Overdrive and distortion

The market overflows with overdrive and distortion pedals. It can be a tough challenge to decide and to find pedals that suits your rig and purpose. In this feature we’ll look at a handful of models and how to incorporate these in your rig, with David Gilmour’s tones and bedroom setups in mind.

Overdrive and distortion isn’t just about getting noise and gain. The wrong pedal for your amp and guitar, can do more harm than good and cause a lot of frustration. On the other hand, an pedal that’s selected to match perfectly with your amp and taste, will make your tones shine and bring out the best in your setup.

Do yourself a favour when you’re buying gain effects and ask yourself these questions: How will I be using the pedal – stage or rehearsal, studio or bedroom? Do I want boost, overdrive, distortion or fuzz? Will I be using two or more gain pedals at the same time?

Know your amp!

Overdrive pedals can be divided in two categories. Transparent, mids scooped boosters and compressed, mids boosted overdrives.

The transparent, mids scooped boosters were originally designed in the late 60s and early 70s to drive large tube stacks into distortion. These pedals can sound horrible on an uncompressed, mids scooped Twin or smaller bedroom amps, but creamy and smooth on a compressed and mids boosted Marshall.

Compressed and mids boosted overdrives, started to appear in the late 70s, with the Tube Screamer and later, with boutique designs mimicking the Dumble amp and other mids oriented amps. These pedals will produce a smoother and overall bigger sounding tone, on amps like the Twin and smaller bedroom amps.

In other words, knowing what amp you have, is crucial for understanding how overdrive and distortion pedals works and ultimately sound. Read more about how to choose the right pedal for your amp here.

Stacking pedals

David Gilmour, and others like him, often combine or stack two or more gain pedals. This can either be to produce a volume or gain boost for solos or, like David does, to blend the character of two pedals, for more saturation and sustain.

Big Muffs often sound better with a transparent booster placed after it, set for a very mild boost and EQ enhancement. David often does this with either a Muff and Powerbooster or Tube Driver.

Boosting with more mids boosted and compressed pedals, like the Tube Screamer and OCD, can often make a Muff sound muddy and almost choked. Try placing the overdrive pedal in front of the Muff but be careful with the total amount of gain and volume.

Stacking should only be done if it’s needed. Some Big Muffs, like the Sovtek models and clones, can operate alone. As can distortion pedals like the Rat and similar, like the Evolution, G2 etc. Stacking two or more pedals, is like cooking up the finest sauce. The perfect blend will produce a great tone. Too much, and everything sounds like crap. Trust your ears and know your gear.

All pedals listed below were tested on a Stratocaster featuring D Allen Voodoo 69 neck and middle pickups and a Seymour Duncan SSL5 bridge pickups and a Radix Deluxe PRS model with Seymour Duncan Phat Cat P90s into Reeves Custom 50 and Laney Lionheart L20h tube stacks.

Transparent boosters and overdrives

David’s Colorsound Powerboost/ Cornish ST-2 (1972-1983) and Chandler/BK Tube Driver (1993-present) are typical vintage style boosters/overdrives with a classic bright, mids scooped tone similar to the early Marshalls. Smaller, typical bedroom setups are often better matched with overdrives with more midrange and compression.

Colorsound Powerboost/Overdriver

It doesn’t really get more Dark Side, WYWH and Animals than this. The Powerboost’s unmistakably super transparent tone, glassy highs and fat lower end, sat the standard for all other overdrives. Be aware though that this pedal demands a loud tube amp and can sound a bit flat and fizzy on lower wattage and volume. The 18V has more headroom compared to the 9V, although both delivers a wide range of tones from clean boost to near fuzz.
Bedroom setups: 6/10
Gilmour tones: ObC, DSotM, WYWH, Animals, DG 78, Wall, FC

Gilmourish.Com score: 10/10

Buyer's Gear Guide - Gilmourish PickBuffalo FX Power Booster

This is a faithful clone of the original 18v Colorsound Powerbooster with the same headroom and tube-like tones. While most clones are either too clean or too bright this one delivers anything from super transparent clean boost to warm overdrive almost in that Tube Driver territory. Never too bright or harsh just the right amount of top and low end and a hit of compression. The pedal also works nicely on brighter amps and smaller bedroom setups and of course, it’s the perfect companion for your ram’s head style Muff. See my full review of the Power Booster here.
Bedroom setups: 10/10
Gilmour tones: ObC, DSotM, WYWH, Animals, DG78, Wall, FC

Gilmourish.Com score: 10/10

Buyer's Gear Guide - Vick Audio OverdriverVick Audio Overdriver
The Overdriver is, as the name implies, a clone of the US version of the Powerboost, the Overdriver. Of all the clones out there, this one is perhaps the closest to the original design, with a super transparent and glassy character, lots of low end and plenty of gain on tap. It does’t have as much headroom as the Buffalo or ThroBak but with the gain cranked all the way up, it’s got the smoothest sustain of them all. It can be a bit tricky on smaller amps but it can break glass on louder tube amps. See my full review of the Overdriver here.
Bedroom setups: 6/10
Gilmour tones: ObC, DSotM, WYWH, Animals, DG 78, Wall, FC

Gilmourish.Com score: 8/10

Throbak Overdriveboost

This is IMO the best sounding Colorsound Powerboost clone on the market. The ThroBak has a wider tone range than the original, from super transparent, almost “twangy” clean boost to crunchy tube distortion. The extra headroom makes it an excellent companion for fuzz and Muffs and it also fits bedroom setups better. A couple of additional features, such as the pre-gain, makes this pedal extremely versatile. See my full review of the Overdriveboost here.
Bedroom setups: 8/10
Gilmour tones: ObC, DSotM, WYWH, Animals, DG 78, Wall, FC

Gilmourish.Com score: 9/10

Check out other Colorsound Powerboost clones as well, like the excellent Electronic Orange Bananaboost, which is perhaps even closer to the Colorsound than the ThroBak, with a slightly darker tone and smooth breakup. The Vintage FX Colordrive has the most headroom of all the clones.

Effectrode Fire Bottle tube booster

This is not a booster in the traditional sense but rather a tool for maintaing the pure signal from your pickups and enhancing the tone from your tube amp – much like plugging your guitar straight into a tube amp. A mini toggle switch allows three different frequency stages – flat for clean boost and two with a high frequency roll off making single coils sound closer to P90s and humbuckers. The Fire Bootle is an incredibly dynamic pedal that can make your guitar and amp sound like a million bucks and bring out nuances in your tone and playing that you thought never were there. If you’re looking for a booster for your Muff, then look elsewhere. If you want a powerful tool that will probaly change your conception of tone then this is it. See my full review of the Fire Bottle here.
Bedroom setups: 10/10
Gilmour tones: suitable for any tone

Gilmourish.Com score: 10/10

Buyer's Gear Guide - Gilmourish PickTopTone Shine Boost
Buyer's Gear Guide - TopTone Shine BoostClean volume boosters doesn’t do much for your tone other than, obviously, boost the volume, which is what you often want for a solo but equally important is mid range. A scooped tone can drown completely and boosting the volume doesn’t help. Add a mids boost and your guitar will cut through the mix like a sharp knife. The Shine Boost offer both. A crystal clean volume boost and, by the flick of the switch, volume boost and mids boost. This pedal is an awesome tool for adding life to your amp and for boosting fuzz and Big Muffs, that often has a scooped character.
Bedroom setups: 10/10
Gilmour tones: suitable for any tone

Gilmourish.Com score: 10/10

BK Butler Tube Driver

The Tube Driver has a classic Marshall character, similar to the JTM and JCM. The tube makes a huge difference compared to most other overdrives, adding a unique warmth, compression and dynamics. Like the Powerboost, this one demands a loud tube amp. Not a lot of headroom, although lower gain settings allows a nice, crunchy clean boost. The current 2006 model also has a bit more top and gain, compared to older models, such as the Chandler. Using different tubes, like a 12AU7, can change the gain structure dramatically and add lots more headroom and warmth.
Bedroom setups: 6/10
Gilmour tones: Delicate/PULSE/Gdansk/Rattle

Gilmourish.Com score: 8/10

Buyer's Gear Guide - Gilmourish PickBuffalo FX TD-X
Buffalo FX TD-XThe TD-X from Buffalo FX is an attempt at recreating the tone of the Tube Driver, without a tube and with a few minor tweaks to make it more amp friendly. The Tube Driver can often sound a tad fizzy in the top end and flabby in the lows but the TD-X sounds perfectly balanced and the top end in particular, sound smooth and nicely rounded off for an overall warmer and more dynamic character. Like the Tube Driver, the TD-X has a nice headroom and plenty of gain, when you crank it up. To me, the TD-X sounds much smoother and perhaps more linear when you set it up for distortion tones, which makes it more versatile for most setups. Highly recommended for David Gilmour’s Tube Driver tones and both stage and bedroom setups. See my full review of the Buffalo FX TD-X here.
Bedroom setups: 10/10
Gilmour tones: Delicate/Pulse/Gdansk/Rattle

Gilmourish.Com score: 10/10

Having trouble using the Tube Driver with your bedroom setup? Try Eric Johnson’s settings! The active tone controls makes the Tube Driver very bright and aggressive, but roll them all the way down, like Eric does, and increase the gain for aTube Screamer-ish overdrive with lots of compression and midrange!

Buyer's Gear Guide - Gilmourish PickWampler Plexidrive

As the name implies, the PlexiDrive is based on the classic Marshall JTM45. It has a transparent, bright tone with lots of tube-like compression and warmth and a gain character ranging from clean boost to distortion. What I like about this pedal is that the more you increase the gain and tone, the more compressed it gets, which means that it will never get thin and fizzy. An excellent alternative to the similar sounding Tube Driver, especially for bedroom setups.
Bedroom setups: 10/10
Gilmour tones: Delicate/PULSE/Gdansk/Rattle

Gilmourish.Com score: 10/10

Boss BD-2 Blues Driver

Capable of producing anything from clean boost to near fuzz, the BD2 is an incredibly versatile pedal that works equally well with larger amps as with typical bedroom setups. It’s transparent, mids scooped tone and fat lower end makes it a great alternative for the Colorsound Powerboost and BK Tube Driver. I strongly recommend the Robert Keeley modified version for a smoother and warmer tone.
Bedroom setups: 9/10
Gilmour tones: Delicate/PULSE/Gdansk/Rattle

Gilmourish.Com score: 9/10

Overdrives

David has always relied on vintage style transparent boosters and overdrives or the occasional amp gain but for a more versatile setup and for your bedroom rig, you might want overdrives with a bit more mid range and warmth.

Ibanez TS9/Maxon OD 808

The original Tube Screamers. Nothing really beats these two in terms of smooth, creamy overdrive and endless sustain. Not everyone appreciates the lack of lower end and gain but you can’t find a more versatile and easy to set up overdrive than these two. Of all the different Ibanez and Maxon models, the TS9 and OD808 are the best sounding. Check out some of the many clones available as well, like the MJM Phantom Overdrive and Way Huge Green Rhino for a bit more lower end and gain, as well as a few more features.
Bedroom setups: 10/10
Gilmour tones: Delicate/PULSE/Gdansk/Rattle

Gilmourish.Com score: 8/10

Buyer's Gear Guide - Gilmourish PickVick Audio Tree of Life
Vick Audio Tree of LifeThe Tree of Life is based on two classic overdrive pedals, the OCD and Zendrive. Both are more or less based on the elusive Dumble amp, which had an enormous amount of mid range. The Tree of Life blends both pedals perfectly together, creating a versatile mix of low end, mid range, headroom and gain. You can easily use this pedal for beefing up a dull clean tone, boosting other pedals or as a dedicated overdrive or distortion. The high amount of mid range makes it fit almost any amp and bedroom setup. It works particularly well for David’s Pulse and current tones but it can easily cover pretty much the whole span from the earliest days up until today. See my full review of the Vick Audio Tree of Life here.
Bedroom setups: 10/10
Gilmour tones: Delicate/Pulse/Gdansk/Rattle

Gilmourish.Com score: 10/10

Lovepedal Dover Drive
Based on the Tube Driver, the Dover Drive is teaked towards Eric Johnson’s tones, with a pronounced mid range, rolled off low end and endless sustain. Not an obvious Gilmour pedal perhaps but the Dover Drive easily covers all of David’s recent overdrive tones, from Division Bell to present. It’s impossible to dial in useless or harsh tones with this one. It’s just creamy sweetness all the way and personally, this is my new go-to overdrive for recording sessions. See my full review of the Dover Drive here.
Bedroom setups: 10/10
Gilmour tones: PULSE/Gdansk/Rattle

Gilmourish.Com score: 7/10

EHX Soul Food
The Soul Food is EHX’s take on the legendary, and ridiculously overpriced, Klon Centaur overdrive. Like the original, the Soul Food provides a wide range of tones, from fat, transparent cleans to creamy overdrive saturated with warm mid range. It can sound a bit boxy and dull on its own but it cuts nicely through a dense band mix and pairing with a cranked amp will produce the sweetest sustain. An excellent choice for any amp and bedroom setups in particular.
Bedroom setups: 10/10
Gilmour tones: PULSE/Gdansk/Rattle

Gilmourish.Com score: 9/10

Fulltone OCD

The OCD is basically a hot wired beefed up Tube Screamer with the typical mid range boost and dark, creamy overdrive. The pedal has lots more gain and lower end though, which makes it work just as good as a distortion with a RAT-ish tone. A toggle switch allows you to add a bit more top end and presence, taking the pedal towards a Tube Driver. An incredibly versatile overdrive and great alternative for David’s 90’s and present overdrive tones on bedroom setups.
Bedroom setups: 10/10
Gilmour tones: Delicate/PULSE/Gdansk/Rattle

Gilmourish.Com score: 9/10

SviSound OverZoid
SviSound OverZoidSviSound creates some stunning looking pedals and the OverZoid sounds as good as it looks. It’s hard to compare this one to anything that’s out there but think of a mix between an Klon, OCD and Rat and you’re pretty much there. There’s tons of mid range and gain here, so don’t expect any lush cleans, but the harmonics and sustain this pedal is producing is hard to beat. Highly recommended for bedroom setups and mids scooped Fender and Vox amps in particular. See my full review of the SviSound OverZoid here.
Bedroom setups: 10/10
Gilmour tones: Delicate/Pulse/Gdansk/Rattle

Gilmourish.Com score: 8/10

Distortion

Although David always favoured the vintage fuzz and Muffs, he did use a RAT in the 80s and 90s for some of the songs. His 1989-90 setup also featured a Tube Screamer. It’s also worth noting that the Cornish G2 featured on the 2006 tour has a similar tone as the RAT. Depending on your amp, in most cases you’re probably better off with a category 2 distortion (more mid range and compression) for your bedroom setup.

ProCo Rat

Nothing beats the RAT when it comes to classic distortion. This has always been my go to pedal and it works perfectly on any setup for any genre. The tone ranges from warmth overdrive to creamy tube-like distortion to screaming fuzz. It has a pronounced mid range and all the sustain in the world. There are many clones on the market, with different modifications, but the old black box keeps up with most of them.
Bedroom setups: 10/10
Gilmour tones: Delicate/PULSE

Gilmourish.Com score: 8/10

Buyer's Gear Guide - Arc Effects SoothsayerArc Effects Soothsayer
Since its introduction in the late 70s, the RAT has been one of the most versatile distortions on the market, with it’s smooth character and sweet sustain. The Soothsayer is based on the old classic and the LM308 chip and in addition to covering the original tone, you can also switch between different clipping modes. The RAT can appear a bit boxy and lack low end but the Soothsayer has a much more open tone and nicely balanced lows. Definitely one of the better RAT clones out there and a great option for typical bedroom setups. See my full review of the Soothsayer here.
Bedroom setups: 10/10
Gilmour tones: Delicate/PULSE

Gilmourish.Com score: 9/10

CostaLab Dirty Angel
CostaLab Bad AngelThe Dirty Angel is based on the classic Rat circuit, with lots of gain, compression and mid range. In addition to the familiar controls, the Bad Angel feature a boost switch for a second gain stage, allowing more of pretty much everything on solos and heavier parts. Compared to the Rat, the Bad Angel has more low end and more of that tube amp-like character, with more compression kicking in at higher gain settings. At lower gain settings, the pedal also doubles nicely as a warm overdrive. Excellent alternative to the Rat and similar clones and especially recommended for smaller sized bedroom setups and scooped amps. See my full review of the Bad Angel here.
Bedroom setups: 10/10
Gilmour tones: Delicate/Pulse/Gdansk/Rattle

Gilmourish.Com score: 9/10

Buyer's Gear Guide - Gilmourish PickBuffalo Evolution
Buyer's Gear Guide - Buffalo FX EvolutionAlthough David Gilmour is perhaps mostly associated with the Big Muff, he also use distortions like the RAT and Pete Cornish G2. These have more mid range and an overall more saturated character. The Evolution is based on the G2, with much of the same character but Buffalo FX has addressed some of the issues as well, like designing a more linear gain stage and an overall warmer sounding character. The result is an incredibly versatile distortion, with a tube amp like tone, sweet singing sustain and a very low noise level. See my full review of the Evolution here.
Bedroom setups: 10/10
Gilmour tones: Delicate/PULSE/Gdansk/Rattle
Gilmourish.Com score: 10/10

TopTone DG2

The DG-2 is loosely based on the Pete Cornish G2. Not really a Big Muff but closer to the classic RAT with a warm, creamy germanium tone and tons of sustain. Compared to the Cornish, the DG2 is actually noticeably quieter and even a bit smoother. An excellent choice for a versatile setup and for bedroom setups. See my full review of the DG2 here.
Bedroom setups: 9/10
Gilmour tones: Delicate/PULSE/Gdansk/Rattle

Gilmourish.Com score: 9/10

Vick Audio V-2
Vick Audio V2The V-2 taps into the Cornish G2 territory but unlike the TopTone G2 and Buffalo FX Evolution, the V-2 sounds closer to a Muff, rather than a Muffish Marshall. There’s lots of gain, mids and low end here but what sets it apart, is less compression and more harmonics. The V-2 can easily cover David’s more current lead tones, produced by the Cornish G2 but also double as a Muff and even a fuzz, with some tweaking. The V-2 sounds best alone, without a booster, and works equally well on smaller bedroom amps and bigger stage rigs. See my full review of the Vick Audio V-2 here.
Bedroom setups: 10/10
Gilmour tones: Delicate/Pulse/Gdansk/Rattle
Gilmourish.Com score: 8/10

Feel free to use the comments field below and share your experience, recommendations and tips!

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  1. Dan says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I would like to know you thoughts on the way Huge Green Rhino?
    Basically a tubedriver. Have you tested one. How do you like it?

    • Bjorn says:

      It’s closer to the Tube Screamer, with a couple of extra features for more low end and gain. More mid range and compression than the Tube Driver.

  2. Igor says:

    Dear Bjorn! I have a “Vick Audio Tree of Life” and more pedals “Overdrive and distortion” I do not have. Do I need a pedal Tube Driver Chandler 88th year of release? I was offered a pedal Tube Driver, and I do not know if it will be like “Vick Audio Tree of Life”. Thank you

    • Bjorn says:

      The ToL has much more mid range and compression than the Tube Driver. Two very different sounding overdrives really. The Tube Driver has a more early Marshall tube amp tone, with moderate mid range and compression, while the ToL is closer to the OCD, Tube Screamer and Dumble tone.

  3. Georg Hellström says:

    Hi Björn. I was wondering if you’ve tried any of the Pettyjohn drives? I had my mind set on the TD-X, but at the same time it would be nice to have something that would give me a couple of more tonal options for live use. The PettyDrive looks like a fun, versatile box of joy!

  4. James Tea says:

    hello Bjorn

    I have spent a big hunk of dough on some pedals, several of your picks…

    OCD – Bass Big Muff – Vibe Machine – Flashback

    So far so good.

    I was running a compressor after the Big Muff, it allowed me to get more tone by lowering the output and cranking the volume pot on the BIG muff to its sweet spot. But peer pressure made me try the compressor in front of the OCD and then.. meh.

    Now I have ordered a Tree of Life which will arrive any day,and thinking to take the compressor out.

    So many drive pedals, could I ask how you personally might put these together, in what order?

    OCD v4 > Tree of Life > Bass Big Muff, or Tree of Life > OCD > Big Muff, or…?

    I think you know all these pedals pretty well.

    I would want one to use at a clean boost setting for pretty stuff and stacking.

    Thanks for your great website and advice.

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi James, doesn’t matter how you arrange them if you’re using one pedal at a time but for stacking, I would go for this: Muff > OCD > ToL. As for the compressor… Whether or not you need a compressor depends on your pickups, the amp and what pedals you use. Based on your pedals alone, I would say that you don’t need a compressor as the OCD and ToL are very compressed.

      • James Tea says:

        Thanks very much! Just arrived today, I am very pleased with the sound and range of the TOL.

      • James Tea says:

        A question about the OCD v4. Is this the noisiest pedal in the world or do I have a bad unit?
        I get so much noise from this pedal when the volume is past 12:00. Now I tried it stacked with the TOL. The TOL bumps up the OCD noise, even if the OCD is set to 9:00 volume.

        Whether using the OCD alone, or stacked, if I use a jumper lead from the OCD housing screw to ground, it cuts the noise.

        Have you seen this on OCD’s before? The high noise factor or the noise reduction through grounding?

        • Bjorn says:

          I haven’t experienced that the pedal it self is noisy and I think I have four of them now. But, the OCD has a lot of compression, mid range and gain so there will be some noise when you crank it up. It’s just the nature of the pedal. Mind too that proper powering and good quaility cables will eliminate much of the noise.

  5. Rennzo says:

    Hi, Bjorn!

    If you were to buy only 3 pedals to achieve a Pink Floyd sound, would you get delay, modulation and distortion, or delay, modulation and overdrive? I’m really considering buying the Nova Delay and the MXR Phase 90. Other than these, which distortion or which overdrive would you get?

    Thanks! =D

    • Bjorn says:

      I would start with a distortion for the big lead tones, an overdrive for rhythms and the milder leads and a delay.

      • Rennzo says:

        Björn, I’ve decided to get the Flashback Delay and Looper + Tree of Life Overdrive.

        Considering this “hard to beat for the price” motto (as you clearly did with the Flashback), which DISTORTION and which MODULATION (one of each) would you pick, hands down, to cover most of Pink Floyd tones?

        Thanks a lot in advance, again! And cheers from Brazil :)

        • Bjorn says:

          Depends on your amp but I guess I would go for something versatile when it comes to the distortion. Perhaps a Fulltone OCD or a RAT kind of pedal, like the Buffalo FX Evolution. As for the modulation, personally I prefer flanging for the late 70s era, and the Mooer ElecLady is hard to beat, but it wouldn’t quite work for other eras. Perhaps a phaser for the Dark Side/WYWH stuff and a flanger for the Animals/Wall stuff.

          • Rennzo says:

            Hello again, Björn!

            All right, I got my hands on a Flashback Delay and Looper + Tree of Life + ProCo RAT 2 + MXR Phase 90 Eddie Van Halen + Mooer Eleclady. My amp is a Fender Frontman 25r (when I change it, I’ll keep in mind those “mids scooped” tips).

            My questions are: do you think this pedalboard is solid? And in which order would you chain these pedals?

            Thanks again, you’re great!

            • Bjorn says:

              Hi, you have covered the basics with those pedals so I’m not sure what to recommend. You should be able to cover most of David’s stuff with that. Whenever you buy a new amp, and if it is a more mid range oriented amp, I would probably look into a Muff or fuzz for some of those vintage tones.

          • Rennzo says:

            Hi! I don’t know if this reply is going to be seen at the same time as my previous reply which wasn’t answered yet, but it’s worth the shot.

            My pedals ended up being these ones:

            – Flashback Delay and Looper
            – RAT 2
            – Tree of Life
            – MXR Phase 90 EVH
            – MXR Analog Chorus
            – Mooer Eleclady

            My actual amp (I’ll probably change it sooner or later) is a Fender Frontman 25R.

            My only questions are:
            1) Do you think that’s a solid group of pedals for playing on stage and at home?
            2) And MOST IMPORTANTLY: in which order would you put these 6 pedals, exactly?

            Thank you, Björn!

            • Bjorn says:

              Hi, sorry I got the comments mixed up. Yes, I think it looks like a very nice setup. Try this order:
              guitar > rat > tol > phase > chorus > eleclady > flashback > amp. I often place the phaser before the dirt pedal but try both ways and hea which you like the best. Cheers!

  6. Brian says:

    I literally just found out that this pedal existed a hour ago and was wondering if you had any experience with the Maxon TOD‑9 True Tube Overdrive. Basically the classic Tube Screamer with a mini tube in it. Been out for a few years now and it’s slightly expensive but was thinking it might be a smaller Tube Driver option. Otherwise I’m about get a second Keeley BD-2 as the MXR Fet Driver I currently have for TD #2 just isn’t cutting it.

    • Bjorn says:

      Haven’t tried the TOD9 so I can’t really comment on it. As for the Fet Driver replacement, the Keeley BD2 is great but check out the Buffalo FX TD-X and Wampler Plexi Drive as well.

  7. Don says:

    Hey Bjorn,

    Currently rocking a setup consisting of a Vick Audio 73 Ram Head (switching out with a JHS Muffaletta) for fuzz, Buffalo FX Evolution for distortion and Vick Audio Tree of Life for lighter overdrive. It’s a good setup, but I feel like there’s still something “missing” so to speak. Meaning that contextually, I find myself gravitating more toward my Evolution for lead playing and shying away from the ’73 Ram’s Head, which puts me in a conundrum in that setting the Evolution up for optimal lead playing leaves me relying more or less solely on the Tree of Life for my overdrive and distortion tones, which I’d prefer to do rather than use it as a solo boost for the ’73 Ram Head.

    I was wondering, should I consider taking the fuzz pedals off my board, dedicating the Evolution solely to heavy overdrive and modern-era Gilmour-style leads, and get another overdrive pedal? The Tree of Life, with my rig (HiWatt Custom 50 SA112), seems to be the *perfect* low-gain overdrive. Leaving the Evolution for leads and heavy distortion, would it make more sense to get a mid-level overdrive? Or to stick with one of the fuzz pedals (the Muffaletta sounds great without a booster), set the Evolution up more as a go-to heavy overdrive and the Tree of Life as a light overdrive?

    Thanks!

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Don, obviously the number of pedals and which pedals you should have on your pedal board, depends on what tones you need. I use Big Muffs all the time but mainly for Gilmour stuff so for my own music, I mainly use either distortion or different overdrives… either alone or stacked. Big Muffs and fuzz are great but they sound like, well, Big Muffs and fuzz and if that’s not what you’re after, then it’s not going toprovide a whole lot more than that. I often have a combo of different overdrives, like a booster, milder overdrive and one heavy saturated. That will provide the pallette of tones that I need for most things. So, the Evo for heavy lead stuff. The ToL for cleaner overdrive and perhaps something like a Buffalo FX TDX or the Wampler Plexi Drive for mid gainy things would provide a wide range of tones.

      • Arya Boustani says:

        Hi Bjorn, in your response here you mentioned you sometimes use combination of ODs stacked. So what is your signal chain for the stacked overdrives? I mean if Evo is set for heavy overdrive, do you still feed to another overdrive? or putting an overdrive feeding the Evo? or you mean using a combo of mild overdrive (TOL) feeding the mid gain overdrive (BFX TDX or Wampler Plexi). Do you use any three OD pedals combination? I found staggering a mid scooped to a mid heavy and back to mid scooped or vice versa OD pedals allow to have 3 or even more OD pedals in the signal chain, as long as the heavy feeds to a light and back to heavy feeds to a mid, etc. Not that it is needed, just for sake of knowing the analogy for not choking the signal. What do you think? Is there any section of your articles going to be dedicated to strategizing stacking gain stages? Thanks a lot for all the time you spend on this :)

        • Bjorn says:

          My main overdrive pedal is the Buffalo TX. It’s usually set for a midl overdrive that I use for rhythm stuff, power chords etc. In front of it, I have a TopTone Shine Boost set to max, that I kick in for heavier solo stuff. I don’t really use Muffs that much anymore, so for the full gain lead tones, I have a Vick Audio Tree of Life set fairly mild, also placed in front of the TDX. The idea is that both boosters can be kicked in for different tones ontop of the TDX, much like boosting the front end of a crunchy tube amp.

      • Don says:

        Thanks, Bjorn. Your latter idea is exactly what I’m thinking. I’d love to keep a muff on board, but with my rock band the Evolution just seems to sit in our mix so much nicer – for Gilmourish leads (with a Retro Sonic Chorus or Mooer E-Lady) and for non-Gilmourish stuff as well. For the other two overdrive pedals, I was actually leaning toward *both* a TD-X, for cleaner overdrive and a Plexi Drive (or another Marshall-voiced OD, such as the Friedman BE-OD) for mid-to-high gain stuff. Do you think that pair would cause too much overlap?

        • Bjorn says:

          They’re similar but one approach is to set them differently – one for clean boost or mild crunch and one for heavier overdrive. They compliment eachother nicely.

          • Don says:

            Thanks!

            Reading your response to Arya above – do you think going with two overdrive pedals and a boost/EQ is a more efficient option? For argument’s sake, let’s say one being a light overdrive (TD-X/Boss BD-2), the other a heavier overdrive (Evolution), and a good EQ pedal to accentuate certain frequencies and/or provide a boost? That way, in theory, I could set both overdrives to good rhythm levels and then use a boost/eq in conjunction with modulation pedals to get a good lead sound out of either.

            • Bjorn says:

              That’s similar to my setup. I have two overdrives that are set more or less identical, although the pedals are voiced differently. Adding a booster to each of them, provides different tones for different applications. I don’t really like EQs because it easy to overdo it and I think using different overdrives provides more natural sounds and a bigger palette of sounds but that’s what works for me. Try different setups and choose the one that gives you the tones and versatility you need.

              • Don says:

                Thanks for the tips, Bjorn. I’m going to give that a shot – a low-gain overdrive, a high-gain OD (torn between the Evolution and Friedman BE-OD, which sounds killer through my HiWatt) and, for now, a Keeley Katana mini as a boost.

  8. M says:

    hey Bjorn. im about audio dover drive. your score was 10/10 and you were recommending. but now its 7/10. its my mistake or it was like that ?

  9. Matteo says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    from what I read you said that the buffalo Evolution can easily nail those G2 and Tube driver(ish) tones; now I own a Buffalo Td x, so talkin’ about tube driver tones I’m ok with it, what I would like to ask you are these two questions:

    1) Do you think the Evolution while doing a proper G2 could nail the RAT tones as well?
    2) Do you think in order to get a convincing Pulse setup, would be useful to have two Td X on the pedalboard?
    Cause I know that David used ‘em (well the tube driver actually) simoultaneously on certain songs

    Ps. concerning the DG20 pups: I found out that keeping the SPC off and pushing hard the EXG can get you close to the sound he’s using in the intro solo (surely using the double compressor setup)

    Thank you very much!
    congrats on your work as usual
    Ciao from Italy

    Matteo

    • Matteo says:

      Sorry the song I was referring to, regarding the dg20s, was Coming back to life

    • Bjorn says:

      Teh Evo and TDX is somewhat overlapping but they’re really two different pedals. The TD is brighter, less compressed and it has much more headroom. Much more of that early JTM Marshall kind of tone. The Evolution is close to the RAT, with a bit of the Muff falvour. Much more compressed, less headroom and a lot more mid range and gain. I would use the TD for boost and overdrive and the Evo for leads.

  10. Corey says:

    Hi Bjorn, I have a Hiwatt custom 20 sa210 and i was wondering would a ehx soul food or fulltone ocd be better for a well balanced overdrive sound? I have a proco rat 2 and a bb preamp and I really don’t like either of those with it. Your help would be appreciated!

    • Bjorn says:

      What is that you don’t like about those two? The Soul Food and OCD can sound a bit “boxy” and bright on Hiwatts, as those amps has a lot of mid range and compression already. They blend better with amps that doesn’t have as much mid range and compression, although it always depends on what tones you’re looking for. For the Hiwatt, I would probably go for something a bit more transparent like the Buffalo FX TDX, Boss BD2/Keeley Phat Mod, Vick Audio Overdriver etc.

  11. Hi Bjorn,
    Firstly, thank you so much for this site. I’m not even a guitar player and I read it all the time! I’m a writer and I was wondering if I could use your expertise (and the gilmourish’community)on something specific I’m writing about. I’m not sure if you have seen the WYWH “demo” recently released on YouTube:

    https://youtu.be/XEoUuTazzZI

    I’m trying to narrow this version of Shine On to a specific date referencing Glenn Povey’s book The Complete Pink Floyd. Obviously the first solo isn’t there, the second solo is different, there’s no sax, and from comparison even the drum and bass parts are not the same. In fact, this version is slower when played next to the official release.
    My questions revolve around a technique Gilmour uses to time his famous 4 note phrase. It starts at 3:10. You can hear that the phrase is played very, very, quietly and he uses the quiet version as a guide to know when to begin playing the same notes loudly. This strikes me as odd. There is no rhythm track at this point, so why would having the phrase in there twice to guide him be necessary? Any other number of means could be used to tell him where to come in. And he’s also not keeping time with anyone but himself, and thanks to the build up, the phrase is not even equidistant from the previous one at the end. I believe he recorded the actual part outside of EMI studio 3 so he could use all of his amps to achieve a louder sound. Would he be hearing it through headphones? If you dug deep enough, could it be heard in the final mix? The only other reason I can think of is that it had to match exactly with pre-recorded rhythm tracks. I.E he has 40 seconds before the drums come in and it has to be perfect. But, there is no drum or bass before that part! So, they could just start that reel after he was done. I know this is a lot, but I’m flustered and I first thought of you to help. If you have time, any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated.

    Cheers,
    Kevin Cenedella

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Kevin, this is obviously an early demo version and David’s playing is very reminiscent of those late 74 British shows and early 75 US shows. Not as smooth and mellow as on the album but a bit more nerve. In regards to the 4-note intro. I don’t think it’s a que but rather a tape bleed from a previous take. Could aslo be bleed on the source tape. You can often hear that on old bootlegs. I assume they either used a metronome or click track when they recorded. I’m sure there is some info on that somewhere but again, I don’t think what you hear is something they actually used.

  12. james huntley says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    Thank you for such an amazing website! I’ve spent countless hours on it.

    I was one of the folks that bought the Xotic SL Drive based on old recommendation. My current setup is:

    Fender Gilmour Custom Shop Strat –> MXR compressor –> Xotic SL Drive –> BYOC Large Beaver Ram –> Empress Tape Delay –> Catelinbread Echorec –> Boss DT-20 –> 65′ Fender Princeton Reverb.

    Reading the more recent posts about the SL Drive having too much gain for certain amps, I’m curious how you feel it pairs with a 65′ Fender Princeton Reverb. Also, do you have any recommendations for the sequence of my daisy chain?

    Thank you,
    James

    p.s. I’d like to make a donation to the site for all of your hard work. It is tremendously appreciated.

    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks for your kind words and support, James! Glad you enjoy the site :) Your chain looks fine. I’m using the SL Drive a lot in my home studio and it works nicely on most amps. I haven’t tried it on a Princeton but I would imagine that it sounds great. Works nicely with most other Fender amps I’ve tried it with, adding a nice mids hump and some compression.

  13. Jakob Marsala says:

    Hey, Bjorn.

    My current batch of drive pedals are the following, in order:

    Z.Vex Fuzz Factory
    Evolution
    M1
    Mythical Overdrive
    …and a Boss BD-2 keeley modded.

