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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-09-2003, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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Advice needed on heavy distortion pedal

Hey, I currently have a Carvin Legacy and I love it but it doesn't do a "rectifier" type tone very well. So I need a pedal to do it. It would only be needed for a few songs, not my entire sound. I had a V- Twin but didn't think it was distorted enough. So should I get a pedal or maybe a EQ to really scoop out the mids? Any suggestion are welcome.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-09-2003, 08:58 PM
 
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See, the funny thing about tone is that many amps are more versatile than you think.

I've heard a Mesa Dual Rectifier that didn't sound like a Dual Rectifier (like, the typical sound you'd expect from one), and I've also heard a Vox AC-30 with a Mesa Bottle Rocket in front of it that did sound more like a Dual Rectifier than the Dual Rectifier I heard (if that makes any sense).

So, my advice is to try out the Bottle Rocket pedal.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-10-2003, 02:42 AM
 
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I tried a Mesa V-twin a few years ago. It had a very thick, heavy distortion that sounded great in front of a Marshall. I think it might be a non-Mesa owner's answer to getting that Recto sound. I remember it being a little spendy (a few hundred) but it was well made, used a tube, had "the" sound, and looked damn cool too. I think a good answer to that Mesa sound would be a Mesa pedal.

EDIT- Just reread your post; grab an parametric EQ to boost the frequencies you want accented (and boost the signal) and try putting that in front of a V-twin.....Plan B for tone .
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-10-2003, 02:17 PM
 
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Yeah, an EQ would really give you a good punch in the frequency range you want and drive your amp a little harder. You might also want to check into a clean boost or something like the Voodoo Labs Sparkle Drive. That thing has a clean boost and gain control so you can dial in your desired amount of both!!
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-10-2003, 02:30 PM
 
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You may want to look into the Boss OD-10. My friend has one and it's very nice sounding. Has about every Boss distortion or overdrive pedal you could ever want in it, plus some modelled pedals (Tube Screamer, Rat), and a boost feature.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-19-2003, 03:49 PM
 
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Tubeworks Realtube with a 12ax7 in it...Brutally heavy anywhere past 3 on the drive dial...In fact, too heavy for me. i use a 12 au7 and along with my boogie's distortion and an OD pedal, I have quite a few flavours of drive to choose from
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-19-2003, 11:19 PM
 
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Tone is a funny thing... I used (of all things) a Danelectro Fab Tone (EVIL PEDAL!!) in front of a '67 Fender Bandmaster head through a customized 4x12 cab and I suprisingly got LOTS of compliments on the crunch/Mesa factor. I now use a BBE 462 through the effects loop of a 5150 head to really tear down the walls!
I guess the point is...try ALL possible options and don't stop 'till you find the tone YOUR ears are happy with!
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