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Strymon Riverside, OCD, Tube Screamer & Tumnus

Published on Dec 16, 2016

In this episode we take our first look at the Strymon Riverside Multi-Stage Drive pedal. Introduced at the end of 2016, the Riverside uses an analogue JFET front end in conjunction with three additional, cascading gain stages that use digital signal processing.
As you’ll hear in the video it can go from a clean boost all the way through to a metal-type distortion, all from a single pedal.

To give some perspective on the sounds we’ve added three much-loved, commonly available overdrive pedals that all do slightly different things: the Fulltone OCD, Ibanez Tube Screamer Mini and Wampler Tumnus. How does the Riverside stack up? Let’s find out…

Pedals In This Episode…

• Strymon Riverside
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• Fulltone OCD
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• Ibanez Tube Screamer Mini
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• Wampler Tumnus
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• TheGigRig Three2One
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Interesting bits and go-to sections…

• Intro and housekeeping: 00:00 - 02:21
• Riverside intro and background: 2:25
• Today’s amps: 5:20
• Riverside with Dan’s Tele – 6:09
• Riverside with Mick’s PRS – 10:18
• Riverside with Mick’s Strat – 12:25
• Riverside with Dan’s Les Paul – 13:47
• Riverside & Wampler Tumnus compared – Strat at 16:57, Les Paul at 18:51
• Riverside & Tube Screamer Mini compared – Les Paul at 19:34, Strat at 20:50
• Riverside & Fulltone OCD compared – Les Paul at 23:25, PRS at 25:15
• He wasn’t expecting that – conclusions from the comparisons – 27:04
• Riverside and OCD hit with a treble booster – 28:50
• Conclusions and thoughts from today’s experience – 31:44

Amps in this episode
• Victory V40 The Duchess through V212VC cabinet with Celestion G12M-65 Creamback speakers
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• Hamstead Artist 20+RT through 1 x 12 Celestion Alnico Cream speaker

Guitars in this episode
• PRS DGT – watch Mick’s video at
• Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster – watch Dan’s video at
• Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster – watch Mick’s video at
• Gibson Custom 1958 Les Paul Standard – watch Dan’s video at

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