    I have two BD-2s. One is a constant in my guitar case for drop-in gigs, but they have a very narrow band of usefulness. I have a gap in my “light overdrive” spectrum, because I’ve tried other pedals – plexi-drive, throbak overdriver, v1 marshall bluesbreaker, a few other random things – and none seem to have the same “openness” of the Keely-mod BD-2 when it’s in that comfort zone.

    Is there a Buffalo FX pedal that would be a good match for the BD-2? I love the Evolution, and the M1 may be my favorite pedal of all time.

    • Bjorn says:

      The TDX is very close to the BD2 but in my opinion, even more versatile. The BD2 may have more headroom but the TDX, which is based on the Tube Driver, has a wider breakup and a tighter low end. I think it will compliment your pedals very well.

  14. Markus says:

    Ok, one more option. Sorry, but i’m in this autistic-pedal-mode right now. :D

    I’m thinking about this:

    – Vick Audio ’73 Ram’s Head

    And maybe stack it up with my Fulltone OCD clone.

    The ’73 sounds very natural and vintage to me…

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Markus, I’ll answer everything here. As you know, how your pedals end up sounding depends on the amp and how that amp is set. The Lionhearts are extremely versatile and can be setup in a number of different ways. I think all the pedals you’ve mentioned are capable of providing some really nice Gilmour tones with your amp so it more down to preference. The RAT can sound a bit flat and oversaturated but that’s pretty much the nature of the pedal. I love it but it does sound better on amps that has less mid range and compression. OCD-like pedals should be able to deliver tones close to David’s Tube Driver so I would probably stick with that and maybe get a Muff for the bigger lead tones. The Vick ’73 is great and very versatile with the 3-way mid range switch. The Hoof is a great alternative too but it might be better for the early stuff, rather than the more present tones. Hope this gives you start.

  15. Markus says:

    And one more thing regarding my recent post; i already have an Joyo Ultimate Drive, which is an Fulltone OCD clone. Would there be a way to stack that with some (modestly priced) pedal to have an easy way to achieve a Gilmour tone with my setup? Thanks! Markus

  16. Markus says:

    Hi Bjorn! First af all; thank you! You are a true inspiration and driving me forwards to finding my own tone! :D My question is this; I need to find a powerful, organic and lively overdrive sound. I hear it in the fuzzes, for example in the Hoof. But i’m not sure if that is the way to go or should i settle for something else like a Rat. I play a strat to a Laney LC15, both in the bedroom and with a band as a lead (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin etc rock). My problem with the Rat is that in demos i hear it doesn’t quite have that organic, ballsy vibes that the fuzzes have. I think the Rat sounds kind of metallic and electronic sometimes, and this is something i don’t hear in the muffs. Well, my alternatives have narrowed to these:

    – Earthquaker Hoof (200€)
    – Proco Rat (75€)
    – Mooer Triangle buff (60€)

    And maybe i would also need and driver for the rat and the mooer?

    Well, i really hope that you can help me as i don’t have the opportunity to try these out over here!

    Best,
    Markus

  17. vivek vijay says:

    hii bjorn,, sorry for troubling u with more doubts…. here in south india,, we do not have the luxury to test these various wonderful pedals or amps for ourselves ,, only way acquire them is wen my relatives come to india from america….. ur website is a great source for guys like me!! im now learning how to manipulate tone with the help of ur great articles…..

    bjorn,,, im planning to buy a 5 watt amp for home practise,, confused between marshall dsl 5c,, and laney lionheart 5 watt amp,,
    im more inclined towards laney lionheart…. will pedals like buffalo fx rams head,, buffalo fx powerbooster,, buffalo patriot,, wampler tumnus,, boss ds1 ,, boss bd2 go along well with laney lionheart studio 5watt?? which compressor,,,fuzz / muff (i like gilmour and hendrix type tone) ,,, boost (as standalone overdrive and for boosting muffs or another pedal),,,distortion pedal ( ihave boss ds1 already with me),, in ur expert opinion will work best with laney lionheart 5 watt amp?? my guitar is yamaha pacifica 612v with seymour duncan jb bridge humbucker pickup and 2 single coil yamaha pickups….. and also i wud love to play a wide range of bands on the above setup ( led zep,, jimi hendrix,, gnr,, acdc,, ozzy,, black sabbath ,, zztop,, metallica,, pantera,,etc ) :) :) :) is it possible?? and also between marshall dsl 5 and laney lion heart 5 watt amps,, which do u strongly reccomend>??

    waiting hopefully and excitedly for ur replyy !!!….thankuu …..

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi! Thanks for your kind words! Personally I would go for the Lionheart. The Marshall DSL is a nice amp but it’s much more aggressive, compressed and far brighter sounding. I guess you can throw most pedals at it but it’s really designed for plugging the guitar straight into it for the more modern sounding Marshall tones. The Lionheart is capable of both classic Marshall tones and providing a balanced platform for your pedals.

      • vivek vijay says:

        thanku so much for ur reply,,,!! one more doubt plss,,,im goin for lionheart rather than dsl.
        after much reading on this site on overdrives and distortions,, amps,, and general rules for amp – pedal combinatins,,, i have decided on the following pedal combinations for muff,, boost,,overdrive ,, they are -buffulo patriot, wampler tumnus (mid boost / low gain overdrive),, buffalo fx tdx ( high gain overdrive) ,, the logic behind this choice is i can use wampler tumnus as standalone low gain overdrive and also as a mid boost for buffalo tdx to make it also act as a high gain distortion,, with buffalo tdx alone i can obtain from mild to high gain overdrive tones,,
        ( i also have boss ds1 to act as a stand alone distortin pedal)….. and if i feel like boosting the
        patriot (which can also act as stand alone muff) ,, i can use tumnus or buffalo tdx in the boost mode,, if this logic works i can get a wide variety of dirt tones from the amp …. do u think tdx and patriot will work well with lany lionheart “5” watt ?? i know u have laney lionheart l20 and use most of these pedals ,, but do u think it will work on 5 watt?? pls give me a guidance bjorn,,, it means a lot to me…!! thankuu :) :) take care…..

        • Bjorn says:

          Please see my previous reply. Let me know if you still need any help :)

          • vivek vijay says:

            hii born,,, hope u r doin great,, thnku very much for ur reply,, you dont have to apologise for the delay,, i consider ur replies to our questions as great bonuses,,, the site itself is a mini university of guitar tone which is available for us free..!!!

            one doubt though bjorn ,, i have finally decided on pedals tumnus,, fulltone ocd and boss ds1(i have it),, mxr dyna comp or xotic sp compressor for laney lionheart 5 watt ( in the assumption that although its drive channel is marshall style still because of 5 watt power,, it needs mids boosted/ compressed pedals)…. do u think this is a good decision?? if u were in my shoes what dirt/boost pedals would u choose :) ?? thnku ,,

  18. Duncan says:

    Hi M; Riis,

    What would be your choice today, among the many pedals available, in order to replicate the Pete cornish SS-2 pedal, as used in the Division Bell album?

    Best regards,

    duncan

  19. vivek vijay says:

    hii bjorn ,,,, great information!! but i have a doubt regarding 2 sentences in this article –

    1) These pedals (uncompressed mids scooped boosters)can sound horrible on an uncompressed, mids scooped Twin or “SMALLER BEDROOM AMPS” ((does this include compressed mids boosted smaller amps like marshall dsl 5c?)), but creamy and smooth on a compressed and mids boosted Marshall

    2) These pedals (compressed mids boosted overdrives) will produce a smoother and overall bigger sounding tone, on amps like the Twin and “SMALLER BEDROOM AMPS.” (again,, does this include compressed smaller bedroom amps like marshall dsl 5c??)

    does this mean that for smaller bedroom amps even though it is a mids boosted compressed marshall dsl 5c,, mids scooped transparent overdrives or fuzz sound horrible?? (in another article i read that marshalls have natural compression and lots of mids so fuzzes and transparent overdrives work well and mids boost pedals like tube screamer or ocd would choke because of the excessive mids already present in the amp )

    so my doubt is that ,, by the term “smaller bed room amps” in the above statements,,,, do u mean only those mids scooped uncompressed amps like fender or vox??

    i hope this question reaches you,,,, would greatly appreciate your reply,,, and also thanks a lot for those articles ,,,, they have helped a lot,,,, keep up the goodwork !!

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Vivek, sorry for my very late reply. This one got caught in the spam filter for some reason. I should perhaps have been more clear in the article but I’m using the term “small bedroom amps” generically. Fender, Vox and similar amps doesn’t have that much mid range and compression (most models anyway) so you would need compressed and mids boosted pedals on both small and big amps. A small Marshall however, like the DSL, can sound thin in a bedroom setup despite the fact that it has a lot of compression and mid range. You won’t get low end needed. Still, it’s a matter of setting the amp up correctly for the environment and using the right combination of pedals.

  20. Nick Love says:

    I’d recommend folks on here check out the Fulltone Catalyst. At similar settings to the Colorsound Powerboost it does a cleanish boost just as well, blending equally as well with muffs as most dirt pedals. At higher settings it does a great fuzzy overdrive sound that’s great for early 70’s classic rock tones. Like most Fulltone’s it is built rock solid. Definitely worth a look. Very inexpensive too, got mine for $78 USD new.

  21. Lui says:

    The RAT is great, al Muffs are great… the diver driver and also the newer MXR Fet Driver are awesome… kind of tube drivers without the tube but extremely creamy and harmonic… but my favorite OF pedal besides a Klon like pedal like the Soul Food, Tumnus, Archer or Sick as… the Way huge Fat Sandwich… oh man… that pedal is ridiculously amazing! Plus the interbal trim pots were you can add even more drive… wow! You should definitely check the Fat sandwich… very unique, not necessarily for Gilmour tones… but nor is the OCD or the Plexi… anyways… great list… wish for more Soul Food type pedal reviews .

  22. Chris says:

    Hey Bjorn!

    Ever try out the Bogner Ecstasy series of pedals? There are countless demos online of people doing pretty convincing Marshall in a Box tones with the Bogner Ecstasy Blue pedal and the Red is a bit more high gain. But both have full EQs, a few extra switches to tailor the pedal to your amp and a second switch for a boost. Kind of similar to pedals like the Wampler Plexi Drive Deluxe or new Strymon Riverside – wondering if you had a chance to get your hands on either yet!

  23. Felipe says:

    Hi Bjorn, any thoughts on the strymon riverside?

  24. Daniele says:

    Hi, I just can’t understand….if you have to choose between buffalo or throbak for the dsotm or wywh sound which one would you suggest. by the descriptions you love the same, by the video (I can’t see the potential of buffalo) and can’t see the clean in throbak (used as booster)
    anyway…….AMAZING WEB SITE!

  25. Chris says:

    Hey Bjorn, try out the Walrus Audio Iron Horse yet? It’s very Rat-flavored and has three different clipping options.

    I A/B’ed it with the Evolution last night through my HiWatt Custom 50 1×12 combo and they’re REMARKABLY close!

    Chris

    • Bjorn says:

      Haven’t tried it… :)

      • Chris says:

        If you can get your hands on any of their pedals, it’s worth a shot – they’re pretty big in some circles over here in the states. That one is their LM308-based overdrive – upon further review, a little darker than the Evolution with a bit of a lower-mids push; pretty cool. They’ve also got a pedal called the Voyager which is said to be everything from a Klon clone to a Timmy, so I’m excited to see how it stacks up as a low gain/boost pedal.

  26. Bern Merchant says:

    Hi Bjorn. Once again thanks for your comments over the past few years as I’ve popped a question on here now and then. Another one for you please.

    Last year I made the unfortunate move of selling my Buffalo FX Evolution pedal (you know how it goes swapping gear, selling stuff to fund other things). Anyway, not my best decision in retrospect. I was thinking of getting another, but noticed the Analogman DS-1 on your Time Jamming video and also on the Analogman site. I know both pedals are different – very different lineage – but how would you compare the Evolution and AM DS-1 (with mids knob)?

    Many thanks, and all the best for 2017.

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Bern! I guess the DS1 is softer or smoother. Perhaps a bit flabby in the lows but it’s hard to beat that silky smooth sustain. It’s my go-to pedal for recording huge sustained solos. My issue with it, and reason for not using it live, is that it doesn’t have a lot of output. It’s loud but not enough compared to other similar pedals. The Evo is more aggressive sounding and closer to a Marshall I guess. It’s still smooth but you have more of those amp-like harmonics and overtones. I don’t know, they’re similar yet very different… if that makes sense. The DS sounds bigger while the Evo is more focused and cuts through better.

  27. jpl says:

    Bjørn, as a novice, I can’t thank you enough for your blog. I unfortunately live in an upstairs apartment and can’t get enough sustain without getting evicted or beat up.

    Do you have a good solution? If so, I’d greatly appreciate your knowledge.

    Thanks for all you are doing to help everybody. I love the way you play.

    I was a singer years ago, but my heart lies inside the guitar.

    Many thanks.
    jpl

  28. joao bicudo says:

    Hello Bjorn!

    You used to have the Xotic SL Drive in this list.
    Can you remind me please for what albums you recommended?

    Best regards,

    Joao Bicudo

    p.s. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  29. Pete W. says:

    Hey Bjorn!
    Scotty Smith of ProAnalog Devices is back, and has released the Power Driver v2.
    It covers all the Overdriver sounds, and, when the gain is cranked, moves into fuzz territory.
    If this interests you, then you can reach Scotty through the facebook page.
    Here is the link.
    https://www.facebook.com/proanalogdevices/?pnref=story

  30. Chris says:

    Hey Bjorn! I have a HiWatt SA112 that sounds *amazing* and a combination of the Buffalo FX TD-X and Evolution covers my light/heavy overdrive tones. Was thinking of adding a booster to get *more* of either pedal for solos. I was thinking of going with a completely neutral, straight-ahead clean boost like the Keeley Katana. Very important the original signal isn’t coloured. Any recommendations?

  31. ratanfreebirdRatan says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    TC electronics introduced 13 new pedals. http://www.tcelectronic.com/smorgasbord-of-tones/
    Can you please share your thoughts if any of these are useful from David’s general tone?

    • Bjorn says:

      I haven’t tried them yet but I’ve always trueted things that comes from TC to give me the tones I need. The Cinders Overdrive, Rusty Fuzz, Echobrain and Prophet and the modulations should make a good start.

  32. kris says:

    hello bjorn . im looking to get a bd2 overdrive with keeley mod but found a katana blues overdrive on his website . any idea if this is better than the modded bd2 . i was finding it hard to buy a keeley modded bd2 but found an analogman bd2. just wondering what your thoughts are on the katana blues overdrive compaired to the modded bd2s. also would they be a good booster for a byoc muff rams head that i bought a few months ago .i have a laney 12 cub and cab and think this my next step towards a gilmour like tone . many thanks. .

  33. Sandro says:

    Hey Bjorn, just want to say I love your site and find it extremely useful. I am in the process of buying my next pedal but due to the expensive nature of good pedals, I have to pick and choose the most crucial one that will be of the most use. I am debating between a Boss CS-2, Vicks Audio 73 Rams Head, or Mooer Eleclady. I do tend to prefer David’s Wall/Gdansk/Pulse tones so any assistance in making this decision would be extremely helpful. Thank you!

    • Sandro says:

      I would also like to add that I have a Mesa Boogie Mark 5 and SSL-5 in bridge, stock pups in neck/middle

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Sandro! Not sure if you’re asking for all three or just one but all three should go nicely with the tones you describe.

    • george says:

      Dont get a mooer eleclady, get a Donner Jet. Its exactly the same and a fraction of the price. But the electric mistress sound, even a real one (ive tried) is actually pretty disappointing and sounds weird because its not the 80s. A rotary is better, even a cheap one like an AROMA/tomsline roto engine, in place of the boss RT20 which is also good but expensive. If you dont already have a compressor, start there. They take a bit of getting used to but become invaluable. For instant satisfaction though the vick rams head cant be beat, with some delay and reverb, its tasty! Dont even have to go nuts on the gain. I like mine with gain almost off and boosted with a power boost/ vick overdriver which is in fact my favourite pedal which I use for boosting everything or as a foundation drive on its own. They come in 18v now. But then I have a Hiwatt t40 amp, and as Bjorn keeps saying, the answer to what pedal is good, is what amp do you have because it depends on your amp type. Like, if you have a fender tube amp, maybe you need a vick V2 instead of a muff. Hope this helps :)

  34. Omar says:

    Which o them would you recommend: Wampler Plexidrive clone, Fulltone OCD clone, BD2 BOSS (blues mood Mooer) or SS-2 Cornish Clone for Gilmours Drive (Louder than Words solo, Shine on you crazy diammond)? For Muff, I have Iron Bell Fuzz clone. Does OD-3 BOSS could be good for Ac/DC, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin?

  35. Daryl says:

    What about a Seymour Duncan pickup booster as a clean boost?

    • Bjorn says:

      I haven’t tried it but it would operate and sound similar to the Effectrode Fire Bottle and it should be placed first, to be able to “interact” with your pickups.

  36. Mikhail says:

    Hello Bjorn,
    I very like your site and some information helped me find my sound.
    And I looking now for new pedal with Rat-ish tone – I choose between Jam Rattler+ and ProCo Rat2 ’87-’88. What you can most recommend me of these two?
    Thanks in advance!
    Cheers!

    • Bjorn says:

      Sorry for my very late reply, Mikhail. I’m very fond of the Rattler. It’s very close to the original, with a bit more open character and more low end.

      • Mikhail says:

        Ok, thank you. Also can you tell me: how close ProCo Rat ’90 vintage reissue to original Rat large box or small box 84-85?

        • Bjorn says:

          I think the 90 has a bit more gain but I haven’t done a proper A/B test. I know they now doesn’t use the LM308 chip, which is what made those old pedals sound so good.

  37. Hi Bjorn, how are you?

    I have a question:
    Recently I bought a Ibanez TK999OD to use as BK’s Tube Drive. But I’m having a hard time to tuning the pedal. The TK999OD have High, Low and Mid nobs plus a Presence one. Should I set for a more bright tone or a dark one? Currently I’m using both High and Low at 12 o’clock, mid at 3 o’clock and Presence at 2 o’clock. I know from the previous questions that you didn’t test this pedal before, but from your knowledge with pedals and the Tube Drive, what should I use with this one?

    Thanks!

  38. Jack says:

    1. Dear Bjørn,
    I am contacting you as I have a question regarding your reviews of the TD-X and Evolution by Buffalo FX. I am slowly building a pedalboard David Gilmour sound. I completely understand that you are busy and might not be able to answer such questions, but nonetheless I decided to still try and contact you, since I truly need some insight.
    However, does the TD-X deliver lead tones on it’s own as well? I love the tone but I am afraid the gain is not present for lead solo’s. That is the only reason I am looking at the Evolution, because I want to have a great overdriven lead tone for solo’s, but I love the tone the TD-X creates. Can you perhaps comment on this? Could the Columbus distortion stack with the TD-X as well?
    My setup is Fender strat EMG – Cry Baby wah – Boss cs 2 – EHX de luxe big muff pi – Columbus distortion – Bad Monkey – Drybell Univibe – Boss c 3 – Tc Electronic delay – Boss Rc 3 – Fender twin red knobs.
    Thank you for your time Bjørn!
    All the best from Holland!

    • Jack says:

      Hi Bjorn,
      A little more info, I am looking for a new distortion/overdrive pedal.
      I also want to replace the EHX muff what is your advice on that?
      Thanks Bjorn.

      • Bjorn says:

        Why do you want to replace the Muff? What sort of tone and quailites are you looking for?

        • Jack says:

          Hi Bjorn

          Thank you for the information, I checkt out your reviews of the TD-X many times and it was hard for me to choose between the TD-X ore Evolution but I think I am going first for the TD-X, and maybe later I get the Evolution.
          And I want to replace the EHX for a more simple Muff I know the EHX is verry versatile but I like simplicity.
          Witch Muff do you think is working the best in combination with the TD-X ?
          The tone I am looking for is Delicate/PULS.
          Thanks a lot Bjorn.

          • Bjorn says:

            Given that you have a Fender amp, I would check out a more versatile distortion that will maintain its tone, even on a mids scooped amp such as the Fender you have. I’m not familiar with the Columbus distortion that you have, but check out the Buffalo FX Evolution or a Rat clone, like the Jam Pedals Rattler or Arc Effects Soothsayer.

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Jack! Check out my review of the TD-X. I’m using it for solo work all the time in my own setup and music :)

  39. Matias says:

    Hi! First time i write.
    I have a Fender Blues Deluxe tube amp. I would like to find a booster to complement the big muff, the ideal thing for me is to replicate the sound of ANIMALS. Any suggestions? Cheers from Argentina!!

    • Bjorn says:

      For Fender amps, I’d go for something with a hint of mids, like a Boss BD-2, Buffalo FX TD-X or Wampler PlexiDrive. The more mids scooped, transparent boosters tend to sound too bright with Fenders.

  40. Bill Watson says:

    Hi Bjorn and greetings from the U.S. First off let me say, this is definitely the Ultimate Gilmour site. So much great information here. I was wondering if you might be able to guide me in some decisions. I currently have a MIM fender strat, (stock. No upgrades on it ) and I’m playing through a VHT special 6 for the amp. It only has a tone and volume control on it. I am also using a Boss me80 that I’m looking to replace with single pedals. I love the intro and exit solos to “Coming back to life” so I am hoping to replicate those tones. Actually all Pulse tones to be honest. Lol also the “Comfortably numb” tone. Here is where your “guidance ” comes in. I have between $600 to $700 u.s.d. to spend. Locally they sell EHX, Earthquaker, Wampler and Boss pedals here predominantly. What would your pedal choices be for the tones I’m interested in replicating? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Keep up the great job here on the site. Thank you.

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Bill, thanks a lot for your kind words! Apologies for the late reply. I recommend a basic setup of a distortion, overdrive and delay. Those three will get you far and you can add modulation pedals later on. Now, I’m not that familiar with your amp and how it’s voiced. It has some obvious limitations so I would go for something versatile. The Boss BD2 is an excellent overdrive capable of replicating most of David’s milder overdrive tones. Distortionwise, you could look into a Mooer Black Secret, which is a clone of the old Rat distortion or, check out EHXs Bass Muff, which is an excellent reproduction of the early 90s Big Muffs. It should go well with your amp although the Rat is a more versatile pedal. For delays, you could go for pretty much anything but the TC Electronics Flashback is probably your best choice for the budget. Hope this helped.

      • Bill Watson says:

        Thank you kindly sir. I will definitely look into those pedals. What is your opinion of the boss super overdrive or the Xotic SL drive for Gilmore over driven tones? I appreciate your advice and again, your site is the best. Thank you.

        • Bjorn says:

          The SD-1 is based on the Tube Screamer. It’s very close, although perhaps a tad brighter with a hint more gain. It works nicely for David’s Tube Driver mild gain rhythm and lead stuff. The SL Drive is based on the old Marshall Plexi amps. It’s very compressed, with tons of mids. Depending on the amp, this one can sound both a bit thin and boxy but it does that early Marshall tone to the point.

  41. Giulio Mazzotta says:

    I have Colorsound overdriver, modded by Costalab, but i dont undestand why Gilmour replaced it with a Tube driver. Powerboost was a swiss knife for his sound…

    Cheers !

    • Bjorn says:

      Matter of taste I guess and the Tube Driver has more mid range, which goes well with the Fender amps he’s often using in the studio and with the Hiwatts, allowing him to cut through properly in a stage mix. The Powerbooster has a more uncompressed and raw character, while the Tube Driver has a more amp-like character.

  42. Dlo33 says:

    What’s your opinion on the MXR Il Torino for boost/overdrive tones? Seems like a good pedal!

    • Bjorn says:

      I haven’t tried it so I can’t really tell. Sounds like you should be able to get some Tube Driver-ish tones with it but I’m not sure how they compare.

  43. Roger Sartori says:

    Hi, Bjorn. First, congrats for having been mentioned on Keeley website when lauching their amazing pedal called Dark Side.
    About overdrive, I’m watching this very hard to find pedal made by NOC3 Effects named Pure Drive. From the videos available it seems it’s kind of “plexish” too. Very versatile overdrive pedal. If you could, check it out.

    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks Roger! That was very nice of Robert :) I haven’t tried the Pure Drive so I can’t really tell. I’ll check it out :)

  44. Arya Boustani says:

    Thanks Bjorn. Sorry I got confused between TD-X and Evolution. So budget-wise what is the closest pedal to Evolution? I’m hoping I get something that offers smooth and high compression high sustain in the high setting but more transparent with hearing attacks and articulations and low compression in the low settings. Sort of like G2 or a hybrid of G2 and P2.
    Thanks a lot.

  45. roberttwiddy says:

    Hi Bjorn, a really great article and also the comments are great. I want to bring it to your attention that I have chosen a Kingsley Minstrel 2 tube overdrive after comparing it with the BK Butler. In my opinion, and if you can test one you will find it is far superior. Simon Jarrett who makes it has really done an excellent job on filtering so it can be used with any amp and it maintains your amp and its tones. It has fantastic dynamics you can turn your guitar down to get complete clean tones or turn it up to engage overdrive. In addition, if you pick lightly it can be clean and if you pick more aggressively it engages the overdrive. I have tried it in my Laney IRT Studio at 1 watt volume level 6 in the clean channel and it is absolutely amazing. On the other hand if I crank the amp in the 15watt channel or in my Fender hotrod it does all the same stuff just at a higher volume. I am going to write to Phil Taylor, Gilmour’s tech as I believe he should try it and talk with David as I am sure he would love it. Here is a link to it. http://kingsleyamplifiers.com/products/pedals/19/ Some of the others are awesome too, That’s Pedal Show did an expose on some of them. The Page is fantastic also.

  46. Arya Boustani says:

    Hi Bjorn, I had hard time saving money and finding a used Buffalo TD-X as a versatile distortion pedal that can cover a bit of muff tones of DG per your comment a while ago. I ended up preferring a vintage Reissue Proco Rat hoping that is sort of in that versatility of TD-X. I appreciate if you comment on their differences and what else is out there as a poor man’s version of the TD-X?
    Thank you,
    Arya

    • Arya Boustani says:

      Hi Bjorn, I just noticed that TD-X is more like the overdrive character and Evolution is Buffalo’s distortion pedal, so I think the comparison I’m seeking and the versatility (boost to overdrive to distortion to fuzz/muffish character) is between Rat and Evolution. Sorry for the confusion. Regarding the versatility in case it is hard to fit the left side of the range (boost/overdrive) with the right side (distortion/fuzz/muff) in one pedal, I would rather focus on the right side (distortion to fuzz/muff) since I already have a few options for boost/overdrive. Although articulated attacks in the lower distortion setting that is what I like about some of the boost / overdrive pedals is something I really like to not loose when I buy a distortion pedal, while I can crank up the distortion and I reach smooth muffish tone. Can these both fit in the same distortion pedal?
      Thanks again.

      • Bjorn says:

        Both the Evolution and Rat are distortion pedals, with a fairly high amount of gain and little headroom. You can tweak both for milder overdrive tones, but the lack of headroom and amount of mid range and compression, makes them less suitable for boosting. They should either be used alone, or being boosted by a dedicated overdrive or clean booster. I guess the closest match for a TDX budgetwise, would be a Boss BD2 or the Mooer Hustle Drive, which is a clone of the OCD. Not quite the same but close.

  47. Tim says:

    Hi Bjorn, I hope all is well. I’m asking this question on behalf of my brother. He’s interested in buying a good all-around distortion/overdrive pedal to use with his little 5 watt fender champ re-issue amp. He would be using it as his only effect pedal right now. He plays at bedroom level through both a Strat and Les Paul. He mostly likes playing grunge music. I suggested the Wampler Plexidrive, Fulltone OCD or Buffalo Evolution. Do you mind providing me your suggestion as to what might work best with his little setup? Your website rocks!! Thank you, Tim

  48. Sacha Weber says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Thanks for those really great reviews !
    I have a question about the Svisound Spectrozoid.
    I can see and hear that you used it on your “On An Island Sunday Jam” on youtube and your tone is amazing.

    I can’t find any review of it on your website and anywhere on internet either.
    What do you think about it ? Is it mostly Overdrive, Distortion or anything else ?
    How would you compare to others and what would be your rating ?

    Thanks again for your amazing blog ;)

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi! I love that pedal! Like most of the SviSound pedals, it’s fairly mid oriented and this one kind of takes over from the OverZoid, with more gain and low end. Hard to describe the tone really. Most of SviSound’s pedals are unique but as you can hear from my clip, it has a bit of that Big Muff character, with some nice harmonics and tons of sustain. It might be a bit overwhelming on amps with a lot of mid range and compression but it sounds amazing on Fenders and other cleaner amps.

  49. Don says:

    Hey Bjorn,

    Think a BD-2w (the new Waza Craft line) would be redundant with a TD-X on board? I’d be using it primarily as a clean-ish boost, occasionally pairing with the TD-X for a boosted overdriven tone, and occasionally a Vick ’73/Buffalo Patriot, if necessary.

  50. Matthew says:

    Dear Bjorn, what booster would you recommend to use with my Analogman BC183? And where to place it, im currently using a fender stratocaster with 1969 fender custom pickups-> Xotic wah-> xotic Ep booster -> Analogman BC183 -> mxr phase 90 (r28 mod)-> catalinabread echorec -> Fender Super Reverb

  51. Roger Sartori says:

    Hi, Bjorn…I see the wampler is now your favorite… I tried it. I think that lacks a lof of gain and sustain. To me, it does not remind the butler tube driver at all, which lacks of sustain too! I can have a lot of “overdrive” tone with the DG1 with low gain settings. Boss BD2 original sounds way better to my ears! I don’t know… perhaps a combination of guitar, chain pedals and amp…

    • Bjorn says:

      Well, yes… you said it. It depends on how you’re using the pedal. On the “wrong” amp, any pedal can sound like shit. I have no problem getting both gain and sustain from both the Plexi and Tube Driver but neither are meant to be high gain pedals. I often use the Plexi with either a cranked amp or stacked with a second overdrive.

  52. Paul says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Currently I use a cmatmods signa drive (tubescreamer with flatter mids) in front of my deluxe reverb amp. And now being “mids-conscious” after spending some time here, I’m on the fence wether to have it replaced with a Vick audio Tree of Life OR keep the SD and have an EH soul food before it to boost some mids & treble. I’ve applied that same method using the keeley mod ts9dx in front of the SD and it does add some beef to it.

    Setting it first in the dirt chain, how’s the soul food as a treble booster to both overdrives? Am I better off with a certain midrange booster such as the Suhr Koko boost? Should I get the Tree of Life instead?

    Thanks!

    Paul

    • Bjorn says:

      You could go either way, I guess. I think what you need to be careful about is not to blend to much compression and mids. A DS or ToL, blended with a Soul Food might be a tad too much but I haven’t tried it myself so I can’t really tell. The Soul Food can boost the highs quite a bit but it also ha s A LOT of mids, so you might end up with a choked and muddy tone. I think a mids oriented pedal blended with a scooped one is often a better approach.

      • Paul says:

        I think I’m going for the Keeley Oxblood instead of the Soul Food and place it in front before the other overdrives. This is my current setup: Guitar > TS9dx > Signa Drive > Ratified > Deluxe Reverb
        Here’s my planned setup: Guitar > Oxblood > TS9dx > Tree of Life > Musket fuzz > Tone Job EQ/boost > Deluxe Reverb

        What do you think of this setup?

  53. Denis says:

    Hi Bjorn, I have owned the Bd-2 for about 4 years now, bought it because your review on the site. I used it just for boosting the musket or the soul food. It works great after the musket and the soul food. Is there another similar booster like the bd-2, but one that is a bit better suited for a bedroom set up? Can you recommend a similar pedal. Thanks as always.

  54. Roger Sartori says:

    Hi, Bjorn. We all know now that the Wampler Plexidrive is your favourite. Now, when we’ll see a review and video of it? Cheers.

    • Bjorn says:

      Well, it’s one of my favourites and I have done a few clips with it, including a Shine On Jam that a did a couple of years ago. I haven’t planned a proper review though, as I only do reviews of pedals that are given to me from the company. They get the promo, so I think that’s only fair. But, I might do one anyway. I love that pedal :)

  55. Mick says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Would Macari’s Colorsound be too difficult to tame on something like the Peavey Classic 30?

    • Bjorn says:

      It goes very well with the Classic 30. The compression and mid range that amp provides, makes the Powerbooster very smooth and warm.

  56. Chris says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Longtime reader here – your talent and written insights are a source of constant inspiration!

    Have you ever tried the Earthquaker Devices Palisades?

    Chris

    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks a ton, Chris! I’ve only given it a quick run. Kind of a TS808 but with tons of cool features. Really a unique pedal.

      • Chris says:

        Thank YOU, Bjorn! Great to talk to the man himself. I bought a broken Palisades recently, so figured I’d check in. :)

        When it’s fixed up, chances are it’ll be competing with the Wampler Plexi Drive Deluxe as my “primary” overdrive – the rationale being that both pedals offer more than one overdrive flavor and some added versatility while reaching a variety of Gilmour, Lifeson and Summers-inspired tones.

        But even with the Wampler’s “pre-gain” switch and all of the versatility of the EQD, I’m unsure whether either pedal offers the true versatility of a dedicated overdrive and dedicated boost. The Wampler, as expected, doesn’t stack well with my Buffalo FX Patriot (or Vick Audio ’73 Ram’s Head, for that matter), and I expect the Palisades to excel at low to mild overdrive sounds, but likely overcompress and choke up the signal like the Plexi Drive Deluxe.

        So, all-in-one, dual style overdrive (PDD, Pinnacle, etc.) vs. dedicated pedals (the TD-X/Evolution are the first to come to mind). Any thoughts or experiences?

        For context: I’ve got the typical Strat/Duncan SSL5 setup running through a variety of different amps. I used to use a Marshall JCM800 set as clean as possible, then a Yamaha T50 (a very underrated, 6L6-based amp designed my Mike Soldano with amazing cleans), and now a Mesa Express 5:50+.

        Thanks again.

        Chris

        • Bjorn says:

          Hard to say. These dual or multi pedals allows you to have several effects in one but they come with obvious limitations as they can’t sound like anything else. I guess you have to decide whether you like that particular combo or, if stand alone pedals will give you more freedom.

  57. Santiago says:

    Hi Bjorn!! This is my current setup for the classic rock stuff and I am wondering if this would work for David’s (Confortable Numb) stuff. Fender Fat Strat with a Duncan Custom 5 on the bridge – Fulltone OCD – Boss Chorus Ensemble CE 5 – Mooer Ana Echo – Fender Hot Rod Deluxe in clean channel.

    What settings would you suggest for the OCD, the chorus and the delay? I am especially curious about that switch in the OCD. Is it a bright switch?

    The tone reference I am going for would be something like Live In Gdansk. I have always found PULSE to clean sounding for my taste.

    • Bjorn says:

      You should be able to get some nice Gdansk tones with that setup. although you might consider a Muff or distortion pedal for the heavier solos. How you should set the OCD depends on how you’ve set the amp. Check out this feature for some amp setup tips and this one for some bedroom setup tips. Yes, the switch is a normal/bright switch and I’d use the bright to get that Tube Driver flavour :)

      • Santiago says:

        I do have a couple of Distortion pedals around, but I didn’t think they would be of much use for David’s stuff. I do have a Suhr Riot (AWESOME pedal for heavier stuff) and a Keeley modded Boss Distortion (DS-1). Would these suit me of something more Muff oriented would be a better bet?

