Best pedal for driving the front end?

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majikmojo
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Sun May 27, 2012 10:54 am

i have version 2....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnPzxj5MJR8

version by serial #

000 - 4563 = V1
4564 - 9473 = V2
9474 - 16060 = V3
16061 upward = V4

KKND
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Sun May 27, 2012 7:50 pm

I didn't watch the video throughout but defenitely V4 isn't my favorite while 2 and 3 sound the sweetest.

Thanks Mojo

WildBillMojo
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Mon May 28, 2012 7:20 am

I've tried my usual fave pedals; Marshall Gov'nor (v1), OCD (v4), but the winner is the Digitech Bad Monkey.
It's really cheap (><$50 US), really transparent and excellent at pushing both clean and crunch channels on my S1-45.
Buy one; you won't be disappointed.


IM4Tone
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Mon May 28, 2012 3:11 pm

WildBillMojo wrote:I've tried my usual fave pedals; Marshall Gov'nor (v1), OCD (v4), but the winner is the Digitech Bad Monkey.
It's really cheap (><$50 US), really transparent and excellent at pushing both clean and crunch channels on my S1-45.
Buy one; you won't be disappointed.
Did you get a lot of compression (i.e. more than you hoped for) w/ the Digitech on the crunch channel?

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Sonofarich
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Mon May 28, 2012 4:20 pm

If you're interested in the OCD, I would highly recommend looking at a MXR Custom Badass Modified Overdrive. I had a v4 OCD that I A/B'd against the MXR and ending up selling my OCD. I could make the MXR sound exactly like the OCD at all settings and then use the additional controls to further tweal. Much more versatility in the MXR and only $99.

I would check it out if I were you...might be the ticket.

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Mon May 28, 2012 11:39 pm

Re IM4Tone's comment on compression:
Yes there's obviously gonna be some, as the channel will already be compressing if the gain is above 9 o'clock, that's what's happening when the valves start to cook.
The best sound for me is to wind down the pre-amp gains a bit and up the master volume to push the power stage, and then add Bad Monkey for boost in front of the amp. This only works at gig levels of course; in the bedroom you'll break your windows.

If you want a Marshall sound at bedroom levels there's none better (IMHO) than the Marshall Gov'nor v1 (if you can find one). They're rare, although not expensive, and sound much better than the v2. It has great dynamics and sound's very similar to Series One Crunch channel to my ears, although they do compress a bit.

As a clean, semi-clean or dirty boost though I'm still in love with the Bad Monkey.

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boxofspiders
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Tue May 29, 2012 12:44 am

For Marshall type of tones you can browse videos at a place like proguitarshop.com or jetcitymusic.com and look for the "plexi" styled pedals.

ffooxx
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Tue May 29, 2012 7:54 am

MXR GT-OD, Harwire CM-2, Way Huge Green Rhino Mk2 works really well with my HT-40 combo.What I have found out is that while OD pedal in on on OD channel the sweet spot can be adjusted by ISF control as this play great difference. Each of the pedals listed perform differently. Probably something to do with the moving EQ curve of the ISF control

cayle
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Tue May 29, 2012 2:02 pm

My OD9 arrived a few days ago. Sounds great to push the amp into heavier territory.. well, it's basically a tubescreamer, but i noticed it has less of that dreaded mid hump.

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Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:03 am

I have had the best success with a Fulltone OCD v4 or a Digitech Bad Monkey into an S1-45. I run the amp gain at about 12 o'clock. For each pedal I use the pedal gain right down at maybe 9 o'clock but the volume/level up at 2 or 3 o'clock. Both are great pedals; the Bad Monkey can give you a good midrange boost if you want it, or reduce it with its two tone controls, the OCD has better touch sensitivity (IMHO) especially running it at 18v instead of 9v.
Of course the Bad Monkey is a lot cheaper..........

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