What’s your favourite drive pedal?

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  • brooombrooom Frets: 141
    I quite like the King of tone V4 (high gain chip on red side only), that I've been using for some time. Very different character but also nice is the Ceriatone Centura clone of a Klon that I recently tried. Which although different from a real Klon as far as I've been told (mainly on pots and diodes used) sounded to me virtually indistinguishable from a real Klon and with a very nice and sweet mid range.
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  • gearaddictgearaddict Frets: 463
    Danno transparent overdrive v1. Damn the enclosure though!
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  • GadgetGadget Frets: 521
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  • noisepolluternoisepolluter Frets: 172
    For me it’s the Liquid Sunshine v3. It’s now the only drive pedal on my board, it’s pretty much always switched on unless I need glassy clean, and I just control it from the guitar, and then use a Dickinson boost before it for solos etc. 


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  • mark_jwedgemark_jwedge Frets: 115
    No suprises here but I just love a ThorpyFX peacekeeper and Gunshot and a Fredric Effects zombie Klone. I use them into a 50watt Marshall Plexi style head but to be honest they are so versatile you can stack them in any order and use any combination of amps and guitars to go all the way from clean boost to all the gain you will ever need whilst retaining dynamics and clarity.

    In the future I would love to try some of the pro analog devices stuff
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  • Winny_PoohWinny_Pooh Frets: 2581
    JohnPerry said:
    Even after various Kingsleys and a couple of Thorpys my favourite remains the Weehbo JTM with the JCM a close second.

    But it depends on application.

    IMHO the JTM is the best Marshall. The Tech 21 Liverpool is the best Vox. The Bearfoot SYOD3 is the best tweed. Thorpy's Peacekeeper is the best low-gainer or even Klon-type. And I've owned a fair few of the usual suspects in each category.
    Interesting
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  • hotpickupshotpickups Frets: 831
    At the moment it's a Strymon sunset 
    Link to my trading feedback:  http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/59452/
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  • clarkefanclarkefan Frets: 353
    Currently Boss GE-7.
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  • tone1tone1 Frets: 1431
    clarkefan said:
    Currently Boss GE-7.
    How strange...I’m just sat here with a newly acquired GE-7 thinking...Bloody hell this is good  :)
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  • TTBZTTBZ Frets: 523
    Boring answer but the only pedal that has never left my board is my BYOC tubescreamer clone. I do want to replace it with a tubescreamer with low end control (ideally a hardwire CM2 if anyone happens to have one for sale!), but it pretty much works to boost anything I've used it with so far, just sometimes thins the low end a bit too much for me.
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  • BroccoBrocco Frets: 16
    @TTBZ - I have just dropped you a pm
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  • clarkefanclarkefan Frets: 353
    tone1 said:
    clarkefan said:
    Currently Boss GE-7.
    How strange...I’m just sat here with a newly acquired GE-7 thinking...Bloody hell this is good  :)
    Yeah it's been a revelation to me, I had no idea just how good an eq is pushing a driven amp :)  So flexible, very tiny changes in the faders make a huge difference in sound.  Huge discovery for me, no overdrive pedal required :)  
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  • timmysofttimmysoft Frets: 1596
    Liquid Sunshine

     I'm going to try the Keeley Super Phat Mod today, which i'll probably end up going for if its as good in the flesh.
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  • crunchmancrunchman Frets: 3354

    OCD on 18V

    I'd like to try some of the Bluesbreaker derived pedals like POT/KOT or the JHS Morning Glory.  A Mk1 Bluesbreaker is the one pedal I regret selling.  Not going to get one now though given the prices they go for.  Might build myself something based on a Bluesbreaker.

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  • sgosdensgosden Frets: 584

    EQD Palisades, the only drive pedal I've kept since getting Helix (along with 1 juansolo fuzz).

    For me its a swiss army knife for colouring and driving an already driven Marshall style amp, be it the victory kraken, old JCM800, amp sims in helix, or whatever ropey backline is provided.

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  • dindudedindude Frets: 5192
    Mad Professor LGW - long after any hype around this pedal has evaporated it’s still my go to and has been on my board for about 6/7 years whilst everything around it has changed. It’s the mid-gain anchor point for me.
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 12791
    Subdecay Liquid Sunshine for just-breaking-up stuff.

    Zoom Hyperlead for crunch to full-on rawkstortion.

    Zoom Ultra Fuzz for paint-stripping insanity.
    Be your own evil twin. 
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  • bingefellerbingefeller Frets: 5395
    Ibanez Tubescreamer Mini. 
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  • english_bobenglish_bob Frets: 2244
    Sporky said:

    Zoom Ultra Fuzz for paint-stripping insanity.

    And the sound of some sort of virtual abattoir where digital pigs are slaughtered. Slowly.

    Don't talk politics and don't throw stones. Your royal highnesses.