        • Bjorn says:

          Both should provide some nice Gilmour tones with the right settings. I often use an AnalogMan DS1 for recording those huge solos. Kind of a Marshall meets Muff tone and often easier to record than a Muff.

  58. Omar El Faro says:

    Is it necessary to sell my Boss OD-3 and buy a Boss Blues Driver or a Joyo (clone of OCD)? Thank’s a lot for help me!

    • Bjorn says:

      Why? What tones are you looking for?

      • Omar El Faro says:

        I like the sounds of Shine on you Crazy Diammond, that solos of Rattle that lock, 5 AM, Division Bell, The Wall, Dark Side , Animals. I’ll buy a Iron Bell replica an I have the Boss OD-3 too. Is it necessary to replace the Boss OD-3 for the BD-2 or an OCD? Thanks.

        • Bjorn says:

          Those sounds pretty much cover the whole catalog :) I think your setup will be a good start as it is. The OCD is very versatile and works great with your amp.

  59. Jakob says:

    hey Bjorn, great website you’ve been a big help, I’m trying to get that have a cigar tone. I have a boss bd2 and a mxr phase 90 script logo with a hiwatt 20 combo and Stratocaster I was wondering if you could give me some good setting thanks from Australia:)

    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks, Jakob! Check out the suggested amp settings here. For the pedals, David used a Colorsound Powerboost and the BD2 can do a pretty good job emulating that one. I’d set the volume slightly above unity, for a bit more compression and that smooth amp-like break up. Depending on how hot your amp is, try setting the gain on the BD2 to somewhere between 10-12 o’clock and the tone around 9. Tweak your way around that and hear how that sounds. The Phase 90 should be set to around 11 o’clock.

  60. Mark says:

    I think you used to list the Xotic SL Drive as a pick and now it’s gone entirely while other non-pick pedals remain. What shifted in your opinions or what displaced it?

  61. Gianumberto says:

    “The RAT is just fantastic
    That is really what I think
    Oh by the way, which TONE’s Pink?”

    Hi, Bjorn. I completely agree with your conclusion on Proco RAT. Nothing more. Thanks for Gilmourish.

  62. Toni says:

    I read somewhere that the MXR FET Drive is trying to recreate the sound of a BK Butler Tube Driver. Have you had any chance of trying it?

    • Bjorn says:

      Yep. I think it was designed by a request from Joe Bonamassa. I’ve tried it briefly but to me it sounded very bright, with a bit too much of everthing. Slightly harsh. I suspect that it’s designed with higher gain settings in mid, which I guess works but the cleans and mild overdrives didn’t sound as smooth and dynamic as the BK or the Buffalo TDX.

  63. Robert Farrer says:

    Bjorn I have a tube driver which has never worked great on any of my bedroom setups. Definitely needs a loud / high powered tube amp. I bought a TD-X last week and wow. It’s a great piece of kit that’s easy to dial in. If I didn’t have a problem with parting with gear, the TD would be sold. 😃

  64. Jonny says:

    Hi Bjorn! I still find myself constantly referring to your “Buyer’s Guides”, very useful! Just curious where the Xotic SL Drive has gone? If I remember correctly it used to be one of your “Picks”? I had a SL Drive but replaced it with a Plexi Drive Deluxe. Just too much gain in the SL Drive for my taste! The PDD sounds much more full and open to my ear, although the natural compression of the SL Drive did come in useful for those long sustained notes!

    • Bjorn says:

      That’s pretty much why I removed it :) I’m updating the guides, so there will be some changes in the next couple of weeks. I’ll let you all know when it’s ready :)

  65. Adam says:

    Thanks for the suggestions. Sorry to keep asking about this topic, but do you think one of the old Deluxe Electric Mistresses would go nicely with the OCD? I have the Mistress and I’m finding that when using that and the OCD, the flange sound it’s meant to produce is a little bit un-noticeable, and instead it kind of sounds a little bit harsh, I don’t know how to explain it, and it’s most noticeable when letting notes ring out. Have any idea why that might be, or are those pedals not best suited for eachother? Thanks again.

    • Bjorn says:

      The OCD has a lot of mid range, which will make the Mistress sound darker and less “liquidy”. The current DEM has more mids, so that’s not a good combo, but check out the late 90s version or the Mooer ElecLady. Both sounds very nice with the OCD. On my amp, at least :)

  66. Adam says:

    Hi Bjorn, I have a few things I’d like to ask you about. So I play an 80s Japanese Strat with a Fender Blues Junior 2. Currently the only gain pedal I have is the Fulltone OCD, and it would be great if you could give me some tips on how to ballpark some classic era Gilmour lead tones (Time, Money, Mother, Comfortably Numb, etc.) on my rig, if possible.

    Also, and sorry if this is a stupid question, but I am new to tube amps after playing on solid states for years. When playing driven tones, should I be leaving the volume knob on the amp low to create a clean sound through the clean signal, and rely solely on the OCD for the gain, or should I crank the volume knob on the amp to get an already overdriven tone, and then use the OCD with it just to give a touch more dirt?

    I think I’ve been getting somewhat close with my tones, but I feel like I don’t have quite enough gain, or dirt coming from the OCD. Could this be because I’m playing in my basement at relatively low volumes? Perhaps I should go ahead and get something like a Rat just give me more gain for a fuzzy muff-ish sound, and stick to lower gain sounds for the OCD?

    I could post a link of some sound clips of my rig if it would help you get an idea of what I’m talking about, if you like.

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Adam. For David Gilmour’s tones, I’d run the amp clean and use the OCD for gain. A tube amp’s pre-amp will produce the gain, while the output stage, will produce output. A balance between these two, will often provide the best tone. Try to set the pre-stage at the very edge of break up and the master volume as desired. Use the tone controls to fine tune the sound. On a Fender, you probably want to lower the treble and increase the mid range. An OCD should be able to provide enough gain but you might want to look into similar sounding pedals that has more gain, like a RAT, Buffalo FX Evolution or similar.

  67. Anyone have any experience with the Fender Champion 100? I have the Pig Hoof and other assorted pedals but because I do live an apartment, my volume is kept very low – somewhere around 2 or 3 LOL yet I can’t get it to sound right. Like it has no bass at all and it just sounds shrill for the most part :D

  68. Arya Boustani says:

    Hi Bjorn, I ended up buying a cheap but good compliment amp. It’s a Crate V33. I’m running Laney Cub and Crate V33 in parallel. My tube driver setup is keeping the level low prior to the TD through a Pigtronics Fat Drive (bringing Fat drive level up till the overtones create enough treble, low bass and moderate treble in TD, and then sending it to a cranked up amp simulator to smooth up the overtones further and then sending it to mods, delays (stereo out) and then to the amps. I just did it a couple of hours ago and the sound was so smooth even at max drive setting! It’s a great feeling when an idea becomes a reality after a long struggle. Thanks for all your help 😃

  69. Renegadrian says:

    General consensus is that the DOVER DRIVE is a faithful TUBE DRIVER (tubeless) recreation, even the graphics seem to replicate that, it seems that the DD is a fuzz face into some sort of zendrive.

    • Bjorn says:

      It’s faithful in the sense that it replicates the tones you get when rolling the treble and bass all the way down for more mid range and less headroom. It does not do the clean fully transparent side of the Tube Driver.

    • Huy Tran says:

      To follow up on Bjorn, which he mentions in his review, the Dover drive (as the name suggests) is based on the Eric Johnson Tube Driver tones which is very different from how David Gilmour uses his.

  70. Gerry in LA says:

    Bjorn: Any experience or knowledge regarding the Maxon true tube boost overdrive TB09? I watched Mike Herman’s demo of it on YT with a strat and it sounded…well……gilmourish. Any idea if this is a good good alternative to a Tube Driver? It seemed a bit more versatile the way OD and drive work together./ Gerry LA

  71. Arya Boustani says:

    Hi Bjorn, I really enjoy DG’s guitar on Alan Parson’s A Valid Path album on “Return to Tunguska”. Is he using a bottleneck on his strat or lap guitar with tube driver you think? He has similar sound and style on his latest album on track “Beauty”. It sounds so much like a violin. What setting could reach that tone you think? Playing with bias value, using a extreme band pass EQ, two tube drivers in series, etc?

    • Bjorn says:

      I’m sure there was some info floating around when the album was released in 2004 but I can’t remember. Need to check my files. Hard to tell what he used as you can hear that the whole track, including the guitars, are very produced and processed. I’m guessing a simple setup of one of the Jedson lap steels, possibly a Tube Driver and maybe a delay but that could be added in the mix. All the modulation and stuff sounds added in the mix.

  72. Nicholas says:

    Hello there,

    I was wondering what settings you would advise for a boss bd2 blues driver and also if you think it’s worth the hassle to get the keeley modification.
    Thanks!

    • Bjorn says:

      Pedal settings depends so much on your pickups and the amp and its settings. I haven’t tried your amp so I can’t really tell for sure how it matches up with the BD2. I would start by setting the volume on the BD2 to unity, the tone around 9-10 o’clock and the gain at around 10:00. That shoud give you a nice bluesy tone, with a slight breakup. But again, how it sounds depends on how you’ve set the amp.

  73. Emi says:

    Hi again Bjorn! how are you?
    I have a question, I want to achieve this particular Gilmour tones: Delicate/PULSE/Gdansk/On an Island. I’m close, but I think I need a booster/ overdrive with more warmth tones, compression and character.
    I have a Laney Cub 12R amp with default speaker and tubes, Proco Rat2, Boss Blues Driver bd-2 keeley mod (as a booster), and I just order a EHX Deluxe Big Muff Pi, all with a Fender Strat MIM with default mics.
    Now I have an offer to buy a BK Butler Tube Driver with Bias Knob for a good price.
    Do you think it’s good for the tones I want and the gear I have? I play on bedroom with average volume.
    I’ll wait your answer before I make the purchase.

    • Bjorn says:

      Sorry for my late reply, Emi. The Tube Driver might sounds OK on your setup but it really needs a bit of volume and a bigger amp, I think. You may find it a bit too bright and fizzy. I’d check out the Buffalo FX TDX as an alternative – it works much better on smaller amps – or something slightly different, like a Fulltone OCD or the excellent Vick Audio Tree of Life.

      • Emi says:

        Thanks for your answer Bjorn! Finally, I bought the Tube Driver. I’m watting the arrive. Did you try your TD on your Laney Cub 12? how it sounds?

        • Bjorn says:

          Yes. It sounded pretty good I think but you need to give it a bit of mid range and volume to make it sound smooth. Try setting the amp as clean as possible, with the mids increased a tad and keep the treble moderate. You might also want to boost the volume on the TD a tad and roll back the treble, compared to David’s settings.

        • george says:

          on tube drivers and valves, check what valve you have in there, just so you know. Ive had some fun with butler not responding to emails but now I know why. I was trying to find out what the stock valve is they come with. As far as I can tell, according to the guy I bought mine off he didnt change it from new and its a Ruby 12at7. LOL! so much for the special butler tube. Couldnt turn the gain up more than a few notches.

          I think Bjorn said he uses a 12au7. The one I found from a forum, which im sold on now is a bit different family, a E180CC. highly recommended

          • Arya Boustani says:

            I bought European Mullard E180CC NOS from eBay for cheap and it’s very sweet sounding and workable in a wide range of overdrive amount.

          • Emi says:

            Thanks for the answers! The TD’s sound is really better than the Boss Blues Driver bd-2 keeley mod with the Muff (keeley mod goes great with Proco Rat, rather than the TD). I mean, the keeley sounds similar on some setups, but you can get more good sounding tones from the TB, It has more tune options (and it has its own valve, of course). I recorded a sample, my first contribution to this great forum. “Sorrow_intro”, it’s celphone quality, but you can understand what i mean.
            https://goo.gl/n8OSoZ
            –Fender MIM (with default pickups) ==> EH Big Muff Deluxe ==> TD (RUBY 12AX7AC5 HG valve) ==> Laney Cub 12r (default speaker and valves)–
            Thats HUGE, fat sound! The tone it’s similar, not perfect, any sugestions are wellcome =)
            (I know, my play it isnt great hahaha)

            George, as you can read above, my TD came with a RUBY 12AX7AC5 HG valve. I think it’s the default one.

            Greettings!

  74. Nicholas says:

    Hi again,
    I also wanted to ask, if I had to own three overdrive/distortion/fuzz pedals for the Gilmour sound from meddle to animals, what would you advise? I currently own a mini Dunlop Jimi Hendrix fuzz face and as I said before, a blues driver. I have a fender American strat and an epiphone les Paul and my amps are a Marshall mg50w and a vintage peavey 70w Bandit. I was thinking that I should get a big muff clone, which one would you advise? And also should I get a Rams head clone or a triangle clone?

    • Bjorn says:

      Check out the JHS Muffuletta or the Vick Audio 73 Ram’s Head, which has a mids boost. Both are extremely versatile and works nicely on most setups.

  75. Nicholas says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    I would like to thank you on behalf of all David Gilmour fans for this wonderful website you have. I have a few questions regarding overdrive. I currently own a stock boss blues driver and am looking into getting a TS808. I’m not expecting to get brilliant Gilmour tones on the tube screamer but I was wondering how close I can get to his 70s tones with the blues driver. Is it possible or do you think I should buy a colorsound or a colorsound clone? And if it is possible do you know what settings I should use?
    Thanks!

    • Bjorn says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Nicholas! I haven’t tried your amp but of the pedals you mention, I would go for the BD2 or the Mooer Blues Mood, which is based on the Keeley modification of the BD2. You should be able to nail most of David’s 70s rhythm and milder solo tones. The Colorsound, or a clone, can sound thin and fizzy on smaller amps.

  76. Adam says:

    Bjorn, my bad if this is the wrong place to post this, but anyway, I’m looking to buy an overdrive/distortion/muff/fuzz pedal. I play a mid 80s MIJ Strat with new Gilmour style custom wound pickups, with a Fender Blues Junior 2.

    If I were to get one dirt/gain type pedal to start with for Gilmour muff/fuzz/drive tones, what would be your recommendation? I know that might be a bit difficult to answer, so that’s why I’m just buying one now to start with, I’ll inevitably end up buying more in the future.

    A few I have been considering are a Fulltone OCD, Tube Screamer, EHX Soul Food, ProCo Rat, Mooer Triangle Buff, one of the Dunlop Mini Fuzz Faces and also one of the Mooer Fuzzes, but anything within that kind of price range I’d be open to.

    I know I’m not going to be able to get one pedal that can nail everything, so if you could give a recommendation of one pedal that can ballpark those tones, or two or three that can ballpark different eras of Gilmour tones, that would be great. Thanks.

    • Bjorn says:

      I’d get something versatile, that can both cover as much tone as possible and, work on your rig. I’d stay away from fuzz and Muffs, as these often sound thin and fizzy on Fender amps due to their lack of mid range and compression. The OCD is a great alternative and probably your best choice if you only want one pedal that can do pretty much everything. A Rat, or a similar sounding clone, is also great for covering the fuzz and distortion tones. Check out the Mooer Hustle Drive and Black Secret. Both are great sounding and affordable clones of the two mentioned.

      • Adam says:

        Thanks so much for your recommendations, they help so much. If you don’t mind, I’d also like to ask you a little more about this topic. Do you think it would be worth it to have both the OCD and the RAT? Are there tones that the OCD can cover that the RAT can’t, and vice versa? Basically what I’m asking is that if I were to get multiple pedals to use with my Blues Junior, would it be worth it to have for example one to replicate Gilmour’s fuzz tones, one for the Muffs, one for the Powerbooster, etc., or would I be able to get just as close to all those tones with just an OCD or RAT?

        • Bjorn says:

          The OCD does a better low gain overdrive tone. The Rat can do that as well, but it doesn’t have that much low end, which is great for cutting through on solos but it can sound a bit thin and boxy for rhythm stuff. The OCD can easily be set up to replicate David’s Tube Drivers.

          • Adam says:

            Thanks again Bjorn. I think I’m sold on buying both the OCD and the Rat for the extra versatility. Thanks!

      • Patrick Kennedy says:

        Bjorn, with all due respect to you as an internationally renowned tone chaser, are there *any* fuzz or Muff type pedals that would work with a Fender amp? Say, a Princeton Reverb Reissue at bedroom levels? Guitar of choice would be an Eric Johnson Stratocaster.
        Continued thanks for your efforts on this website resource.

        • Patrick Kennedy says:

          I fear I’m continuing to beat this fuzz/Muff w/Fender amp issue to death, but I remembered this video: Red Muck into a Hot Rod Deluxe III (6L6 valves, probably not quite as pristine as the 6V6 Fender amps) sounds fairly convincing.

          • Bjorn says:

            The HRD does have more mids and compression compared to a Twin. I’m not sure what his amp settings are, or if he’s paired the Muff with a booster or EQ, but it sounds very nice.

        • Bjorn says:

          Hi Patrick! Terribly sorry for my very late reply. The Princeton actually has a less scooped tone and slightly more compression, compared to a Twin and similar, so with the right settings, you should be able to make most fuzz and Muffs sound great with it. Keep in mind though that a Fender with fuzz will sound different to a similar wattage Marhall with fuzz. It’s just the nature and tonal differences between the two amps. The Fender with fuzz might produce a slightly brighter tone, with more fuzz harmonics, while a Marshall, will produce a darker tone, with a more compressed top end.

          • Patrick Kennedy says:

            No apology necessary! You are a busy guy and I’m sure you’re not glued to this website 24/7.
            Thank you for your informative response.

  77. Richard McEntee says:

    Hi Bjorn – interesting reading your’s and other’s comments on the SS-2 and seeming to find it fairly unique in the world – not many “clones” out there. I have a fair few OD pedals -TS / Digitech Blues Screamer (BD2), Joyo Ultimate (OCD), PlexiDrive, CS Overdriver clone, Skreddy Lunar Module, RAT clone and now my ThorpyFX Muffroom – so should be able to get whatever flavour of core OD tone, the only OD I have stayed away from is a Tube Driver as I don;t hink I use the volume required to get anything useful out of it. – amp is Laney L5t, bedroom volumes.

    I’m wondering if the key here is really in the compressor *before* the overdrive the Poles Apart solo seems fairly low gain in some bits but has a definite crunch to it – almost fuzz like sometimes – but with some sort of bite (for want of a better word) ? I usually have a compressor afterwards as I find it better keeps the OD character (Xotic SP), whilst helping overall volume normalisation between clean/OD tone switches.

    • Bjorn says:

      You usually want to compress the signal into a gain pedal, which is what David also does. It will provide a more balanced and even signal to the dirt pedals and, depending on the amount of compression, it will require less gain and boost to get those smooth sustained notes.

      • Richard McEntee says:

        Thanks Bjorn, I will A/B my comp placement.

        I actually dug my DigiTech Screamin’ Blues out of its drawer, Cheap BD-2 clone but with separate bass/treble controls, and sure enough with gain about 60% I get that clean with fuzzy edged very clear and sustained SS-2 sound for Poles Apart:)

  78. Joshua says:

    Hey Bjorn! I was thinking about getting the OCD but first I wanted to ask some questions about it. How versatile is it? What other Gilmour Tones can it do besides the stuff from the PULSE era and can I get Zeppelin and AC/DC like tones from it? Thanks

  79. Ian Babbitt says:

    Say, Bjorn. Any thoughts on the Catalinbread “RAH WIIO”? As much as I like my Fender Twin, sometimes I want some more “English” voicing to my amp and this looked like a good alternative to selling this $1200 monstrosity and investing in an even MORE expensive Hiwatt clone.

    • Bjorn says:

      It does capture that mid rangy in-your-face Hiwatt tone, which should go nicely on a Fender and add a bit of meat and mids. It does have a nice headroom but the goal with this pedal was to capture Jimmy Pages overdrive tones, so it’s not an amp-sim pedal as such but more an overdrive voiced like a hot Hiwatt.

  80. Jacob Allen says:

    Hey Bjorn! You’ve answered some questions of mine, and I’ve come here again. I have built a really nice pedalboard (although a bit overblown) and felt the need to build a backup board to take to sit-in gigs or a buddys house to jam. I wanted to make it on the cheap so I decided to go with a Mooer setup. The board is inspired by the Gilmour MLoR backup board. I have most of it figured out but I’m having trouble deciding on an Boost/OD combo. I was hoping you could help me out. I don’t mind staking two OD’s from more versatility. I like the Blues Mood but I’m not sure what to pair with it. So I got –

    Yellow Comp
    Black Secret
    TriBuff
    Blues Mood
    Flex Boost? Hustle Drive? Green Mile?
    Ensemble King
    Ninety Orange (just because)
    ElecLady
    ReEcho
    Graphic G

    Thanks for your time, wisdom, and help as always!
    Jacob

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Jacob! I’d go with the Hustle/OCD personally. You have the Blues Mood/BD2, which can double as a booster, so the Hustle would give you something inbetween the Blues Mood and Black Secret.

  81. Carmen says:

    I know you reviewed and gave the Wampler Plexi overdrive great reviews. Have you played the Wampler Plexi-Drive Deluxe? If so what were your thoughts and how would you rate it?

  82. hi Bjorn
    I’m looking to buy one of the two, which would you say is closer to the original?
    Power boost buffalo, or
    Overdrive Audio Vick?

    • Bjorn says:

      The Overdrive is closer to the original. The Buffalo has a smoother and slightly darker tone, making it more versatile and easier on a wider range of amps.

  83. hey Bjorn! Do you think of any situation where the mooer flex boost outperforms the blues mood? I haven’t had the chance to try the flex boost myself and you always complement the blues mood but i often wonder which one could do gilmourish tones the best, either boosting or od’ing. Cheers!

    • Bjorn says:

      The Flex Boost, a clone of the Xotic AC booster, has a hint of dirt but it’s fairly clean and transparent. The BD2 or Blues Mood has more gain and a hint of mids. Both works nicely for moosting either the amp or other pedals so you could really go either way. The reason I often mention the BD2 or Blues Mood is because it works equally well as a booster and overdrive, whcih I think makes it a more versatile pedal.

  84. Aaron Broering says:

    Great stuff! I still have and use many of those pedals. I’ve done some time in the Gilmour camp. My question was always how do you get that gigantic, heaving Sorrow tone? I actually used to get the Dogs of War sound with a Cream Tone pedal; which was another very smooth and transparent tube screamer tone.

  85. Chris says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Wondering why my comment asking about playing a Colorsound through the 1W input of the Laney Cub amp isn’t being posted? I see other posts being approved, can you please email me and let me know why? Thanks

  86. Roger Sartori says:

    Hi, Bjorn. Wonder if you’ve tried the new Boss BD-2W, Waza Craft… does it worth the extra money? Regarding to Gilmour tone, I mean…

    • Bjorn says:

      It sounds pretty good. The custom mode sounds very similar to the Keeley version.

      • Roger Sartori says:

        Thanks, Bjorn… I’m considering to have a pedal to emulate Tube Driver as a Gilmour overdrive (Momentary, Delicate, Division Bell, Pulse, On an Island, Gdansk, Rattle albuns/shows) not as a booster for Big Muffs. In this case, according to my options here, the Mooer Blues Mood would be a better shot instead the regular Boss BD-2? I mean, because of the “Keeley” mod on Mooer… Cheers.

  87. Rick says:

    Laney cub12r head.
    Orange 1×12 v30.
    Cheers again
    Rick.

    • Bjorn says:

      You could go either way. The Buffalo has a smoother breakup and an overall slightly warmer tone, so that might be your best choice.

  88. Rick says:

    Hi Bjorn.
    I’m torn between a Buffalo powerboost vs Vick audio over driver,to complement a BD-2w,Rat,Vick audio 73 Rams head,TD-X.
    Any thoughts?
    Much appreciated as always.

  89. Fancyboy says:

    Great info! Thanks so much. Ever play through a Pro Analog Power Driver? Wondering how you think it compares to the other Power Booster pedals.

  90. Santiago says:

    Hi! I had already posted a few months ago and I still haven’t made my mind (but i am close). Basically I want the comfortably numb lead tone (big surprise there). i have a fender amp and a Strat with a humbucker in the bridge. i want to get a traditional Strat but for the time being this is what i am using. I also have some pedals, some distortions and the like but those are for heavier styles.

    The question is regarding the overdrive/booster. As far as i have read in your site, the mooer blues mood seems like my best bet for boosting, but i read a few comments ago that you mentioned that if i use a Rat (Black Secret for example) you could get away with no boost. Is that so or i am getting it wrong?

    A few months ago you recomended the Black Secret over the Muff clone for my setup. i was basically down to getting a RAT clone and the blues mood, but since i am on a budget if i can skip getting a pedal it would be nice.

    What do you recommend?

    • Bjorn says:

      The Black Secret Rat clone can easily go without a booster but a dedicated booster or overdrive in addition to that would provide a much more versatile setup.

  91. Joshua says:

    Hey Bjorn! I recently got my hands on a Xotic SL Drive and was wondering do you know any settings for it for any gilmourish tones? Also how does the tube screamer mini compare to the TS9 and Maxon OD808? Thanks

    • Bjorn says:

      It can do a Tube Driver pretty well although it has a bit more mids and less low end. I’d start with the level at unity, tone around 10:00 and the gain fairly moderate. Tweak this to match your amp and guitar. I haven’t tried the TS mini.

  92. Patrick Kennedy says:

    Love this website and I have contributed financially! Great information contained herein. Thank you, Bjorn for your efforts. I have to choose only 1 overdrive pedal for my board. I only play at home these days and my amp is a Fender ’68 Custom Deluxe Reverb and I use an Eric Johnson Stratocaster.
    I’m trying to decide between the Vick Audio ’73 Rams Head, Buffalo Evolution and the Wampler Plexi-Drive. I’m leaning towards the Evolution because of it’s perceived versatility and Gilmour tones. Can you and your audience help me decide?
    Thanks!

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Patrick, thanks a lot for your kind words and support! Much appreciated. The Evolution is no doubt the most versatile of these. You might find it a tad bright with the Fender amp but with some tweaking on the amp and pedal, it should work nicely. It can cover most of David’s tones, from warm overdrive to distortion and fuzz.

  93. John Watson says:

    So I’m considering getting a ProCo RAT II. I already have a Bk Butler Tube Driver, Buffalo FX Evolution, Ibanez TS808DX (808 + separate clean boost). Is the RAT going to be redundant? I feel like the Evolution is just a little too pristine?

    Also, how would you stack the RAT with a Tube Driver? I’ve seen people suggest sending a mildly overdriven TD *into* the RAT, whereas you’ve suggested mild overdrive from the Evolution into an aggressively set Tube Driver (on your Evolution review).

    • Bjorn says:

      David place his boosters after the Muff or distortion. This way, the booster act more as an EQ, adding tone and character. You can also try to place it in front of the distortion. This way, you’ll be adding more gain similar to driving the front end of an amp.
      The RAT is very similar to the Evolution so you might end up with two, very similar sounding pedals. The Evolution might sound too pristine due to its smooth gain tone and mid range so you might want to consider a Big Muff or even a fuzz, for more harmonics and less compression.

  94. J. says:

    Humbucker guitars: Use a Tube Screamer-like overdrive with its drive set to zero with level and tone as appropriate. Put that in the chain in front of a ProCo Rat with Distortion at 9 o’clock, Filter around 1230 and volume as appropriate. Put the other end of the cable into just about any Marshall/Celestion amp/speaker and you’re sure to find pleasing sounds.

  95. David Du says:

    Thanks Bjorn, I got your point, will try this chain for a while, and my goal is to find a best combo for my amp. Thank you ! you are always helpful!

  96. DAvid Du says:

    Sorry, I didn’t get you. Do you mean the the pedal chain is too long?

  97. David Du says:

    Thanks for your feedback.
    And here is my pedal chain: Guitar->Big Muff->Rat2->Tube Driver (OD)->TS9->Tube Driver(booster)->TC Nova Delay->Tuner->Amp.
    is this ok for putting TS9 between the TD? I remember you mentioned before that TD hate the pedal with buffer. can you give you advice?
    the reason I use this order is to try different combos,like Big Muff+TD(booster),Rat+ts9, rat+TD, TD(OD)+TD(booster), TS9+TD(booster).
    Thanks!

    • Bjorn says:

      You might experience a slight change in the tone but its nuances. I have noticed that some of the high end is rolled off and the pedal sound a bit less expressive.

  98. David Du says:

    hi here, Bjorn,
    I use rat2+Tube Driver (booster) and rat2+TS9, as 2 combo, both are great sound, and I am trying to use 2 Tube Drivers, one of which loaded Philips 5814/12au7, what do you think?
    my guitar: Fender strat (fender neck + Warmoth black alder body, vintage bridge, and Neck:ssl-1,Middle:cs69,bridge: texas, will change it to SSL-5 later)
    AMP: laney irt studio + 112 peavey cabinet, loaded sheffield speaker, supposed to be 60w or more.
    Thank you!

    David

  99. Roger Sartori says:

    Hi, Bjorn. I wonder if you tested the Marshall Guv’Nor drive pedal… I never had one… does it sound nearly as the tube driver or there’s nothing on it that sounds like Gilmour at all? They are so cheap in price.. Best regards.

    • Bjorn says:

      I had one years ago. It does sound similar to the Tube Driver, with that transparent amp-like tone. It’s been a while but I do think that I ditched it because it sounded a bit sterile. You might want to check out the Crayon that’s due from Electro Harmonix or the Boss BD2 (or better, the Mooer Blues Mod) for similar tones.

  100. Ben Ferwerda says:

    Hello Bjorn!

    I have the unfortunate task of thinning my pedal board. I’ve done alright so far but I am stuck on which overdrive/distortion to keep. I have the TD-X and the Evolution. Unfortunately I can only keep 1. Out of the two, which do you think will get me the most Gilmour tones? I’m also very much into Don Felder’s tone (apparently he used a cranked Fender Tweed Deluxe for Hotel California but now uses an OCD, Boss chorus, and Boss Delay.) Quite similar to David’s setup I guess, just smaller. Anyway, you’ve said that the OCD has a RAT-ish tone, so I’m leaning to the Evo, but then I will lose the slightly boosted Shine On tone from the TD-X. I am so confused!!! Please Bjorn, help end my madness :)

    • Bjorn says:

      Ha ha, well, since you already got both you should be able to decide which is the most Gilmourish :) I would keep the TDX. It can do clean boost, overdrive and distortion VERY convincingly. The Evo, although very versatile, is a distortion pedal and can’t really do much more.

  101. Mike M says:

    Hey Bjorn,

    I am trying to decide between the Wampler Plexi-Drive and the Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret. In your opinion, which do you think is better to land the Gilmour Pulse/Delicate sound and Hendrix low-end sound. Also, I have a Jam Pedals Tube Dreamer, which I love, do you think it’s worth it to even get a “Marshall in a box” type pedal in my case? I play an American Strat through a Fender Blues Deluxe reissue and I also have a Marshall DSL 15W head. Thanks!!

    • Bjorn says:

      Depends on how Marshally you want it :) I think the PlexiDrive is the closest of all three to the Tube Driver David’s using. I haven’t tested that pedal on your amps but it should work nicely.

  102. ratan says:

    Which one is best overdrive (to be used with clean booster, may be Mooer blues mood) : on a low budget, and for bedroom setup, with a solid state amp:
    (1) Ibanez Tube Screamer Mini (2) Mooer Hustle Drive (3) EHX Soul food (4) Joyo vintage overdrive
    Which one is most versatile and best suited for Gilmours sound?

  103. ratan says:

    Which one is best clean transparent booster (to be used with RAT2 or clone) : on a low budget, and for bedroom setup, with a solid state amp:
    (1) stock Bd2 (2) Mini Spark Booster (3) Mooer blues mood (4) Mooer Hustle Drive (5) EHX Soul food (6) Donner Blues Drive
    Which one is most versatile and best suited for Gilmours sound?

    • Bjorn says:

      I would say the Mooer Blues Mood. Its transparent and works better as a booster. Having said that, the Rat and similar clones doesn’t really need a booster so you might want to consider getting it for Tube Driver-ish overdrive.

  104. ratan says:

    Hi Bjorn how are you doing? I have few questions, i will post them in different threads so it becomes easier for you to reply.
    Which one is best distortion: on a low budget, and for bedroom setup, with a solid state amp:
    (1) Stock Proco RAT2 (without LM308 IC), (2) TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion, (3) MOOER Black Secret
    Which one is most versatile and best suited for Gilmours sound?

  105. joao bicudo says:

    Hello Bjorn!

    I love your work and your site, but i feel difficult to find some info about compressors.

    I have 2 compressors but that wasn’t the best deal, the boss cs3 and mxr dynacomp.

    It would be great if you have some time to create it like you did with the others kinds of pedals!

    Between the moer yellom comp, the xotic sp comp and keeley c4 comp/ 4 knob comp, witch of those do you think its the best for replacing my 2 olders comp?

    I would like to have something that doesn’t color the signal much!

    I play a strat with ssl5 and 69’s pups thro a Hiwatt T20 and my chain is:

    Guitar – mxr buffer, polytune, mxr comp, ehx small stone, Vick’s 73 ram’s, Vick’s Overdriver, Mooer Blues mood, Mooer King Ensemble, Mooer Eleclady, TC Nova Delay, Boss RT 20, – Amp.

    Nice review about Bananaboost!

    Cheers ,

    Joao Bicudo

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Joao! I’m working on a compressor guide so hang in there. You could go for any of the ones you list but if you really want something transparent you should check out the Iron Fist from YellowSquash. Check out my review here.

      • joao bicudo says:

        Hello Bjorn!

        Thanks for your reply and advice!

        So I’ve made some research about the Mooer Yellow Comp, the Xotic SP Comp and their “based on” features. The Mooer is a clone of Diamond Comp a optical comp, and the Xotic is based on the Ross Comp, like the Dinacomp.

        Like you said before I could go either way, but since I already have the Dinacomp (Stock) probably the best choise will be the mooer, also in terms of budget. I use compressor with clean sound and distortion. Having the gilmourish tone in mind can you advise wish should I get? Where I live the mooer is 3 times cheaper than the Xotic.

        BTW do you know if the Iron Fist from YellowSquash have a European dealler?

        Cheers

        Joao Bicudo

        • Bjorn says:

          If you already have the Dyna, then the Mooer seems to be a good choice. I’d send YellowSquash an e-mail and ask. They’re very helpful :)

  106. Clark says:

    Hey Bjorn long time no see right? Hope all has been well for you. I have a question do you think the Wampler Euphoria can be used in conjunction with either an EP booster or an OCD or tube screamer like OD to get his more contemporary tones such as G2 at Gdnask and his current tour tones, thanks.

    • Bjorn says:

      I don’t think I’d use any of those to boost the Euphoria. Perhaps I misunderstood your question but the Euphoria is based on the Dumble amps and it has a lot of mid range, and plenty of gain so it’s really similar to the OCD, although a bit cleaner.

      • Clark says:

        There is a toggle that allows you to select between three different types of gains. In the smooth selection it is a dumble tone, in the crunch setting it sounds like a Marshall in a box. I was more of asking what i should boost that type of gain stage with.

        • Bjorn says:

          Both modes are fairly mids oriented so a booster that’s as clean as possible or else your tone will sound too dark and choked.

  107. Andrew says:

    Has anyone tried the Skreddy Hybrid Fuzz driver? Thoughts?

