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Still not finding a good overdrive pedal that doesn't get fuzzy.  Looking for a U2 rock-like tone.

 

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No silly, that's what the fuzz pedals are for. Overdrives are for making the sound overdriven

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Instead of using a PEDAL, try to use the CLASS A-30 Model AMP with the GAIN knob at 100%. Believe me. 

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Instead of using a PEDAL, try to use the CLASS A-30 Model AMP with the GAIN knob at 100%. Believe me. 

 

And if that isn't enough overdrive, try a Screamer (the TS-808) in front of the amp with the Drive all the way down and use the Output to push the amp more a la Stevie Ray Vaughn to name one.

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I tend not to use the overdrive pedals but just set the amp as if I were using the natural output distortion of the amp. I don't do much shred or metal. Mostly, classic rock, blues and jazz projects. The overdriven amp sim to my ear is worlds better than sticking a fizzy sounding overdrive or distortion box in front of an amp. Besides, that leaves one more blank block to fill in with another effect box. LOL!

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I agree about the value of the amp model's tone, but if you're using that for crunch rhythm and then want a boost on solo, place the OD effect in front of the amp ( or amps ), then put a parametric EQ right after the OD and use it to notch out fizzy tones.

 

You'll wind up with the parametric "Q" at about 3 o'clock, gain at 9 o'clock ( low )   and the frequency ( percentage ) probably between 50 and 65%

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Screamer, tube drive, occasionally the buzz saw or facial fuzz. Ive stacked drives, too

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