So after a long a well used and abused 5 years or so, my lovely Electro Harmonix Small Clone needs a bit of replacing.
I wanted to replace it with something that has a great tone and plenty of versatility and something that had a more conventional power supply than the Small Clone.
So here is another little pedal with a lot of attitude. The OCD is a great piece of gear, small size, great tones and LP and HP function for even more variations.
First thing you will notice when plugging in is the consistency of your natural bypass guitar tone. It manages to keep that nice natural guitar to amp tone and signal so it is much more like a gain stage on an amp more than a pedal. For me this pedal was bought on a bit of a whim when I was downsizing my board and wanted something that would cover a lot of bases. I was using the BB+ at the time and wanted something that was smaller.
I have always been a big fan of the American clean tone. I have nearly always exclusively used Fender amps and used pedals for everything gainy. If you follow my posts you will know the types of pedals that I use and the ones I like. The Marshall amps have never been a big draw for me, but they of course have their place, and do sound amazing.
Tremolo pedals are something that I have been getting into more. I have lost my love for the chorus pedal and have switched to trems. There are also quite a few of these on the market.
So when I was choosing mine there were a few that took my eye. There was the Tremster, the Boss TR-2 and the Fulltone SupaTrem. If I am honest I wanted the SupaTrem but unfortunately there were none in stock anywhere I could get one, so it became a shootout between the Boss and T-Rex. This then was not really much of a comparison. The boss pedals, like all of them, are extremely good, great build quality and decent sounds and adjustment levels, but
There are many compressors on the market at the minute. Each manufacturer producing their own versions of classic ones as well as coming up with new ideas and tones. For me however there has only ever been one company that I would use for compression and that is Keeley.
I have had the Keeley on my board for many years now and have always used it, just as much as I use distortion and delay. All I will say is that compression is a very personal effect. What works for one player may not work for all, and it depends on the guitar, the amp and the other pedals in the chain.
This week something a little different.
Carl Martin have always made awesome effects pedals, great tones and really robust units. When I built my first board for function work it was pretty bug with most things on it, but I also had the forethought to buy a Quattro as well. This meant that for full blown over the top stuff it became the centre of my big board with then extra pedals surrounding it, or if I had a smaller gig I can simply take the Quattro off the board and use it as a stand alone unit.
Hello Matt here! I hope you are all well!
This is one of my favourite pedals that I have had for about 2 years now. It is great to have seen Joel at Chase Bliss go from strength to strength with his pedals and work, no supplying pedals and gear to some of the best guitarists in the world and working with some killer players and innovators.
The MXR, whilst lacking a few of the options of other pedals such as tap tempo it has possibly the best analogue pedal delay sound in pedal form.
It has firstly a great footprint size. It is no bigger than a Boss DD pedal so fits on most boards. It again has the side mounted power input that we are banging on about at the minute meaning you can get other pedals nice and close together so no space is wasted.
The EP booster is based on an echo machine pre amp the EP-3, the chosen pre amp for many legendary guitarists. It has an FET design and a low impedance output providing up to 20 db of boost to your signal.
We have used this pedal in 2 ways. Initially at the end of the signal chain, using it almost as a buffer to boost the signal going back into the amp. When working like this it allows you to eliminate any signal lost, and gives a great clean sound when going into the amp, making it nice and punchy.
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