    • Reed says:

      I’m a huge fan of it. Hated it the first time I played it, but didn’t have time to really set it up with my rig. I have the lunar module and was a strong advocate to the screwdriver. The setup on these pedals makes them some of the most versatile around. My favorite solo of all time is David’s gdansk fat ol’ sun solo, and the hybrid fuzz driver is the closest I’ve gotten to that glorious tele -> compressor -> G2 sound.

  108. Daniel says:

    hey Bjorn

    thanks for this article and for all your help

    I have a question with the wampler plexi drive (which I got after so many good opinions here)

    I like to set my pedals at unity level, so I can use a volume booster for my solos, and then nevermind whatever pedal I was using (soft or strong overdrive, or the muff) I got a nice level of volume.

    the problem is than my wampler got unity volume level very off, like 9:00 oclock… if I use the gain at maximum (because it is supposed to be my strong overdrive), and then it sounds very soft …. i just thought it was the pedal, I mean not capable to get a good gain…. but then I realised that if I put the volume at 12:00 or more, not respecting the unity volume level, with the same gain than before it can produce a lot of more gain… sounding better… more gdanzk

    how do you deal with this? should I just dont use to unity level anymore? should I add another pedal? Should I use unity level of volume and just get use to got few gain?

    thanks a lot

    • Bjorn says:

      The PlexiDrive is a rather soft pedal. It’s based on those early Marhsall JTM amps, which had lots of headroom, smooth breakup and a nice mid range. Setting the pedal to unity gain, will produce a moderate overdrive. Increasing the volume, will drive the front end of your amp, which, when paired with an overdrive pedal, will produce more gain.
      Whether or not you should use unity level depends on what tones you want. The beauty of overdrive and distortion is that you can combine them and set the controls for multiple tones, which, given that you have a tube amp, will interact with the amp. If you want more gain but want to keep a low volume, then you might want to look into a pedal with more gain, like the Buffalo FX TDX.

  109. Tony says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    What is your best recommendation for a single pedal in an MXR-ish sized unit that can faithfully cover all or most of David’s clean to low gain tones?

    Thank you,
    Tony

    • Bjorn says:

      Depends entirely on what amp and guitar you have. Let me know and I’ll try to help :)

      • Tony says:

        I use anything from Blues Jr.’s to Bassman/JTM45 type amps, always set as cleanish as possible to take pedals well. Thanks again.

        • Bjorn says:

          I think the Fulltone OCD is as versatile as you can get. It cover most of David’s tones, from overdrive to distortion and fuzz and it works nicely on any amp. You might also want to look into the Wampler PlexiDrive.

  110. Yellowclaws says:

    For me a boosted front end (ie clean boosted) vintage amp gets me in the ball park. Love the Rat for home use but live I stick to my Flynn booster (Rory Galagher Hawk) with my 18 watter.

  111. joao bicudo says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Thank’s for your reply.

    Cheers
    João bicudo

  112. Joao Bicudo says:

    Hello Bjorn,

    I have a Vick’s 73 rams head and the Overdriver.

    Excellent pedals by the way, can you share your settings for the Overdriver boosting the muff or overdriven the muff like in Sorrow song? Thanks.

    I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Best regards,

    Joao Bicudo

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi, the settings depends on your amp and its settings, your pickups and what Big Muff settings you’re using. The Overdriver responds to how the amp especially is set up so my settings might not apply to you at all. Anyway, the ’73 has a quite a lot of gain, so I would roll down its gain to around 12:00 and set the Overdriver fairly clean, starting with the volume at unity and the gain at clean or edge of breakup. Start with the bass and treble at 12:00 and tweak them for the desired EQ tone.

  113. jake says:

    Hi Bjorn.
    Thanks so much much for putting together this fantastic and inspiring site.
    I am getting back in to trying to nail that Gilmour sound and your help would be greatly appreciated
    I have a Les Paul studio and a Tele-Partscaster (with push pull) a blues deluxe and little 5w valve amp.
    I got a Nano Big Muff pi a while ago and have really struggled to get a nice sound from it.
    I do have the TC Flashback which is great.
    So, with a couple of hundred pounds to spend I don’t quite know where to put it.
    I mostly play with band in a studio which tends to have either Marshalls or Hot Rods to play though.
    So my feeling is i need something versatile.
    Having read through your site I was gonna get a BD2 and Vick Audio rams head but then I saw their other pedals like the Tree of life and the Overrider and even the V2.
    Sorry for such a long post.
    Thanks very much

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Jake. Versatile is the way to go, I think, based on the setup you’ve listed. The Tree of Life is an excellent overdrive, which can nail David’s Tube Driver tones and it has enough headroom to double as a booster. It’s got a nice mids boost as well, which will go nicely with your amps. I think the V2 would be the best way to go distortionwise. It will nail the Big Muff tones but be versatile enough for a wide range of tones.

  114. Corey says:

    Hi bjorn, I was wondering if an Electro Harmonix Soul Food would suffice for a coloursound power boost style overdrive? I have a Vox ac10c1 amp and I’m using the soul food as a boost for a Vick Audio 73 ram’s head. It sounds decent but I’m just wondering if a Power boost style pedal would make a huge difference?

    Thanks for your time.

    • Bjorn says:

      They’re two very different sounding pedals. The Soul Food has a lot of mid range, while the Powerbooster has hardly any. EHX are releasing the Crayon, which seems to be a Tube Driver/Powerbooster-ish kind of thing. You might also want to check out the TC Spark Booster… or simply a Powerbooster clone.

  115. Michael Streichhan says:

    Hey Björn, speaking of EHX – they’ve got a new overdrive/boost pedal, the crayon, that sounds sort of gilmourish to me – maybe a bedroom alternative to the colorsound? I’d love to hear your opinion (or even better read your review sometime) on it. Cheers, Michael

  116. Alexandre says:

    Hi Bjorn! I’ve seen on Instagram that you have been using a lot the Top Tone Shine Boost. Where do you place it? Before overdrive/distortion or after for boosting the mids? I have used it as first pedal, with the “Shine” switch on, giving me really great bright clean tones, but I was considering placing it after my RAT.. how would you do it? My chain signal is Shine Boost –> Marshall Bluesbreaker MKI –> RAT. By the way, I’m considering replacing the RAT for a Top Tone DG-2, since I really dig the RAT tones. Other possibility could be Shine Boost –> RAT or DG-2 –> Bluesbreaker MKI, since the BB is a very transparent low gain overdrive. How would you do it? Greetings from Brazil!

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi! I basically use the TopTone for either boosting the Muff (placed after the Muff) or, to drive the front end of my overdrives and distortion for a bit more gain. That slight mids boost, and the considerable volume boost, goes very well with my sounds. The TopTone DG2 is an excellent Muff/Rat distortion. I have never tried it with a Marshall but I would imagine that they would sound great together.

  117. Roger Sartori says:

    Hi, Bjorn. I’m considering to have an overdrive pedal for Gilmour tones. What would you recommend between these two: DOD 250 or Top Tone Light Drive? I’m not interested in boosting Big Muffs pedals, only the drive itself… Cheers.

    • Bjorn says:

      Between the two, I’d go for the Light Drive. It’s sort of a clone of the Cornish SS2, which David has been using for some years. Nice mids boost and lots of sustain.

  118. Joshua says:

    Hi Bjorn! I was wondering on your The Blue jamming video what settings did you have on your Blues Driver? Thank You!

  119. Daniil says:

    Hi Bjorn!

    I bought EHX Soul Food pedal recently. And I can’t produce any good sound from it. It really sounds very dull compared to Wampler PlexiDrive. But maybe I use it wrong. Can you advice some settings and place in the chain for this pedal? I tried to place PlexiDrive before Soul Food, as a clean and bass booster. It helps, but not much.

    Thanks!

    • Bjorn says:

      What sort of amp do you have?

      • Daniil says:

        I have Hiwatt CP-103, it doesn’t have middle control. It sounds nice on bedroom volume, it has a lot of headroom, very dynamic amp. To be honest I’m starting to understand this pedal. I feel that it has great sound. It’s nicely overdriven on low frequencies and it’s very articulate and dynamic. But It still sounds dull and flat compared to PD. I cant explane that.

  120. PallMall says:

    Hello Bjorn! What would you prefer for bedroom setup with Laney 12R? Boss BD-2 (Keeley) + ProCo Limited Edition ’85 Whiteface RAT (Alchemy Audio) or Boss BD-2 (Keeley) + BYOC Ram’s Head Large Beaver? I would be very grateful for a quick reply. Tomorrow I’m going to buy someone.

    • Bjorn says:

      Depends on what tones you want. The BD2 is great bit between the rat and the muff… The rat is no doubt the most versatile. It can nail fuzz, muff and classic distortion. The muff is great for a lot of David’s lead tones but you’re pretty much limited to that.

  121. Bernie says:

    Hi Bjorn
    Still needing advice and still learning great fun. I now have a quality EQ (Empress Para eq) that doesn’t suck tone like the Boss G7 did. What I would like to know is what is best. Should i put the EQ before or after the overdrives (BD2 & Power Boost) if I wish to increase the mid range in the tones from the overdrive Do you know what differences the placement makes. My set up is Bedroom only at present Thanks once again for your knowledge and assistance.
    Bernie

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Bernie! You should ALWAYS place the EQ after the source you want to adjust. If you want to adjust your gain pedals, then place the EQ after all the gain pedals or just the one, if that’s the case, you want to pair it with. If you place it in front, then you will be EQing the signal coming into the pedal and not the actual sound or tone being produced by the pedal.

  122. Hi Bjorn,

    Great information, really valuable to someone who is just venturing out in the world of pedals.

    I have a question regarding the topic in the article that I am not too clear about: Do you need all three? Boost+Overdrive+Distortion AND Big Muff? or is it pick and choose?

    I’m not sure where you get your equipment, but out here in Czechia, it’s a little difficult to find these lesser known brands outside of TC Electronic, Boss, etc – so your “picks” for Distortion+Overdrive+Boost are a little expensive to import and impossible to find locally. For example, the Buffalo FX and Plexidrive, are out of reach both financially and availability-wise. Will the TC Electronic Spark and/or Boss BD-2 suffice? do you recommend one over the other for a bedroom setup?

    The same applies to Overdrive: Ibanez TS9 OR Maxon (are they the same)? OR Fulltone OCD (speaking of which, they do advertise the Mooer Hustle Drive as a clone of the Fulltone OCD, have you tried it?)? OR EHX Soul Food? The Xotic SL Drive is available here but, again, a bit expensive though I CAN get it.

    Last but certainly not least: I did find a Turbo RAT locally (a tad up there, same price as the Xotic) but also the RAT 2 Classic is relatively easy to get from UK retailers. Any other alternatives?

    Finally, again I ask, are all three necessary or do you prefer to only combine two of them? like a Turbo RAT + TS9+Spark? or just RAT+TS9?

    I’m on the same boat regarding Chorus, but I hear good things about the Mooer Ensemble King as a CE-2 clone, and surprisingly readily available here and fairly cheap.

    Any rec’s for reverb? and no section about the MXR Dynacomp / BOSS CS-2?

    Thank you!

    • Bjorn says:

      Lots of questions here but I’ll try…
      Whether or not you need all three or 20 pedals on the board, for that matter, depends entirely on what tones you want. To replicate David’s tones, I would say that you need at least one overdrive and distortion. A versatile distortion like the RAT, or similar, will allow you to cover both the early fuzz tones and the Big Muff tones. I have reviewed a lot of different pedals here but the more familiar brands, like Boss, TC etc are definitely worth checking out. TCs spark booster is a great sounding clean booster, while the Boss BD2 is capable of producing similar tones to David’s Tube Drivers. It’s also well worth checking out the Mooer pedals. Most of them sound REALLY good and the price should fit any budget. Check out the Green Mile (TS9), Blues Mood (BD2), Hustle Drive (OCD), Black Secret (RAT), TriBuff (Big Muff) and the Reeco delay (Boss DD2).

  123. Mariano says:

    How do you like banana boost from electronic Orange?

    • Bjorn says:

      Great sounding Powerbooster clone. Slightly darker than most clones out there, which takes away some of the harshness. They just released a 18V model.

  124. Chris says:

    Thanks man..hey do you mean the TC delays? I havent caught up with any of the new gear out..

  125. Chris says:

    Hi Bjorn..i just got my arc effects big green..would this be the right set-up, Fuzz, black secret, plexi drive, @ then maybe my T-U 2..i know its not alot. ,but i think it will be short an sweet as they say..I’m wondering if i should flip-flop the plexi an rat..should i ditch the tuner or leave it at the end as a buffer..As always thank ypu for your time, this is a invaluable resource, and you’ve helped me so much ty….Chris

  126. Corey says:

    Hi Bjorn, I was wondering if a Proco Rat 2 would do a good job at covering Gilmour’s “Animals” and “Wall” guitar sounds. I have a Vick Audio 73 Rams Head and a boost pedal and they sound great but I kind of want one pedal so I don’t have to use a boost and a fuzz. Thanks!

  127. Xavi says:

    Hej Bjørn,
    First of all, thank you for your music and for your excellent work with the site!
    I am looking for a booster/overdrive to get into my pedalboard. I’d like to have a versatile pedal, clean and transparent, but also get quite overdriven sound. My guitar is a Fender American Strat with DiMarzio pickups (the bridge is a hot output one), the amp is a Laney Cub 12R. What about the Electronic Orange Bananaboost? Will this pedal match my little amp, like your 10/10 for bedroom setups?
    Tusen takk

  128. Jon says:

    hey, Bjorn…. I would like to get at that saturation heard in echoes-pompeii(solo). I Have an Fender AM special with texas special, amp vox vt40, big muff ram’s head handmade,Dunlop Fuzzface bc108 and flashback delay,,,but I miss a boost to get that saturation…..so,which boost you recommend me??

    • Bjorn says:

      Hmmm… How’s the tone you get now? Actually, with those amps I recommend looking into other types of fuzz or distortion pedals, like the Rat or similar clones. That will give you saturated middy gain and lots of sustain. Fuzz and Muffs are great but they often sound flat and fizzy on amps with scooped mid range, like yours. Just a tip :)

  129. Chris says:

    Hi Bjorn, im interested in the big green fuzz by Arc Effects..have you tried it? If so will it go well with a H&K tm-18..i have a fender strat ssl-5..gibson lespaul with classic-57 & probuckers..thank you

  130. Giovanni says:

    Hi Bjorn! I have a Pevaey Classic 30, so quite a bright amp with quite a lot of mid range!
    In your opinion which overdrive/boost could work better with it (and in general with brighter amps, like the Vox AC30 I’ll probably buy and the Fender Bassman 59 LTD), between the Buffalo Powerbooster and teh Throbak Overdriveboost?
    I’d like to use the booster after all my gain pedals (especially after the Electronic Orange Pig Hoof MKII I’ll probably buy) in order to “equalize” them (as Gilmour used to do during the 70s on albums like Animals and Wish You Were Here) and give theme a bit of presence to make them really shine (especially the Pig Hoof MKII which has a little mid range), and so to hear them more easily!

    • Bjorn says:

      The Classic 30 has lots of mids, which is what you want for Big Muffs. An AC30 is a bright amp too, but it has a much more scooped tone… unless you drive the shit out of it and get your mid range from the cranked tunes and hot driven speakers. Anyway, you could go either way with the boosters. Both works nicely with the Peavey. The Buffalo has a wider sweep, from clean to creamy overdriven, so in that sense, it’s the most versatile.

      • Giovanni says:

        Thanks a lot! I’ll keep the Peavey for a lot of time, as it is very good and also vintage sounding!
        However, I also like (a lot) the Fender Bassman 59 LTD (David still uses it in studio, by the way)! In your opinion how is its tone? To me it is quite bright (but not like other Fender amps like the Twin Reverb), with a good amount of low end and with a decent quantity of mid frequencies! In your opinion which overdrive/boost between the Buffalo and the Throbak could work better with an amp like the Bassman?

  131. Arya Boustani says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    I was wondering if you could comment on usage of bias knob on the newer BK Butler Tube Drivers. The older 4 knob BK Butler used ones are sold 150 dollars cheaper than new ones with Bias which is a lot of money in Canadian dollars but if it is useful to nail down the taste and sweet spot, not spending it may leave room for future regret. Do you know if DG uses one with bias control these days?
    Thanks a lot.

    • Bjorn says:

      I think David’s got both but recent pictures show that they’ve removed the bias control in the back, i.e. they’ve modified the pedal. A bias control is used to fine tune the transistors. Germanium fuzz pedals often have one because germanium transistors are very sensitive to temperature changes. The bias model is not a must for covering David’s tones and In my option, it’s much more effective to replace the stock 12AX7 tube with a 12AU7 if you want less gain. The bias control allow some tuning but the pedal sound better with the control set neutral.

  132. Pete W. says:

    Hey Bjorn!
    I don’t know if you have checked out any of the Amptweaker stuff. I recently got the TightDrive Pro, and holy mother of god!! This thing is amazing. I can easily get David’s tones from the 80’s and on.
    I’m getting the TightFuzz next. Looks to be another homerun if the demos are any indication.

  133. Paul says:

    Bjorn, do you think a Keeley modded blues driver is an improvement over a Throbak booster in terms of getting that Colorsound clean boost? On Laney 5W Lionheart but not necessarily low volumes. I have the Throbak but have a chance to pick up a BD cheapish. I know The Buffalo would be better choice but funds are low as saving to fly, with my son, from Australia to LA to catch the 25th March Gilmour show!!! Can’t wait for that one. That was thanks to your review. I, for some reason or other, never caught Floyd/Gilmour live so knowing it could be the last chance I have to take the plunge!

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Paul! The BD2 has a tad more mids, a hint of compression and more of a an amp-like character. The Powerbooster, and the many clones, are more transparent and not as smooth as the BD2. They’re somewhat similar but you can’t compare them 100%. The BD2 is perhaps a more versatile pedal and easier to make work on different amps.

  134. Bryce says:

    Hi Bjorn, on this overview article you say that the Throbak power booster is in your opinion the best color sound clone on the market. Yet on the article for the buffalo booster, you say that that one blew you away and replaced the Throbak on your board. I would like to know which is the final opinion you have on these as I am interested in getting one to replace my colorsound over driver (well not entirely replace, but to have a smaller footprint on my board).

    Thanks,
    Bryce

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Bryce. I haven’t come around to update the buyer’s guides yet (I’m working on it) but since I wrote that, I have tested many more Powerbooster clones. All of the clones I’ve tried are very good. The Vick Audio Overdriver is probably the most authentic sounding. The Buffalo is slightly darker and it’s got, in my ears, the smoothest break up. The Bananaboost is also on the darker side, with more responsive treble and bass controls than the rest. The ThroBak is probably the most versatile, with all the controls and it also got the cleanest headroom. It all depends on the voice of your amp and what kind of tones you want. I’d get the Vick and Buffalo for overdrive and the ThroBak and Banana for boost.

      • Bryce Shelton says:

        Thanks for your input. I suppose I am going more for a clean boost. I am just using it for bedroom jamming for right now on a Mesa Boogie Express 5:25 Plus (I guess I can save the color sound for the big amps), so in your opinion do you think the Throbak or the Banana boost would work better for my setup?

  135. Joshua says:

    Hey Bjorn! Amazing website you have here. Can you recommend me settings for my Stock Boss BD-2 and Mooer Black Secret? My favorite tones are Dark Side Of The Moon and PULSE and for my guitar and amp I’m using a stock MIM Stratocaster and a Roland Cube 30. Thank You!

    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks for your kind words! Always hard to suggest settings because it depends on how you’ve set the amp and how everything sounds in your room. Check out this feature for some amp set up tips. For rhythms I’d set the BD2 up for a mild crunch, with a slight volume boost to get a smoother tone. Set the tone high for a bit of crispiness but avoid the harshness. The RAT usually sounds good with all the controls at around 60-70%. Set the volume to about unity, the gain where you want it and the tone medium, for warmth.

  136. Gabe says:

    Does the Blues Driver require a high volume to work?

    • Bjorn says:

      Depends on what you mean by “work”. The BD-2 is designed to capture that classic tube amp tone, allowing you to achieve that on smaller amps. That being said, most gain pedals do sound smoother and slightly more compressed on higher volume.

  137. Matthew Lee says:

    Anyone know which BOOST pedal that can boost my Big Muff (With the mid range and all), provide a convincing tone for ALL Gilmour eras and also be used as a make-shift overdrive when needed?

    • Matthew Lee says:

      I forgot to mention – I don’t fancy busting the bank on said boost pedal

    • Bjorn says:

      Depends on what amp you got but I recommend a transparent booster or one with a low mid range. That way you can add a bit of gain and volume, without altering the tone of the Muff. For budget models, check out the TC Spark Booster or Boss BD2. For something slightly more pricy, check out the TopTone Shine Boost, Buffalo FX Powerbooster or the Buffalo FX TDX. Again, it depends on your amp and the Muff model you’re using. I don’t think there’s one pedal that can do it all.

  138. chris says:

    bjorn hello , I have a question about the buffalo Evolution , how you place in the chain , I don not reach the same tone as you, you put a booster ?
    Thank you

    • Bjorn says:

      I have it after the compressor and before modulations and delays. I’m not using a booster as it has lots of gain on its own. Keep in mind that tone isn’t just about pedal settings and combinations. What amp, guitar, pickups and other pedals do you use?

  139. Giovanni says:

    Hi Bjorn! I suggest you to try the Costalab Moon Drive! It is based on the Cornish G2, and in fact it has a very warm and quite huge sound; moreover, it’one of the most dynamic sound I’ve ever tried!

  140. Franklin says:

    Hey Bjorn, how r u doing?

    I don’t wanna exactly get the David Gilmour tone this time, but i think you can help me. I’m searching for a versatile distortion pedal who reacts with volume knob, volume pedal, the hand touch, etc. A distortion to go to overdrive or maybe even a clean sound, only touching the guitar volume knob. I wish this distortion had some british tone, remembering a vox or marshall amp (i love how steve howe with fuzzes and fenders, blackmore with a vox ac30and jimmy page with fuzzes and marshalls and can change the tone only with guitar volume knob), and i think in some pedal adding a good sustain to my guitar and be able to play several strings at same time.

    I think about the TopTone Dg2. I loved the tone and the articulation, and since i’m brazilian, it would be easy to buy one, but i don’t know if it cleans up well. What pedals could you sugest to me?

    Thanks

    • Bjorn says:

      Sorry for my late reply, Franklin. Depends on how dirty you want it. The DG2 has a lot of gain and although it responds well to your picking and guitar volume control, how much it does that depends on how hot pickups you have. I’d rather look into an overdrive, like the Buffalo FX TDX or the excellent Vick Audio Tree of Life. Check out my reviews linked to here.

  141. Rick. says:

    Hi Bjorn
    Do you have any experience with the FET Dream and would you recommend it for bedroom set ups through a Laney cub 12r,and a strat?
    Much appreciated
    Rick.

    • Bjorn says:

      I haven’t tried that particular pedal but FET based overdrives in general are very versatile and goes well with almost any amp and guitar. Well worth checking out, I would imagine.

  142. Jason says:

    Bjorn,

    I’ve been craving something with some higher gain options and have been considering the Arc Effects Soothsayer. Since I’m in bedroom setting/volume levels, how would the Soothsayer sound boosting a Muff on low gain levels i.e. instead of a typical booster/overdrive?

    • Bjorn says:

      Sorry for my late reply, Jason. The Soothsayer is based on the classic RAT pedal and it has A LOT of gain. Probably not what you’re looking for. At least not as a booster or overdrive unit. Check out my review of the Vick Audio Tree of Life and the Buffalo FX TDX. They should be closer to what you’re seeking.

      • Jason says:

        I definitely want it for the RAT and high gain sounds, but I was just curious if it would work ok as an overdrive or booster as a bonus. I don’t have anything higher gain and I REALLY want a Soothsayer. I may look into a booster separately though… Thanks Bjorn!

  143. Paul says:

    Bjorn, I currently have a Throbak Booster as well as the OCD and RAT for boost or OD.
    Do you think the Efectrode Tube Driver would be a useful additon? Can it function as a Tube Driver or is it more an OD? Playing a Strat with SSL-5 through a Laney.
    I would like to achieve the tone in The Blue (live or studio). The Throbak doesn’t quite achieve it even maxed out it’s a bit thin sounding (in comparison to Gilmour’s tone). Would a TD-X be better suited?

    Slightly off-topic, Ive a 1983 Telecaster Standard that I would like to make sound like the Filterton Duo Jet from The Blue. I woudl rather not reroute or cut etc, do you know of any Telecaster pickups that would give me the same tone (Bridge and Neck)?

    Thanks mate, keep it up. Your playing prowess is something I would love to achieve! ;-)

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Paul, sorry for my late reply. First off, on The Blue, David’s using the Gretsch for rhythms. The lead is the Black Strat. I haven’t done any research on Tele pickups besides the different vintage single coil models, so I’m not sure what to suggest. Check out Seymour Duncan’s tone chart and see if they got something.
      The Effectrode Tube Driver is very similar to the BK Butler model. At lower amp volume, they can sound a bit thin and fizzy. Still, it’s a great sounding pedal. The Buffalo TD-X nails those Tube Driver sounds perfectly and it’s also an easier pedal to set up on different amps and volume levels.

      • Paul says:

        Hey Bjorn, it’s all good mate I know you are a busy man! I ended up grabbing a 2nd hand Effectrode Tube Drive and pushing the volume a bit more it does indeed sound awesome. Don’t know why, I just read it as being the Gretsch for the solos (mixed it up for sure). I appreciate all the time you spend for us Gilmour geeks.

        Cheers.

  144. joao bicudo says:

    Hello Bjorn!

    Between the Tc Electronic Spark Booster and the Mooer Flex Boost wish do you think it works best for boosting a bass big muff or a mooer triangle buff?

    I have a Mooer blues Mood for boosting but I dont think its transparent!

    I play a strat with ssl5 bridge and cs69 middle and neck thru a hiwatt t20.

    Cheers,
    Joao bicudo

  145. Tony says:

    Hi Bjorn, in your opinion, what is the best current alternative to the Tube Driver in a smaller footprint? Thanks, Tony

  146. Ben Ferwerda says:

    Hello Bjorn! I hope all is well.
    I feel my pedal board may be clogged with gain pedals. I currently have a Buffalo Patriot, Evolution, TD-X, TC Spark Booster, and a Vick Tree of Life. They all are different in their own way but there is also some overlap. If you had to choose the least useful of the five, which would it be? I play through a Fender HRD with a Strat.

    Thank you Bjorn,
    Ben Ferwerda

    • Bjorn says:

      Obviously, you need to decide which you need and which you can ditch, based on your guitar and amp and what tones you need, but generally speaking I’d consider at least removing either the Evo, TDX and ToL. They’re all somewhat overlapping. Personally I’m not a huge fan of the Spark Booster, but given that it’s the only clean booster you have you might want to save that one.

      • Ben Ferwerda says:

        I agree that the spark booster is kind of sterile. I’ve been using it similar to the way you use the shine boost so for that its alright. I get what you mean about the overlapping. The ToL is great and a bargain. It doesn’t have as much gain as the TD-X but with the SB in front it can get close. The TD-X and Evo are very similar but the Evo has more saturation to my ears and the contour knob helps with the HRD mids scooped sound. Guess I just need a bigger board : )

        Thanks Bjorn!

  147. waxpacknerd says:

    One of the best boosters I’ve found for a Ram’s Head style Muff is the Xotic AC Booster. Lets you recover some of the bass you lose when you dial in screaming highs on the Muff.

  148. Will says:

    Greetings Bjorn, I am burned out trying to find a cream colored Dover Drive, sold out, can’t find a used one for decent price etc. Can you recommend a close substitute for home use only between something like the Wampler Plexi Drive or the Golden Cello? Actually looking more for Eric Johnson tones than Gilmour’s. Using a Fender DRRI amp these days.
    Cheers.

    • Bjorn says:

      The Black Dover is the same pedal as the cream coloured one. You might also want to check out the TD-X from Buffalo FX :)

  149. Rick says:

    Very true George :)

  150. Nate says:

    I have just aquired a Fender Bassman 59 reissue. I absolutely love the tone this amp brings. I have a few questions though. I am looking for an overdrive pedal that complements the natural warm, woody sound the amp produces. That lead me to wondering if what I wanted was a clean boost. Would a clean boost let me drive the amp at lower volumes? Or should I get a low gain overdrive pedal? Would the soul food be a good choice since it is a transparent overdrive pedal? I am not looking exclusivly to play at lower volumes but I am looking for a pedal that works well for both lower volumes and with Bassman cranked. Im not looking for heavy distortion, just a sllightly dirty clean blues tone to classic rock rhythm tones. Thanks!

    • Bjorn says:

      The Soul Food is transparent when you set it clean but there’s a considerable mids boost when you crank it. It works nicely on the Bassman but if you want something a bit more overdrive-ish I’d look into the Fulltone OCD or the excellent Vick Audio Tree of Life.

  151. Rick Molyneux says:

    Hi Bjorn
    Thanks for the wealth of information on your site it truly is astonishing.Can I trouble you with a question please.
    I am looking to create a pedalboard with Gilmourish tone in mind(I have been using multi effects pedals for years(Boss GT8 etc) and am now wanting to create an individual pedalboard.
    After watching ALL your reviews a zillion times I am drawn to the Buffalo fx range and they seem to nail the tone for my ears but I’m really not sure which one to get.
    I play a Fender strat with cs tex specials neck+mid and a ssl5 in the bridge,not a great amp(Fender Mustang v2) will soon change to a Laney cub 12.
    Could I ask you for a recommendation as to which Buffalo pedal to go with and any other pedals that will get me somewhere near to the Masters tone.
    Any advice would be truly appreciated.
    Huge thanks
    Rick.

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Rick! Since you’re somewhat new to pedals and are perhaps looking to cover some ground, I’d go for something versatile. The new TD-X is a versatile overdrive based on David Gilmour’s Tube Driver, that he’s used on pretty much everything since Division Bell. It goes well with your guitar and amp (and the Cub). I’d also look into the Evolution, which is a versatile distortion, capable of covering most of David’s lead tones.

      • Rick says:

        Hi Bjorn
        Thanks a million for replying :)
        Can I ask,where you recommending both the Evolution + TD X together or did you mean either of the two?
        Thanks again
        Rick.

        • Bjorn says:

          I’d get both. The Evo pretty much takes over where the TD-X stops :) Having these two on your board will provide a versatile setup that should be capable of covering most of David’s tones… as well as a whole lot more.

          • Rick says:

            Cheers Bjorn
            Much appreciated :)

            • Bjorn says:

              Cheers!

              • Rick says:

                Hi Bjorn
                Thanks again for all the work you do :)
                After deciding on the Evolution & TD-X, purchasing them is proving nigh on impossible.I have sent 3 emails over a 2 week period to Buffalo and left a comment on the forum at Buffalo FX and not yet received a single reply.Really disappointed with the poor customer services.Is anything happening their end that you’re aware of?
                Kind regards
                Rick.

                • Bjorn says:

                  Sorry to hear, Rick. Steve usually responds right away. Try their Facebook page.

                • George says:

                  This website can make boutique builders with obscure products insanely popular. Im on a six week waiting list for my TD-X, and thats before waiting for it to be shipped from europe. That was weeks ago. I suspect the wait time now is now so long he is building pedals and gave up on the email. Wait until the next popular overdrive pedal sucks in all the demand and then you might have a chance :)

  152. Punchy says:

    I’ve been using a DOD (Digitech) 250 as a boost for after my Triangle Big Muff. It works very well for that purpose.

  153. James says:

    Hi Bjørn,
    Thanks for site…great resource.

    I’m interested in obtaining a single pedal to create those sweet, singing lead tones like CN but which can also get similar great lead tones like on Jeff Beck’s Big Block (Guitar Shop record).

    I use a tele with vintage single coils into a 15W Deluxe Reverb type amp which is clean mostly, and usually bedroom volumes. What one pedal would you suggest irrespective of price (and a budget version option), or if not with one, what combo (prefer as simple as possible)?
    Thanks
    James

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi James! I’d go for something versatile. Muffs go well with Fender amps but it’s not the ideal combo for Gilmour’s tones. You’d need more mid range, which the Fender amp don’t have. You could go for something like the Buffalo Patriot, which has plenty of mids, but I think pedals like the Buffalo Evolution, Arc Effects Soothsayer or even the new TD-X from Buffalo would all be better choices. You’ll find reviews of all three here on the site.

  154. Massimo says:

    Hi Bjorn
    Your site is almost my only source for my new pedals!
    A question: how would You compare the Buffalo TDX to the DOVER DRIVE? Are they similar in a way?
    All the best Massimo

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Massimo! Thanks for your kind words! The Dover is aimed at Eric Johnson’s tones. He’s using the Tube Driver with the bass and treble all the way down, which produce a tone similar to the Tube Screamer or OCD. It’s OK for David’s tones but not ideal, in my opinion. The TD-X is a straight clone of the Tube Driver, with a few modifications, which I think makes it a more versatile and bedroom friendly pedal than the original.

  155. Massimo says:

    hi bjorn, any thought about the Paul Cochrane TIM/TIMMY? are they similar to Buffalo PowerBooster or the new Buffalo TD-X in terms of boosting or light drive?
    Best regards Massimo

  156. Clark says:

    /Hey Bjorn How are you? How have you been? I have a question about a the wampler Plexi Drive. Does it have enough gain on tap for the solo tones that Gilmour got on Gdnask?

  157. Mathias says:

    Hi again Bjørn.
    Thanks for sharing all your endless rivers of knowledge in all aspects of David Gilmour tones and Pink Floyd-encyclopedia. Latest I have been reading about Effectrode Blackbird. – It sound very cool. But what is a Pre-amp like Blackbird exactly? Could I used it instead of an Overdrive, and how does it work together whit other pedals?
    (Small bedroom set-up). It seems like David Gilmour uses a lot of effectrode pedals so why isn’t fx. the Tube Driver not on your “list” (Buyers guide)?

    Thanks in forehand – Best regards Mathias

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Mathias! I only include pedals in the buyer’s guide that I have played myself. That way I can give an honest opinion of each of them :) Overdrive pedals are basically small preamps. The Blackbird is designed around the same preamp you have in most tube amps but it acts and sounds much like any other overdrive. You can either use it as a pickup enhancer or booster, clean booster or dedicated overdrive unit.

  158. loziodavid says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    I just bought an EHX Soulf Food for 40€. How about this pedal? Why did you write:
    “It can sound a bit boxy and dull on its own but it cuts nicely through a dense band mix”?

    I’m not very satisfied of my 2 overdrives.
    Costalab Natural Drive MKII is a nice clean boost, I use it to add color to my clean sound, but when gain increase (above 1:00), the sound is quite thin. Used as clean boost pedal: 10/10,as overdrive pedal: 5/10!
    Joyo Vintage Overdrive, clone of Ibanez TS808, is more aggressive, has more gain, but sometimes it’s too gritty and not so smooth.

    How is Soul Food compared to this 2 overdrive? It can be used for low gain lead tones, like Shine On, Coming Back to Life, High Hopes final solo?

    • Bjorn says:

      Well, overdrive is perhaps the most difficult effect or pedal to get right. Which model to choose, depends on what guitar and amp you’re using and, of course, what tones you want. The Natural Drive sounds huge on bigger amps, with lots of presence and mids, but it can sound thin and even harsh on brighter amps and low volume. The TS808 sounds flat on it’s own but used with a slightly cranked amp, it makes almost anything sound amazing. The Soul Food is based on the Klon, which has ties back to the Tube Screamer. It’s a great clean booster and you can tweak it for warm and creamy overdrive. Again, whether or not you like it or if it fits the tones you’re trying to replicate, depends on your amp and guitar.

