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hotpickupshotpickups Frets: 970
i went out last Saturday and used my Dualist and its foot switch to switch it's channel for solos and gritty bits. Didn't even turn on my drive pedal of choice. Sometimes I wonder why we bother with drive pedals as it sounded awesome. Not selling my drive pedal though as I love that too ;£ 
Link to my trading feedback:  http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/59452/
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  • AlexCAlexC Frets: 1411
    Most modern amps will give a great drive sound. OD pedals aren’t usually necessary - they’re convenient, often give you a different sound to your amp and - let’s face it - majority of guitarists love mucking about with pedals. It’s fun! 
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  • p90foolp90fool Frets: 8858
    The only reason I use a drive pedal on my 2-channel amp is because I know exactly how much gain and volume it will add to whatever channel I'm using. 

    Switching to a separate channel live has always been a lottery for me, will my guitar take everyone's heads off with volume or will it totally disappear in the mix? 
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  • hotpickupshotpickups Frets: 970
    p90fool said:
    The only reason I use a drive pedal on my 2-channel amp is because I know exactly how much gain and volume it will add to whatever channel I'm using. 

    Switching to a separate channel live has always been a lottery for me, will my guitar take everyone's heads off with volume or will it totally disappear in the mix? 
    Yes I totally get you on that one :)
    Link to my trading feedback:  http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/59452/
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  • Guitar_SlingerGuitar_Slinger Frets: 1389
    ^ +1 to both sentences, @p90fool
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  • LestratcasterLestratcaster Frets: 443
    I still use a drive pedal but it’s to push the front end of my dirty channel, not to give me a dirty sound. And I always need prefer amp distortion too, clean and dirty. Keep it simple with separate volumes and we for each channel.
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 33343
    edited May 15
    p90fool said:
    The only reason I use a drive pedal on my 2-channel amp is because I know exactly how much gain and volume it will add to whatever channel I'm using. 

    Switching to a separate channel live has always been a lottery for me, will my guitar take everyone's heads off with volume or will it totally disappear in the mix? 
    Isn’t that something you set at the soundcheck?

    Although this is the reason I don’t like multi-channel amps which don’t have a single overall master volume/level control... you can’t adjust one channel without having to then adjust the other one. With a single control, the balance between the two should remain the same if you turn up or down.
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  • p90foolp90fool Frets: 8858
    ICBM said:
    p90fool said:
    The only reason I use a drive pedal on my 2-channel amp is because I know exactly how much gain and volume it will add to whatever channel I'm using. 

    Switching to a separate channel live has always been a lottery for me, will my guitar take everyone's heads off with volume or will it totally disappear in the mix? 
    Isn’t that something you set at the soundcheck?
    We haven't had a soundcheck since 2014! Rules for a simple life, put your amp knobs where they were last week, no amp wanking in a crowded wedding, 1-2 line check and tweak as you go.

    Bigger gigs through supplied PAs are different obviously, but most pub band sound check are bar-emptying ego trips and I don't tolerate them. 
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  • vizviz Frets: 5025
    edited May 16
    What I’ve found is using a drive pedal can allow you to dial down the drive on the amp a bit for verses. Instead of setting it to, say, 7 you can have it on 4 or 5, and use the OD pedal for solos. The verses have more clarity and punch and the solos have that bit extra grunt and fluidity. 
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  • WazmeisterWazmeister Frets: 4031
    i went out last Saturday and used my Dualist and its foot switch to switch it's channel for solos and gritty bits. Didn't even turn on my drive pedal of choice. Sometimes I wonder why we bother with drive pedals as it sounded awesome. Not selling my drive pedal though as I love that too ;£ 
    I agree mate...

    My Redplate CDS2 has a choice of 2 pre-amps - blackface/tweed.

    After this, there is a 3 button footswitch which adds boost (mids) and drive (or both).

    I havent used an OD pedal since Ive got this.... incredible
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  • Fishboy7Fishboy7 Frets: 166
    If you're running a single channel non master volume amp an od pedal (or string of gain inducing devices) is very useful. 
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