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Discussion in 'The Effect effect' started by Handsome McClane, Jan 11, 2021.
Might be out of your budget, Bogner Uberschall pedal.
It probably is...
For Rhythm, this has the same pre-amp circuit as the high gain channel on an Ampeg VH-140C amp. I have 3 of the actual VH-140c amps - brutal distortion. I don't play lead, so not sure what you would get out of it for that. There are youtube videos for this pedal.
Hi, @Handsome McClane
Would 2 Wazacraft Boss SD-1 so one could be set for heavy crunch and other as a boost maybe work well ?
Friedman BE OD Deluxe, Wampler Dracarys, REVV, Victory Kraken V4 Preamp, Diezel VH4-2 all come to mind......
Give a listen to the Boss Metal Core, it makes all the right sounds.
I won't go out on a limb and cite any pedal as "best". I've used a few already listed in this thread (Metal Zone, Grunge) as well as others not listed such as a DOD American Metal and Boss HM2...all with mixed results.
If you want to spend a bit more, the Friedman BE-OD is a really nice option. I bought one a few years ago and was impressed with the sounds I could get from it as it's very tweakable. It has an internal gain knob where even at the lowest setting will give you some serious overdrive. My only issue was it had too much gain for what I was playing at the time so I ended up selling it. I'm sure you can find them for $150 or cheaper on the used market.
Just bought an open box Revv G3 from Musician's Friend. Super excited!
Thanks for all the suggestions!
Although it wouldn't sound bad, and could be pretty interesting, still it wouldn't be a Metal distortion, I think.
The nature of the SD-1 sound changes the EQ towards the mids and doing so twice is hard to overcome without a lot of EQ outside of the boxes.
What can be nice is something more open like a BD-2W being goosed by something like a SD-1W, their characters seem to work well together.
In my case I run an Earthquaker Devices Plumes into a BD-2W which is set for very little gain. They play off each other nicely but it still isn't quite metal territory. For that I use a Tumnus after them both with it's gain about 3 o'clock. Sure, Tumnus purists are going to cringe, but on my board it has the best high gain sound, especially if one or both of those others is working in front of it.
Boss Metal Zone, wait!
I think someone else mentioned it.
Nux Plexi Crunch and Nux Recto Distortion
My vote goes to MXR EVH Overdrive, ISP Theta Preamp and Friedman BE-OD Deluxe...
Owned two of these. Great at home, not so great in a band mix. I’d go with Revv G3 thats great at both My opinion of course.
1. Your existing od's / Muffs stacked right
2. Mr Black Thunderclaw - Rat with Baxendall tone control and improved botom end
3. Dr Scientist The Elements.
4. Metal Zone in the fx loop, there, I've said it.
I have, what they say, is the Holy Grail of those kind of pedals: Boss HM-2 Heavy Metal. It was the predecessor of the Metal Zone. It does what you want and has a hi and low parametric EQ. It’s from the mid 80’s and made in Japan.
It’s “great” if that’s what you want. It was awesome when I was 13... now I’m more of an OCD/TS9 kinda guy. It’s one of those pedals I just happened to own that became an icon. Personally, there’s no way I’d pay the $350-ish that reverb is selling them for
My favorite pedals for metal/high gain sounds:
Boss ST2 Power Stack - "Sound" knob turned all the way up to "Ultra" makes me happy.
Boss MT2 Metal Zone - Use the High EQ to tame the fizz, keeping the "Dist" knob under 2 o'clock.
Boss HM2 Heavy Metal - "Color Mix L" knob at max, "Color Mix H" knob at about 2 o'clock, tweak "Dist" knob to taste.
DOD Carcosa will do the BE-OD sound and is also sort of a controllable fuzz. I mostly play Rock but when I want to get a really heavy tone, that's what I play through. I think they're pretty cheap on Reverb.