  159. Chris D says:

    Hi Bjorn, hoping all is well, I’m thinking of buying a rat 2, it will be my first pedal after my TU-2…Is a rat a good choice as a 1st stand alone pedal, until I can afford others, to go along with my TM-18..also..have you an opinion on the Modest Mike mod? Thanks again for this site, you have saved me countless $, by showing me ..what…where & how….Chris

    • Chris D says:

      What’s better the plexi or rat 2

      • Chris D says:

        Nevermind, lol I bought the plexi on impulse, I can get the rat next maybe, what you think? Sorry for all the comments..Chris

      • Bjorn says:

        Two very different pedals. The PD is an overdrive with lots of headroom. The Rat is a distortion, with very little headroom and lots of gain.

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Chris! As far as I know, the current RAT 2 doesn’t feature the LM308 chip, which is essential for the smooth distortion character. The Mooer Black Secret does and it’s cheaper. Worth checking out :)

  160. Alessandro Borges Cordeiro says:

    Thanks Bjorn! Cheers!

  161. Bryan says:

    Throughout your site and videos, you talk about boosting one pedal with another, such as using a powerbooster to open up a muff. Can you explain how best to do this? Like what order do you place the pedals and what kind of settings would you use?

  162. Alessandro Borges Cordeiro says:

    Hi Bjorn, between the current version of ProCo Rat 2, Mooer Black Secret and Little Bear Rat with LM 308, which you recommend?

    I thank your help!

    Greetings!

    • Bjorn says:

      I haven’t tried the Little Bear so I would go for the Black Secret. Hard to beat the price and it sounds great!

      • Alessandro Borges Cordeiro says:

        Thanks Bjorn! Another possible option would be the TopTone DG-2. Do you think it works well as a distortion pedal, replacing a Rat? Between the DG-2 and Mooer Black Secret, what would be the best choice in your opinion?

  163. David says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    I just realized I forgot one important question. I had thought about merging it with the previous Question #3..

    Do you think the Colorsound Overdrive can be as successful as the Colorsound Power Boost at reproducing the the classic Gilmour tones that are produced a) by the Power Boost alone, b) a Big Muff/Power Boost tandem, and c) a Fuzz Face/Power Boost tandem?

    Thanks again and sorry about the double post.

    • Bjorn says:

      Again, both pedals will work nicely for all applications. There really isn’t that big difference between the two. It depends on the amp and whether or not it can handle these pedals or not.

      • David says:

        Bjorn,
        Thanks so much for answering my questions. I really appreciate and value your opinion on this matter. Since there is not much difference between the Colorsound PB and Overdriver, I think I’m going to build the 9V version for now because I don’t have room for 2 9V batteries in the bright citrus orange enclosure that I’m planning to use.. (I’m old school and I like pedals that can be powered by batteries as well as DC power supplies.) If I don’t think it has enough headroom I can either sell this one or convert it to an 18V Power Boost version and put it in a bigger enclosure that will accommodate 2 batteries.

        As for my amp, I have a Fender Twin Reverb right now, but I’m saving up some money to buy a new amp. If I’m patient enough I’d like to buy a Hiwatt Little D Rig or perhaps a Hiwatt SF412 with Fane Speakers in a WEM cabinet. However, Hiwatt amps are a bit pricey and there isn’t a dealer within 400 miles of me that carries them. I’d like to find a good amp that sounds like a Hiwatt, but is considerably cheaper. Any recommendations?.

  164. David says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    I just love your website and your playing! :)

    I hope you can find time to answer the following questions: I’m getting ready to build my own clone of the Colorsound. However, I’m currently undecided as to whether it would be best to build the 18V Powerboost or the 9V Overdrive. I hope you can find time to answer the following questions

    1) On one website, I read that the CS OD is capable of generating more distortion due to the lower voltage while the Power Boost is much cleaner. In your opinion, is the OD capable of generating more distortion than the PB?

    2) Right now I’m not playing in a band and don’t plan to do so in the near future. Of the two (OD or Powerboost),
    which would work best in a small home studio. (I live in a house, not an apartment so I can crank the volume up a bit more than someone who has an apartment..)

    3) Did Gilmour use a Colorsound Overdrive at any time? Someone claimed that he used one on stage either in the late 1980’s or early-to-mid 1990’s.

    Thanks a lot for any help you are willing to provide! :)

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi David! Thanks for your kind words!
      I haven’t done an a/b test so I can’t tell for sure. There are also variations between each model, as the original pedals and the different generations of reissues from Colorsound/Macari’s differ. The OD and PB is supposed to be the same pedal. They were anyway. From what I understand, the current OD does have less headroom than the PB. 9V would give you less headroom anyway, compared to 18V.
      I guess both of them would work fine. The question is whether your amp can handle these pedals or not. They can sound pretty harsh and fizzy on brighter and mid scooped amps.
      David is seen using an Overdriver in the early 90s on some guest appearances and for the recording of the Carrera Pan Amercia soundtrack.

  165. George says:

    just bought a Little Bear Rat clone for under $50 on the bay. Has LM308 chip. cant wait!

  166. nick says:

    Bjorn,

    Love the site. Such a resource! One thing: right now, there is not a link to the review for the Arc Effects Soothsayer.

  167. John Noir Smith says:

    I see there’s a lot of talk about the Mooer pedals here, but have anyone tested the Hotone pedals (which are about half the size of the Mooers)?

    • Bjorn says:

      Don’t have any experience with those… anyone?

      • Bern Merchant says:

        I owned the Hotone Grass for a little while – it’s actually quite a good pedal. I’ve also seen some pretty good reviews of this one over on TGP as well. They market it as a Dumble-type OD – how accurate that is, I’m not sure, as I’ve never played a Dumble! But it sounds great and despite the size, is built very solid. I only sold it because it was redundant to my OD needs, having bought an Effectrode Tube Drive (plus owning some other ODs as well). But if the Grass is typical of their line, I’d have no trouble recommended Hotone.

  168. Greatly appreciate the help Bjorn!

  169. Bjorn,
    I am wanting to give The Rat a try for no other reason than just to try it on my rig. I see many different versions. The current Pro Co Rat 2 is very reasonably priced, but I am wondering if that is the model I should try out. Can you please advise, so that I buy the one that people seem to rave about. I appreciate it greatly!

    Chad from Dallas

  170. Roger Sartori says:

    Hi, Bjorn. What’s the best for Gilmour tone: a boost pedal like Top Shine or an equalizer like Boss GE7 to act like a volume boost with mids boost configuration? Cheers.

    • Bjorn says:

      Depends on what you need. EQs are tools for tone shaping, while boosters are often used to beef up an amp. I prefer using boosters because they sound more natural and they also seem more versatile… for me at least. The Shine Boost is an excellent choice for boosting a clean amp or a gain pedal like a Muff. The mids switch also allow you to add some presence.

  171. Hi Bjorn, I thinking to have BYOC rams head. Its very versatile to play like albums wall, pulse, Gdansk. But on the other hand Big muff vintage ( 80s ) are the “truely” decission… what do you think? I have a tube chandler driver. Is it better to have a big muff vintage or BYOC having the TD chandler. I will have in a future a procorat too.. Merci ! Hope you are doing well

    • Bjorn says:

      The BYOC is based on the ram’s head and the original early 70s circuit so in that sense, it’s vintage. I wouldn’t og buying a vintage pedal off Ebay unless you really know what you’re doing. You never know what you get. The BYOC goes nicely with the Tube Driver.

  172. Chris says:

    Hey Bjorn, longtime reader and fan of your work, and just wanted to say a few things. I bought my Laney CUB12R based largely on your recommendation, and it’s an amazing little amp.

    What I really came here for is to suggest that you look into a new(ish) pedal by MXR’s Custom Shop – the Il Torino Overdrive. I know you’re a big fan of the BD-2, but you might give this one a try in its place. It’s very transparent, has two switchable gain modes (boost and overdrive), and is playing very well with my BYOC Large Beaver in both modes. It also has a three-band EQ, which in my mind makes it more versatile than the BD-2. It might make for a good budget boost/OD; retail is $120USD.

    Anyway, thanks for all you do

  173. Bill says:

    Quick question, just as a point for clarification: did you review the Rattler, or the Rattler +. It seems the picture is of the Rattler +….but from the text it seems your reviewed the Rattler. Just curious….

  174. Steve says:

    Hi Bjorn First off I love your site read it everyday and appreciate all the work you have put into it. Thanks! I would appreciate some advice. I have a musket, nano big muff and deluxe big muff I am playing an American deluxe ash strat with n3 pickups through a 65 fender twin reissue and looking for a boost my choices are either throbak overdrive, keeley phat bd2, tc spark or xotic rc boost please help. Down the road I am going to pick up another amp. but for now your thoughts on boost would be a lot of help.

    thanks
    Steve

    • Steve says:

      This is the greatest guide on the web. What a treasure for all of us Floyd fans, I first saw them in 1973 at Cobo Hall in Detroit and have been obsessed ever since. I have learned a lot from you Bjorn and can not thank you enough.

      • Bjorn says:

        Hi Steve! Thanks a lot for your kind Words! Wow, Cobo Hall! They tore that down recently, didn’t they? Being a Kiss fan I know Cobo Hall is a place with quite a history :)

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Steve! I’d go for the BD2. It’s a great combo with Muffs and bright souding amps. You might even want to check out the EHX Soul Food, which has a lot of mids, which the Twin doesn’t have but it can be fairly transparent as well.

  175. Mario says:

    Hello, Bjorn!
    MXR Micro Amp CSP233 it’s a good booster for David Gilmour tone?
    Excuse my english, i live at Quebec city.

    • Bjorn says:

      I haven’t tried it but it’s basically a clean booster so I guess it will work. Personally I prefer boosters with a bit more gain.

  176. thunderr723 says:

    hey im using a marshall AVT 50 and a gibson traditional through a basic audio scaraba deluxe fuzz.i only have either a digitech distortion factory or a screamin blues pedal as an overdrive and was wondering if anyone has used a radial tonebone trimode wich is a true tube pedal.or are there anyother sugestions as a good overdrive for this combo.

    • Bjorn says:

      I don’t have any experience with Radial. Pedals like the Tube Screamer, RAT and even the BD2 seems to work nicely with Marshall. I’d stay away from Big Muffs.

  177. Alex says:

    Hello, Bjorn!

    I have a tube amp with 2w mode and I haven’t got any pedals. I want to achieve distorted sound on lead channel, but even in 2w mode the amp is pretty loud. If I understood you correctly, with proper overdrive/distortion/booster pedal I can achieve desired sound with low (actual) volume. Am I right?

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Alex. What amp is this?

      • Alex says:

        This is “made in Russia” amp Yerasov Gavrosh 12V with 2xEL84, 3x12AX7/ECC83, 1x12AT7/ECC81 tubes and 12” Celestion Vintage 30 speaker, 2/10w power modes. It has 2 channels – clean and lead with high-gain mode on lead channel.

        • Bjorn says:

          OK. I’d go for something versatile that can tolerate low volume without losing character. Big Muffs, fuzz etc needs a bit of volume to get that smooth sustain. The RAT distortion and Tube Screamer overdrive is a nice start. These will give you a wide range of tones suitable for all kinds of genres, including Floyd. Depending on your budget, you could either check out the Mooer Black Secret and Green Mile or something in the boutique segment, like the Buffalo FX Evolution and Wampler Plexi Drive.

  178. Andrzej says:

    hi again Bjorn
    I have another question
    Just I bought new pedal to my setup – it is Maxon RTD800. I try to use this effect with my BD-2 and Pig Hoof MK II.
    My current guitar chain is: guitar>wah>compressor>pig hoof MK II>BD-2 Keeley. It is nice setup for Gilmour`s sound. For blues and high gain solos I bought RTD800.
    What’s your opinion about best place for RTD800 in my chain ?
    b.r. from Poland
    Andrzej Kwiatkowski

    • Bjorn says:

      I’d place it after the Hoof and use the BD2 for boost for both the Hoof and RTD.

      • Andrzej says:

        Thanks a lot Bjorn, I thought the same :)

        Next quick question: which pedal in your opinion is the best for boost Pig Hoof MKII (or Big Muff RamsHead) to get Gilmour`s tone :
        1) TopTone Shine Boost 10/10 Gilmour tone
        2) Wampler Plexidrive 10/10 Gilmour tone
        3) Boss BD-2 Keeley Mod 9/10 Gilmour tone
        I now use BD-2 Keeley. Is Shine Boost or Wampler Plexidrive much better than my BD-2 ?
        I play bedroom on Fender Devil Twin Amp with Gold Alnico speakers.

        • Bjorn says:

          Sorry for my late reply. The Wampler has a bit of mids and compression, which don’t og that well with a Muff. The BD2 should work nicely, as you can boost both the gain and volume, without much colouring. The Shine Boost is a clean volume booster, which might sound a bit too bright when you combine it with a Muff and Your Fender amp. The MKII was designed specifically for a Hiwatt type of amp, which has a lot of headroom and presence in the high mids. I don’t have any experience using it With a Fender.

          • Andrzej says:

            hi again Bjorn :)
            my english is a little poor, can You explain what does it mean ” which don’t og that well with a Muff ”
            regards
            Andrzej

            • Bjorn says:

              I recommend using transparent boosters with Big Muffs as they tend to sound dark and muddy if you boost them with pedals that has lots of mid range and gain. The PlexiDrive has quite a lot of mid range and therefore not ideal for boosting Big Muffs.

  179. rick says:

    has anyone tried the Radial tonebone trimode or the radial hollywood overdrives

  180. Matthew Kehley says:

    Quick question: does anyone know anything about the Catalinbread Galileo MKII? I’ve just got the Deluxe Big Muff Pi and it sounds awesome but I need a good OD/Booster to go with it. Currently I am using a stock Boss DS-1 (I know, it’s all I had) and it works but not well. Am also looking at a EHX Soul Food

    • Bjorn says:

      I haven’t tried it. Anyone?

    • Pete W. says:

      I have not tried it, but the friends that have all said the same thing. It gets the Brian May sound, but also adds a lot of noise.
      My recommendation, get the Soul Food.
      (Just my opinion of course.)

  181. James Neu says:

    Hi Bjorn! Thanks to your advice I ordered a Pig Hoof (Original) and Banana Boost from Electronic Orange. They just arrived today and are sweet!

    Jan has now improved the Banana Boost to a Mark II version. It doubles up the 9 volt circuit to 18 volts. He says this gives it much more clean headroom and makes it closer to the original Coloursound Powerboost. I don’t have anything to compare it to other than a clean boost on a TC Nova, but I can say the Banana Boost is a) really loud, b) really clean, and c) adds just a bit of ‘sing’ and sustain to the sound – not sure how to describe it. Those are first impressions, right after setting them up using an old 100w hybrid Carvin amp (tube power stage). I have yet to play around with the settings.

    Both pedals are great – thanks for your advice!

    James

    P.S. I have Banana Boost Mk II serial #1!

  182. joao bicudo says:

    Hello Bjorn, how are you?

    Wish of those pedals do you prefer for boost Big muff, TC ElectronicsSpark Booster or Boss BD2 Stock or Mooer Blues Driver?

    I play a Strat with SSL5 and 69’s thro a Hiwatt T20HD

    Cheers,

    Joao Bicudo

    • Bjorn says:

      The TC is a clean booster and I prefer a bit dirt when I boost my Muffs. I would have to say the Mooer :)

  183. Anmol says:

    Hey bjorn,
    What c will be type recommended settings for the maxon od808. Also when boosting the muff the chain should be guitar to od to muff to amp???
    Thanks

    • Bjorn says:

      The OD808 and other Tube Screamers can be a tad to dark for a Big Muff but I’d set it as clean as possible with a fairly neutral tone setting. Place it after the Muff.

  184. I miss the Boss OD 1 Overdrive. It’s the best driver I think

  185. KEITH says:

    Hey Bjorn, I didn’t know where to post this, so here it is! All my musical life, I played Marshalls, with humbuckers on stage, no effects at all except a period where I used a modified Roland JC 120, and a Boss Heavy Metal 1. I found that at almost any volume I could get beautifully rich harmonic feedback. Now using the Reeves, and vintage single coils, I find that I have to really crank the volume to get any controllable feedback at all, and I was wondering which of my pedals would help me get that great controlled feedback. Would maybe a bit of compression help? I have the Muff, the Musket, Si, and Ge Fuzz, but really haven’t experimented enough to see what will give me that particular feedback, without breaking windows! Perhaps a dedicated distortion pedal, as opposed to the pedals listed, or the Throbak, that I forgot to list. Or, would a great overdrive such as the Butler TD, or Plexidrive help. If you can think of anything I can do with my current rig to achieve that’s always been a signature of my sound it would be greatly appreciated. I feel kind of naked, and thrown off my game without it. I find it one of the greatest sounds a guitat can make, and never had any problem achieving it with a Marshall, and a Humbucker loaded Gibson.

    Thanks, KEITH

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Keith, as you know, the setup you have now is quite different to the Marshall and humbuckers you used to play. I also suppose you didn’t keep that rig at home? Hiwatts, or the Reeves, have a lot of headroom and even though Marshalls can sound clean, they still have a pretty aggressive tone and the combo with the speakers, pedals and often humbuckers, makes it easy to create feedback. I rarely get feedback with my Reeves using overdrives unless I kick in a compressor, which I often do at certain parts. I’ve found that Sovtek Muffs or clones easily sustains or feedback, while ram’s heads needs a bit of boost or even a compressor. Again, it depends on what pickups you use and how hard you drive the Reeves. You might want to increase the channel volume(s) quite a bit and keep the master low to push the preamp section for a hint of dirt or at least less headroom. My go to pedal for feedback is the AnalogMan Boss DS1 with a mids control. I’ve used that on several recordings and the thing sings endlessly. You should check it out :)

      • KEITH says:

        I may do that,( the modded DS1), but I was right thar comoression may help. One more quick question. You said the Sovteks are good for feedback, how about the Musket, with a bit of compression? Think that might do the trick? My hands are a bit tied until I get a studio space, and it looks like I finally found one that’s already been treated, and used as a studio, and it’s inexpensive, so the added volume will certainly help!

        Thanks for the lowdown, KEITH

  186. Guilherme says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    To my ears, when David play the comfortably numb 2nd solo with bridge pickup on Pulse, it sounds like if he was using the neck pickup. I mean, it’s like the neck pickup voicing but with the crunch and sustain of the bridge pickup. Is it the Butler overdrive pedal the secret behind this tone? I have a 57 Reissue strat with the EMG DG-20, and my amp is a Mesa Boogie Mark V. I don’t know if you are familiar with this amp but the Mark V have several amp modes, but I still could not get close to this comfortably numb tone with the bridge pickup.

    • Bjorn says:

      His tone on that version is a combination of many things but he does use the bridge pickup, with the SPC rolled up to about half for boosting the mids. He’s also using a Sovtek Civil War Muff, which has a dark tone with lots of mid range. This is paired with a Tube Driver boosting or acting like an EQ adding a bit of colour. This setup has a lot of mid range, which is essential for that fat and smooth tone. Add to that the mid rangy Hiwatts and the fact that he plays VERY loud, which again adds natural compression and mid range. I don’t think you can achieve this on a typical bedroom setup.

      • Guilherme says:

        I actually could reach a much better tone by simply turning off the built in 5-band EQ of my Mesa Mark V, which had the bass and treble boosted and mids scooped all the way down (I use it mostly for Metallica covers with other guitars). But indeed, the lowder I crank the amp, the closer I get to that fat tone.

  187. Bern Merchant says:

    Hi once again Bjorn. Another question for you. Out of the various overdrives you recommend, which fits this description the most (or is there another you suggest trying): smooth rather than crunchy, really excels at edge of breakup and low gain tones, dynamic and touch responsive (i.e. responds very well to pick attack and guitar’s volume knob), and works well going into a clean low-volume bedroom tube amp? Maybe that’s a big ask!!! I’m having a lot of trouble finding something that fits. I have the Power Booster, which I pretty much use mostly for a clean boost and the basic platform for my amp – I use it almost as a clean pre-amp (so that various dirt pedals can actually work at bedroom volume), and I have the Evolution, which is fantastic at medium to higher gain tones. I’m looking for something that fits in between those two gain-wise. Ideally this pedal would be an all-rounder and so be good for other styles such as bluesy stuff too. I should add that I’m not looking for the Tube Screamer sound either. Like I said, maybe this is a big ask!

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Bern! How much dynamics and picking sensitivity you get from your pedals also depends on how they interact with your guitar/pickups and the amp but based on what you already have, I would think that the Wampler PlexiDrive should fit nicely in between. It’s got a tad more mids than the Powerbooster but not as much as the Evolution nor the Tube Screamer. The gain ranges from super clean to where the Evolution begins. It’s also extremely responsive to your playing.

  188. Danny says:

    Hi Bjorn !…I Just got a Vick Audio Overdriver recently and I noticed that when I dig into my strat a little a harder the overdrive seems to squash out a little bit , like I have a compressor in my chain ( which I don’t ) …I have an ssl-5 in the bridge position and CS69’s on the other two . The issue only seems to occur when I’m using the bridge pickup . I lowered the pickup height quite a bit and it still happens . The drive level on the Overdriver is generally set between 2-3 o’ clock…I think it’s a great overdrive but this is the only thing about it that’s bugging me . My amp is set clean and am playing at bedroom levels . Any idea what could be causing this ?..Or is this just the nature of this particular circuit ?…Thanks !

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Danny! It does bleed out a bit but that’s the nature of the pedal and its silicon transistors. Try not to have too much bass from the pedal and amp and too much volume boost will also make it squeeze a bit so you might want to lower it. Are there any buffers in your chain? It really don’t want any buffers near by.

      • Danny says:

        Yes…two buffers , A boss TU-2 first in the chain and a Boss DD-2 last in the chain…The others are TB….I will try your recommendations Bjorn…Thanks and love your site !…Cheers !

  189. Franklin says:

    Hey Bjorn, how are you doing?
    I have a strat and a laney cub 12r amp, and i’m going to buy a booster/drive pedal. I really want the TopTone Shine Boost, but i don’t know if i’ll miss the drive, so i’m considering buy the EHX Soul Food. Between these two pedals, wich one you think would work better as booster and overdriver?
    Thank you. You don’t know how u are helping me to make my gear.

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Franklin! The Shine Boost is an all clean booster so other than driving your amp’s gain it doesn’t do much to overdrive by it self. I’m using it to drive and boost my dirt pedals. The Soul Food has a wider span, from clean to quite heavy overdrive and a lot of volume boost. It does have lots of mid range though, which can make it sound a bit boxy but it works nicely with the Laney. I also recommend the Wampler PlexiDrive, which has a similar character but a more transparent tone.

  190. Greg D from Cali says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    I’d like to thank you again for creating such an excellent website. It has really taught me a lot about tone and electric guitar tone building. I recently got a Buffalo FX Power Booster based on your recommendations, and I really like it. I’m using it as a powerful clean boost, running a Maxon OD820 into it.
    One of my tones I am after is a powerful blues tone – think of Stevie Ray Vaughan. I am playing a 2014 American Standard Strat with Fat 50s neck and middle, SSL5 in the bridge, into a clean channel of a Fender EVH 5150iii (Gain at 9:00 o’clock, bass and mids at 5:00, highs at 9:00, presence at noon) for my blues tone. I have a Maxon OD820 (best Tubescreamer pedal I have ever used btw) with the level all the way up, and gain knob all the way down. Tone knob between 12 and 1 o’clock. It goes into the Power Booster which is set to Bass and Treble knobs in the center, level all the way up, gain all the way down.
    I have to ask – for a powerful clean boost for blues, do you prefer the Top Tone Shine Boost or the Buffalo FX Power Booster? I like my Buffalo FX Power Booster alot; but I was wondering on your opinions regarding your two “Gilmourish picks” for boosters when put in a head-to-head competition against each other. Are they any different from each other?

    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks for your kind words, Greg! The Shine Boost is an all clean booster, with aprox 30dB boost. It also has a switch for adding a tad more high mids, which is similar to the preamp in the old Echoplex units. It doesn’t do anything than boosting clean so in that sense it’s very different from the Powerbooster, which has an EQ section and drive control. Based on the tones you describe I would stick with the Powerbooster :)

  191. Alessandro Borges Cordeiro says:

    Hi Bjorn. greetings!

    What do you think of the Xotic RC Booster as reinforcement of a Big Muff?

    Thank you for your attention!

  192. Ben Ferwerda says:

    Hello Bjorn!

    I was hoping to get you advice on something. Lately I’ve been thinking that my clean tone from my Fender HRD is lacking some character. I love the tones I get when I use my Plexidrive or Evolution, but when I’m not my sound seems flat. Would it be okay to use a clean boost like the Power Booster to give my amp some life, then add the overdrive or distortion pedals on top? I think you’ve said that neither the Plexi or the Evolution needs a clean boost, but would it hurt?

    Thanks!

    • Bjorn says:

      I’d say that most amps would benefit from a booster of some sorts. Especially when you run them all clean. The Plexi and Evo doesn’t need boosters but that doesn’t mean that you can’t combine them with one. If you do though, make sure that the booster is really clean and transparent, otherwise you’ll be colouring your tone and adding gain to those pedals, which will make them harder to control. The Powerbooster could be one way to go but you might also want to look into dedicated clean boosters like the Effectrode Fire Bootle and TopTone Shine Boost.

  193. Doc Dave says:

    Question- A guy I know who is playing a show doing both DSOTM and WYWH albums in full and he uses only Fulltone ’69 and Fulltone ’70 for dirt and swears by them. I dont know how he does it but he sounds spot on. Do you have any experience or thoughts about these pedals? Not that I need another pedal, but I have an opportunity to buy both for about half the going price so was wondering about going for them and experimenting (not just for Gilmour stuff of course). The negative power input scares me off a little, needing either non-alkaline batteries or Fulltone’s dedicated power supplies (I think – I havent researched that part yet.) He LOVES Fulltone and yet other pedals Ive tried have always left me feeling underwhelmed. Of course this guy is an amazing player and I stink.

    • Bjorn says:

      Depends on what tones you’re looking for and what amp and guitar you have. The Fulltone fuzzes are great but like all fuzz pedals, they’re very sensitive towards the amp in particular. If you’re certain that your amp can handle fuzz pedals and make them sound good then the Fulltones are a good choice. If not, I’d consider something a bit more versatile. The Fulltone OCD could be a way to go or a RAT or the Similar Evolution from Buffalo FX.

  194. Alessandro Borges Cordeiro says:

    Dear Bjorn,

    My name is Alessandro, I’m classical guitar Professor in Universidade de Brasília – Brasil.

    Like you, I love guitar and Gilmour tones. Congratulations on the great site. I have learned a lot from their tips.

    I would like to have your opinion, I am in doubt between buying a used Tube Driver – Tube Works / BK Butler (3 knobs) or a new Wampler Plexi Drive. Both are at the same price. What do you think?

    greetings,

    Alessandro

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Alessandro! Depends on what amp you’re using. The Tube Driver, in all its variations, can sound a bit harsh on the “wrong” amp. I would say that the PlexiDrive is a more versatile pedal and easier to make work on different amps. Cheers!

  195. joao bicudo says:

    Hi Bjorn!

    I would like to know your opinion about 2 OD pedals. The Maxon od808 and Lovepedal Dover Drive.

    I play a mexican strat with 69’s neck and middle pickups and ssl-5 bridge pickup thro a hiwatt t20hd with marshall 1936 cab with 2x25w greenbacks.

    My current guitar chain is:
    Guitar, boss cs3, mooer big buff, ehx bass big muff, rat, ehx soul food, boss bd2 stock, ehx small stone nano, mooer eleclady, mooer king ensemble, ernieball volume pedal, vox time machine, mxr buffer, amp.

    I’m very pleased with this rig, it’s was all following your tips! But i think i can improve even more, that’s why i need your opinion about overdrives.

    I currently use for overdrive the ehx soul food and like you said, it’s sounds weird or dull ! In my rig it changes my tone when activated. So i decided to swamp it for a better one.
    In this page you describe diferent overdrive pedals, so, between the lovepedal and the maxon what do you think can work better in my rig!?

    P.s. changing the stock tremolo block of a mexican standard strat for an schaller block would make a big diference in terms of overall souding, sustain?
    Thanks.

    Cheers,
    Joao bicudo.

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Joao! The Soul Food has A LOT of mid range. Hiwatts do too and this combined will often sound “boxy” or dull. Although I think the Maxon OD808 is hard to beat for overdrive tones, it has the same “problem”. So does the Dover. These pedals tend to work better with Fender amps and other amps that has less mid range than Hiwatts. One of my favourite overdrives at the moment is the Wampler PlexiDrive. Tonewise, it’s somewhere between a BD2 and OD808. I haven’t tried the Schaller term systems so I can’t really tell. I’m using Callaham myself and are very happy with those.

  196. Spencer says:

    Does the Gilmourish stamp of approval go with the pedal above or the pedal below?

  197. Brad says:

    Do you have a recommended tube/settings for the bk butler tube driver?

    • Bjorn says:

      With what guitar/pickups and amp? What tones are you looking for?

      • Brad says:

        I’m using a 50s reissue strat with fender cs69s. My amp is a 59 fender bassman reissue. I’m looking for the first leads in shine on you crazy diamond and the leads in comfortably numb. For numb, I’m also using the Vick audio Rams head and rt20. Thanks!

        • Bjorn says:

          Start with setting up your amp. Check out the amp setup guide for some tips. The Tube Driver has a scooped mid range, which also goes for the Bassman. Ideally, I’d either use an overdrive with more mids or an EQ to boost the mids but experiment with the amp settings and try to get it as smooth as possible. I usually keep the volume on the Tube Driver at 2:00 no matter what. This boosts the pedal a bit and rolls off the harsh overtones. Keep the treble moderate and set the gain as desired. For boosting you should set the TD as clean as possible and roll down the treble considerably, especially with a Fender amp. You might also want to engage the mids boost on your Vick.

  198. DSL says:

    Greetings, in your opinion, how well does the Wampler Plexi Drive stack with a silicon (BC108) fuzz face? Any recommended settings, if you think the two are compatible, of course.
    Thanks.

    • Bjorn says:

      Ok but usually I prefer using more transparent boosters or overdrives for boosting. The Plexi has a nice mids boost and a hint of compression as well, which can make fuzz and Muffs sound a bit too dark and muddy.

  199. Sam Johnston says:

    Great review on these pedals! One question i had is if the Keeley Katana was a good substitute for the Coloursound Powerboost? Thanks

  200. Jeff says:

    Hi Bjorn, does the Wampler Plexi Drive work well as a booster/EQ placed after the big muff? Also how to you counter the volume drop on the Moore Elec Lady?

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Jeff! The Plexi Drive has a hint of mids boost and compression, which will colour your Muff or distortion to some extent. I’ve had some success with it but it can make the Muff sound a bit too muddy and dark. Ideally I’d use a more transparent booster.

    • Pete W. says:

      Hey Jeff, regarding your Elec Lady question. There is a sweet spot with the color knob. It’s around 10 or 11. When you find it, you will notice the volume drop is gone.

      • Jeff F. says:

        Thanks Pete. That’s where I set mine. I’ve tried every spot on the color knob. I’m now running it in a parallel blend/mix pedal. This has solved the problem and it also sounds much better mixed with the dry signal. I have my Elec Lady, CE-2, and Phase 90 running this way, what a dramatic improvement with all three pedals!

        • Pete W. says:

          Dig it! Glad it worked for you.

        • joao bicudo says:

          Hi Jeff!
          I have the same volume drop issue with elelady, can you explain how to run in parallel blend/mix pedal?

          Cheers,
          Joao bicudo

          • Jeff F. says:

            Hi Joao, I am using the Radial Bigshot Mix pedal. There are many others like it. Basically they provide you with a parallel FX loop that you would run the Eleclady through. You just blend the fx signal with your dry signal. Your dry signal doesn’t loose any level so your over all level stays the same.

  201. Diogo Lopes says:

    Hi Bjorn

    I just discover a pedal company in Italy wich seems to have a lot of David Gilmour “inspired by” pedals

    Here’s one: http://www.baroni-lab.com/dg-island-overdrive-pedals.html

    Have you ever heard of them? And if so how do they perform?

    Cheers

  202. sebastien says:

    Hello Bjorn,

    Please can you tell me your opinion about Vick audio Rat VS Buffalo Évolution.

    I want to replicate those gilmour Rat and Pete Cornish G2-tones (div bell for rat, on an island for G2) .
    That ‘s all I want.

    Would the Vick RAT DO THAT?
    Do I need the Buffalo Evolution?

    Of course I will only use Strat with single coils.

    Regards

    Sébastien

    • Bjorn says:

      You could go either way I guess. They’re very similar. The Evolution has a tad less mids, which makes it sound brighter and a bit more open. It also has a bit more low end. The RAT has more mids and an overall more saturated tone. I like them both but I’d probably go for the Evolution on darker amps and the RAT on brighter amps.

  203. Cameron says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    I think you should try out a behringer vt911 or vt999. It would be interesting to see how they compare to a bk butler tube driver and if they can produce gilmourish tones.

  204. Ben says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Great job on he new look website and the solo album. Need your advice, I’m currently running a W&C Box Of War, Spark Booster and a Crowther Hotcake into a Laney Cub head and cab (home/recording) and an old AC30 (gigs). I’m fairly happy with the drive options but i’d like just one more to complete a versatile setup. I’m thinking maybe an OD808 or maybe a BD2 given that there’s a midhump option on the spark booster if i need it? I’m looking towards the plexi drive as well as the OCD as other options. What do you think?

    The best always,

    Ben.

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Ben, the OD808 and OCD are similar, with a nice mids boost, while the PlexiDrive and BD2 has a more transparent amp-like tone. I’m loving the Plexi and think it would go nicely with your setup but all of the ones you’ve listed are safe. Depends on what tones you’re looking for.

  205. uwe stevenson says:

    Hello Bjorn,

    What would you think about Vick Audio Classic RAt VS Buffalo Fx Evolution, in terms of replicating both Classic LM308N Pro CO RAT, and Pete Cornish G-2?

    Do you know if the Vick is fine for bedroom amps like Laney Cub? (I’m asking because Vick Overdriver is not so good for bedroom setups…)

    Regards,

    Uwe

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Uwe! The RAT and the many clones, are very well suited for bedroom setups. Most mids boosted pedals are. The Evolution has a tad less mids and a more open sounding tone. A bit more low end too. They’re very similar sounding thought so it depends on how much mids you want.

  206. Ben Ferwerda says:

    Hello Bjorn!

    I was wondering if you had seen the new Plexi-Drive Deluxe from Wampler? It certainly is a much more tweakable pedal than it’s predecessor. I watched Shnobel’s video of it in comparison to the Buffalo Fx Evolution and was surprised at how (somewhat) similar they sound. Here’s the link:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INvcLJX7rGQ

    Anyway, do you think there are any new “Gilmourish” qualities to the deluxe that would justify buying it if you already have the original? (Love my Plexi-Drive by the way!)

    Thanks!
    Ben

    • Bjorn says:

      Yeah, I saw and I’m sure I’m going to pick one up eventually. The fact that you now have three EQ controls instead of just the single tone knob makes it very versatile. Still, not sure if it makes a huge difference for me and my tones. I love the simplicity of the standard too :)

  207. Kostas says:

    Hello Bjonrn!!!

