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Leftee
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Jan 9th, 2018 06:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Xotic SL Drive does great Marshall too. It's at its best at 18VDC.

I had a V1 Crunchbox and I shouldn't have parted ways with it. The SL Drive fills that void nicely. You can dial back the gain and leave it on all the time too. That range is in there.

Leftee
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Jan 9th, 2018 06:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here's a good thread...

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Jan 9th, 2018 07:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Personally, I like the Blackstone Mosfet Overdrive 2S. It has 2 channels, one higher gain than the other and has tweakable pot presets. And for further tweaking there's an internal pot as well. It is a small, well made pedal and perfect for a smooth, non harsh overdrive that is very touch sensitive to your picking and guitar settings.

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Jan 9th, 2018 08:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a digitech cm2 od pedal that works well. It has a ts9 setting and a switch to flip that has more gain and a 2 band eq.



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Jan 9th, 2018 03:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a Fulltone OCD and a MXR Il Torino and like both of them very much. The Il Torino, with full bass, mid and treble EQ controls, behaves just like an extra amp channel and gain stage.

gdw3

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Jan 9th, 2018 03:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Timmy. Amazing pedal. Definitely my always on, except for the glassiest of clean tones.

LeftyMeister

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Jan 9th, 2018 03:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

FWIW, My Keeley Blues Driver is on all the time.

Mick Reid
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Jan 9th, 2018 03:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi BluesBrazil.

"Have you guys already tested any of the Custom Badass OD modified (M77) or the Il Torino?"

I have the Il Torino on my board right now. It's a great OD and perfect for blues imo. For low to moderate OD into a clean/cleanish amp, it performs great.
It doesn't go into high gain crunch (which I don't use anyway) but can get pretty gnarly if you push an already overdriven amp with it. And I really like the 3-band EQ.

It's a very versatile pedal working in either mode (Boost or OD) and I think a highly under-rated one. I picked up mine used for a very reasonable price here in AUS.

re: the Super Badass OD, I can't comment, but I have the Super Badass Distortion and that is also a great sounding pedal. Again goes way heavier than I use but good to have the options.

"I have a digitech cm2 od pedal that works well."

I had this pedal also and it is a great pedal for blues as well. The Classic & Modern clipping and the 2-band EQ are what really set this one apart from the standard TS.
My only complaint (floabw) is the size. It's a bit bulky if you're trying maximise real estate on your board like me :^)


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Jan 9th, 2018 04:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My Fulltone Fulldrive Mofset 2 in compcut mode is on all the time. I have the OCD V4 next in the chain but it is on/off to taste.

BluesBrazil

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Jan 9th, 2018 07:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mick, thank's a lot for your info about the il Torino. As same for you guys that are helping me out. I'm learning a Lot of new pedals from here. For instance, i'm between the SL drive (nice choice leftee) and the il Torino, but not leave the badass od idea yet. Mick, can you tell if the torino get's harsh or icepicky? I'm a bit afraid of that as I want that clean and slight overdriven gay tone tô work with the volume knob and with my tube screamer and my amp has pretty bright speaker.

(This message was last edited by BluesBrazil at 09:45 PM, Jan 9th, 2018)

Mick Reid
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Jan 9th, 2018 09:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"...can you tell if the torino get's harsh or icepicky?"

Not at all. That's the beauty of the 3-band EQ.
You can really contour the sound in any direction.

That was always my problem with the TS-9. I could never dial in the Tone control to have enough low end without being muddy, or enough top end without being too glassy. And FWIW, I *do* use the tone controls on my guitars.

I know heaps of players *love* the TS, so maybe it's just me.


BluesBrazil

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Jan 10th, 2018 10:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's what i was thinking of. After I put the vintage noiseless pickups, i had to learn to work with the tone knob as well (A bit bright to me). That's something I'm always tweaking in the TS 9 - the tone knob. Thank's for the sharing your experience with the Il Torino.
As I said before, i think my shot stays between the SL Drive and the Il Torino

BluesBrazil

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Jan 11th, 2018 03:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So guys, let's start voting lol
Based on the many reviews and videos that I saw, most of them because of you guys, that helped me a lot, my options are the Xotic SL Drive and the MXR Il Torino. I only play strats and my number one it's filled with Vintage Noiseless pickups. Sometimes I think they sound a bit harsh and my amp it's a bit brighter as well, so I compensate that on my tone knob as in the EQ section of the amp. I'm gonna stack this with a TS 9 and as I said before, I play SRV/Hendrix/Sayce/Heavy funk blues stuff, so I want a full and warm clean sound, and control with my volume knob to get more drive, and use my Tube Screamer as a boost. What do you guys think?
Thank's

BB

Mick Reid
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Jan 11th, 2018 04:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think either one of those would work for you.
It just depends on your personal preference.

What I would say is that SL Drive *is* Marshall tones and definitely has more of a compressed sound than the Il Torino, which is a more "open" sound (FLOABW) to my ears. Leans more towards bluesy IMO.

And FWIW, I have owned both (tho not at the same time) and the Il Torino is on my board right now.
My style is also well heeled in blues and blues-rock.


BluesBrazil

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Jan 12th, 2018 05:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thank's Mick.

"What I would say is that SL Drive *is* Marshall tones and definitely has more of a compressed sound than the Il Torino, which is a more "open" sound (FLOABW) to my ears. Leans more towards bluesy IMO."

It's exactly what I was thinking. My only concern is about the "tone", some reviews that I saw, the SL Drive seemed that is hard to tame the gain and the highs, but, there's a video of Tomo Fujita using it with a strat and the sound was pretty good. The Il Torino, seemed more open as you said, maybe it's more usefull for the sound I want. Do you think that would work well for the kinda sound that I said?

Leftee
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Jan 12th, 2018 08:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The thing with the SL Drive is to take your time and go through the dip switch settings and the knobs on the pedal. It might take some time to get to the tone you really want.

Mick Reid
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Jan 12th, 2018 03:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What Leftee said is good advice and also one small reason I didn't keep it. I'm not a fan of internals. I prefer everything accessible from the outside of the box, but that's just me.

Based on your description of your style of music, I absolutely think it would suit.
If you were in a Death Metal band, I'd say maybe not so much :^)


Cal-Woody

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Jan 12th, 2018 11:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No one mentioned the Tumnis. It seemed to have a lot of rave reviews from the Blues crowd.
No personal experience with these but have heard many people use it for blues and it is their 'always on' pedal.
I was just waiting for someone to post comments on this pedal.

It appears that you have enough to ponder but had to mention it for the sake of discussion.

Mick Reid
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Jan 13th, 2018 12:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"No one mentioned the Tumnis."

Cal, that being Brian Wampler's version of the Klon Centuar, I'm sure would fit into the bluesy sound BB is looking for, but I'd bet availability & price could be prohibitive in Brazil.

In AUS, new they go for $270AU ($669BRL) and they only pop up in the used market *very* infrequently.

(This message was last edited by Mick Reid at 04:33 AM, Jan 13th, 2018)

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Jan 13th, 2018 07:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Guess I have to bring up the Klon clone ehx Soul Food. Great sounding pedal for cheap.

I noticed that Coco Montoya has one on his board. Can't get more bluesy than that!

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