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    A local pedalbuilder made me a clone of one of these just recently (I had a NPD post, but whatever), but the honeymoon period is just about over and oh my god I'm loving this thing. Such a versatile little box. Can use it as an extra EQ stage, as a clean boost for the pushing-amp-to-overdrive thing. It's got a unique gain character to it, and with the gain pushed all the way it makes for a really impressive fuzz-ish thing, sorta reminds me of Leslie West's Mountain tone. I'm seeing quite a few possibilities with it.

    Haven't the slightest idea why this thing isn't more popular. Anyone else like them, have had some experience with them?



    Originally Posted by jnurp


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    Originally Posted by jrkirkish


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  • #2
    I've got a Divided by 13 Joyride, which is an overdriver clone. I like it quite a bit, but it took a while to "get it" and understand where it fits in my rig. Now it has a permanent spot on my board.... I could do fine without it with humbuckers, but with single coils it sounds phenomenal.

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    • #3
      I am a huge CSO fan. You nailed it really, they're loaded with eq/dirt/fuzz. It's a pedal that takes some serious knob tweaking to learn what all it can do. I've had a throbak, a deviltone, and currently use a Basic Audio Futureman, all of them have been wonderful IMO.

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      • #4
        I've always wanted to try one of those, Trombetta makes a nice looking clone.
        Originally Posted by TheHarakiriEnd


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        • #5
          Yeah, truth be told I dunno if I've really explored all the possibilities of it, but I've been enticed by it so far. And I'm finally starting to figure out the benefits of dirt stacking....don't have a Big Muff to go with it a la Gilmour, but running it after a Devi Ever Hyperion, it really does make a difference, gives it an extra level of oomph.

          Might as well put the pic of mine up. Stars provide extra mojo, or so I'm told.

          Originally Posted by jnurp


          hearing brokenhymen or whatever they are called makes me appreciate one single note from BB king that much more.









          Originally Posted by jrkirkish


          Obama: "The partisan divide is killing this country"
          Left side of the room: *Standing ovation*
          Right side of the room: *silence*
          Obama (later, alone and drinking): *facepalm*

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          • #6
            I've got the Prescription Electronics clone and it's easily one of my favorite dirt/boost boxes. Ridiculous amounts of volume when you need it, a very unique fuzz with the gain cranked, very responsive EQ knobs. Sounds great running into a 5E3. I also like using it to slam the front end of a Tonebender. I've been toying with the idea of building another one to tweak a few components and see what else it's capable of. Maybe even germanium transistors for kicks.

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            • #7
              Like your Leslie West/Mountain reference, the ODer reminds me of the SamAsh AstroFuzz/Analogman AstroTone. Marketed as a fuzz, the AstroFuzz/Tone has very mild gain characteristics, very overdrive=ish as opposed to fuzzy. While you dont get a LOT of gain, the tone is very nice, super sweet and probably proves excellent for stacking with other gain fx.

              kind of an esoteric pedal to bring up 'casually' - what brought this gem up in your mind? only reason why i ask is cuz due to the FreekishBlues/JOYO fiasco, i noticed that one of their pedals was citing the Colorsound ODer as a tonal reference... did the negative attention work? is that what brought it to the foreground for you? just a question, no need to get incensed about the FB/JOYO connection i hope! Colorsound FX have a very large soft spot in my heart after all is said and done - the enclosures, the graphics, the TONE... great fx that are hard to come by!
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              • #8
                ive got a colorsound ri power boost and it IS an awesome pedal.

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                • #9
                  I have an Overdriver RI - superb pedal.

                  Before getting the reissue, I had a '79 wide-case, 3-knob Overdriver - that's a great pedal too, but I really wanted the master volume control.

                  I also had a Power Boost RI for a short time and a Throbak Overdrive Boost - the Throbak is great too, but I think the extra options kind of diluted the pedal a bit for me... I could never really settle on a sound and was constantly tweaking it. In some instances options and versatility are good things, but sometimes they can get in the way of playing and making music.
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                  • #10
                    that gearmandude video makes me really lust for one...

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                    • #11
                      I have an Overdriver RI - superb pedal.

                      Before getting the reissue, I had a '79 wide-case, 3-knob Overdriver - that's a great pedal too, but I really wanted the master volume control.

                      I also had a Power Boost RI for a short time and a Throbak Overdrive Boost - the Throbak is great too, but I think the extra options kind of diluted the pedal a bit for me... I could never really settle on a sound and was constantly tweaking it. In some instances options and versatility are good things, but sometimes they can get in the way of playing and making music.


                      see? SEE? TOO MANY CHOICES dilute the result. simple and analog controlled is teh way!
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                      • #12
                        see? SEE? TOO MANY CHOICES dilute the result. simple and analog controlled is teh way!


                        Truth be told this might be why I limit myself to a small board for effects. Too many options, hell, i wouldn't know what to do. I'm semi-overwhelmed as is.
                        Originally Posted by jnurp


                        hearing brokenhymen or whatever they are called makes me appreciate one single note from BB king that much more.









                        Originally Posted by jrkirkish


                        Obama: "The partisan divide is killing this country"
                        Left side of the room: *Standing ovation*
                        Right side of the room: *silence*
                        Obama (later, alone and drinking): *facepalm*

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                        • #13
                          the ODer reminds me of the SamAsh AstroFuzz/Analogman AstroTone. Marketed as a fuzz, the AstroFuzz/Tone has very mild gain characteristics, very overdrive=ish as opposed to fuzzy. While you dont get a LOT of gain, the tone is very nice, super sweet and probably proves excellent for stacking with other gain fx.


                          I have an ATF on my board and while it is an AWESOME sounding fuzz particularly into smaller amps, I don't think it has the same amount of asskicking beef an ODer does. Mike's well-voiced mods to the Tone circuit certainly added versatility to a fairly limited sounding pedal, but the ODer has a ton more boost and a bigger overall sound I think.

                          The other pedals I've tried that have a similar thing happening are the Skreddy Screw Driver and Black Cat OD-1, though neither are specifically going for the ODer sound they still have some traits that can put you in the neighborhood.

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                          • #14
                            see? SEE? TOO MANY CHOICES dilute the result. simple and analog controlled is teh way!


                            This is certainly true for most things in my experience.

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                            • #15
                              I use a Smittydriver clone, love it
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