    Congratulations for your excellent work and help, .I really love your articles!!

    Im a little bit confuzed, i have the following pedals and im asking you the suggested order of arrangement.
    Im playing at home in a Small tube amp.
    The pedals are:
    Boss CS3, BK Buttler Tube Driver, Pete Cornish G2 Clone,EHX Soul Food.

    Thank you very much!!!

    • Bjorn says:

      Thank you, Kostas! The pedal order seems fine :) If you’re using the Tube Driver and G2 together, then you might want to switch places between them but otherwise it’s how I’d do it :)

  208. Sean wilke says:

    Great site bjorn. My signal order is 62 custom tele into boss tu3 – soul food – sl drive- deluxe mistress- boss dd7. I use the sl drive as a tube driverish sound and keep it on all the time. I use the soul food as my main lead tone. Just wondering how u would set the sl drive and soul food. I have it running into a fender deluxe reverb bass at 5 treble 2.5. Low volume. Reverb at 3. I also have a tube screamer and can’t decide if I want the tube screamer or soul food. Any words of wisdom on this?? Thanks Sean

    • Sean Wilke says:

      Or how u wud set the Macon od808

    • Bjorn says:

      Depends on how you’re using the pedals. If you intend to boost, I’d keep the volume on the SL at about unity level, the tone rolled down a bit and the gain as desired. The Soul Food is a better booster for other pedals than a 808. Set it as clean as possible and if needed, just a hint of volume boost. The exact settings needs to be set according to your amp and guitar. I’d use the 808 as a dedicated overdrive.

  209. Dimitris says:

    These little drive units can help you express every feeling imaginable, from your deepest sorrow to the most fiery anger! I am about to record some songs in my home studio and I’d like your opinion on something.
    I use a Lionheart 5w, Analogman BC109, an CB Echorec and I want an overdrive/booster for drive tones like Gilmour’s on Dark Side and WYWH.
    1, I’m having a luthier make me a left-hand maple neck Strat, in which I’ll fit my voodoo69 pickups. Would all the rig sound too trebly, with such a neck? My only reference is Gilmour, who -mainly- used the Powerbooster while the rosewood neck was on his Black Strat. Should I go for rosewood?
    2, Great video, on how to boost Muffs and get more presence and attack. How would my BC109 behave in combination with a PB? Also, you said that on Dark Side tours Gilmour added fuzz on top of overdriven PB. Different approach than the mild crunch for Muffs?
    3, Finally, which one would you suggest as a main overdrive/booster unit, the Vick Audio or the Buffalo, for this home recording rig of mine?

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Dimitris!
      1. There isn’t that big difference between maple and rosewood. It’s a subtle thing and more down to what you’re more comfortable with. It also depends on your amp and pedals. A maple neck can make a bright amp sound brighter but a rosewood might round things off.
      2. David used the Powerbooster for overdrive, as you can hear on songs like Time and Have a Cigar. If you listen to the Wembley 1974 show, you can hear that he kicks in the fuzz onto of the Powerbooster on Time. On a smaller setup I’d perhaps use the fuzz alone and maybe add a booster in the same fashion as demonstrated in my clip. It will round off the harshness of the fuzz and add a bit of sustain.
      3. The Buffalo is the most versatile of the two and probably easier to record as well.

  210. Cameron says:

    What are you thoughts on the vick audio overdriver pedal as a power boost replica. I plan on purchasing that an the 73 rams head just curious if you think a different manufacture makes a better reproduction for the price range.

  211. Lukas Schmidtke says:

    Hey Bjorn, hey everybody !

    I really appreciate you gathering all this information for us, Bjorn. Could you comment on the Electro Harmonix Double Muff (nano) ? I’m having one at home for testing at the moment. I’m using a Telecaster and a Laney Cub 12R as an amp, which i actually bought after researching your site, and I’m just soo happy with it:)

    The Double Muff seems to do a pretty good job as an OD pedal (which i would consider it to be). After reading your article, i will probably get a RAT for Distortion, too … Now I’m thinking about giving back the Double Muff and getting a maxon OD808 instead (and yeah, im after Gilmourish tones:) …).

    The problem that i see in general with finding the right pedals is, that it’s one thing to try all the different pedals in a musicstore, but another, how they will work for me at home / on stage, with my guitar and my amp ? That’s where the experience of guys like you really helps me out at the moment. I’m the kind of person who practices a lot in the bedroom, but i also do perform occasionally and will be performing more in the future. … maybe you haven’t tried the Double Muff, so in that case i guess your answer would be, get an OD808 instead, and you’re on the safe side;)

    Anyway, big thanks again,

    Cheers from Germany !

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Lukas! It’s impossible to give an exact definition of how pedals will sound on different amps because how they ultimately sound is also determined by the guitar, your settings, the room and not least, how you play. The safe way is always to go for something versatile, which often means pedals with a pronounced mid range and darker tone. Typical late 60s and early 70s pedals were designed for large tube stacks because that’s pretty much what you had back then, so when choosing these pedals for a bedroom setup you need to be sure that your amp has enough mid range and tone on lower levels or it will sound very thin.

      • Lukas Schmidtke says:

        Thanks for your quick reply ! I think i get what you’re saying. I will probably just get an OD808 to try at home, as well, to compare it to the Double Muff ( it’s easy to send products back at no cost from some dealers in germany, i don’t know about other countries … ). It seems that the pronounced midrange you’re talking about, could really be the way to go for me at the moment. Would you put the Double Muff into the same category with other late 60s and early 70s pedals, though ? Obviously, the two muff fuzzes within the double muff respectively fit that description, but i feel that the combination of the two makes up for a whole nother sound… or would the fact that you’ve basically still got some muffs preclude that they’re ever gonna sound anything like a tubescreamer, no matter what ? Please don’t mind my ‘uneducatedness’, i’m just so curious and find it really difficult to dig up this kind of information anywhere.

        • Bjorn says:

          No worries at all :) Happy to help! The Double Muff is certainly in that early 70s category so a TS808 might be the way to go. Especially if your setup needs more mid range.

  212. Roger Sartori says:

    hello, “professor” Bjorn. Your page is just my guide to my happiness! LOL
    Gilmour used the Colorsound Powerboost to set Fuzz Face and Big Muffs on FIRE! Do you know if he used the Colorsound OVERDRIVER too?

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Roger :) Not sure if he used one in the old days but there is a picture in Phil Taylor’s Black Strat book from the 1992 La Carrera recording sessions where an Overdriver is spotted. It’s really the same pedal as the Powerboost. Only the chassis and name was changed.

  213. Luc Huard says:

    Hello everybody,

    About the Mooer Black Secret, I bought one and it sounds great. I have a Blackstar ss amp and the combination of the Black Secret with my Boss BD-2 = Excellent combination for Gilmour’s tones. If you are looking to buy a Mooer pedal go to that website . It is in China but they have warehouses in the US and UK. A friend of mine recommended that site. The Mooer are in liquidation mode, the will not get other models than the ones one the site. For example, you will pay for a Mooer Black Secret $ 51.80 US and it is free shipping. But you have to be patient, mine took two weeks to be delivered. I am in Canada. For me it is worth the wait because I am on a low/medium budget and they have great deals. They also carry other brands like Joyo and Biyang. I bought a Joyo Vintage Overdrive for $30, it’s a TS-808 clone. For a modest bedroom/home studio like mine a good sounding OD for $30.00 = great deal. I am using the Joyo OD with the Boss BD-2 for Shine On and it sounds pretty good. I also bought a Biyang Fuzz that sounds like a muff. I will talk about that in the Muff section.

    I wanted to share this because I know that there is a lot of people with a smaller budget.

    Cheers from Canada… :-)

  214. Eric says:

    I may have missed this somewhere on the site but Gdansk Echoes sounds like Gilmour is using an older fuzz rather than his Muff. Did he dig up his old fuzz face for Echoes? Thanks.

  215. tolchok says:

    I’ve heard some buzz about Bondi Effects’ Sick As overdrive. I’ve listened to clips on Youtube, and for my money, it has a rather neutral tone, maybe with some additional brightness (which, if problematic, could be mitigated by rolling off the treble). Do you have an opinion on it?

    • Bjorn says:

      I haven’t had the chance to try one myself but judging by the clips I’ve heard it seems to be a very cool sounding pedal. Much like a Tube Driver or at least somewhat similar, as far as I can tell. Very transparent and amp-like. I would imagine it would work nicely as a booster and overdrive in terms of David’s tones and of course, a wide range of other tones as well.

  216. Matt says:

    So using them as a pair would work better? Like putting Big Muff at the start of the gain channel and the Soul Food as a booster after it, so that the Big Muff dominates the signal chain?

    Thanks,

    Matt

    [That would be the way to go. The Soul Food has a lot of mids though, which can make your Muff sound a tad too dark but depending on the voicing of your amp I think the combo of these pedals sounds great. – Bjorn]

  217. Matt says:

    I was wondering which pedal you would take for Gilmour tones: A EHX Soul Food or a Bass Big Muff Pi?
    I am leaning Soul Food since it has a higher rating and is probably more versatile but then again, can it take the place of a Big Muff?

    Thanks,

    Matt

    [Two very different pedals and I don’t think you can compare them. The Soul Food is a booster/overdrive. It’s capable of producing anything from clean to crunchy overdrive. The Bass Muff has tons more gain and isn’t designed for boost nor overdrive. It’s a dedicated lead or distortion pedal. I would say that both would nail David’s tones but they cover different tones. – Bjorn]

  218. Andy says:

    Hi Bjorn i’ve only recently found this site (I am amazed by it, great work), and i’ve been checking out the gear guides as I’m looking to buy a few pedals to get close to the Delicate Sound of Thunder tone. I’ve got a Les Paul custom so I’m obviously aware I won’t be able to nail it, just trying to get the right drive and effects combo. I already own an EHX big muff w/ tone wicker and a TC electronics spark – not your most recommended pedals i know but i had purchased them before finding your blog! If you can give any tips as to which pedals i should get that’d be really appreciated, thanks.

    [Depends on your amp but if you don’t own one already, you should have a delay. It’s essential for all of David’s tones. The TC Electronic Flashback is probably your best buy but there’s a huge range of different delays out there serving different purposes. If you’re considering replacing the Muff for something a bit more versatile and suiting for your LP, then the Buffalo FX Evolution might be what you’re looking for. It’s capable of nailing almost any of David’s lead and overdrive tones from the 80s to present. Aside from that… perhaps a chorus, which is typical for the 80s. The Mooer Ensemble King is actually very good and it’s based on the legendary Boss CE2 that David used. Hope this helped :) – Bjorn]

  219. Sergey says:

    Hi Bjorn!

    Thank You for great work with guitar gear on that site! Tones of useful information for guitar maniacs :)
    I have a question (may be someone asked you already) about Throbak Overdriveboost and Buffalo Power booster. What is the sound difference between them? and which one seems to be more flexible in it’s settings?

    [Hi Sergey! Depeneds on your amp and pickups but in general the Buffalo is darker and has a smoother breakup and more creamy overdrive. The ThroBak is slightly brighter and the overdrive tone has more top end. Both are great clones of the original so it’s a matter of what fits your amp the most I guess. The Buffalo for brighter amps and bedroom setups and the ThroBak for darker and bigger amps. – Bjorn]

  220. Richard says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Any thoughts on using the Xotic SL Drive perhaps in SB mode with a silicon fuzz? Once again, I am searching for a pedal like the DLS MKIII, which didn’t work for me at all.

    Thanks much.

    [I haven’t tried it but I think you’d be having problems with too much gain and noise. – Bjorn]

  221. Matt says:

    Hi Bjorn. I hope you are keeping warm. I was wondering if you have had any direct experience with the Sarno Earth Drive post muff and/or post Germanium Fuzz Face? Thanks Bjorn!

    [Never tried it so I can’t really tell. Based on the reviews it seems to be a very transparent overdrive, which should make it a nice companion for Muffs and fuzz pedals. – Bjorn]

  222. Ben says:

    Hi Bjorn!
    I am looking for a dedicated overdrive to get tones close to “The Blue” and “Marooned”. The two I’m looking at right now are the OCD and the Dover Drive but I am open to all suggestions. Do you have a preference for getting close to that tone? I’m playing at home (low volume) on a strat through a fender hot rod deluxe and my signal chain is: ST-200 > Vibe Machine > Retro Sonic Distortion > Sunface > Buffalo PB > Analogman Mini Chorus > DD-20. Are there any in particular that would go well with my setup?

    [Both should do the job. The OCD is probably the most versatile of the two. I also recommend the Wampler PlexiDrive, which is probably as close as you’ll get to a Tube Driver. – Bjorn]

  223. David Auchterlonie says:

    Hi bjorn, have you tried the pickup booster by seymore duncan, a really awsome and versatile boost. The boost has 25 db with a resonance switch, designed for single coil pickup. The resonance switch can make a single coil either a classic humbucker or high output humbucker. The resonance switch at 0 produces hi def boost. This pedal is the best boost i have heard, but, this is a big but, it is very noisy. Worth a try

    [Never tried it. I’m using the Effectrode Fire Bottle, which I guess is similar. – Bjorn]

  224. Matthias says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    Instead of 2 small pedals, I could also consider one larger pedal covering all, like a Buffalo Evolution. I’m interested to know what you would pick.
    Take care,
    Matthias

    [Two pedals is obviously more versatile but the Evolution is able to cover both overdrive and distortion sounds. – Bjorn]

  225. Matthias says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    I’d like to set up a very small pedalboard for band rehearsal and bedroom practice.
    If you could pick only two MXR sized overdrive/distorsion pedals to cover most of your needs, what would these be?
    Thank you in advance.
    Take care
    Matthias

    [Very sorry for my late reply, Matthias. For Gilmour sounds? Depends very much on your amp and pickups but my best tip would be the Wampler PlexiDrive for the Tube Driver tones and the Vick Audio ’73 Ram’s Head for the Muff tones. – Bjorn]

  226. KEITH says:

    Hi Bjorn, hope you had as wonderful a Christmas as we did here! Looking forward to the 2015 happenings here on Gilmourish!! I have a question about overdrives: I told you I was going to order a TD from BK Butler, but looked closer at my money situation, and put it off until my bills are all straight. Now I’m wondering if I’d do better with a Plexidrive. You should be somewhat aware of my amp, guitars, and pedals, and I think I’ve told you many times how much I love thay cranked Marshall, early Master volume, or even more the Jubilee model sound. Knowing all of that, could I get closer to those Marshall tones with the Plexidrive, and still get the same great Tube Driver tones? I’m planning on loading another 2×12 with Greenbacks, so I’ll get the speaker breakup of my old Marshall cab. So the short version, Plexidrive, or Tube Driver? Will the PD do the TD, and get me that Marshall sound?

    Thanks, and Happy New Year, Keith

    [Happy new year, Keith! I can’t really praise the PlexiDrive enough. Definitely one of my fav overdrives. It’s not as wild and huge sounding as the Tube Driver but it has a very similar flavour, both being early Marshallish. What I like about the Plexi is that it responds very much like a tube amp. The more you crank both the gain and tone, the more compression it adds so it’ll never sound harsh. I think it would go nicely with your setup. – Bjorn]

  227. Bill says:

    Hello Bjorn, great site, lots of good info here! I’m pretty new at playing and have the following setup, a standard strat –> Skreddy P19 –> EH Soulfood –> TC Flashback –> Fender blues Jr III I have a question about dialing in Gilmour tones, should I be using either the P19 OR the Soulfood to dial in the desired tone or both together? I’m using this as basically a “bedroom” environment. Any tips you could give here would be appreciated. Thank you

    [Very sorry for my late reply, Bill. The P19 is designed to be used alone as it’s already stacked, meaning that it’s designed to sound like a Muff+booster combo. You can combine it with a booster but I think that takes away some of the characteristics of the pedal. I’d use the Soul Food as a clean booster or dedicated overdrive. – Bjorn]

  228. Richard says:

    Has any tried stacking a silicon fuzz with the Wampler Plexi-Drive? If yes, how well did it work?
    Thanks.

    [Hi Richard! Sorry for the very late reply. I’ve done it but it didn’t work that well. At least not for me. The Plexi has a bit of mic range and compression, which makes the fuzz dark and choked. Better with a more transparent booster. – Bjorn]

  229. Matt says:

    Hello all. I just wanted to share a pedal stacking combo that I have discovered with the Gilmourish community. Bjorn has been incredibly generous with both his musical and tone advice so I wanted to take this opportunity to give back a little:)

    As we all know, pedalboard real estate is always a factor for a myriad of reasons. So when you discover a pedal that can serve multiple purposes, a “happy dance” often occurs:) This pedal is the Catalinbread DLS MkIII in Superbass mode. It’s original purpose for me was to push it with a Germanium fuzz face to really nail Jimi Hendrix sounds. And it does that in spades. I use a Rivera 6L6 based very fenderish 55 watt tube combo set crystal clean. It works beautifully in that application. Then I also discovered that even boosts and mild overdrives sound at least as good, and almost always better, pushing the DLS as well. And the recent test was could it “boost” a muff? On Bjorn’s recommendation, I had purchased the EH Nano Bass Big Muff Pi. It was stupidly cheap and I got a discount on top of it:) I am very pleased with the pedal but, of course, I wanted to see if I could squeeze more out of it. And I was able to running it into the DLS and bring it to another level. They key for me was setting them both to moderate gain. I had the DLS at 12:00 and the muff at about 1:00. And the beauty of the DLS is that every application I mentioned above I use the same settings on the DLS. I don’t ever have to touch it. It just transforms almost anything you push it with into something better – and it never seems to make anything sound worse. Again YMMV, but here are the approx. settings that I use on the DLS – 18V, master at or a little above unity, treble 11:00,mid 10:00, bass 8:30, pre amp 12:00.

    Happy Holidays and Happy Stacking everyone!

    – Matt

    [Thanks for sharing Matt! – Bjorn]

  230. Lucas says:

    The Ibanez Ts9 would work for drive the Big Muff Civil War? im searching the tone of PULSE. Sorry if my English is not so good

    [It’s not ideal due to its boosted mid range which can make the Muff sound very dark and choked. I’d use a more transparent booster like the Boss BD2. – Bjorn]

  231. Dutch Blomenkamp says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Have you listened to the Black Arts Toneworks Black Forest Overdrive? Basically a Colorsound Overdriver circuit, with a “depth” switch that varies the input capacitors for some interesting tonal nuances. I got an excellent deal on one, and while I haven’t had a chance yet to try it with my Bugera V22, I did try it on a modeling amp with a Vox AC30 model, and so far I’m loving it. Can’t wait to try it with the Vick Audio 73 RH I’ve ordered.

    If they play as nicely together as I hope, I’m probably going to get the Vick Audio Overdriver as well. I’m loving what the CSOD circuit is doing for my tone in general, and since I have to cover a lot of different tones (I play in a old folks band that covers everything from blues to Bad Company, and the Stray Cats) it’d be nice to have one box dedicated to just to boosting the Muff, and to have another to use for medium overdrive.

    [Never tried it but it sounds very interesting :) – Bjorn]

  232. Edwin den Hertog says:

    Hi Bjorn! Thanks for your reply! I traded my You Dirty Rat for a Mooer Black Secret and I must say that the little Mooer simply outperforms the YDR… The distortion is thighter, clearer, warmer and the Mooer generates a lot less noise. I put a Mooer Flex Boost behind it like you suggested, giving the already great sound of the Black Secret that extra searing quality of David’s sound on Castellorizon, while preserving the clarity of the signal. Thanks Bjorn!!

    [Great! – Bjorn]

  233. David says:

    Thanks for the info! Do you recommend putting the TS808 in front or behind the SL Drive as a boost? Also did you run the SL Drive on 18v or 9v? I would assume running on 18v would give it more headroom, I’m really keen to pickup this pedal it seems like a great versatile little pedal for that classic Marshall lead sound!

    [I had the TS in front… just like you would on a Marshall+TS combo :) Think I set the SL pretty moderate and the TS full on. Try both before and after and hear what suits your setup. I powered it with 18v. – Bjorn]

  234. David says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I’m thinking of buying an Xotic SL Drive and using it as my main distortion pedal on my board. I’m only playing in my bedroom and small gigs, it seems like a great pedal for the money, and I love it’s small footprint (I’m also a huge fan of Mooer pedals sound/price/footprint). You’ve got it listed as an overdrive pedal here but would it work for those more distorted lead tones? I’ve already got an original TS808 so would it be much different from that? Cheers!

    David

    [The SL is an overdrive/distortion. Works as both. It has enough gain to be used alone but it also works nicely paired with a Tube Screamer boosting it. – Bjorn]

  235. Ryan says:

    Hi Bjørn,

    I’m new to the site, and let me begin by expressing my thanks for providing such a great resource not only for all things Gilmour, but also for information on all this vintage and modern gear.
    I have a question about alternatives to the Colorsound Powerboost. I don’t know if you have much experience with the Xotic Effects pedals, but I was wondering if either the AC Booster or the BB Preamp would give a similar result and which one would be closer to the character of the original?
    Thanks,

    Ryan

    [Hi Ryan! Welcome to the site! The AC Booster would be the closest I guess. It has a nice headroom and you can still crank it for classic overdrive. – Bjorn]

  236. Santiago says:

    Hi Bjorn! First time poster here. I’ll try to keep this brief if I can. I have been playing for over 20 years but I never really used pedals. I am fixing that now and I’m trying to get good stuff. I have mostly played 70’s hard rock and 80’s heavy metal and thus my interests were always on getting gear that could get me there. The cranked Marshall sound. But deep down I always lusted for the Comfortably Numb lead sound (don’t we all?)
    This song drives me crazy because there’s so many ways to play it (as David has done it over the years) and I noticed that his tone has varied a lot over the years. In some old Wall era clips it sounds pretty raw. Then on Delicate Sound of Thunder it sound less aggressive, then in PULSE it sounds even more mellow (to me) and then on Gdansk it sounds more dirty again. If I could choose, then Gdansk would be the one I am looking for, a more aggressive version of what is generally the same tone.
    Anyway I have been obsessively listening YouTube Clips and reading everything I can at you site and pretty much got it down to what I need. My current gear is a partscaster with a Seymour Duncan humbucker at the bridge that I built and a Gibson Explorer. These are great for metal but I am thinking on buying or building a normal Strat for this (as well as for the Deep Purple stuff. You just need the single coils) for pickups I noticed that those DiMarzio Area pickups sound awesome in some clips in YouTube but if you have any other suggestion I’m all ears.
    I have an old BOSS Chorus and a Keeley Modded DS-1, the orange distortion. I also can get a very good deal on a Joyo US dream. I like the way these sound but I understand they are way too aggressive for the Gilmour sound. After carefully reading I think I am gonna get a Mooer Blues Mood for boosting, but my MAIN question would be the overdrive. Keeping it in the Mooer department, I think either the Black Secret (RAT) or the Triangle Buff (Big Muff) would suit me. But which is my better option? My first idea obviously was the muff, but you keep repeating on the site that these are hard to control. The RAT seems more versatile but I noticed you recommended it for Delicate Sound of Thunder/PULSE tones, and I want a dirtier version of this tone. Can this only be obtained with a Muff?
    I am also gonna get a digital delay (a boss or something similar, and I think maybe a compressor if needed but it’s very low in my list so far.
    I have old Marshalls from the 70’s that are way too loud for my current application so I don’t really use them anymore. I am basically going to be using a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe in the clean channel (a very good clean, I can set it to a sorta Dire Straits clean sound quite easily). The amp is in its original condition so it has the common “too much bass” issue these amps are known for. I am gonna start playing in my bedroom (yeah, I use a tube amp at home, even if I don’t crank it. I can’t really play solid state anymore. Hate the tone) but I eventually wanna move to playing this song with a band.
    So any suggestions/ideas? I would really appreciate the input. And congratulations for such an amazing site.

    [Hi Santiago! Thanks for posting :) Based on your setup I’d definitely go for a versatile distortion. A Muff can sound bright and harsh on a Fender amp although with some tweaking you can get it to work. The Black Secret is an excellent RAT clone, which will provide the tone you want. You might also want to look into the Buffalo FX Evolution, which is based on the G2 distortion David used on Gdansk. See the Comfortably Numb tutorial feature for some more tips. Hope this helped :) – Bjorn]

  237. Edwin says:

    Hi Bjorn! It’s me again… :-) Just wondering: What do you think would work best with a Mooer Black Secret? A Mooer flex Boost or a Blues Mood? And would you put the Black Secret before or after the booster? I’ve really fallen in love with these little fellows……..

    [Both would go nicely. I prefer the BD2 or Blues Mood myself. Place it after the Black Secret. – Bjorn]

  238. Edwin den Hertog says:

    Hi Bjorn! Thanks a lot for your reply! My neighbors are nice people, but playing insanely loud would harm the relation…… I bought a TC Mini Spark yesterday for boosting, and perhaps to add some sparkle to the clean sounds. I’ll try the compressor/Rat combo this weekend when the missus is out :-)

  239. KEITH says:

    Okay, that makes sense, do you ever boost the TD when you use it for OD? I hadn’t thought about using both, just the TD for higher gain OD, and the Throbak as a clean boost, but would it enhance the TDs OD to use a clean boost after it? If so, I’d probably use the Spark, after the TD, and for my DSOTM era board, use the Throbak as DG used the CPB. Does that sound about right, knowing my amp, speakers, and Cymbaline?

    Thanks for all the help Master, I’m almost there. Even learned to program MIDI drum tracks yesterday. Drums are the only thing that was keeping me from laying tracks for my first demosof the material for the album!

    Peace, your faithful Padawan :)

    [Awesome! Do share when you got some songs ready :) I’m currently boosting my TD with a TopTone Shine Boost placed in front of it. It’s basically a treble booster but it’s got some mids too which make the whole difference. I normally place all boosters after the pedal they’re gonna boost but this one sounded best in front. The Tube Driver is set for a moderate break up, which is my main overdrive and rhythm tone. Kicking in the booster, I get a bit more presence and a nice gain boost, which is enough for typical overdrive solos, where I don’t want to go all the way to distortion. It’s basically like boosting an amp, with the TD acting like the pre-amp. – Bjorn]

  240. Edwin den Hertog says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    First of all, compliments on your website! How much info on DG can you accumulate in one spot…..
    I do need some advice however….

    First of all, this is my rig:
    2008 Fender American Standard Stratocaster with Alnico 5 PU’s -> Boss CS3 -> Ibanez TS9 -> Proco You Dirty Rat -> Mooer ElecLady -> Laney TT50 combo on clean channel with a TC Electronics G-Major 2 in the effectsloop for delay and chorus duties.

    The clean sounds are nailed as far as I’m concerned. Amazing what a compressor and flanger can do for a decent Gilmour-sound…
    Now to the dirt: I love the searing leads on Castellorizon and Comfortably Numb on Live in Gdansk!
    How to…? I understand that David often uses a booster or overdrive to kick another gain stage into a higher gear. And am I correct to say that a Rat can be used in stead of a Muff or P1-type distortion and a TS9 for a G2 or Colorsound?

    So in order to get (as Steve Lukather puts it…) the sustain from hell, could I use the TS9 with Drive set to 0 to fire up the Rat? And, because I love the overdrive sound of the TS9 in itself, are the little Mooer Flexboost/OD or Pure Boost equally suited? Or am I looking at it in the wrong way?

    Thanks!

    Edwin

    [Hi Edwin! The sustain from hell might be a bit too optimistic on a bedroom setup. David’s tone on Castellorizon was done with a Tube Driver (possibly G2) and he played insanely loud. You can’t possibly recreate that on a smaller amp. That being said, you can achieve a similar result… A Rat can double for a Big Muff and in many cases it’s a much more versatile pedal too. A great alternative is the Buffalo FX Evolution, which is based on the Cornish G2 and has a bit more open tone than the RAT. These pedals got a lot of gain so I wouldn’t combine them with a booster or overdrive. Perhaps a compressor to enhance the sustain. The TS9 got a lot of mid range and although you can get some similar tones to the Tube Driver it’s very different from them Coloursound, which almost has no mid range. The TS9 can also make your distortion sound darker and choked so I’d use it as a stand alone overdrive and get a more transparent booster, like the Boss BD2 or Buffalo FX Powerbooster for boosting. Hope this helped. – Bjorn]

  241. Aaron says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    Wondering if you’ve tried an MXR Zakk Wylde Overdrive and what your thoughts might be on it.
    Thanks, Aaron

    [It’s kind of a TS9 meets Distortion +. It’s got a fat tube amp like tone, with more presence and mids scoop than a TS9. I think it sounds best in front of a slightly cranked amp but it works nicely with clean tones as well. Not sure if it’s a typical Gilmour pedal but I guess you can tweak it towards some of Gilmour’s heavier overdrives and even distortions. – Bjorn]

  242. KEITH says:

    Hey Bjorn, real quickie, does it matter which goes first, Throbak, or Tube Driver?

    Thanks for all you do! Keith

    [If you intend to use them together, I’d place the TD first. That way it will dominate the tone and the ThroBak will act like a booster or EQ. If you don’t want to use them together then it doesn’t matter. – Bjorn]

  243. Ben says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Cheers for the reply. I must admit the Tube Works sounds a lot more usable with a Spark Booster. The TS i’ll use as a warm, mellow drive for cleans and see how that goes. The RAT would be the more sensible choice, I’m looking at the Jam Rattler, but like yourself I love the whole Big Muff vibe. The Large Beaver is a staple in my setup and the Jam Red Muck is also, quite tempting. If I had the money I’d buy both but…

    Thanks

    Ben.

  244. Ben says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Just a question regarding the Tube Works Real Tube pedal. I’ve just bought one secondhand and while i really like it, especially for those ZZ Top-esque blues/boogie tones, is there a way that you know of to open it up a little more? It’s just a little too muffled at the moment! I’ve tried tweaking my amp setup (a Laney Cub Head and cab and Vox AC30) but it’s just a little too dark and muffled. Any opinions will be gratefully received as it’s a great pedal! Also, I use a Ibanez TS10 on my board after the Real Tube, would a RAT type pedal be a good alternative for a Big Muff to have a versatile drive setup?

    Many thanks, good luck on your new album,

    Ben.

    many th

    [I haven’t tried those old Tube Works pedals so I can’t really tell. Shouldn’t be a problem getting bright tones from it but again, I can only speak from my experience with the Tube Driver. Keep in mind though that if you use it in combo with the Tube Screamer, you will get a darker tone as the boosted mid range of the TS will choke up the Tube Works a bit. The RAT is definitely a great alternative for a Muff. Not quite the same but a much more versatile pedal. – Bjorn]

  245. Wayne says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    I’m getting a Fender Blues Junior for Christmas and I was wondering if
    using a maxon od808 and a proco rat would be a good starting point for a gilmour sound, also will the rat sound similar to a big muff and what would be the best compressor I could get without breaking the bank?
    Many Thanks.

    [Yep, the 808 and RAT would be a great match. Fender amos doesn’t have a lot of mid range so a Muff can often sound thin and fizzy. For compressors, check out the Hartman or the excellent Whirlwind Red Box :) – Bjorn]

  246. Kris says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I’m in process of building a gilmour inspired pedalboard and torn on which boost to go with. Right now I have a skreddy p19 for my muff and a dover drive for my overdrive pedal. I was interested in the buffalo fx powerboost but see they have been out of stock for a while. Any boost you could recommend, I was looking at the TC electronics spark but wanted to get your opinion on that as well as any others. Also where would you recommend I place the boost in my pedal chain? Thanks Bjorn, site is a wealth of information keep up the great work!

    [Hi Kris! I’d place the booster after the Muff. This way, the Muff will be the dominant effect and the booster acts more like an EQ, enhancing the character of the Muff. I think Buffalo are stocking the Powerbooster again. Send Steve a request and he’ll help you out. I’ve played just about every clone there is and this is IMO the best. Cheers! – Bjorn]

  247. KEITH says:

    Hey Bjorn, Ordering my Tube Driver from BK today! Like you said, I’ll be getting the original non bias model, and if it has too much gain for me, I’ll change to an AU7. However, if I leave the AX 7 in there, and plugged into a 2×12 loaded with Greenbacks, or Vintage 30’s, wouldn’t it act like another preamp stage, and get me closer to a Marshall sound? Just a thought, I just picked up a bluesbreaker cab very much like my Avatar for $100.00, and am loading it with either of the above mentioned speakers. Mainly for studio use with my Ibanez Tube Screamer head, but thought it might make the Reeves a bit more Marshally when needed?

    Peace, Keith

    [The Tube Driver has that early Marshall JTM quality. Depending on the amp of course you can get some really nice classic sounds. It’s a very transparent pedal though so it doesn’t do all that much to colour your tone. You can definitely hear the tube working and adding a nice compression to your tones when you drive the pedal hard. You will hear a dramatic change if you swap the 12AX7 with a 12AU7. The AX has more presence, top and gain, while the AU is softer, more headroom and perhaps not as smooth break up as the AX. – Bjorn]

  248. jean claude dusse says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I forgot to ask:

    Always in the Division Bell Studio pedalboard, is the Boss CS-2 the only Compressor used? Is it always on (every song)? Is the Dynacomp sometimes used on the album, alone or paired with CS-2 like in PULSE (Keep talking, Coming Back to life, A great day for freedom).

    THANK YOU AGAIN !

    Best regards

    [It’s impossible to tell as we don’t have any official records of what he did use on each song. We can only guess based on what we hear. The new Endless River footage has given us more knowledge and it seems that the Boss CS2 was the main compressor. He did feature a Dynacomp as well but I’m not sure if he used one. – Bjorn]

  249. jean claude dusse says:

    Hello Bjorn,

    I’m following Fabio’s post about Division Bell Studio setup.
    Do you think that the following effects order for the Division bell tone would be ok:

    Guitar > dedicated Buffer > Tuner > Boss CS-2 > MXR Dynacomp > Pitch Shifter Digitech Whammy> Big Muff BYOC ram’s head > Keeley BD-2 (like TD#1 set for vol boost) / RAT / SS-2 replacement (TS9?) > Wampler Plexidrive (like TD#2 set for overdrive) > Boss ce-2 > Earnie Ball Vol. pedal >TC flashback 2290….

    And In the Division Bell “Settings and Setups” section (“David’s Gear”), in the Songs settings, are the effects listed as their order in the chain? For example (“A great day for freedom solo; CS-2, Tube Driver, SS-2, phasing effect and delay”: is it the order in the chain?)

    Thank you and best regards….

    [Yes, that should be the effects chain although looking at it now I guess it should say Tube Driver or SS2. He probably didn’t use both. I’m pretty sure it’s just the Tube Driver. The effects chain looks great. Personally I’d go for the OCD for the SS2 tones :) – Bjorn]

  250. Pete W. says:

    I got my Vicks Audio Overdriver on October 6, and it has become one of my favorite od pedals. From Gilmour in the 70’s to Jeff Beck’s Blow By Blow, it nails them all. Very responsive to pick dynamics. I can’t find a bad setting on it.
    I look forward to your review.

    [Great pedal indeed! – BJorn]

  251. Brian says:

    You are a gentleman Bjorn, and a mind reader!!

