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mgawmgaw Frets: 2685
any recommendations are very much welcomed something tubescreamery perhaps but need it for thickening up me strat cheers
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  • smudge_ladsmudge_lad Frets: 150
    ThorpyFX FX The Dane. The boost is stunning for thickening single coils, it’s always on for me. And the drive side is also sublime
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  • Xotic BB Preamp
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  • bbill335bbill335 Frets: 667
    Broadcast or a Power Boost/Overdriver clone. Neither is particularly tubescreamer-like, but they're fat and they clean up much nicer than a compressed OD like a tubescreamer or klon. Although a klon (klone) can work pretty well with the guitar's volume, too.
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  • I can hook you up with a large enclosure Thorpy Gunshot if you like. Has two small cosmetic blemishes on that you won’t even notice once it’s on the board. 

    Going cheap!

    Covers a really wide gain range. Personally I actually prefer the Warthog but I would class that as more of a distortion pedal 

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  • KebabkidKebabkid Frets: 1520
    I just sold a Fulldrive Fulltone 1 and that did just that and was a lot more versatile than a TS pedal.

    If you need minimal gain and just a little push as well as thickening up the sound, an Xotic EP Boost or TC Spark Boost would be good, too.
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  • tone1tone1 Frets: 1862
    My Strat just loves the Broadcast. I find tubescreamers a bit thin at home through clean amps (yes, i know they're better through already driving amps) I've had the Hudson Sidecar and Jesse Davey's the Duellist but to me the Broadcast is miles better :)
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  • Matt_McGMatt_McG Frets: 121
    The Mad Professor Royal Blue cleans up amazingly well from the volume control. It does need/like to be first in the pedal chain, though.
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  • newi123newi123 Frets: 365
    Xotic BB Preamp
    +1 on this. The ac+ is similar too. 
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  • merlinmerlin Frets: 1720
    +1 on the Broadcast. 
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  • Winny_PoohWinny_Pooh Frets: 3261
    Fattest you can find is a blackstone mosfet, almost as thick as an ODR-1 but cleans up easily and is more 3d.
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  • soma1975soma1975 Frets: 411
    Have you thought about a fuzz face with the fuzz only a little over halfway? Nice overdrive sounds and cleans up beautifully and sparkly? 
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 34732
    You’re going to get an infinite number of suggestions, because all overdrive pedals clean up with the volume knob.
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • pintspillerpintspiller Frets: 590
    @mgaw the comment from @ICBM about all pedals cleaning up is true. Is there something in particular you want when you roll off volume that you are not getting? Do you still want it to sound as thick only less overdrive?
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  • lukedlblukedlb Frets: 188
    ICBM said:
    You’re going to get an infinite number of suggestions, because all overdrive pedals clean up with the volume knob.
    perhaps it's more the issue of not losing the brightness as the volume goes down. I seem to remember that having your amp at high volume helps with cleaning up without losing clarity. But it would be nice to have the same behaviour on an overdrive pedal. So far I've only seen it with a fuzz or with a boost (where the boost fattens the tone and pushes the amp into drive). I have seen it on a jtm45 type pedal (where the gain makes lots of noise as its turned).
    TBH I still can't get my head around overdrive. A lot of the drive I hear and play is actually more to do with pick attack, especially on the blues greats and surprisingly with Hendrix too.
    I was wondering whether a pedal like Thorpy's Peacekeeper might offer what you're after.
    An honourable mention should also go to Hamstead Odyssey. A very very good pedal that has kind of dropped off the radar here.
    If you've got the cash, I have a VL effects Jimi Black. Paired with a Marshall it's incredible.
    Didn't you have a Veteran mgaw? That should have done the trick. Or is the clipping you're after? If so, the Odyssey would work. BTW, it has the best clean boost ever. I wish that pedal had two switches.
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  • ewalewal Frets: 952
    Boost at end of chain to keep things 'thick'. Maybe stack with a drive depending on level of grit desired.
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  • mgawmgaw Frets: 2685
    I want a pronounced clean up @ICBM overdrives I use dont have that in the same way a Fuzz Face does and I have just answered my own question...thanks for all the suggestions will get spending:)
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  • LewyLewy Frets: 745
    For the purpose of fattening up single coils, the XTS Winford Drive does that nicely as it has a mid boost control. I was selling mine but am now keeping it for that very reason.

    Not losing sparkle when you turn down can simply be case of dialling in your tone with your guitar tone control at 50-60% so you can add it back in as you turn the volume down. 

