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  • HomeBrew Electronics - BigD ?

    Well the thread title just about says it.

    Any of You guys familiriar with the HBE Big D Od/Distortion pedal?

    Tried it in my local shop the other day and I must say it sounded pretty good. It probably takes some time to learn to use it properly as its got so many options how to shape the sound though.

    So, if You have/are otherwise familiar with this pedal Id apprecciate Your comments very much. At 250 euros its not something I want to be disappointed with after buying it..

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    Re: HomeBrew Electronics - BigD ?

    I tried a HBE Big D in June while I was in New York with TO.

    I was using it as a stand alone Overdrive, and it did sound good. I found it to be a little too bright for my tastes though, so I didn't buy it.

    TO has 1 and absolutely loves it, so I'm sure he'll see this thread and reply

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    • #3
      Re: HomeBrew Electronics - BigD ?

      Originally posted by Brow
      I was using it as a stand alone Overdrive, and it did sound good. I found it to be a little too bright for my tastes though, so I didn't buy it.

      Thanks for Your opinion! I appreciate any comments on the pedal, as I feel the reviews in HarmonyCentral are somewhat biased when it comes to higher-end pedals such as this one..

      So please keep em coming if Youre familiar with this pedal!



      EDIT: Typo..

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      • #4
        Re: HomeBrew Electronics - BigD ?

        I've tried one for about an hour in a store. I love it, and would like to buy one eventually for my crunch tone. They're so flexible, and just sound great.
        Asteroids do not concern me.

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        • #5
          Re: HomeBrew Electronics - BigD ?

          I currently own 3 HBE pedals, and will be getting 2 more. The 3 I own are the Big D OD/distortion pedal, the Dos Mos boost/buffer pedal and the CPR compressor pedal.

          There's a detailed thread around here somewhere with my full review on the pedal, but I will tell you that it's the best OD/distortion pedal I have ever owned!

          Is there anything specific you would like to know about it?

          Link to my review:

          https://forum.seymourduncan.com/showthread.php?t=42177
          Why don't you take your little Cobra Kais and get outta here?!
          My collaborative PROGRESSIVE ROCK PROJECT, As Follows.

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          • #6
            Re: HomeBrew Electronics - BigD ?

            I can't find Part 2 of the review, unfortunately!

            Here's a clip I made using the Big D, however. You may find this useful:
            http://www.soundclick.com/util/getpl...d=2852540&q=hi
            Why don't you take your little Cobra Kais and get outta here?!
            My collaborative PROGRESSIVE ROCK PROJECT, As Follows.

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            • #7
              Re: HomeBrew Electronics - BigD ?

              Originally posted by TwilightOdyssey
              Is there anything specific you would like to know about it?
              Please recommend me some sample settings for it? Its probably best if Ill haul my a** down to the local store and try it out once again, as its pretty hard to ask anything specific about the tone.. But some settings You like would be nice to know, as the pedals got so many options how to use it. It would make the test run easier.

              But the review was really helpful, thanks a lot for it!

              Oh and how does it cut through the mix in a live situation? Ive found that many of the more open dist./OD pedals tend to get lost in the mix when playing live. Hows the BigD when used live? And have You used it with a small (about 40w) amp? My main amp is a Groove Tubes Soul-o 45 (2xel34, open back 1x12 combo) so I was just wondering how it would sound with a smaller/cleaner setup.

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              • #8
                Re: HomeBrew Electronics - BigD ?

                Originally posted by foo3001
                Please recommend me some sample settings for it?
                I can do better than that. If you would like, I can make some clips for you this weekend of all 5 diode settings, hard and soft clipping, etc etc. Just let me know if you'd like that!

                the review was really helpful, thanks a lot for it!
                You're welcome!

                Oh and how does it cut through the mix in a live situation?
                My singer calls my half of the stage 'the wall of sound' or 'the brick of tone', lol
                Needless to say, I have NO issues cutting through the mix!!
                Why don't you take your little Cobra Kais and get outta here?!
                My collaborative PROGRESSIVE ROCK PROJECT, As Follows.

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                • #9
                  Re: HomeBrew Electronics - BigD ?

                  Oh, before I forget. What country are you in, foo3001?

                  I've noticed more people in Europe like the Big D, and in America they prefer the Power Screamer.
                  Why don't you take your little Cobra Kais and get outta here?!
                  My collaborative PROGRESSIVE ROCK PROJECT, As Follows.

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                  • #10
                    Re: HomeBrew Electronics - BigD ?

                    Hello again,

                    well it would be really, really, really great to hear the pedal. I mean, You probably know the pedal very well and what its capable of. The clips in the HBE website were a bit disappointing.. They sound good but theres just a few with no mention of the settings used etc.. So if its not too much of a trouble it would be really great to hear what the pedal has to offer. I know this is a lot to ask, Youre doing me a HUGE favour.

                    Im in Europe, and the circle of guitarists Im involved with the Power Screamer is quite popular. Its a great pedal but I already have a Fulltone FDII, VoodooLab SparkleDrive, Boss OD1, OD3, SD1 and BD2 so my tubescreamer-esque needs are well covered.. What Im looking for is a pedal with more gain and a slightly different character. I already have a CarlMartin Plexitone (hey thanks again Rid!) and Im looking for something a bit similar to that one. Thats a great pedal too but Im always up to trying something new (I believe thats what they call GAS ) Plus I need a high-gain pedal for my second pedalboard..

                    Thanks in advance.

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                    • #11
                      Re: HomeBrew Electronics - BigD ?

                      Oh, with all those pedals, then you DEFINITELY could use the Big D for something different!!
                      Why don't you take your little Cobra Kais and get outta here?!
                      My collaborative PROGRESSIVE ROCK PROJECT, As Follows.

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                      • #12
                        Re: HomeBrew Electronics - BigD ?

                        I have a Big D. It's a JCM in a pedal! My favorite setting is all knobs 12:00, soft clip.

                        I own a lot of HBE stuff - I also have two Germanias, two UFOs, a Medicine Bawl, and a Germacide. Best sounding, best built pedals I own. You can't go wrong!
                        Death Or Glory - Who Dares Wins

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                        • #13
                          Re: HomeBrew Electronics - BigD ?

                          Originally posted by TwilightOdyssey
                          Oh, with all those pedals, then you DEFINITELY could use the Big D for something different!!

                          Yep!

                          Not to mention the Keeley Rat, Marshall JackHammer, Marshall DriveMaster and the EH BigMuff.. Ive always bought pedals Ive found interesting/thought I might need one/gotten them cheap. So Ive ended up with quite a lot.

                          Right now Im using the FDII and the Plexitone. Those are my favourites ever. Both are very good pedals and having both on my pedalboard guarantees Ill manage with any amp I come across with. Some amps take the other very well while the other doesnt work at all and vice versa.

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                          • #14
                            Re: HomeBrew Electronics - BigD ?

                            foo3001, just an update:

                            I didn't forget about you!

                            I will be making those clips for you this weekend.
                            Why don't you take your little Cobra Kais and get outta here?!
                            My collaborative PROGRESSIVE ROCK PROJECT, As Follows.

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                            • #15
                              Re: HomeBrew Electronics - BigD ?

                              Originally posted by TwilightOdyssey
                              foo3001, just an update:

                              I didn't forget about you!

                              I will be making those clips for you this weekend.

                              Thank you so much!

                              Youre a huge help!

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