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  • SporkySporky Frets: 12791
    Sporky said:

    Zoom Ultra Fuzz for paint-stripping insanity.

    And the sound of some sort of virtual abattoir where digital pigs are slaughtered. Slowly.
    Normally I'd object to the use of "digital" to describe a sound, particularly from an all-analogue pedal, but here I think it is both apt and amusing.

    Of course, I should have just said "Valvesporker".
    Be your own evil twin. 
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  • english_bobenglish_bob Frets: 2244
    Sporky said:

    Normally I'd object to the use of "digital" to describe a sound, particularly from an all-analogue pedal, but here I think it is both apt and amusing.

    Of course, I should have just said "Valvesporker".

    Surely a valves porker is the opposite of a digital pig.

    Back when I had an Ultra Fuzz, it made me feel guilt, self-loathing and nausea on more than one occasion, such were the "animal in distress" noises it made. 

    Don't talk politics and don't throw stones. Your royal highnesses.

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  • Flanging_FredFlanging_Fred Frets: 1581
    Sporky said:

    Normally I'd object to the use of "digital" to describe a sound, particularly from an all-analogue pedal, but here I think it is both apt and amusing.

    Of course, I should have just said "Valvesporker".

    Surely a valves porker is the opposite of a digital pig.

    Back when I had an Ultra Fuzz, it made me feel guilt, self-loathing and nausea on more than one occasion, such were the "animal in distress" noises it made. 
    The Ultrafuzz and a TIM are my long term mainstays that are unlikely to get displaced any time soon.

    However, I would like to point out to those that have not experienced an Ultrafuzz before that although digital porcine genocide (that's going on my list of potential future band names btw) is super fun, the Ultrafuzz is capable of way more subtle and useful stuff, I've even used it as a pretty decent clean boost when the Tim had a "issue" mid gig.

    Wonderful pedal and leads me to wonder if anyone makes a clone of it?  I could use a spare I think as it's getting a bit old now.
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  • english_bobenglish_bob Frets: 2244
    Flanging_Fred said:

    I would like to point out to those that have not experienced an Ultrafuzz before that although digital porcine genocide (that's going on my list of potential future band names btw) is super fun, the Ultrafuzz is capable of way more subtle and useful stuff
    Indeed it does. If all it had to offer was Milgram Experiment style sounds of unpleasantness happening just out of sight it wouldn't have lasted as long as it did on my board. Big-Muffy and Fuzz-Facey sounds aplenty, and the potential for much more controlled chaos.

    Don't talk politics and don't throw stones. Your royal highnesses.

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  • SporkySporky Frets: 12791
    Wonderful pedal and leads me to wonder if anyone makes a clone of it?  I could use a spare I think as it's getting a bit old now.
    Doubt there's a clone; they're all SMD and pretty complex. About three to four times the component count of a TS type I'd say.

    You'd need a big box to do it all through-hole.
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  • TTBZTTBZ Frets: 523
    edited March 8
    This is making me want to find an Ultra Fuzz now. I love a ridiculous fuzz pedal. Have a fuzz war but it's actually fairly tame, it's more of a big muff with weird cocked wah/filtery sound mids.
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 12791
    I've had a full set of the Zooms up for sale for months now!
    Be your own evil twin. 
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  • Flanging_FredFlanging_Fred Frets: 1581
    Sporky said:
    Wonderful pedal and leads me to wonder if anyone makes a clone of it?  I could use a spare I think as it's getting a bit old now.
    Doubt there's a clone; they're all SMD and pretty complex. About three to four times the component count of a TS type I'd say.

    You'd need a big box to do it all through-hole.
    I suspected as much, it does give the impression that's it's way more complex than your run of the mill dirt pedal.

    I wonder what the closest comparable pedal is without going down the route of the rather unpredictable Fuzz Factory? 
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 12791
    TS with a feedback loop and supply sag gets surprisingly close.
    Be your own evil twin. 
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  • ThePrettyDamnedThePrettyDamned Frets: 3806
    tone1 said:
    clarkefan said:
    Currently Boss GE-7.
    How strange...I’m just sat here with a newly acquired GE-7 thinking...Bloody hell this is good  :)

    Isn't it strange how these were once a staple pedal, and now eq pedals are so out of fashion it's odd to see one? They can do so much! 

    Sporky said:
    TS with a feedback loop and supply sag gets surprisingly close.

    Great fun ;) loves a valvesporker  

    Those zoom pedals are ace. I sold my metal distortion as I was matching the sound I wanted with a cheaper digitech pedal but it was seriously capable. The ultra fuzz is staying though - good for paint stripping, thick rhythm, dying animal noises and braining any intruders to the house (it's heavier than your average brick).
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 870
    Expandora... been on my board above all others for about the last 4 years... nowt better tbh!...
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