    I have a RAT2 sitting in a shopping basket ready to go, and a second hand DD3 waiting should I want it! But just last week I met a pedal builder and he’s building me a Tonebender Mk1. Parts already on the way from Germany! Once my missus stops beating me over the head with a frying pan I will certainly be looking at the Evolution :-)

    Brian

    [Cheers, Brian! – Bjorn]

  252. Debargho says:

    Hi Bjorn, when you do the review of the Vick Audio Overdriver, can you please fare it with the Buffalo FX power booster for all of us so that it’s easier to decide whether to get the Vick Audio or the Buffalo FX for a power booster? Much appreciated :)

    [I don’t do audio comparisons in a review as I don’t think that’s fair to the product I’m reviewing but I will try to write a comparison between all the Colorsound clones out there. – Bjorn]

  253. Brian says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    New Laney Cub just arrived (tube mods later), and I also got a Keeley mod BluesDriver. Any suggestions what should I be looking at next? Sold my Muff and EM Deluxe last year – kicking myself now! Anyway thanks in advance!

    Brian

    [Hi Brian! What tones are you looking for? I would say that a good distortion, an overdrive, which you now have, and a delay would be the three most essential pedals. If you want to keep it simple yet versatile than you might want to look into the TC Flashback and the awesome Evolution distortion from Buffalo FX. – Bjorn]

  254. John says:

    Bjorn–

    Just wanna follow up with my impression of the Vick Overdriver. I love this pedal! It surprised me when I first plugged it in. The tone is absolutely awesome and it really packs a punch. It’s got a bit more balls to it than I was expecting. Two things stood out to me: the pedal on it’s own is very dynamic and is perfect for Overdrive and Clean boost, but its very musical and responsive. Also, as a booster for the 73 Rams Head, it adds the perfect amount of bite and attack while smoothing out the rough edges and adding a nice harmonic response. The two combined are very close to the original. I tried them with a Deluxe Mistress, a Strymon Lex, and TC Flashback and it nailed “Raise My Rent”. The best part is it is much more affordable than the other clones. Hope you’re enjoying yours as much as I am and I can’t wait for your review. Take care,
    John

    [Thanks for sharing, John! It’s a great pedal and I’m enjoying it very much. The review will be up in early December. – Bjorn]

  255. Luca says:

    Hi Bjorn, here again… I would like to ask you about Boss DS-1. I have the chance to modify that pedal, but I really don’t know in what range is. The keeley mod gives the pedal a Marshallish classic sound, and I think the same from Analogman. I know you recorded some parts of Airbag’s songs with it (Call me Back, you said in a previous post, don’t you?), what’s your opinion/recomendation for it?

    Cheers,
    Luca

    [Hi Luca! Mine is the AnalogMan modded with the extra mid range control. I think that’s needed. Otherwise, the pedal is pretty harsh. With the mids slightly boosted the pedal goes into RAT territory but more open and slightly more transparent sounding. It’s still a fairly bright pedal though so if your amp is bright then you might want a darker sounding distortion. – Bjorn]

  256. fabio says:

    Hello Bjorn Riis,

    I am a big fan of the Division Bell and Pulse Tone; I recently bought a EMG DG20 set.

    I’ve read a few times the Gilmour’s gear section / Division Bell page.

    But there is something that isn”t clear to me:

    – Can you confirm that when david uses RAT or Big Muff, he always pairs those pedals with the Tube Driver 1 (set for volume boost)?

    – Is the Tube driver 2 (set for overdrive) always used alone by David?

    – The Pete Cornish SS-2 is also used alone, or with the TD 1 (vol boost)?

    Last question :
    Are the Boss CS-2 and the Boss Ce-2 chorus always on ?

    Regards,

    Fabio,
    Milano

    [Hi Fabio! 1: Most of the time, yes. He would use the clean Tube Driver not so much for boost but rather as an EQ to add a bit of that tube character to the high gain pedals.
    2: Yes. I think he sometimes also paired it with the SS2 but it’s usually used alone as the main overdrive unit.
    3: Sometimes with the overdrive TD but usually alone for a slightly different overdrive tone compared to the TD. He didn’t use it that much though.
    4: There was always a CE2 on in the amp setup. This one was lined with one of the channels for a wider stereo spread. He would also use a CE2 that’s placed in the effects line. This was on for 90% of the songs. The CS2 was the favoured compressor but he would also use the Dynacomp and sometimes both.
    Hope this helped :) – Bjorn]

  257. John says:

    Hi Bjorn and folks,
    I am just reporting some news. Vick Audio, the guys who brought you the awesome and affordable 73 Rams Head, has released the “Overdriver,” a clone of the 18v Colorsound Powerboost. It’s just as affordable too. I just got mine in today. I’ll let you know what I think compared to the Buffalo Power Booster. Hope you are doing well,
    John

    [Hi John! Thanks for sharing :) I got the Overdriver last week and are preparing a review for it. I’d love to hear what you think too :) – Bjorn]

  258. Charlie Sem says:

    There’s a good amount of underrated OD pedals instead of the harsh ibanez tubescreamer I recommend the BBE Green Screamer instead, its much smoother and the harshness in the mid-range bump isn’t there and its much warmer. Also another pedal if you can find it is the Blakemore Mustang Overdrive. Its an excellent OD pedal with a 3 band EQ and very wide palette, going from a slight clean boost to a searing smooth saturation fit for killer leads. Finally another pedal I’ve come across is a Vox Cooltron Big Ben Overdrive. For people who want to emulate a nice big British style amp and lack the money I’d recommend using a Big Ben OD to get that nice breakup. It emulates the best transparent overdrive tones from amps like Vox AC30 and an early Marshall or the Laney. Yeah I know Gilmour didn’t use a Vox but a similar guitarist by the name of Andrew Latimer of Camel used some AC30s with a Les Paul and had a similar set up to Gilmour. Even his playing style is in the same vein as Gilmour’s and worth checking out.

    [Thanks for the tips! – Bjorn]

  259. Matt says:

    Hello Bjorn. I hope all is good by you. And thanks in advance for all your great tone tips. I was wondering whether the Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret III in Super Bass Mode could work effectively as a booster after my muff. It works great when I run my Ge fuzz face into it with a fairly low gain setting and when I run it at 18v. Thanks again Bjorn.

    [I would assume so. Try it and decide for your self :) – Bjorn]

  260. Kris says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I can’t decide whether to buy a buffalo fx powerboost or the dover drive as my boost pedal. I plan on using this in conjuction with a blackout effectors musket as well as others. I mainly play in the house at bedroom levels with a power soak. I enjoy all Pink Floyd, tend to lean towards PULSE, Gdansk. Can you recommend one over the other?

    [The Buffalo. The Dover is not a very suitable booster, as it has a lot of gain and mid range. It will only make your Musket sound choked and muddy. – Bjorn]

  261. Mathias says:

    Hi Björn,

    I hope it goes well with your new record.

    I have a few questions regarding my eternal hunt for Animals and WYWH tones.

    My set-up is currently a Vintage Tele, Fender 57′ Deluxe with effectrode Tube-Vibe and a Strymon El Capistan.

    My questions is as follows, – Could a Buffalo Power Booster or a Fire Bottle Tube Booster do the overdrive for me or should I choose a BD2 (Keeley), OCD or Plexi-drive?

    In your great great article on Dogs, you write that Gilmour had a Seymour Duncan SSL (neck) in his Tele but only used his bridge pickup. Should I replace my American Vintage ’58 Single-Coil with
    ex. Antiquity (Seymor Duncan) or the like?

    I know it should be a matter of personally taste, but these pedals are pretty hard to get hold on in Denmark which is the reason I ask for your advice.

    Thanks in forehand
    Best regards, Mathias

    [Hi Mathias! Sorry for my late reply. The Fire Bottle isn’t really an overdrive but more a booster for adding a bit of life to your pickups and tones. Of the ones you’re listing I think either the BD2 or PlexiDrive would do the job. Personally I’m a huge fan of the Plexi Drive. Which pickup you should choose depends as much on your amp and pedals as what tones you’re looking for. There are no records on what pickup there is in David’s ’55 Esquire or ’59 Custom other than that they’re custom wound. I would assume they’re both around 5.5k-7k, which is a great fit for those vintage late 60s and 70s tones. – Bjorn]

  262. Roger Sartori says:

    Hi, Björn.
    About the Boss Heavy Metal HM-2: I bought one to know better about the sound of this pedal. I think you underestimated it… it sounds huge on my set up! For DSOT tones, it’s great! My favorite one now! With the right settings you can do “On the turning away” pretty good! It deserves a detailed review, don’t you think? Cheers.

    [Care to share your amp and pedal settings? My experience with the pedal is that it definitely needs a darker overdrive or pre-amp combined with it, which is what David did with his 1984-87 HM2+Mesa combo. Alone, I find the pedal very bright and almost harsh. Set up right, it sounds awesome, I agree with that :) – Bjorn]

  263. Dmitry says:

    Hey, Bjorn

    I have a chain
    TC Spark Booster – Boss BD-2 – Musket

    So, I`m using a Musket with overdriven BD-2 for a lead tones and TC Spark Booster for a clean tones.
    I have read you posted once that I`t good to keep booster (TC Spark Booster) always ON to get better sound on a lower volumes. Where do you think it should be placed in the chain? Because, when it stands last, and it`s ON with BD-2 and Musket, the sound starts to be very busy and nosy, and is a problem to make all 3 pedals work with the same volume alone and together.

    Could you please suggest me how would you use that 3 pedals?

    P.S My full chain is
    Strat SSl-5 – MXR Dynacomp – Musket – BD-2 – TC Spark Booster – Phase 90 – Nova Delay

    Thank You!

    [I wouldn’t use all three at once. Even if it sounds clean, it’s still a gain pedal so you’re basically stacking 3 gain pedals, which will add noise. The compressor is also a gain pedal. I’d use the Spark for cleans and the Musket and BD2 for leads. – Bjorn]

  264. Michal says:

    Hello all,

    I own Maxon OD-9 pedal, which did not like after some time of usage. After buying new amp (Koch Studiotone) with much fuller sound, the combination of both was very boxy.

    For those of you, able to solder and mod your tubescreamer pedals, Brian Wampler’s advices are here:

    http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/5_DIY_Mods_to_Perfect_Your_Ibanez_TS9_and_Boss_SD-1

    Also check his BD-2 mods or Russian big muff mods.
    My Maxon OD-9 already has a true bypass, so I made TS808 mod (swapping 2 output resistors), different diodes clipping mod with 3PDT switch (LED, stock silicone and no diodes), increased the gain and bass. My next step will be passive tone control, which will make pedal more transparent.

    The pedal has its creamy overdrive, but with more bass, also gain, so it does not sound so boxy. LED diodes against silicone have more tube like tone and more total volume. I have also seen another mod, replacing C2, C3, C8 caps with more audiophile WIMA MKS4 caps, so I wil try.

    Now I have more fun with my pedal, it will stay on my pedalboard.

    Enjoy your modding.

    Michal

    [Thanks for the tips! – Bjorn]

  265. Mike Walters says:

    I work in the brewing industry here in the United States and last week at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver CO, I met up with BK Butler for coffee and to take delivery of a Tube Driver that he made for me. What an amazing guy! Incredible stories and a truley warm and generous person.
    The Tube Driver that he made for me included an upgraded NOS 1980’s YUGO tube and the new “Bias Adjustment Knob”.
    Here’s my question: Have you done a review of this newer version of the Tube Driver?

    By the way, your website has been an invaluable resource for me. I’ve added the following to my set up: Electric Orange Moon Vibe, Mojo Hand Nebula Phaser, Costalab Chorus, Pure Tone Buffer, Buffalo Evolution & Patriot, Hartman Flanger, Strymon El Capistan, Effectrode Compressor, Evidence Audio Cabels, Blackstar Tube Amp Stack and of course the BK Butler Tube Driver.
    Thanks Dude!

    [Thanks for your kind words, Mike! No I haven’t reviewed the bias version. My original review is old so perhaps I should update it… :) – Bjorn]

  266. Pete Walsh says:

    Update on the Vick Audio Overdriver. Vick Audio offered to sell me the first one, (so of course I jumped on that!) Just got it.
    You are sooo going to dig this. I won’t say anymore, because I don’t want to color, (no pun intended) your opinion and possible review, but this is right up your alley.

    [Thanks! I’ll try to check it out :) – Bjorn]

  267. Craig says:

    Hi, Bjorn. Love the site and the reviews. If you wouldn’t mind, I’d like your suggestion for overdrive/distortion and boost for solos. I play in very small venues and cannot turn the amp up past 4 – usually 2 – so the “bedroom” setup will probably work best.

    I have a Gibson Les Paul Standard and a Fender Eric Clapton Strat that I run into a Fender Princeton Reverb 1965 reissue. I’m very pleased with the clean tone, but I’m looking for an overdrive and/or distortion (plus a boost for solos). Adjectives to describe the sound I seek would be the often used “warm, full, creamy, smooth” etc.

    For rhythm something full. Not metal or punk tones, nor the snarling Keith Richards tone, but kind of a Joe Bonamassa overdriven/distorted (whichever term is more accurate) sound with those sustained ringing chords. Billy Gibbons and Gilmour have that result on songs like “Gimme All Your Lovin'” and “One Slip” but the tone is a bit 80s. I know all those guys rely on loud amps for that tone, but since that isn’t an option, any suggestions you have are appreciated.

    For solos, the “Comfortably Numb” tone with it’s warmth and sustain is obviously the benchmark.

    Anyroad, any suggestions you have for the right overdrive/distortion and/or boost for solos are appreciated. Thanks!

    [Hi Craig! The Buffalo FX Evolution for distortion and the Wampler PlexiDrive for overdrive and boost. I can’t really praise these two pedals enough. Especially for a setup like yours and the tones you’re seeking. There are lots of other great alternatives out there too, like the RAT, Tube Screamer, Boss BD2 etc but I think the Evolution and Plexi Drive will hit the spot. – Bjorn]

  268. Pete Walsh says:

    Hey Bjorn! Just a heads up. Vick Audio is going to be releasing a Colorsound Overdriver reproduction soon. (About 3 weeks to a month from this message.) :)

    [Awesome! – Bjorn]

  269. dimitri says:

    hey bjorn, what do you think which alternative boosters are good as, close good and maybe better the the originals? one for the coloursound booster era and one for the tube drive era

    [Either the Buffalo FX Powerbooster or ThroBak Overdriveboost for the Colorsound and the Wampler PlexiDrive or Fulltone OCD for the Tube Driver. – Bjorn]

  270. Tom from Chile says:

    Hey Bjorn have you tried the EHX East River Drive? It’s a TS808 clone and people say it’s really good! Cheers

    [Yep. Definitely worth a try. Perhaps not as smooth as the original 808 but very nice indeed. – Bjorn]

  271. Eduardo says:

    Bjorn,
    how can i achieve a tone similar to the solo in have a cigar with a BD2? I play a fender strat with SSL5 in the bridge on a blues jr.

    [It should do the job very well. It’s a fairly bright pedal though so don’t be afraid to keep the tone low. Check out this feature for some bedroom setup tips and this one for some amp setting tips. – Bjorn]

  272. **Sebastiano** says:

    HI Bjorn,
    base on our conversation above I have also bought a Mooer ElecLady, so now for my Gdansk sound my pedalboard is in the order :
    Stratocaster MIM (all original) – Boss CS2 – Skreddy p19 – Wampler Plexidrive – Choruslab / ElecLady – TC flashback – Laney Cub 12R Combo.
    I trust that the order of the pedal is good. Isn’t it?
    Now I have only the room for another pedal in my pedalboard I am some doubt what buy between the Buffalo Evolution or Boss GE 7. What can be more useful?
    Could you help me?
    Thanks a lot
    Sebastiano

    [The order seems OK :) I’d definitely go for the Evolution. It’s an incredibly versatile pedals and not just for David’s sounds. You shouldn’t really be needing an EQ unless you feel your tones are missing something that you can’t get from your guitar or amp. – Bjorn]

  273. Steven says:

    Hi Bjorn riis,

    Could you share with us your experience with Tc Electronic Spark Mini Booster, please?
    Does it the job well as a small package with the Blean boost setting from the original spark booster?

    Have a good night! Bye

    [I haven’t tried it but I would assume that it would work nicely with Muffs and other high gain pedals. The original one does a great job at both clean boost and boosting other pedals. – Bjorn]

  274. Marcel Costoya says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I was thinking in getting a second overdrive/booster and a buffer. Do you think the Soul Food would do the job done? I know it has an internal switch to select between true bypass and buffered mode, and since the pedal has great reviews and a good price seems to me like a very good deal. Here’s my setup:

    Fender Strat with Fat 50’s, CS69’s and SSL-5
    Fender Blues Jr. III
    Olympia Fuzz
    Ibanez TS808
    P19
    Phase 90 Vintage 74′ Script Logo
    Carbon Copy delay

    BTW I’m looking forward your new album, I heard the demo you uploaded on facebook months ago and sounds fantasticly good.

    cheers from Venezuela.

    [The Soul Food is an excellent booster. Based on the Klon it has a warm clean tone and lots of mids when you crank it. I haven’t engaged the buffer on mine so I can’t tell if it’s capable of driving the signal effortlessly or not. – Bjorn]

  275. **Sebastiano** says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    thanks a lot. Base d on our conversation up, I read about Buffalo evolution on Buffalo web site. It report the Evolution as an overdrive, Isn’t it?
    If I understand well you you suggested to use the Wampler plexidrive as an overdrive and booster and the Evolution as Distortion to cover the G2 in Gdansk and as second overdrive too, did yI get you though?
    Thanks for you feedback and thanks in advance.
    Sebastiano

    [Not sure why they call it an overdrive. Perhaps due to the circuit, I don’t know. It’s capable of some mild overdrive tones but it’s definitely a distortion. – Bjorn]

  276. Cameron says:

    You should definitely check out the high volt by love pedal it is great for a lot of the wall, animals, and DSotM. It can pretty much cover most of gilmours lead tones and it has a great range of gain. It can get pretty fuzzy too.

    [Thanks for the tip! – Bjorn]

  277. binson7475 says:

    I have a keeley mod boss bd2 ……………………… okay that pedal for the overdrive tones animals tour 1977? … eg .. wanna touch have a cigar, the pace of Pigs (Three Different Ones), sheep, etc …. what settings would be nice to get that overdrive tone ………….. locate tone knob where for example?

    [It’s a great alternative to the Colorsound Powerboost that David used at the time. The settings depends on your amp and pickups. It’s a fairly bright pedal so don’t be afraid to lower the tone quite a bit. – Bjorn]

  278. Tom from Chile says:

    I’ll try that Bjorn; thank you very much for the response! I do prefer some vintage tones; IMHO, a TS9 sounds too trebly for my taste, but maybe the mooer green mile is warmer than a normal TS9? Anyway, im after for that have a cigar lead tone so I guess the BD2 isn’t that bad for it.
    Cheers

  279. **Sebastiano** says:

    Thanks Bjorn,
    probably a Univibe can be the next one.
    Do you think that the Wampler Plexidrive should be placed before or after the Skreddy P19?
    And do you think I need a distortion too or I should be able to cover Gdansk tone with Plexidrive and P19?
    Thanks a lot
    Sebastiano

    [If you’re using the P19 with the PlexiDriver, then I’d place the PD after the P19. Otherwise, it doesn’t matter. You’re pretty much covered but I strongly recommend considering the Buffalo Evolution as well. It’s a distortion based on the G2 and RAT. It’s by far the best sounding distortion I’ve played. – Bjorn]

  280. Tom from Chile says:

    Hey Bjorn, I know we have different amps, pickups, and guitars haha, but, do you have a setting for the blues driver as a stand-alone overdrive for Have a Cigar ? (I don’t know if the lead settings are different than rythm?) I’m not liking the BD2 really :/ Was it a bad purchase?
    Maybe I should have bought the Mooer Green Mile ? (altough very different overdrives) My goal is a classic overdrive sound rather than using the bd2 as a booster.
    I would thank you so much

    [The BD2 is classic tube tones so if you don’t like it then perhaps it’s not that suited for your setup… or we simply have different tastes :) The TS9 is a very different sounding pedal and although it might sound better on your amp it’s not what I’d recommend for classic Gilmour tones… since that’s what you’re obviously after :) I normally set the level slightly above unity, the tone between off and 9 o’clock and the gain at 9 for boost and anything between 12 and full for gains. – Bjorn]

  281. **Sebastiano** says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I have just boght the wampler plexidrive based on your suggestion, thanks a lot.
    Always Based on gandsk sound which could be my next pedal or “essential”, I remid you my “tools” to play only at home
    Stratocaster MIM (all original) – Boss CS2 – Wampler Plexidrive – Skreddy p19 – Choruslab – TC flashback – Laney Cub 12R Combo.
    On what do you would invesst?
    Thanks in advance
    Sebastiano

    [Seems that you got Gdansk covered :) Perhaps a UniVibe for Breathe? The DryBell Machine Vibe is my favourite. Also, I can’t have a board without a Mistress :) The Mooer ElecLady is a bargain AND it sounds great! – Bjorn]

  282. Steve says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Do you have any experience with the Pigtronix Class A Boost?

    [Never tried it. – Bjorn]

  283. Cameron says:

    Hi Bjorn!

    The site just keeps getting better and better!

    Anyway, I was wondering… what guitar volume knob/pedal settings should I use for the Boss BD-2 Blues Driver to get that Time (rhythm), Money (rhythm), Shine on, and Have a Cigar kind of tones?

    I play a Fender Am. Std. Strat through an 18 watt tube amp. (Traynor YGM-3)

    Thanks in advance!

    [Thanks! I don’t have any experience with the Traynor but they BD2 settings depends on how the amp and your pickups sound. TRy setting the gain at around 11-12:00, tone 9:00 and the volume at around 1:00. You might want to adjust that to match your amp. – Bjorn]

  284. Roger Sartori says:

    Hi, Bjorn.
    Although you said the RAT is more versatile pedal, I wonder when (or if) Gilmour used the Boss HM-2 on the Delicate Sound… tour. Cheers.

    [Hard to tell when he actually used it but I’m pretty sure it’s on On the Turning Away. Could be a Muff as well. It’s all over both About Face and Momentary. – Bjorn]

  285. Matt says:

    Hello Bjorn, Awesome website. Thanks for taking the time to share your knowledge and insight.
    I am looking for new fuzz and overdrive pedals to replace my Keeley Fuzz Head and MI Audio Blues Boy Deluxe, both of which I have not been able to get the sound I want out of them. I use an American Strat and Les Paul through a Gries 35watt (PTP 6L6 Blackface clone) usually at bedroom volumes. I love Gilmour’s tone especially on DSOTM. My amp has a pre and master volume and I like the natural overdrive I get from the amp. Since I play mostly at low volumes initially I was looking into getting a boost pedal to fatten the sound and was looking at the TC Spark Boost. However, I see you highly recommend the Buffalo Power Booster. Do these pedals directly compare? If one had the Buffalo Power Booster would getting the Spark Boost be redundant? It seems the Buffalo can do the clean boost of the Spark Boost in addition to having a really nice overdrive sound. As for the fuzz I am leaning towards the Analogman Sun Face. With a Sun Face/Power Booster/Natural Amp overdrive do you think it would be necessary to get a dedicated OD/Distortion like the Rattler/OCD? Thanks!!

    [It all depends on what tones you want. The Spark Booster is an all clean booster so you will have to drive the amp pretty hard to get enough gain. The Buffalo has lots of gain but it’s very bright so if you want that classic 70s and 80s Marshall sound then it might not be the best choice. A Tube Screamer or the OCD will give you slightly darker and warmer tone, with more gain too… – Bjorn]

  286. Chris from gib says:

    Hi Bjorn. Following on from my post of the 4th July . My amp is a fender hot rod deluxe iii and my guitar is a 2012 fender strat select with bare knuckles irish tours. Also is the ocd acting as the boost in your suggested pedal order ? Thanks

    [The OCD can work as a booster but it has quite a lot of mid range, which isn’t the best for boosting. At least not for David’s tones. I’d keep it as a dedicated overdrive and get a more transparent overdrive, like the Buffalo Powerbooster, Boss BD2 or TC Spark Booster for boosting cleans and the distortions. – Bjorn]

  287. Dmitry says:

    Hi, Bjorn,
    Thank you for all your sugestions

    I finally figured out the list of pedals what i will by and just want to usk your opinion
    Boss cs-3
    Red muck
    Pro co rat2
    Ibanez ts9
    Tc spark booster
    Mxr phaze 90
    Tc nova delay

    Do you think this setup is good enough or you would remove or replace some of them?

    Thank you
    Dmitry

    [Seems like a very versatile setup! I can’t think of anything else… perhaps a flanger for those Animals and Wall tones? The Mooer ElecLady is really nice. – Bjorn]

  288. nick says:

    Ok thats great, I will look into those two options, thanks again Bjorn!

  289. Brad Roller says:

    Hey Bjorn did you ever try the costalab moon drive? It’s supposed to be an exact copy of the g2. I wanted to know what you thought of it. It seemed pretty close in a review I seen. Thanks for your help!

    [Haven’t tried it but I’m sure it sounds great like the rest of the CostaLab stuff :) – Bjorn]

  290. Shin says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    enjoy reading your great website!
    I have a question for you. I have an EHX Soul Food. What fuzz or other (overdrive?) pedal(s) would you use in combination, if you were to play?
    Like yourself, I am also a big Gilmour fan, and thus, my tone and playing does end up close to, or what I feel closely resembles his tone.
    Curious to know what your thoughts are.
    Thanks!

    [It combines nicely with most pedals I think. It does produce quite a mids bump when you crank the gain but set for clean boost it works great with most gain pedals. – Bjorn]

  291. Dmitry says:

    Hi, Bjorn!

    Thank you for your answer.

    So, if i understand right, I can use Red Muck together with Tc Spark Booster for heavy lead tones and Spark alone for boosted clean tones or for overdriven tones with compressor?
    And one more question. Does the spark cover BD-2 tones with mid or fat mode?

    Thank you!

    [Yes but keep in mind that the Spark Booster is all clean so it will only do for boosting cleans and other pedals. It will not create overdrive alone. Nor with a compressor unless you drive the compressor really hard. – Bjorn]

  292. nick picone says:

    Hi Bjorn, hope you are well and exciting news regarding Davids latest work, looking forward to the release in a few months.
    Wondering if you can lend some advice as Im considering a 2nd boost/overdrive in my chain for more versatility. Im currently using a Keely BD-2 and if you had the choise to partner that with one other boost or overdrive, what would you choose? Would you leave the BD-2 as dedicated boost and go for an overdrive, or visa-versa? I’m looking to cover mainly DSOTM up to the Wall, but I have a 2nd strat with the EMG’s so like to cover a little pulse-era also.
    Heres my current pedal set up in order;
    Caroline Olympia
    MXR Supercomp
    Mesa Throttle-box
    Musket
    BD-2
    MXR Script phase-90
    Echorec
    TC Nova repeater
    Red witch Empress

    Into a standard Blues Junior. Playing at home and alternatining between quiet and reasonable volume (depending on if the family and neighbours are home!)

    Thanks for your advice as always!

    Cheers,

    Nick

    [Hi Nick! I’d go for either a Powerbooster, like the one from Buffalo, for clean boost and use the BD2 for overdrive or, a Wampler PlexiDrive as an overdrive to cover the Tube Driver tones and use the BD2 for clean boost… :) – Bjorn]

  293. Bryan says:

    Hey Bjorn!

    Thanks again for the help. Sorry for the slow response, busy week. I’ve really been all over the place on this Lionheart between both clean and drive channels and using the high and low inputs. Currently I have it on drive channel, Bright OFF, drive turned up to 3, bass 4, mid 6 treb 8, reverb 4, tone 7.

    I really cannot tell a difference between the high and low inputs either with the DG-20.

    I know in your video you’re using a BK Butler Tube Driver, and also a BOSS compressor that I do not yet have.

    If you have both a Red Muck and a Keeley BD-2 at your disposal, can you try them together and see if your set pairs well together? It’s just really weird that when the BD-2 is engaged it really just adds gain and lessens the high notes of lead tones unless I up the Red Muck to 100% gain.

    [Do you need to boost the Red Muck? The BD2 is transparent enough to boost without colouring too much but there is a slight mids boost there as well, which might not go well with your setup… or ears. It works nicely over here so I think that you either have to just find the right balance or consider not boosting the Muck, which is fully capable of acting alone. Mind too that the drive channel on the Lionheart, although sounding clean, will add a very different basis for the pedals compared to the clean channel. – Bjorn]

  294. Hamish says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Another question sorry!
    I am very tempted to get a Tube Driver, but which is better; a Butler or a Chandler?

    Thanks, Hamish

    [Butler, if you ask me… :) – Bjorn]

  295. Dmitry says:

    Hi, Bjorn!
    Thank you for all that information that you post on this site! Incredibly useful!

    I recently bought a Spark Booster for clean tones and wondering is it works as good as a compressor, or it`s better to get a separate one?

    And a second question. For the lead tones I want to buy a JaM Pedals Red Musk and use it together with OCD. Do you think it will work to get some Pulse tones?

    Sorry if my questions are stupid) jusi trying to make it clear for myself.
    I`m playing American Standart Strat with Custom Fat Pickups and Marshall 40C

    Thanks!!!

    [Sorry for my late reply, Dmitry. There are no stupid questions :) The Spark Booster is a booster or overdrive and isn’t designed to double as a compressor. That’s two different types of effects. The OCD can work as a booster but it has quite a bit of mid range, which will colour the Red Muck to some extent. The Sparkle Booster is a better option. Cheers! – Bjorn]

  296. Bryan says:

    Hi Bjorn!

    I picked up a Keeley modified BD-2 to use with my Red Muck, however I am having a heck of a time trying to get good PULSE tones out of it.

    My rig is Strat with DG-20s –> Red Muck –> BD-2 –> BOSS DD-7 delay –> Laney Lionheart 5w amp.

    I am not sure if maybe the Keeley BD-2 and Jam Pedals Red Muck go well together or not, however I am finding that the BD-2 just adds gain and volume without an increase in tone. To keep the tone from sounding poor, I have to increase the gain on the Red Muck to 100%.

    I watched your video of the Red Muck but I just cannot seem to get that kind of tone. Can you recommend settings for the Red Muck, BD-2 and possibly settings you find that work on the Lionheart?

    I did try your recommended settings found in your Red Muck review video, but I can’t even seem to come close to PULSE tones. I do get a really wicked “Empty Spaces” tone though :/ but nothing like PULSE.

    Thanks again!!

    [Hi Bryan! What’s your amp settings? – Bjorn]

  297. Johnathan says:

    Hi Bjorn. Comparing the TS9 and the EHX soul food, which is better and more versatile? Which one of them acts better as a transparent booster or when boosting a big muff? Will the Soul Food produce a more high gain/creamy bluesy overdrive?

    [Both have a fair amount of mid range but the Soul Food is noticeable cleaner and more transparent. Both can produce some serious gain but between the two I think the Soul Food works better for boosting. – Bjorn]

  298. Cem says:

    Hi Bjorn
    I’m going to London on Tuesday and I’m thinking maybe I’ll grab myself an 18v Powerboost. Do you think that it could give me the WYWH and Animals overdrive tone? What are the differences between the 18v one and the 9v one soundwise? I have a Laney Lionheart 20w combo with an American standard strat with an SSL-5 bridge pickup.
    Thanks!

    [The 18v has more headroom and a generally bigger and smoother tone. Works nicely on the Lionheart. Have a great time in London! – Bjorn]

  299. Tom from Chile says:

    After all, is there something that’s really ‘correct’ when it comes to tone? Cheers Bjorn, I hope everything is fine over there!

    [Nope. Only your ears can be the judge :) – Bjorn]

  300. George says:

    Greetings

    Got a little question about one pedal. I’m currently looking for a high gain fuzz or distortion wich can cover a big part of my distortion needs. Not so long ago, a new pedal called “Karma Suture” by Catalinbread caught my eye by range of dist. it produces. And though that this is just dist. of my dreams, if only it could produce the Big Muff sound. But unfortunately, I can’t check this entirely. So the question is, what do you think of “Karma Suture” as a pedal for Gilmour’s Big Muff and Distortion tones?

    Thank you)

    [I haven’t tried it so I can’t tell. – Bjorn]

  301. Chris from Gib says:

    Hi Bjorn
    This is a reposting of my 29th June post which does not appear to have got to you

    Thanks for this brilliant site!
    Im a great fan of Gilmour’s DSOT/Pulse tone and also participate in Gibfloyd (Gibraltar’s Pink Floyd Tribute Band – Check out Youtube!).
    Up until recently I have been using a Boss Gt-10 with some great results through my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe however I was keen on having a more versatile set up with stomp pedals that retained the convenience of the multi effects so recently bought a TC Electronics G System (4 stomps in the loops).

    I went back to basics to get the overdrive/distortion sounds and used just stomp pedals try to get close to an “On the turning away/Time” type of tone as a starting point. I have the following pedals: Fulltone OCD, Blackout Effectors Musket (on your recommendation! thks), TC Nova Drive (MIDI makes this one a no-brainer!).I also have an MXR Dynacomp as an alternative the the G Systems compressor and a Boss DD Delay.
    The dilema is that I just can get the right pedal combinations to get a desired sound. Is it MXR Dynacomp>OCD>Nova Drive>Musket>Delay.
    Im tired of tweaking and racking my brain and thought i should refer this to the expert! to see if you could you give me some advice on the pedals (Do i need say amore transparent boost? BD2 or TC Spark? and eliminate the OCD?) and how you would go about pedal placement?

    Congratulations on an amazing site. You can’t imagine the hours I spent on it reading and listening! Please keep up the great work! and look forward to hearing from you
    Best Chris

    [Hi Chris! Sorry, I haven’t seen your first posting… What amp and guitar/pickups are you using? I always recommend to start with the amp settings before intriducing any pedals. Check out this feature for some amp setup tips. I’d arrange your pedals like this: guitar > mxr > nova > musket > ocd > delay > amp. Let me know if you need more help with the settings after you’ve checked your amp :) – Bjorn]

  302. Tom from Chile says:

    Finally I got my BD-2, and I love it.. It might not be a Colorsound but for the price (altough fairly expensive for a Boss over here…) I love it.. Thank you very much, now I have a great booster and OD… How do you play live with pedals that dont have many mids going on ? Like a Ram’s Head Big Muff.. you just boost it ? Some guys recommend boosting that kind of pedals with TS9’s and mid-heavy OD’s, but I dont think that’s the best choice..altough it’s a very subjective thing..
    Anyway, thank you so much Bjorn!! Shine on..

    [Hi Tom! Teh BD2 is very nice. Ram’s head Muffs and scooped overdrives have a tendency to drown in a dense band mix. Boosting them will add a bit more compression and mid range, depending on what booster you use and how much you boost. I always boost Muffs with a Colorsound PB or clone and although they’re equally scooped the combo cuts through nicely. There’s nothing wrong with boosting with a TS9 or similar middy pedals but personally I think that colour the character of the Muff too much. – Bjorn]

  303. Charles says:

    Hi I just bought a RAT plugged in my Cub12R… I searching for a good tone to learn and play some Gilmour solos and don’t really obtain any good result…
    Do you have some start setting to go with ?

    Thank you !

    [Depending on your guitar, setting all three controls around 2 o’clock is usually a good start. See this feature for some settings tips for the Cub. – Bjorn]

  304. Mark says:

    Any suggestions on a pedal to complement the SL Drive? Something to allow me to get both rhythm and lead tones without repeatedly tweaking knobs on a bedroom set up? I like the SL Drive’s Superbass for smooth leads and its Superlead for rhythm/arpeggio work but that goes beyond knob tweaking to dip-switch flipping, so it seems like I need a second pedal either to be used independently or to be stacked. Thanks.

