NPD First Tubescreamer

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  1. JB74

    JB74 Senior Stratmaster

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    As others have iterated, the 808 reacts very differently to your style of playing AND the amp it sits in front of.

    Right now I have my sparkly one between an SG and a vox head. It is very different from it being placed in front of a Twin reverb.

    The subtleties are in the 'relative gain' settings on the instrument and the OD/tone knobs. The "grey area" of all pedals, being the reactance between your playing input and your guitar settings versus the pedal setting and how it pushes the amp.

    Great pedal. No, it's a phenomenal pedal. Possibly the greatest ever pedal. (although delay fans may disagree)

    There will also be a period where you find yourself struggling with your TS. We all go through it. A bit of a 7 year itch thing really. You'll eventually go back to it, because it gives you something the other pedals can't. Unlike women, having a fling with other drive pedals won't see you in court or divorced etc. So there's that 'relative safety' of knowing you can follow your tonal lust without consequence.

    Definitely a keeper. Enjoy!
     
  2. The-Kid

    The-Kid Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter Vendor Member

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    Its not exactly transparent but I do similar with wah or into a clean setting and agree. Same with either my TS9 or OD808
     
  3. StratSounds

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    After casually playing guitars for 20 years, I finally got my first TS about 7 years ago. It was a game changer, have fun!
     
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  4. thomquietwolf

    thomquietwolf Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Damn
    Don't be bashful....
    Asked for a date in the hallway...
    Got it....

    Good Boy
     
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  5. thomquietwolf

    thomquietwolf Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Nah....
    No ya didn't
     
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  6. 33db

    33db Senior Stratmaster

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  7. rafasounds

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    I second that. I couldnt even give my FZ-5 away. Nobody wants it as a door stopper even. Man, that thing sucks so much. I can't even begin to describe.
     
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  8. rafasounds

    rafasounds Senior Stratmaster

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    Can somebody recommend me a good distortion pedal that is not boutique, is mass produced, affordable, and sounds good?

    I use an SD1, BD2 and Fuzz Face for dirt. But I want a "more modern" kind of lead sound. Think of something with which I could play "sweet child of mine" and not sound like complete junk on a Strat.

    I also need to plug it straight into a small cleanish amp and sound reasonably good at low levels to play at home. No "push the amp" kind of thing.
     
  9. Stratbats

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    I put it front of my Champ copy and, honestly, it never sounded so good! I can't wait to put it in front of the Princeton Reverb, which will arrive tomarrow, after NOT arriving today...
     
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  10. Paperback Rocker

    Paperback Rocker Intruder alert! Intruder alert! Strat-Talk Supporter

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    That could be photoshopped. You need to be holding today's paper and the Tube Screamer.

    And while you're at it hop on one leg.
     
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  11. 33db

    33db Senior Stratmaster

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    Paper?
     
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    33db Senior Stratmaster

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    Everything...
    https://neunaber.net/products/neuron
     
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  13. Nate D

    Nate D Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I was a TS player for a lot of years and fell off the wagon about 6-7 years ago, but it’s a great pedal and you’ve got a classic lineup to play through. Enjoy!!!!
     
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  14. Stratoskater

    Stratoskater Fuzz Meister General Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Oh there is a perfect overdrive pedal, I bought one earlier this month. :D

    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/de...pedal?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organicpla

    Of course that’s just for home use since for band use and jams I already got the perfect overdrive, a 5e3! Only thing I use with it is a fuzz face, sometimes a boost and a delay.
     
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  15. Nate D

    Nate D Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    That OD has wayyyy to many knobs for me!!! Lol.

    But yeah, the 5E3 break up is unreal. It’s my fav too.
     
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    Stratoskater Fuzz Meister General Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Yeah it’s intimidating looking at first but most all of them are set and forget unless you switch between two very different guitars like single vs. humbucker. I was worried at first but did some research up front and it’s basically an amp, topology and all so you set your preamp for each side (US or GB style) and bright cap (US or GB) and use the high shelf and bright cap cuts to dial in the treble to minute degrees. The coolest features are the clean signal blend and the ghost knob. The ghost adds ghost notes like a plexi cranked when you play up on higher frets. Subtle but you can hear it. The more/presence knob adds presence to the right of noon and reduces negative feedback to the left of noon. And you have one side that’s based on valve rectified amps and one based on silicon rectified. Oh and it can go direct out for recording, to the board or to a power amp then on to a FRFR.
     
  17. The-Kid

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    Dude I know I kind of poke fun sometimes at all the switches and knobs some of these uber bowtiq pedals have and use......


    BUT....

    This one looks real cool and sounds great on clips. I really want to try it out. .....

    And when we are talking about perfect ODs....

    Its not fair to talk about this one....its probably the exception :p

    Cheers and congrats @Stratoskater
     
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  18. tinkertoy

    tinkertoy Strat-Talker

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    A TS into a rat is a thing of beauty too.

    If I could only have 2 drive pedals, it'd be my tubescreamer and a boutique rat type with 3 band eq.
     
  19. Uncle Jimmy

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    I like to stack 2 tube screamers: 808 for some clean boost, ts9 for serious grit.