Stacking Overdrives - Do you do it?

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Re: Stacking Overdrives - Do you do it?

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MogwaiBoy wrote: Fri Jan 07, 2022 10:42 am The main problem I've found is diminished headroom, less dynamics and more constrained sound overall. OD pedals are notorious for cutting bass, boosting midrange and blanketing the 'air' from the natural high-end. Stacking them compounds this.

I mean, as a special effect, yes sure - but if every time you sit down to play guitar, you need "this pedal into this pedal" then you are probably compensating for a different amp or guitar.

But... millions of guitarists swear by it, so whaddoiknow!
I think most guitarists are compensating for something..... :mental:
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Re: Stacking Overdrives - Do you do it?

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MogwaiBoy wrote: Fri Jan 07, 2022 10:42 am The main problem I've found is diminished headroom, less dynamics and more constrained sound overall. OD pedals are notorious for cutting bass, boosting midrange and blanketing the 'air' from the natural high-end. Stacking them compounds this.

I mean, as a special effect, yes sure - but if every time you sit down to play guitar, you need "this pedal into this pedal" then you are probably compensating for a different amp or guitar.

But... millions of guitarists swear by it, so whaddoiknow!
Yeah I think its definitely a special effect kind of thing, like John Mayer using the TS to get that mid boost for solos and if he needs more he runs a klon or other similarly "transparent" OD into it, I'm really digging doing something similar with the EP booster -> Hot Cake, with humbuckers its glorious!
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Re: Stacking Overdrives - Do you do it?

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For me, stacking is a great way of achieving a dynamic tone at low volumes. Although, I prefer to stack boost pedals. My current go to for base sound is the boost side of my zvex box of rock into a super hard on clone into a Timmy with a smidge of hair. I have 2 fuzzes at start of chain for extra drive and the overdrive section of the box of rock really thickens things up nicely. I find this set up very dynamic and allows nuanced use of my volume pot. All this into clean channel of a lionheart.

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Re: Stacking Overdrives - Do you do it?

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IMOCD wrote: Sat Jan 08, 2022 2:27 pm For me, stacking is a great way of achieving a dynamic tone at low volumes. Although, I prefer to stack boost pedals. My current go to for base sound is the boost side of my zvex box of rock into a super hard on clone into a Timmy with a smidge of hair. I have 2 fuzzes at start of chain for extra drive and the overdrive section of the box of rock really thickens things up nicely. I find this set up very dynamic and allows nuanced use of my volume pot. All this into clean channel of a lionheart.
That's good to know about stacking boost pedals. I always play guitar at low volumes during my leisure time. And it's frustrating to hear some sustain unless you crank up the amp's volume.

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