    [How about a TS9 or OD808? I’m stacking my SL, set for Superbass, with a Maxon OD808 and love the tones I get. I can go everywhere from ZZ Top and AC/DC to 80s metall and Floyd. Very versatile. You may also want to consider the Buffalo Evolution that I recently reviewed. It stacks very well and works perfectly with the SL. – Bjorn]

  305. Silvano says:

    Thank you for all you work, Bjorn! Nice tips, great job! Cheers!

    [Thanks, cheers! – Bjorn]

  306. Cem says:

    Hi Bjorn
    I really like David’s overdrive tones from WYWH and Animals. The overdrive tone from the Colorsound Power boost is my second favorite after the animals/wall/final cut big muff tone. Would I be better off with a clone like the Buffalo FX version or the 9v reissue or the Overdriver to get some nice and accurate overdrive tones at bedroom levels?
    Thanks!

    [The Buffalo. It’s a tad warmer and got more headroom, which is better suited for bedrooms. – Bjorn]

  307. Ali says:

    Hi Bjorn, do you know what is guitar effects of tim renwick in track called “Night Of A Thousand Furry Toys” from broken china album? Also i want to know which type of overdrive/distortion has been used in guitar solo part of that great song…
    thank you in advance :-)

    [Hi! I’ve no idea. He is a Strat guy and I think he has mentioned that he prefer Fender amps but then again, he might have used some studio equipment. Great tune and tone though! – Bjorn]

  308. **Sebastiano** says:

    Thank you, Sebastiano! Both pedals are very good, I think and true to the originals. The Blues Mood (BD2) is perhaps the closest to David’s old Colorsound Powerboost and current Tube Driver tones, while the Green Mile (or TS9) has an overall warmer tone with more mid range. It depends on what amp and pickups you have. The Green Mile is perhaps more versatile, while the Blues Mood has more of an amp-like tone. – Bjorn]

    Hi Bjorn,
    My guitar is a Fender Stratocaster Made in Mexico with original pickups and the the amp is a Laney cub 12 R, and I have got also a Boss CS2 – Skreddy P19 – TC Flash back.
    What overdrive do you choose if you were me? Blues Mood, Green Mile or eventually some other. As said I like also blues.
    Thanks a lot in advance
    Sebastiano

    [The Blues Mood then perhaps. It’s also worth checking out the Mooer Hustler, which is a clone of the Fulltone OCD. Kind of a mix between the BD2 and TS9. – Bjorn]

  309. Tom from Chile says:

    Many thanks!!! :) Cheers my friend

  310. Diogo says:

    Hey, thanks for the response. A new deal has actually come up meanwhile, a local store now sells Mooer pedals. Site isn’t updated yet but perhaps it would be even better to get the Black Secret. I do get the feeling I should get the RAT, basically from all I gather all around the internet, starting here. It just wasn’t the ideal setup IMO. Anyways, I’ll see to it next week or so.
    Cheers!

  311. Tom from Chile says:

    Hahah, I’ve been thinking about that option, the keeley sounds great but I’d have to save more money and I dont know… im just so decided with the stock one..
    In the future, I will buy a keeley one
    Hey Bjorn, do you have some settings for Shine on pt1 with the BD2 as the main OD? Cheers

    [Try setting the gain at 9-10, tone 8-9 and the volume for a mild boost around 1-2 (O’clock settings). – Bjorn]

  312. sebastien says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I’m looking for a Vintage RAT clone, for classic pulse and division bell tones, and of course that would be able to sound as close as possible to sovtek big muff.

    here’s what my budget allows, from the less to the more expensive: Mooer Black Secret, Cmatmods ratified, Hartman distortion, retrosonic distortion (tough a bit expensive ….). Jam pedlas rattler is far too expensive.

    a pedal that would handle as a vintage RAT….

    Thank you!!

    [The Mooer is actually very good. Well worth checking out :) – Bjorn]

  313. Stephen says:

    @Tom… Lucky you, go on Ebay and get one with the Mod! It is a much better and more versatile pedal :)
    Cheers!

  314. KEITH says:

    Haven’t had a chance to try them all out yet, by the time I got to the shop, they only had the LPB large two 12ax7 model still in stock, but I’ll let you know, the real tube Hot Tubes, might be a winner!

    Keep kicking ass buddy, KC

    [Cheers! – Bjorn]

  315. **Sebastiano** says:

    HI Bjorn,
    did you have the chance to test the two Mooer overdrives
    – Blues Mood Overdrive
    – Green Mile

    As I understood the Blues Mod is based on Boss BD2 with included a Keeley mod in it.
    I awe a demo in youtube and it seems great:

    and also the green mile seams very good

    I decided to take one of the two but I do not know which one can be more suitable for David Tones.

    Thanks for your opinion.

    GREAT WEBSITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    [Thank you, Sebastiano! Both pedals are very good, I think and true to the originals. The Blues Mood (BD2) is perhaps the closest to David’s old Colorsound Powerboost and current Tube Driver tones, while the Green Mile (or TS9) has an overall warmer tone with more mid range. It depends on what amp and pickups you have. The Green Mile is perhaps more versatile, while the Blues Mood has more of an amp-like tone. – Bjorn]

  316. Tom from Chile says:

    Damn… I was arriving at the store, at the exact moment another guy was buying the last BD2 in stock!!! LOL!! Hahaha, it was a funny experience after all…seems like I’ll have to wait a couple of days to get mine..
    Has this happened to you?
    Cheers!

  317. Diogo says:

    Hey Bjorn,
    Been wanting to get a Rat, in fact I went and tryed it at a store today, with my own amp (unfortunately not the guitar, my Les Paul with coil splitting). To be honest, I’m not sure. I mean, it sounds good, and of course goes further in the gain department, but I’m not sure if its going to make that much of a difference from the BD2 I currently have to justify it. Then again I wasn’t at ease with the guitar and didn’t have much time, don’t know how it works with single coils, delays, etc. I just feel like I could use some more gain (for the Floyd side of it) and generally more power than what the BD2 has at times, especially with the low bedroom volume. Should I just go for it and buy it, spend some more time with it in a more comfortable setup? I feel like there was much left to explore.
    Thanks!

    [The RAT and BD2 are two very different pedals. While the BD2 can be tweaked for pretty heavy distortion it is a much brighter pedal and more suited for clean boost and overdrive. The RAT has more gain and mids, which makes it a great distortion. It will also allow you to get those creamy lead tones on songs like Comf Numb, Sorrow etc on low volume and bedroom setups. I’d definitely get one. Spend some time learning how it sounds and behaves with different settings. – Bjorn]

  318. Debargho Sarkar says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Do you think an additional distortion or fuzz pedal is required to compliment the Dover drive pedal, for Gilmour/Airbag tones, or do you think that the Dover drive is enough to nail most Gilmour tones on its own?
    If not, can you please suggest a pedal that sits in well with the DD and compliments it as well?

    Also, could you please share the pedals used and their settings on Airbag’s ‘Call me back’ AND ‘Silence Grows’ (different settings, I know :) ? What setting would you recommend on the Dover Drive for the above songs? Also, what’s the acoustic guitar that you’re using on ‘Silence Grows’?
    Thank for the great music on ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’. Can’t stop listening :)

    [Depends on what tones you want obviously. The Dover can cover anything from mild overdrive to creamy distortion. It does not do clean boost that well and if you want a Big Muff tone, then you better get a Big Muff :) For Call Me Back I used a RotoVibe paired with a Boss CE2 for all the rhythms played with a Tele (I think…). The lead in the middle is clean with Mistress and the main solo, is an AnalogMan DS1 with Boss RT20 played with a LP with Custom 57 pickups. For Silence, I used a Strat clean for the rhythms. The main lead is a Strat with Sovtek green Muff, while the riffs after the solo was done with a Strat and a Jam Pedals Fuzz Phrase. The rhytms after the break is all Tube Driver. The wah lead at the end is on OCD with wah played with a LP. I don’t remember what acoustic I used. Probably borrowed one in the studio. Cheers! – Bjorn]

  319. Emiliano says:

    Bjorn, how are you? Have you tried the Retro-Sonic Preamp? It’s a replica of the BOSS FA-1, a transparent bass and treble booster.

    [Never tried it… – Bjorn]

  320. KEITH says:

    Sorry for all the typos, for some reason there has been a latency issue on your site for the past week or so, and the letters are showing up on the screen about a half second after being typed. Anyone else have this problem? This is the only site my phone is having this issue on?

    Peace, KC

  321. KEITH says:

    Yeah, I’d forgotten that they made the MXR sized Hot Tubes for some time now, but does it have tubes? I don’t remember seeing any vents, and thought the nano version was maybe just a digital tube nodeling pedal. I woukd almost bet that at least one of the 5 or 6 two tube pedals they’ve started pusing is a good sounding preamp, for getting that Plexi sound out of a cleaner amp like our Reeves. I’m gonna take my head and Cymbaline to Sam Ash today, and try the 3 different models they have, and get back to you. My thinking is, that with the Reeves pres kind of stacked with the 2 12ax7s, and likely a high gain preamp, it would push the Reeves in a Marshally direction. It might be
    like you said, Instant max distortion, and sound like crap, but it could just act like a stacked stage pre, and give the Reeves thar smooth compessed sound of a cranked plexi, or master volume Marshall. We’ll see, very curious?
    Peace, Keith

    [The Nano doesn’t have tubes. How did the shoot out go???? – Bjorn]

  322. KEITH says:

    Hey Bjorn, seems that EHX has recently put out half a dozen two tube preamps/overdrive /boosters including bringing back the HotTubes, if indeed it ever went away, I know I hadn’t seen one in years, but a recent visit to my store of choice, I saw 3 different units, and a few more on a website. I played through a Hot Tubes many years ago, but my recall isn’t stellar. Would any of these two 12ax7 units be a good replacement for a Tube Driver. Only asking because they’re a bit lower priced, and readily available without a long wait, and online purchase. What is your opinion, if any, about this new, and reissued line of tube pres?

    Thanks brother, Keith

    [I haven’t tried them so I can’t really tell. The clips I’ve heard of the Nano sounds perhaps a bit more transparent and with less low end. The Tube Driver sounds huge the moment you step on it and although it’s transparent, in terms of less mid range, it certainly doesn’t sound like you’re only kicking in more dirt. The closest I’ve co0me to the Tube Driver with other pedals is the Wampler PlexiDrive, which is based on the JTM45, which is kind of the basis for the Tube Driver too. – Bjorn]

  323. Gulesh Mesh says:

    Hello to you Bjorn,

    I’d like to know what you think about the Joyo pedals, particularly the Joyo pre-amps which are ACtone, American sound, British, and California?

    Thanks!

    [The Joyo pedals are OK but I think the Mooers are far better and closer to the originals. – Bjorn]

  324. Uwe says:

    Hello Bjorn,

    Following the direction of Dimitri’s message, could you confirm that in the Division Bell and Pulse Tones, Gilmour:

    1 – Always uses Big Muff with the BK Tube driver 1 (volume boost setting)
    2 – Always uses RAT with Tube driver 1 (volume boost)
    3 – Always uses Soft Sustain with Tube driver 1 (volume boost)
    4 – Same question with the Tube driver 2 (overdrive): is it used in conjunction withg the TD 1 (volume boost), or alone without TD 1?

    Regards, Uwe

    [I’m sure he was occasionally using different setups and combinations depending on his mood and how his guitar sounded at a given venue but check out this break down for each song. It should be more or less what he used throughout the tour. – Bjorn]

  325. Dimitri says:

    Bjorn just bought a rat2 and its awsome, i boost it just a but with the drive channel on my fender frontman 65r (driver: 20%), does david gilmour boost his muffs or g2 with the tube drive1 ( booster drive) or with the tube drive2 ( full drive), it has me going confused, and does the rat need a compressor in the chain ? also like you said rat 2 goes well with transistor amps, i wanna buy a new bugera v22 tube amp will it go aloong well?

    [He’s boosting with the clean boost TD. The Rat doesn’t need a compressor because it has so much gain and mid range so it already sound very compressed and saturated. The RAT goes well with almost any amp… :) – Bjorn]

  326. Tom from Chile says:

    Hey Bjorn, have you played the Blackstar LT Boost? It makes me think about the blues driver, I mean, for the Blue haha. Also, it is cheaper than the BD2 (at least here in Chile), do you think the blues driver is really worth it considering price difference?

    [Never tried it. – Bjorn]

  327. uwe says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Do you think that the SS-2 from pete Cornsih could be easily replaced by a Boss DS-1, or an EH Soul Food. Can I come close with those pedals?

    You described it as a cross between an old Ts9 and a MXR disto +… By the way what kind of pedal is the MXR Disto +? Transparent or typical end 70’s overdrive with pronounced mid hump?

    Regards,
    Uwe

    [The Dist+ is a germanium based overdrive sounding much like the Tube Screamer but much more transparent. Alone, on a clean amp, it can sound rather thin, but the idea was to use it on a cranked Marshall or whatever and guys like Randy Rhoads used it all the time. I think the closest match to the SS2 would be either the Soul Food or perhaps the OCD set on the hi mode with the gain rolled a bit back. – Bjorn]

  328. laurent says:

    Bjorn,

    in the Division bell gear section, you describe the 2 Chandler TD and their settings (one of them set for volume boost, the other as an overdrive).

    If you were using a Boss Blues driver and a Wampler Plexidrive, how would you set them respectively?
    Which one as a volume booster, which one as an overdrive (any idea of settings?, knowing that I have a Laney Cub head and that I use your recommended settings).

    Best regards,
    Laurent

    [The BD2 works better as a booster I think so I’d set that as clean as possible and use the PlexiDrive for overdrive. – Bjorn]

  329. laurent says:

    thank you for your prompt answer!

    Actually I do have another question about transparent overdrives.
    Do you think that It would be honest to think that I would be able to recreate a Chandler TD tone, like a Keeley Modified BD-2 does, with a EH Soul Food? And would the Soul Food be able to be adjusted as a volume booster (for muff, RAT), as well as an overdriven Tube Driver?

    Thanks again !!!

    [To some extent and it depends on your amp too. The Soul Food has more mid range than the Tube Driver and BD2, so it’s not identical but you can set it up for tones that are very close to David’s 80s and 90s overdrive tones in particular. It’s also a nice booster although I personally prefer one a bit more transparent. – Bjorn]

  330. Ratan Prasad says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Thanks for the replies :) They are very helpful.

    I want to choose one overdrive for bedroom setup with solid state amp at low volume. How’s (1) Electro-Harmonix OD Glove or (2) MXR Classic OD compared to Boss BD-2 or Fulltone OCD?

    Regards
    Ratan

    [I haven’t tried the MXR but the Glove is similar to the BD2, with a bit more mid range. I also recommend the EHX Soul Food. – Bjorn]

  331. laurent says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Could you please give me an advice before I buy a RAT pedal / I’m looking for a straight clone of the Vintage RAT with LM308N chip. But the Jam Pedals Rattler is way too expensive…

    What would be the best among the less expensive pedals: Mooer Black secret? Cmatmods ratified? BYOC Mighty Mouse? Another one?

    Thank you so much for helping!!!

    Regards, laurent

    [The Mooer and BYOC are great! Classic RAT tone with the same warmth and creamy character as the old models. – Bjorn]

  332. Ara says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    A quick questions… would you recommend the 5 knob with Bias control BK Butler TD over the standard 4 knob one, pros and cons…?

    Thanks,

    –Ara

    [There’s really no cons but the questions is if you need it. The bias control allows you to fine tune the gain stage to match your guitar and amp. I didn’t see the need for it and got mine without but it might be a good idea if you have an aggressive amp to be able to tame the pedal a bit more. – Bjorn]

  333. Uros says:

    Hey Bjorn,
    What you think about those way huge drive pedals, pork loin, green rhino or red llama? Have you tried them? Are they god for mild overdrive and boost? I’m thinking about one of those or OCD to replace my Sd1, and to combine it with big muff and sunface bc109.

    [The Pork Lion is similar to the BD2 and Tube Driver, with a fairly transparent amp-like tone. It can be used both as a clean boost and overdrive, with a nice amount of gain. The Green Rhino is basically a beefed up Tube Screamer, with lots of mid range and a creamy character. It has a few more options for more low end and gain. Great alternative to the OCD. I haven’t tried the Red Lama. – Bjorn]

  334. Monte Allums says:

    Hi Bjorn, great site. For your readers have them check out my OD-308 for David Gilmour tones. This video really showcases it for David’s tone:

    http://monteallums.com/custom_effects.html#OD308A

    I offer the OD-308 as a DIY Kit and assembled. The circuit is roughly based on a RAT 2 but with several changes.

    Thanx,

    Monte Allums

    [Thanks for your kind words and for the tip! – Bjorn]

  335. foffy says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Can I use my Boss DS-1 (Orange Box from BYOC), and my 1981 Boss sd-1, for Division Bell Tones?

    What are those pedals like in your opinion? Tranparent boosters or mid hump warm creamy pedals?

    Best regards.

    Foffy

    [Yes you can. They’re both fairly transparent without too much mids. – Bjorn]

  336. Aussie says:

    I have a Mexican fender strat and I play through a fender frontman 212r

    [Check out the amp settings in this feature. You may want to lower the treble considerably and maybe even turn up the mids a bit. Try also to lower the tone on the DS1. Don’t be afraid to keep your tones dark. Tones open up the louder you play and on low volume we often raise the treble to compensate but that results in harsh tones. – Bjorn]

  337. aussie says:

    H i Bjorn i don’t think my previous message went through but i have a boss ds-1 distortion pedal and i am looking for a momentary lapse of reason sound out of it but can’t really seem to get it. would you have any suggestions for the settings?

    [What’s your guitar and amp? – Bjorn]

  338. Foffy says:

    Hello Bjorn Riis,

    I have a recently bought Keeley modified Ts-9 that has twice the distortion level of a normal Ts9 or Ts808.

    I’ve never played a RAT and I’m after D Bell and Pulse tones. i’d like to replace a Big Muff with a RAT kind of pedal. Here’s my question : Do you think that my Keeley Ts 9 is able to replace a RAT (in the article you write that RAT and Tube screamer are same kind of mid hump pedals…)

    In case I missed something, I also own a EH Soul Food, but I honestly don’t think it’s able to do anything else than a transparent overdrive /booster.

    Plaese let me know what you think…

    Have a good night.

    Foffy
    Spain

    [Hi Foffy! The Soul Food, or Klon, is indeed a transparent overdrive booster, so it won’t do much more. A Rat sort of takes over where the TS9 stops. The RAT can be set up for some mild overdrive tones but a TS9 can’t replace a RAT. I’d get both :) – Bjorn]

  339. Rahul says:

    Have you ever tried TREX tonebug Distortion? They were budget pedals made in China, but it seems Trex doesn’t make then anymore.

    [Never tried them. – Bjorn]

  340. Aussie says:

    Hi Bjorn I have a boss ds-1 and I use it for other artists but what do you think would be the best settings to get a gilmour sound out of it?

    [Don’t have that much experience with it but settings depends on your guitar and amp. Try something neutral and tweak your way from there. – Bjorn]

  341. Pete says:

    Bjorn, what are some good starting points to get tube driver sounds from the BD-2? Thanks in advance!!

    [Depends on your amp and guitar. – Bjorn]

  342. carlos-Brazil says:

    Hi Bjorn! I’m still waiting for my EHXTortion pedal (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KTJTDAAAjc and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISSapaiTrsI YouTube demos). It probably arrives this week. As I mentioned on your personal page on FB, my “biggest problem” is my poor amp, a Fender Mustang III… Interested me, in particular, its versatility of functions as “booster” and as “Overdrive” and the apparent lack of “hums” amplified (none of guitars that appear in these video demos were eqquiped with active pickups like the DG-20s – although most are equipped with humbuckers… – and this fact caught my attention). Regards from Brazil!

    [Keep us posted when the pedal arrives! – Bjorn]

  343. uwe says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I’m the owner of both Bd-2 (Keeley mod) and Wampler Plexidrive, mid scooped pedals which I like in order to nail some Chandler Tube driver tones (Division bell area).What would be your recommandation of settings for those two pedals , in order to replicate the 2 types of Chandler settings in the album ( Volume boost and overdrive)?

    Other question, you mention the Pete cornish Soft sustain as it’s only been used in Poles Apart.
    What is that pedal like? Transparent, mid scooped? like the Chandler? Or more like a TS or RAT (warmer with lot of mids). What would be the best replacement out there?

    regards,

    Uwe

    [Pedal settings depends very much on your guitar and amp so I can’t and shouldn’t really, make any specific recommendations without knowing your rig. In general, I personally prefer a bit of boost from my overdrives. Setting the volume slightly above unity volume drives the amp a bit more and creates a bigger tone. The BD2 tone is best set from 10 o’clock and below, while the PlexiDrive tone reacts with the gain, and adds more compression the higher you set it. The SS2 is hard to describe really. Kind of an overdrive meets a classic distortion. Not too much gain but a hint of mid range and a balanced tone. I guess the best way to describe it is MXR Dist+ meets TS9. – Bjorn]

  344. Ratan Prasad says:

    Hi Bjorn, I am planning this setup for my bedroom practice: Proco RAT 2 + Boss BD-2 + Boss DD7 + Solid state (transistor) Amp. I have already got RAT 2 and liking it sound :) Which overdrive will be best for my setup? a) Boss BD-2 or b) Ibanez TS9/Maxon OD 808 or c) TC Electronics Spark Booster or d) Wampler Plexidrive e) Fulltone OCD.
    I want to choose one among these for bedroom setup with solid state amp at low volume. You take care and many thanks for your hard work!

    [The Fulltone OCD is perhaps the most versatile. Especially on solid state amps :) – Bjorn]

  345. Silvano says:

    Thank’s for answering, Bjorn. I’m using a Hiwatt T20 HD. Now it’s time to start bilding the right set of effects. Than you again, man!

    [Sorry for my late reply. The basics should be a distortion, overdrive and delay. That will get you far. And maybe a modulation for colouring. For PULSE and your rig, I’d go for the Buffalo Patriot for distortions. Fulltone OCD or Wampler PlexiDrive for overdrive. Both will do the Tube Driver very well but they’re a bit nicer to smaller amps and more versatile. As for delay, you might want to look into a multi unit, like the TC Nova or Eventide. PULSE has a lot of different time settings and you need to be able to dial in some accurate settings. You could also go for something like a TC Flashback and use a recording software with a delay effect plug in to measure out the time settings. Hope this helps :) – Bjorn]

  346. Silvano says:

    Hi Bjorn! Congratulations, man! I’ve read all your comments, several times and it’s always a real lecture. I bought a ’57 reissue some time ago and now I am purchasing some effects. How would be the “basic” pedals to cover the majority of PULSE that you would recommend? I am starting my set, so if you helpme with some ideas it would be great! Take care and many thanks for your hard work!

    [Cheers, Silvano! What amp are you using? – Bjorn]

  347. Roger Sartori says:

    Hi, Bjorn.
    Regarding to Gilmour tones, is there any difference between the new ProCo Rat 2 and the old “white face”??? Cheers.

    [Minimal, although the 2 has a tiny bit more gain and low end. – Bjorn]

  348. Michael says:

    Apologies if you have covered this pedal before, but I would appreciate your opinion of the ARC Effects Klone V2 (if you have used it of course). Love your website and thank you for all the time and effort you put into it.

    [Thanks Michael! Never used it so I can’t really tell. In general, the Klon, including the EHX Soul Food, is a powerful booster/overdrive that will fatten your cleans and produce a very nice and warm overdrive. Kind of a mix between a cleaner and more transparent booster and the old TS9. I don’t think you can go wrong :) – Bjorn]

  349. **SEBASTIANO** says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    as usually congratulation for your Web site.
    In the last period I am buinding my effects for David’s Tone.
    So far I have in my chain the following effects (some bought base on your adviced):
    Boss CS2 —> Skreddy P19 —>> TC Flashback —–> Laney CUB 12 R.
    I play only at home.
    I’d like to buy an overdrive and I am thinking about the following:
    – Ibanez TS9
    – Maxon OD 808
    – Fulltone OCD
    I play also blues.
    Could you give me your opinion? Which one doyou suggest between these three or you can also raccomend some other ones?
    Thanks a lot in advanced.
    regards
    Sebastiano

    [Hi Sebastiano! As a dedicated overdrive I’d go for the OCD. It’s kind of a TS9 beefed up to the max. Very versatile and similar to the TubeDriver. It’s not that good for boosting though so for that, I’d go for a more transparent overdrive, like the Boss BD2, or my favourite, the Buffalo FX Powerbooster. Cheers! – Bjorn]

  350. Greg D from Cali says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    Wonderful website you have here. Pink Floyd’s been my favorite band since I was a kid and this site is heaven for any guitar-playing Floyd fan.

    I had a question about distortion pedal vs Muffs. I play metal most of the time on a totally different rig, but also love to play blues and funk on my American Strat in a style I liken to a mix of Gilmour and Frusciante (RHCP). Here is my setup:

    American Standard Strat (SSL1s and SSL5 in bridge) – MXR Dyna Comp – Xotic RC Booster – Wren & Cuff Tall Font Russian – Maxon OD808 – into amp’s input. In the FX loop I have a Boss CE-1 (yes, the big gray box, I’m a chorus junkie, just love the CE-1 sound even though it is a pain to deal with its issues) and a TC Flashback delay. The amp I am using is an EVH 5150 iii combo which I can dial down to 1 watt (and spare the neighbors.)

    My favorite Gilmour solo tones are the huge and heavy ones like in “Yet Another Movie” and “What Do You Want From Me.” Would a RAT, or Russian Muff like the one I have be a better fit for these tones? I know that you said live, Gilmour used a RAT on “What Do You Want From Me”, and his studio tone on Division Bell for that song is HUGE, which he used a Muff on. The W&C Tall Font Russian Muff sounds awesome for this, but I can’t help wondering about how the RAT compares.

    I am also interested in hearing your opinion on how a Boss HM-2 compares to the Muff and RAT for these kind of huge heavy Gilmour solo tones. I am a big fan of the Momentary Lapse Of Reason album and Gilmour supposedly used the Boss HM-2 on a lot of the songs, in studio and live.

    It’s great that you take time to answer everyone, this makes your website that much cooler.
    Peace,
    – Greg D.

    [Hi Greg! The RAT has more mid range, less low end but more gain, than most Big Muffs. It’s really two different pedals and personally, as much as I love the Muff, I think the RAT is a more versatile pedal. Especially if you want to cover other tones than David’s as well. The HM2 is a tricky pedal because alone it sounds like crap. You really needed to pair it up with a pre amp or overdrive and your amp must be on the darker side. The RAT, being somewhat similar, is a much better choice and far easier to set up. It’ll nail most of David’s tones but Momentary and Bell in particular. – Bjorn]

  351. Luc Huard says:

    Hello Bjorn, as we discussed on Facebook…

    This is a test to see if I am able to post a comment.

    [Check :) – Bjorn]

  352. Lucas Saad says:

    Hi! I own na OCD…and wanted a marshall drive like pedal..really thinking about the DG2..since Im from Brazil. I am the Rhythm guitar of my band. What do you think?
    Cool guide by the way!

    [The DG2 is perhaps closer to a RAT with lots of gain. You can dial in some nice JCM800/900 tones but so can the OCD. Personally I think the Wampler Plexi Drive and Xotic SL Drive are some of the finest Marshall pedals on the market. – Bjorn]

  353. Ratan Prasad says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    Thanks for replying the previous posts :)
    Different pedal need different current draw, different DC voltage (9V, 18V), their adapters gave different polarity (tip negative, tip positive). It will be very very useful if you can prepare a chart, sowing all these details for all the pedals you use.

    ———————————————————————————————–
    pedal current voltage adapter grounding
    draw type
    ————————————————————————————————
    Ibanez Tube Screamer 6mA 9V tip negative negative ground
    Boss BD -2 13mA 9V tip negative negative ground
    Pro Co RAT 2 9V tip positive negative ground

    Moogerfoogers and a few boutique and oddball pedals use center positive.
    Some VERY rare pedals (ie, vintage fuzz face) use what is called positive ground – this is different that the reverse polarity of above, and the actual physical parts of the circuit are different and can’t be used with other “normal” pedals. Avoid these or ALWAYS use a separate power supply.

    These kind of consolidated information will save many people from blowing their pedals with wrong power supply.

    [Thanks for the the input, Ratan! Something to consider for future updates of the Buyer’s Gear Guides. – Bjorn]

  354. Charles says:

    Hey Bjorn,
    Have you played the MI Effects Super Blues Pro? I love mine. Very versatile OD pedal capable of hitting many of the different OD tones. Highly recommended.

    [Never tried it. Thanks for the tip! – Bjorn]

  355. Tom says:

    Great! It’s easier to find the BD2 over here, so I’ll get that one.. thanks Bjorn!!

    [Cheers! – Bjorn]

  356. Tom says:

    Hey Bjorn, the BD2 and the Mooer Blues Mood cost the same in my country, which one would you go for?
    Cheers

    [They’re very similar so you could go either way. The Mooer is true bypass so it might be a tad warmer due to the lack of the Boss buffer. The Boss is perhaps a bit smoother though. The Mooer feature a Fat switch, which is similar to the Keeley, and other, clones with more low end and gain. – Bjorn]

  357. Ben says:

    Thanks for the advice Bjorn. Definitely time for a think about this! Hope to see Airbag play on these shores soon! ;)

    [Cheers, Ben! – Bjorn]

  358. Ben says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Many thanks for the reply. Food for thought definitely! I use a Lace Sensor Equipped, maple neck Tele and a maple neck Strat with ’69 Pickups into an old AC30. I suppose either a Rat or a Muff would work with a Tubescreamer as well!?

    Cheers,

    Ben.

    [A Muff will work on an AC30 but it’s a very bright amp so you’ll probably end up sounding more like The Edge than Gilmour, so perhaps a RAT is a better option. Having said that, you should be able to dial in some great tones with the combo. Muffs and Tube Screamers doesn’t go that well together. The mid range boosted Tube Screamer tend to make the Muff sound dark and muddy. Better to use a transparent booster, like the BD2 or Soul Food :) – Bjorn]

  359. Ben says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Recently I’ve left my fuzz obsession to one side and have decided focus on overdrives and distortion pedals! Something that covers Delicate Sound/Pulse eras. I’ve got an old Ibanez TS10 (low mids) which i like and a Klon Clone (a great booster) but it needs that something else. Would a Rat be a good, budget friendly choice to stack up or should i be looking towards more of a Muff area? Any info will be gratefully received!

    Nice to see Airbag’s doing well. Don’t happen to be gigging in the UK anytime soon by any chance?

    Ben.

    [Hi Ben! Thanks! We’re always checking out places to play and hopefully, we’ll be able to tour in the UK as well :) Which pedal you should get, depends on your guitar and amp. Muffs tend to be a bit moody… especially if you’re seeking THAT tone. A RAT is a much more versatile pedal, that’ll work great on any guitar and amp but some find it a bit too dark and perhaps not as vintage sounding as a Muff. You can’t go wrong with a RAT but a Muff might be a more exciting choice… if your amp is up for it :) – Bjorn]

  360. Ben says:

    Hey Bjorn,

    I think my earlier comment got deleted accidentally.
    Anyway, I was looking for another overdrive not just for Davids tones but others as well. I stumbled on Brett Kingman’s review of the Big Lloyde F-6 overdrive. Reminds me of a tube screamer but with more headroom. Ever heard of it?

    [Sorry about that, Ben. My spam filter has been a bit aggressive lately. Never tried the F-6 but I liked what I heard on the review. Sounds a bit similar to the Way Huge Green Rhino, which basically is a TS9 with a few extras. It’s also well worth checking out the new EHX Soul Food and the Hermida Dover Drive, that I recently reviewed :) Both are in that TS territory. – Bjorn]

  361. Tom says:

    Bjorn, do you think I could achieve a have a cigar tone emm not identical but at least similar with a tele with vintage style pickups and just a BD2 ? (maybe with some flanger-i know:weeird but i dont have a phaser) Cheers!!

    [Definitely. Depends on your amp though but the BD2 delivers anytrhing from clean boost to near fuzz, so it should cover both the rhythms and leads on Cigar. A flanger… I don’t know. Better to keep it clean, I think :) – Bjorn]

  362. Tom says:

    OK !! :) Thank you so much Bjorn!! I’ll grab the BD2
    Cheers!!! And again, thank you so much my friend! :)

    [Glad I can help :) – Bjorn]

  363. Tom says:

    Hey Bjorn, would you use a BD2 instead of a OD3? What do you think about the OD3?
    Cheers!

    [Depends on what tones you want. The BD2 has a more transaprent tone with more headroom. It’s great for boosting your cleans or overdrives and distortion, or for those classic tube tones. The OD3 has more mid range and doesn’t work that well for boosting other pedals. A very nice overdrive though and you should be able to cover David’s Tueb Driver tones with it. – BJorn]

  364. Gary Hobbs says:

    Hi Bjon BIG thanks for the reply very helpful indeed.

    As you Know DG Is the master of tone and moving between
    albums and his sounds I would like to recreate the tones
    from meddle through to the wall.

    Looking forward to having some fun with the sounds from those
    pedals and all thanks to you Bjorn for showing me the light.

    I will add a mistress and bk in the near future and I think I will stick
    with the vintage single coils on the Strat. (complete with toggle switch and cut back whammy)

    Gary

    [Good luck with your tones, Gary! – Bjorn]

  365. Gary Hobbs says:

    Hi Bjorn.

    Can you Steer me in the right direction.
    Been reading you pedal reviews and found them very helpful

    I have just ordered the following items and
    would like to know if I have missed anything regarding
    a workable DG pedal board.

    1) Analogman BC108 fuzz
    2) mjm London fuzz with bios
    3) Dunlop cry baby
    4) Musket
    5) Throbak power boost
    6) OCD
    7) Effector tube vibe
    8) EVH Phase 90 with script button
    9) Morley optical Mini Vol pedal
    10) Nova delay ND1

    With a 54 Strat and Fender Blues Deville

    Basically want to know if I have most or all of
    his sounds covered with the above of do I really
    need that BK Butler? or Electric mistress
    or the SA pickups

    Great work my friend keep it up

    Gary.

    [Hi Gary! That looks like an awesome setup and you should be able to cover most of David’s tones… and more :) Nothing really sounds like the BK but it’s not a must. It’s a challenging pedal and it can sound rather harsh at times but it depends on how much you want it, I guess :) The OCD is a much more versatile overdrive and between that one and the ThroBak you’ll be able to cover most of the Tube Driver stuff. The SA pickups… again, it’s not a must. You’ll be able to cover the tones with most other pickups and some tweaking of your pedals. Still, if you’re desperately seeking THE Pulse tone, then you should consider them. In regards to the Mistress flanger… for me that’s a big yes. No other pedal or effect sound like the Mistress and with it, you’re dead on David’s Animals and Wall (live) tones and his first solo album and Final Cut. Cheers! – Bjorn]

  366. Pedro says:

    Hey Bjorn!
    Such a great website you have!!!
    I have a question.
    I already have a OCD Version 4 and i´m thinking of trade him in a Wampler Plexy Drive.
    Can you describe me how those pedals compares each other?
    Who have more gain range, more compression, more warmth?
    They are kinda similar sounding?

    [They’re actually two very different pedals. The OCD is basically a beefed up Tube Screamer with lots of gain, boosted low end and tons of mid range. The Plexi Drive is much more amp-like, with a more transparent and dynamic tone. It also has a bit more compression. Two different pedals for different applications. – Bjorn]

  367. aggelos says: