which Low Gain Overdrive pedal?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by cnltb, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    Title says it...which is your favourite low gain OD?

  2. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    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


    Feb 6, 2010
    Raleigh, NC
    smallsound/bigsound Mini or an Earthquaker Devices Monarch are my top choices for low-gain OD.
  4. pantherairsoft


    Apr 22, 2009
    Derby, UK
    Fuzzrocious BDPG still does it for me every time.
  5. MCS4

    MCS4 Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2012
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    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. 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


    May 28, 2005
    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


    Nov 23, 2006
    has too much gas
    barber ltd sr, catalinbread sft, tone factor cream pie, catalinbread WIIO
  9. Yes. It provides some distortion especially at higher levels of compression. It got me to sell all of the above pedals.
  10. 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

    Aug 27, 2011
    I guess I sorta like them all.
  12. bassmusic17


    Jan 15, 2011
    Fuzzrocious Dark Driving. It also has a bright option via footswitch for a different flavor.
  13. 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


    May 28, 2005
    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


    Dec 4, 2006
    Florence, Ma
    +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. 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 Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    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


    Mar 22, 2011
    Kenosha, WI
    Fuzzrocious BDPG! Literally sounds like my Ampeg B100r
  19. Yep
  20. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    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.