That Pedal Show – Five Great Alternatives To Your 'Normal' Overdrive Or Boost Pedal

Published on May 12, 2017

In this episode we take a look at five different boosty-preampy-overdrivey-type pedals that differ significantly from your ‘normal’, op-amp-based overdrive. By ‘normal’ we mean the common and much-loved OD pedals out there such as the Boss SD-1, Ibanez Tube Screamer, Boss Blues Driver, Fulltone OCD and so on… all of which work in a broadly similar fashion with a combination of an operational amplifier (usually an IC chip such as the JRC4558D in the case of the classic Tube Screamers) and some form of clipping diodes.
These five do things differently… and sound very different to boot, offering up a whole range of different tones, textures and responses that can complement – or indeed totally replace – that ‘normal’ OD on your board. We’re not saying ‘better’, we’re not saying ‘worse’, we just saying ‘different’ and well worth checking out for anyone who hasn’t already done so.
Let’s get to it…

Pedals in this episode…

• TheGigRig Three2One

• JHS Colour Box - No longer made, link to latest version
UK & Europe:

• Orange Two Stroke Boost EQ
UK & Europe:

• Hudson Electronics Broadcast
UK & Europe:

• ProAnalog Devices Power Driver V2

• Lightning Boy II and CH2 Sidecar Module

• Providence Chrono Delay
UK & Europe

• MXR M300 Reverb
UK & Europe:

The GigRig G2:

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Interesting bits and go-to sections…
– Intro & background: 0:00 - 1:30
– What do we like? 1:30
– Op amps, diodes and all that, briefly and not at all scientifically: 2:00
– The best pedal in the world? 3:30
– JHS Colour Box discussion and sounds: 4:00 (playing at 6:05)
– Today’s amps: 5:07
– Orange Two Stroke sounds and discussion: 10:28
– A bit on recording and key guitar frequencies: 12:10 (treble and bass 13:35)
– Making that Strat more fat: 16:30
– Orange Two-Stroke with delay and reverb – lovely clean tone: 17:40
– ProAnalog Power Booster V2 sounds and discussion: 18:40 (playing at 19:45)
– Orange into the ProAnalog: 23:20
– Hudson Broadcast discussion and sounds: 24:00
– Orange into Hudson: 28:27
– Broadcast into Marshall and Lazy J separately: 30:25
– Lightning Boy II discussion and sounds: 34:30
– The LBII’s three available sounds: 42:30…
–…or how about one and the guitar volume pot? 43:05
– Closing thoughts: 46:30

Amps in this episode
• Marshall 1987x (50-watt Plexi reissue) and 1960AX 4x12 cabinet with Celestion G12M Greenback speakers
• Lazy J 20 combo with Celestion Alnico Blue Speaker

Guitars in this episode
• Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster – watch Dan’s video at
• Collings 290 DC S – watch Mick’s video at
• Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster – watch Mick’s video at
• PRS DGT – watch Mick’s video at

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