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  1. This is guitar 8, with 3 of those being this one, a Powerhouse, and a Roland Ready strat. This is the best player of the three, although Charlene, the Powerhouse, is the one I would take out if given a single strat option. After 24+ years of Gibsons, over the last 7 years I've come to enjoy the feel of strats a whole bunch.
  2. All over the place musically, I need pedals that work to enhance my tone, not that work to detract from it; pedals that work for me and not against. Small rant: why is there such a market for perverse pedals today? Pedals that make squonky noises anfd introduce random and unexpected effects? I can see no use for a pedal that fizzes out noisily if you want to sustain a note. My Rat (once upon a time itself a boutique pedal, albeit a $60.00 one) sounds far better than this for the most part. And don't misunderstand me, I realize that the introduction of random ugliness and unexpected noise can w
  3. I play rock and pop and find this a useful flavor for some of the material we do. I've been playing for 30 years and now play semi professionally, 60-65 gigs a year. Stolen or lost? I'd buy again if I could get it for $106.00. Otherwise the Wail or my Budda would replace just fine. Good quiet wah, well built. But it's a wah...
  4. 30 years of playing. I love cheap gear, and this is one of the better deals I've gotten over the years. Current guitars: PRS, Reverend, Fender, Gibson. This I take to jams, practices, some gigs when I want a small and very comfortable neck and won't be playing any metal. A fine instrument for its price.
  5. Play all styles, from roots to heavy rock, playing for 30 some odd years. In the past year I've worked my way through a number of boutique and semi boutique pedals, and I'd say this is close to the best I've tried. The Fulldrive II is still the champ, with this, the Barber Direct Drive, and Joe Naylor's fantastic Drivetrain close seconds. If Reverend ever builds a two channel pedal with a heavier overdrive channel to go alongside the old original's sound, Naylor may put everyone else out of business. Until that happens, if you want a fine two channel overdrive, this and the Fulldrive II are ex
  6. I'll play anything, and have been playing since 1972. This pedal is a secret weapon that allows you to get a killing sound and then attenuate it to a useable volume, allowing you to get the tubes really cooking. There may also be a subtle bit of signal attenuation because when the FX17 is not in my signal chain my amps (Mesa, Budda, and Rivera) tend to sound a little harsh. I'm glad some people like the wah side of the pedal; it's an interesting and unique approach to an old guitar effect, but the heel switch was always hard for me to quickly and conveniently engage, and the tone of the wah is
  7. Cover tunes and very occasional jazz fusion.I've been playing for 30 years now and have owned dozens of overdrive units; I also used amp only distortion for over a decade with a Mesa Mark III and a Budda Super Drive. Right now I also have a pair of Fulldrive IIs and a Reverend Drivetrain, along with a DOD 250, Morley JD10, and a mid '80s Rat. If this were stolen or lost I'd replace. Barber is working on some sort of 2 switch upgrade, so this may easily challenge the Fulldrive as a great two channel distortion once that happens. Right now in conjunction with the Drivetrain I can do anything I c
  8. Interesting if ultimately a dead end. Not a versatile pedal but the notion of challenging the Tube Screamer tonalities is a valid one. I strongly recommend the Fulldrive II along side the previous reviewer, but also the Rverend Drivetrain. Still an 808 clone, but with extremely versatile tonal abilities.
  9. Playing for nearly 30 years. Gear as above. Not much boutique stuff, although in the past I've owned quite a bit. If I could get a similar deal of a lifetime I'd definitely buy this again... Otherwise I'd probably replace this with another Budda or Mesa. Compares favorably with these brands, although with a very different kind of sound. Crisper with more definition, but also a little stiffer, probably more like an old fashioned Marshall than these high gain beasts. I got this at GC's Labor Day sale for an unbelieveable $279.00, so either someone was asleep at the wheel or I bought a seed someo
  10. I play a wide variety of cover tunes and fusion jazz. Playing for about 30 years now. This is a workable unit if you optimize a sound on one side and use that; whenever I did this I was generally able to dial in something pleasing. But this rendered the other channel unuseable because there was too much or too little gain, too boxy and small a voicing, and so on. Much more gain than the Fulldrive II or Stamps DOM, probably in the Visual Sound league. I'm not sure if any of my reservations are really the fault of the pedal. Like any of these devices, so much depends upon the player's ear. My fa
  11. I've played for just about 30 years now, for the last 5 on strat or PRS scale instruments after 25 on Gibsons and the occasional strat. This marks a return to Gibson style instruments and I'm impressed with the clarity of this instrument. I play in a wedding band with occasional excursions into fusion and jazz, and I'd all but given up on Gibson type guitars because they simply were too muddy to cover the variety of music I play. After one gig with this the outlook is a little brighter; only time will tell, but this seems to be awfully good. At the very least it provides a good low cost platfo
  12. Fine match for my styles. It has a smaller footprint than the Budda and supplies a different texture. I'd probably buy it again if stolen, assuming the Budda wasn't stolen as well. If I had only one wah it would be the Budda.
  13. I play in cover bands. For sick noise or a little tingle on a Shania tune, this was a fin pedal for the price. I've owned a lot of DOD gear through the years and have started to get over my love of boutique gear. Once the sound leaves the stage and goes in someone's earhole it doesn't matter if a $300.00 Fulltone or a $25.00 DOD was responsible. I love this cuz it was cheap and versatile and sounds less muddy than the Deja/Micro Vibe and gets in their ballpark. Small footprint on the pedalboard, too. Great bang for the buck if you find it used.
  14. I play variety music in Rockford Illinois and have been playing for nealy 30 years now. I have a LOT of stuff, most of it for fairly specific requirements. The Rev is a fine general purpose overdrive for under $100.00 that sounds as good with my Top Hat as the $200.00 Fulldrive. If stolen, I'd find another. Joe Naylor is a real stealth resource in the music business and doesn't seem to have ever made a bad product. I'd buy anything the guy came out with. Hellhound's on the list...
  15. Tim Schulz-YOKT5

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    A 9 rating across the board. I play lounge and wedding music, which actually sometimes calls for extreme tones (remember, the wedding demographic IS getting younger as we old guys age); other overdrives are a Fulldrive 2 and a Barber Burn Unit. Other ODs I own are a reissue DOD 250 and a Morley JD10. When I bought the Club Deluxe I was surprised at how ratty and bad most distortion pedals I tried were. I looked at a bunch of boutique and near boutique boxes, actually buying Bixonic and Fuller DP1 pedals to get a high gain distortion to complement the FD 2 and the Barber. Both sounded TERRIBLE
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