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    I normally use my Fulltone OCD as an always-on boost. Only recently have I used the the gain knob all the way down and the volume a bit up.

    I actually prefer to use an OD as an always-on boost with the volume at unity and with the gain set to add just a touch of overdrive. But when I do that with the OCD and switch to my amp's lead channel, the OCD's gritty/fuzzy foundation comes out in my distorted tone. Which would be fine if that's what I was going for, but I'm not.

    I want to find another OD that has a smooth, rich character to the drive and doesn't fuzz up as the gain is increased like the OCD does.

    What are my options in the sub-$200 range?

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    Re: Recommend me a smooth OD pedal

    The Timmy is $130 new and Paul C has caught up enough with his backlog that the used price is finally less than the new price. It should be perfect for you.
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      Re: Recommend me a smooth OD pedal

      The zenith drive I have is smooth stuff.

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        Re: Recommend me a smooth OD pedal

        Originally posted by jon the art guy View Post
        The zenith drive I have is smooth stuff.

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        That might be a little too amp-like. Sounds like a smooth boost/light od is more what's required.
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          Re: Recommend me a smooth OD pedal

          Originally posted by Agileguy_101 View Post
          That might be a little too amp-like. Sounds like a smooth boost/light od is more what's required.
          Ah. Tried an SHO then? The Stage 3 boost I have is similar.
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          • #6
            Re: Recommend me a smooth OD pedal

            I'm becoming a real fan of Barber Electronics stuff. They really know how to make amp-like gain pedals.
            Look into the LTD, Half Gainer, or Direct Drive.

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            • #7
              Re: Recommend me a smooth OD pedal

              Super smooth, always-on overdrive?

              The JColoccia Horus overdrive ..

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                Re: Recommend me a smooth OD pedal

                You really need to try a SHO.

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                • #9
                  Re: Recommend me a smooth OD pedal

                  I'll see if I can put a recording of my stage 3 together, which is similar to the SHO

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                    Re: Recommend me a smooth OD pedal

                    I'm sure there are better pedals out there, but I always did like the Boss OD3 for smooth sounding stuff. I'd imagine mods would only make it better.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Recommend me a smooth OD pedal

                      See if you can lay your hands on an Xotic AC Booster and give one a try. It's certainly smoother than the Soul Food.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Recommend me a smooth OD pedal

                        EHX Muff OD . . . sooooooooo smooooffff.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Recommend me a smooth OD pedal

                          Originally posted by King IzzO))) View Post
                          You really need to try a SHO.
                          Hmmm ... The SHO is definitely not harsh, but I wouldn't call it 'smooth'. 'Thick' would be a better word. And it's a boost, not an overdrive ...
                          If we are going to talk boosts, that's an area I have some knowledge in (I own several). My go-to for an always on boost would be the Greer Sweetback Driver, that thing is fantastic.

                          But neither of those are an overdrive. The Horus is super smooth, very transparent, and just a skosh compressed.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Recommend me a smooth OD pedal

                            never used it, but sounds very interesting when Mr. Govan uses it

                            Suhr Koko Boost



                            OR

                            Koko Boost Reloaded with freak footswitch

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                            • #15
                              Re: Recommend me a smooth OD pedal

                              Have you tried the Mad Professor Sweet Honey OD? I tried one the same day I bought my OCD and I remember it as being quite smooth. I really liked the tone, but the OCD seemed more versatile, so I went with that. I'm talkin' the PCB version, not the handwired jobbie.

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