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Lower gain distortion/OD: Tim all the way. It just goes with anything. Sounded great with an AC15 and my old Cornell ROmany, now it sounds great with a Laney Lionheart 20 watt head and the JC-120 that arrived today.

I've owned a Crunchbox so know what the sound is like for one of them. What are you looking for soundwise with the pedal you're looking for? Something to complement the Crunchbox or sound totally different? An open sound or something more compressed?

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Lower gain distortion/OD: Tim all the way. It just goes with anything. Sounded great with an AC15 and my old Cornell ROmany, now it sounds great with a Laney Lionheart 20 watt head and the JC-120 that arrived today.


I've owned a Crunchbox so know what the sound is like for one of them. What are you looking for soundwise with the pedal you're looking for? Something to complement the Crunchbox or sound totally different? An open sound or something more compressed?

 

 

Something to compliment the Crunchbox, something that has lots of gain but doesn't sound heavy metal. I honestly can't think of many pedals like this. I like something that's compressed too.

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yes and yes


I really like 808 to boost my Monsterpiece NPN.


But it works the same for the shredmaster.

 

 

Hmmm........

 

How much gain does the Shredmaster have? Like, does it have lots of gain or is it a mid gain unit? Is it voiced for metal or rock? How much do you charge to make one of these units?

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If you painted them professionally and made them look good, you would have some business I'm sure.

 

 

I am working on a screen print design. It might not be available soon though. I'm seemingly too picky.

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I have a few amps, clean and dirty, but lately all I plug into is my THD Univalve on its Roll channel (tubed for glassy cleans and woody overdrive when really cranked).

I use pedals for dirt, I'm running these into it, dirt pedals bolded:

Aramat Mojo Fuzz --> Planetwaves Chrome Chromatic/V-Strobe Pedal Tuner --> Morley George Lynch Dragon Wah --> Damage Control Liquid Blues --> Damage Control Solid Metal --> Danelectro Wasabi Overdrive --> Danelectro Wasabi Distortion --> Danelectro Dan-Echo --> Marshall RF-1 Reflector

I use them in the following setups:

Liquid Blues alone, configured to get some second order harmonics cooking around the signal, very sweet sound this way

Wasabi Overdrive alone, a bit dirtier than the Liquid Blues but also a bit more compressed (it is a SS pedal, the Liquid Blues does its magic with 12AX7s). Still, a great sound that sits well.

Liquid Blues into Wasabi Overdrive for a double-overdriven sound (not distorted, it's still very warm and cleans up beautifully with volume and/or dynamics changes, but I can get some grit going on with the bridge 'bucker in my strat if I dig in). This is one of my favorite sounds, great for blues, jazz, classic rock, pop - just a very clear, overdriven guitar tone, fat but with great clarity.

Mojo Fuzz alone for its awesome sound. Favorite fuzz! First in the signal chain because it has a special interaction with the guitar's output that you don't want to compromise for no good reason - it still sounds good elsewhere in the signal path, but it doesn't clean up quite as well, so I keep it up front. Plus, I can get some porno-wah sounds with the wah right after it. Very '70s funk.

Liquid Blues into Solid Metal - I never use the Solid Metal alone because I have the gain on it rolled back to about noon, a little above noon maybe. On its own, that would be early '80s Marshall rock sound, but with the Liquid Blues into it, it's a very fat, complex, punchy distortion tone with the same sort of cut and presence that Satriani had in the '80s. Very different tone from Satch, but comparable in how it feels. I love this combo, it's how I play a lot of the time. It's just very fluid and responsive, perhaps because it's two class a preamps, one into the other.

Liquid Blues into Wasabi Distortion - The Wasabi Distortion is a really high gain pedal, so I've got it before noon and configured for a bass and treble emphasizing sound (not a big midrange scoop, just a slight boost in the bass and treble). Scratchy palm mutes and an overall very "shred" sound from this combo. Significantly more compressed than the LB->SM combo, but a harder-edged sound too. It's funny, on the neck pickup this almost gets a sound like there's an octave-up effect applied! Very strong second order harmonic, neat sound. I use this one pretty often too, for harder stuff.

Wasabi Overdrive into Wasabi Distortion - Similar to the above sound, but slightly more compressed and a bit bassier. Good sound, good combination of pedals. Dan-o makes cool stuff.

Mojo Fuzz into Solid Metal - This is a totally raunchy, super gross fuzz sound. My wife hates it, I love it, and I don't know why - it's just so over-the-top. The Solid Metal adds cut and super-amplifies the already prominent distortion of the Mojo Fuzz, and with a wah in the middle I can get really expressive tones despite the massive amount of gain. :thu:

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