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    Join Date: Oct 2008
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    Recommend me some Overdrives

    I've got an MXR Wylde Overdrive that has been one of the cornerstones in my rig forever, I love it but I'm wondering if what it does is totally appropriate for my current project. It makes my chugs really clear and pronounced and dare I say it, slightly Djenty, which may not be totally appropriate for a more trad Metal/Rock band with Black Metal influences.

    So recommend me some overdrives that can help add saturation and clarity without getting overly djenty. I'm aiming for a thick, dark sound that still retains good clarity.

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    Join Date: Sep 2011
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    Throwing my vote behind the MXR M77 Custom Badass Modified O.D. Pedal. Bump switch is awesome and the mid sweep is a great feature. Super versatile and I like it for the exact reason that it doesn't make my tone Djenty. Is able to nail a thick and crunchy tone and it helps that you can find them relatively cheaply (especially if you pick one up second-hand).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forewarned View Post
    MXR M77 Custom Badass Modified O.D.
    Good call, I was looking at those a while ago for something else I was doing, I'd forgotten that thay are quite tuneable. Tracking one on Ebay now to see of I can grab it cheap to try.

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    Join Date: Nov 2010
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    Are you using any gain with the OD, or just using it as a boost? If you're using it for gain, what about a Rat? Regular Rats have a bit of bass cut, but they're way thicker than something like a Boss SD-1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forewarned View Post
    Throwing my vote behind the MXR M77 Custom Badass Modified O.D. Pedal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil View Post
    Are you using any gain with the OD, or just using it as a boost? If you're using it for gain, what about a Rat? Regular Rats have a bit of bass cut, but they're way thicker than something like a Boss SD-1.
    I've been using it purely as a boost, I've messed around a few times with using some drive but not got any results that I liked. My guitar teacher of 20 years ago swore by Rats though, maybe it's time for me to give it a go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lozek View Post
    I've been using it purely as a boost, I've messed around a few times with using some drive but not got any results that I liked. My guitar teacher of 20 years ago swore by Rats though, maybe it's time for me to give it a go.
    Of course I say that and haven't actually tried mine as a clean boost. It's midrangey and has some bass cut, but yeah, it's way thicker than something like a Tubescreamer.

    If you want a volume boost, don't try a regular Rat - they don't get much louder than unity. There are a lot of "improved clones" (like the Walrus Audio Iron Horse), and if you want a cheap way to test it out, the Mooer Black Secret is one of the closest clones of the modern standard Rat.


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