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    Gainstage
    Tone Member

  • Gainstage
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    Check out the demo of the realtube Backstar boost on PGS. Sets a tube amp on fire. For $100 I may have to get one before they disappear. Hard to find pedals using real tubes with amp level high plate voltages. A tube with low voltage doesn't really get the tube doing what tubes do for your sound.

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  • InbredJunk
    Ultimate Tone Member

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    Well, I'd mostly use it for metal. So I'd like something in the tubescreamer range. I bought the electro harmonix east river drive. Maybe that will be the ticket. To me it sounds awfully close to a Maxon od808. It seems to get good classic rock tones as well, mind you, all I know about it is what I've seen in videos. I want an od that will brighten and tighten my metal tones, but still sweet enough to pull off some eagles tunes and what not.

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  • Darg1911
    Mojo's Minions

  • Darg1911
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    If you're just looking for a boost, the suggestion for the Fulltone 2B is a good one. I like the Fulltone buffers, so you get that too, the pedal is buffered bypass.

    The Mad Professor Golden Cello may be an alternative. I think you can still get them for 100 bucks or a little over (check ebay). Pretty unique pedal, a low to mid gain OD with some delay. I don't own one. Not sure how it sounds into a already dirty amp ... check out some video demos.

    Tone Bakery Crème Brulee is one of the "Klone" type pedals, or at least a pretty close take on the circuit. 99 bucks I think. Works as a clean boost or OD. I use it mostly as a boost with a little of the circuit mixed in (gain at around 10 o'clock) into my "Marshall" already into early break up. It does the Klon thing pretty well. Sounds good with buckers and single coils. The buffer is great (IMO), which is really why I took a flyer on it.

    Just a couple of options ... neither of the above may be what you are looking for. You should really narrow it down to what you think you are looking for and then ask for suggestions on pedals, or budget "clones".

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  • ThisDyingSoul76
    Toneologist

  • ThisDyingSoul76
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    Really depends on the sound you're after. Any overdrive or clean boost should do the trick as far as pushing the amp to the level of gain you are after.

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  • Gainstage
    Tone Member

  • Gainstage
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    Hands down the Fulltone 2B, for me anyway. Great front end buffer as well. Also vastly superior quality over the popular bargain pedal lines which I just cannot use anymore.
    The 2B is not costly but gets my pick for a low cost killer boost/buffer.
    There is no way I consider the "SoulFood" a Klon. Archer ticks it closer but vastly better than EH. As Finnegan has stated when you change the layout and component substitutions you get a different circuit. A lot of things "sound like" things but not the same circuit. When Finnegan made the KTR Klon he stated it was not the same circuit because the original could not be built any more and the KTR was as close as he could get to it.
    Remember that older PGS demo blind test of a Lovepedal Kalamazoo and a real Klon, most picked the Kalamazoo as the real and better sounding Klon, and it is a totally different tubescreamer mod type circuit. Ears are deceiving measuring tools that's why we use electronic measurement equipment. You demo a cheap pedal with a nice guitar and good amp and of course it is going to sound decent but is that a need to try and buy the cheapest gear available? If that is what motivates one to play, have at it.
    I'll tell you a wicked cool boost which uses a real tube, hot internal amp level plate voltage, the Blackstar boost for $100 from PGS. Not a really super clean pedal but sends an amp or other pedals into sonic heaven. I could not believe that was only a $100 with amp level tube plate voltage. I wish I could use it but right now does not fit my layout. That 2B is amazing quality for the bucks, beats the hell of out Mooer and whatnot.
    Gainstage
    Tone Member
    Last edited by Gainstage; 06-05-2016, 02:52 PM.

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  • Aceman
    less mild old man perv

  • Aceman
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    Re: Bargain boost

    Mooer pure boost

    MXR Micro amp

    Or Tube Screamer

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  • InbredJunk
    Ultimate Tone Member

  • InbredJunk
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    The east river drive sounds alot like the Maxon od808 to me. Sounds like the od 808 has more gain and a bit more girth.

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  • bladefrenzy
    Tone Member

  • bladefrenzy
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    I love the Maxon Od9!!

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  • dave74
    Mojo's Minions

  • dave74
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    used od808 or od9

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  • PFDarkside
    of the Forum

  • PFDarkside
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    I've never used the East River, but as a Tube Screamer clone, it is definitely a viable option. Actually, it would be interesting to try the East River, Soul Food and the Glove, to see which works with your guitar, amp and tonal preference.

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  • InbredJunk
    Ultimate Tone Member

  • InbredJunk
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    How about the east river drive from electro-harmonix?

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  • Hank-
    Super Toneologist

  • Hank-
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    The OD3 takes the best of the BD2 & builds further up on it, its really an awesome od but at non boutique prices. The color probably reminds of the SD1 but its not like that in sound wise. Definitely a collective to have around in the pedal collection from the boss camp.

    For cheap, you have the joyo ultimate drive, clone of the OCD.

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  • Scott_F
    Flushologist

  • Scott_F
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    SD Pickup booster is a great boost. EH Soul Food gives up the Klon boost. Classic tube screamer is well known. Then there's the entire Joyo line that would let you own three.


    Crap. I typed all that out and went back and saw you typed metal. I'm out.

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  • devastone
    Mojo's Minions

  • devastone
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    Pick up a used Boss OD-3 for $45 - $55 and go out to dinner with the leftover. I would have said a SD-1 until I picked up a OD-3, great pedal that you don't hear enough about.

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  • Matt42
    Ultimate Tone Slacker

  • Matt42
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    It depends largely on what type of sound you want from your boost.

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