Your favorite blues overdrive pedal?

Discussion in 'Pedal Pushers Forum' started by ErickT94, Jul 14, 2020.

  1. ErickT94

    ErickT94 Electromatic

    Feb 13, 2020
    Los Angeles
    Bought a cheap distortion pedal from amazon not long ago. Handles high gain well but doesn’t get a nice blues low gain tone. What do y’all use?
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  2. Groutsch

    Groutsch Gretschie

    Jun 9, 2018
    Maryland, US
  3. Timex

    Timex Electromatic

    Jul 10, 2020
    Southside Virginia
    I bought a Donner Blues Driver which is an inexpensive pedal. The reviews were positive. I'm quite satisfied. The tone is warm and bluesy. Tried a Mosky Silver Horse but the tone is more of a hard overdrive. I like the Donner pedal better. Both are mini-pedals. Just my 2 cents. Others will prefer different brands. Check the user reviews if you're looking it'll help you decide.
  4. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Old School - Boss DS-1. Pedals are hard for me to understand.
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  5. nickurso

    nickurso Gretschified

    Dec 24, 2012
    New Orleans la.
    This is my board and I’m a blues guy
  6. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
  7. bhatta

    bhatta Gretschie

    Jun 29, 2020
    I have been loving the BD2 for over a decade now! But in front of a tube amp the lesser used SD1 suits just fine and feels even better for just the right kind of beef in the leads!
    I am using a Tubescreamer Mini nowadays and it has a little less gain than BD2 but quite like it!
    Also, the TSMini is far cheaper than BD2.
    I have heard great things about TC electronics mojomojo too but for low gains only ol school blues territory, where you are essentially driving that amp over the top..
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  8. Byron

    Byron Synchromatic

    Sep 4, 2009
    I like the Boss Blues Driver too. I've tried many other light overdrive pedals but this one just keeps coming back to the board
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  9. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Nocturne Brain Fluid Drive.
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  10. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
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  11. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2020
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  12. nickurso

    nickurso Gretschified

    Dec 24, 2012
    New Orleans la.
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  13. michelb

    michelb Gretschie

    Mar 27, 2020
    Using a BOSS Fender Bassman '59 and a Mad Professor Big Tweedy Drive.
    I like the big tweedy drive's "driven" sound, but it sounds a bit too hollow so I added the bassman to color the sound before hand. Those two together sound real nice to my ears and very dynamic.
    Would def. wanna give the Fluid drive a go tho in the future.
  14. Robbie

    Robbie Friend of Fred

    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    Have liked using EHX’s Soul Food and Crayon.
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  15. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    Yep, loving the Fluid Drive.

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  16. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

    Dec 14, 2015
    London U.K.
    I’m using this Electro Harmonix East River Drive & loving it!

    it’s the first overdrive pedal I’ve liked for years.
    It’s pretty much transparent so it doesn’t mess with your guitar/amp sound..

    Highly recommended it. 59E3E008-5692-48FF-9E2C-C4FB3742896C.png
  17. stiv

    stiv Country Gent

    Sep 12, 2014
    Florence, Italy
    I’m more a saturated amp guy and I don’t know what kind of sound you’re after, but when I needed to turn my amp down an still have a good old fashioned Fender style overdriven tone,
    Wampler Black 65 did great for me .
    If you’re more into some plexi tone, the best I’ve ever had (especially if sometimes you need to get to fuzz heaven) it’s the Catalinbread WIIO.
  18. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    I finally built them :



    Both are specialized in low gain smooth Blues and Soul tones.

    Otherwise, for a commercial product, I'll mention the DOD 250 Overdrive Preamp (Yellow RI). Here are my 2, 2000s and 90s :


    But it's me, OK ? :D

  19. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    Didn't knew this one (recent, I think ?), @Trash Kidd : I'll try to borrow one to test it ! :cool:;)

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  20. stiv

    stiv Country Gent

    Sep 12, 2014
    Florence, Italy
    Man, they look amazing!!!
    If they sound as good as they look, you’re on your way for pedal building stardom! :D:D:D
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