Mesa Flux Drive vs Ibanez TS vs Boss BD2 vs Custom Overdrive [Video]

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  1. matisq

    matisq SS.org Regular

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    Hi,

    Quick comparison between some overdrives.
    Mostly Metal, but I'm also checking maximum amount of gain on a Peavey 6505 clean channel.
    No postprocessing on audio tracks.

    Signal Chain:
    - Vintage V100AFD with DiMarzio Crunchlab/Liquifire
    - Hesu White Connect
    - Mesa Flux Drive / Ibanez TS / Boss BD2 / Custom Overdrive
    - Hesu White Connect
    - Peavey 6505 with bias mod
    - Hesu Custom Cab loaded with Celestion V30
    - Shure SM57

     
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    metaljohn SS's Only Dick Butt

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    The Blues Driver sounded the best to me. It had all the same clarity as the others, but with a fuller sound.
     
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    matisq SS.org Regular

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    Recently my favourite overdrive is Flux Drive. In classic settings (maxed vol, min drive) it's not so good, but when I increase drive and decrees vol, I have great tone with beautiful harmonics and it adds something of his haracter to any amp I used.
     
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    I wound up running the gain super low on my Flux Drive, pretty much right where you have it in the video, so I picked up a Tone-Burst to see if it was an improvement since it was low gain to start with.

    I like the Tone-Burst a lot (sold the Flux Drive). I found the Tone Burst a little more versatile since i'm not stuck in the bottom of the sweep range like I was with the Flux Drive. It's a fatter sound with the tone knobs at 12:00, but you can dial back the low end to tighten things up.

    That said, I tried a Grid Slammer out of curiosity and prefer it out of the three. It's basically a high headroom Tubescreamer that doesn't compress quite as hard, so it retains a bit more dynamics. I like it because the midrange peak sounds great with my Recto.
     
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    I agree with Screamingdaisy, the Grid Slammer is by far my favorite OD to put in front of an amp to boost a lead channel. It just has this killer grind to it. If I had a Flux Drive, I'd probably use it much like a BB Preamp, as a mid-gain crunch OD to add a singing lead quality to a mid-gain sound.

    Nice vid BTW!
     
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    So look like I'll have to grab one some day :)
     
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    Blues Driver has meatier sound with nice overtones.
     
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    It all depends on an amp settings, guitar and style of playing. I would say that BD2 is not changing original sound that much, if dialed properly, while typical TS type pedal cuts bass and bumps mids.
     

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