    Whilst @ICBM is correct that all drive pedals will clean up from the volume knob, there’s definitely a spectrum of how they respond. By far the most responsive I’ve ever used was a Lovepedal Woodrow, which went from screaming tweed deluxe to absolutely not being there at all within a third of a turn of the volume knob. Another great one is the Keeley modded BD-2 (or maybe a normal BD-2...I’ve just never used one of those) Others I’ve had, like Tubescreamers, do clean up but go into sock mode very quickly in the process.
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  • mgawmgaw Frets: 2685
    @Lewy that is exactly what I find with a lot of overdrives...whilst it is technically true that they do "clean" up the reality is they dont really and they sound a bit shit, its the rolled off sound with a great fuzz that is wot I need...and there are a few I know will do that, I was really looking for those overdrives that really had that same quality to the same degree, 
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  • Matt_McGMatt_McG Frets: 121
    re: brightness

    The Royal Blue is explicitly designed to retain brightness in the way that a fuzz face or similar does, and it does it in a similar way (impedance, etc).

    It's a lovely sounding pedal, too. I got rid of mine because I had something self-built that was similar, and I wanted to redirect the cash to something else, but I was very happy with the pedal itself.
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  • Th4fonzTh4fonz Frets: 7
    Mad prof royal blue I'd say here is a little clip I did last night with it.  I just can't say how it stacks with other boost or drives.


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  • TTBZTTBZ Frets: 760
    edited January 11
    ThorpyFX FX The Dane. The boost is stunning for thickening single coils, it’s always on for me. And the drive side is also sublime
    Have to say this pedal sounds really great in the demos. Like that the boost is just a fattener and has that lows control, it's what I've been wanting in a boost pedal! Any idea what its like into a dirty Marshall style amp compared to something like a klon? I want something to leave on all the time to fatten up my SG and make it more 'Les Paul'.
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  • horseheadhorsehead Frets: 116
    tone1 said:
    My Strat just loves the Broadcast. I find tubescreamers a bit thin at home through clean amps (yes, i know they're better through already driving amps) I've had the Hudson Sidecar and Jesse Davey's the Duellist but to me the Broadcast is miles better :)
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  • mark_jwedgemark_jwedge Frets: 166
    @mgaw I have a broadcast clone made by 4114 Effects that I’m not using if you fancied trying a broadcast type pedal at a much lower price and easier to get hold of than the full fat Hudson one? In a standard mxr case too
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  • johnhejohnhe Frets: 74
    I don’t want to be argumentative, but anyone who says that all overdrives clean up acceptably well has a totally different definition of clean up than I have. I don’t see how anyone could say this if they have ever played a gig with an always-on overdrive. Some overdrives allow you to play the whole gig getting all your clean sounds and most of your drive sounds by just rolling your guitars volume knob up and down.

    BUT!!!.... most overdrives just don’t retain enough high end to allow you to have a lovely sharp, bright clean sound when you roll your volume knob back. For example, my old Plextortion, my klones, my Thorpy Gunshot and most of my tubscreamers do not clean up well from the volume knob at at all. 

    On the other hand, the OCD, the .45 Caliber, the Morning Glory, the Charlie Brown, the BB Preamp all clean up wonderfully.
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 34732
    edited January 13
    johnhe said:
    I don’t want to be argumentative, but anyone who says that all overdrives clean up acceptably well has a totally different definition of clean up than I have. I don’t see how anyone could say this if they have ever played a gig with an always-on overdrive. Some overdrives allow you to play the whole gig getting all your clean sounds and most of your drive sounds by just rolling your guitars volume knob up and down.

    BUT!!!.... most overdrives just don’t retain enough high end to allow you to have a lovely sharp, bright clean sound when you roll your volume knob back.
    That's more a function of the guitar volume control. Fit a treble-pass cap and it will.

    And yes, I have gigged with an always-on overdrive and used just the guitar volume to get clean sounds - and by clean I mean *clean*, not slightly dirty - and all my overdriven sounds. Literally one pedal, on for the whole gig.

    It's totally true that some do it better and more controllably than others, but it's also still true that all overdrive pedals do clean up if you reduce the input signal enough.
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • Danny1969Danny1969 Frets: 3716

    I use the EHX Soulfood always on and control the drive by backing off the guitar volume or bending down and backing down the pedals gain. Works pretty well for me 
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  • KeefyKeefy Frets: 376
    Grab 2 or 3 from the 'FX £' page and see which one does it for you. Sell on the others for what you paid for them. Simples.
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