From the legendary Klon Centaur, vintage Boss Pedals and new classics like the Nobels ODR-1 and Kingsley Page V2 these will get you the tone you’re looking for.
OverDrives & Boosts
It looks like a gold brick for a good reason. Costs close to what my parents paid for their first house but the tones can justify it.
Prescription Electronics Overdriver
Recreation of Treble Booster used by Jeff Beck way back when. Great clean boost and gets into Fuzz territory when cranked.
Xotic EP Booster
Apparently one of Jimmy Page’s secrets was to use just the preAmp section of an Echoplex. Xotic gives us that .
Paul Cochrane Timmy
Has been a classic now for many years. These are starting to sell for in the hundreds for a good reason.
Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer
Stevie Ray Vaughan obviously didn’t know what he was doing. Maybe he mostly used a TS 808 but I’m sure he could make this work too.
This is a v2. These are so good the public wouldn’t let this company die. They’re back again making these by popular demand.
Xotic AC Booster
Xotic RC Booster
A ‘more better’ pedal with EQ shaping options. Seems to supercharge things.
Menatone Red Snapper
If Bob Dylan trusts my friend from Green Bay to help set up his equipment on tour every night and Jason has two variations of these on his own pedalboard (check out the Snowbirds) then I’m gladly drinking some of that kool aid.
Boss Blues Driver BD-2
Why are these always in the running? Even up against some of the best boutique pedals.
Nobles ODR-1 (Bass Cut)
A little wilder and woolier than its incredibly expensive ancestor from the 90’s (see below) but always in the running. If there’s any complaint about the older one is it can get a little bass heavy with humbuckers so they put in a bass cut switch.
Nobels ODR-1 (1990’s)
All those Nashville session musicians that swear by this can’t be wrong. A lot like a Klon it’s a ‘more better’ pedal that honors your amps tone. Having to pay 12 or more times what you would for a new one is worth it. Uber session guitarists Tom Bukovac and Tim Pierce always have one on their board.
Hard not to like this one. A lot like the Xotic RC Booster to me. True to the tone of the amp but with all sorts of EQ options and the ability to add a lot of hair when necessary. A take on the Klon Centaur but with a wider palette.
Wampler Pantheon Deluxe
Marshall Bluesbreaker class pedal. Two Overdrives in one with plenty of EQ, gain and voicing options.
Supreme – Mad Professor
Matt Schofield inspired. Check him out. Incredible taste in melding Rock, Jazz, R&B, Eastern, you name it. Bought from and signed by him at a gig at the Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake.
Kingsley Page V2 – PreAmp
12AX7 driven tube preamp. Pure tube drive for your amp. Dumble-ish sound.
Dunlop Jim Hendrix Fuzz Face (75th Anniversary)
Way Huge Swollen Pickle
Six Big Muff pedals jammed into one.
Jam Pedals Rattler
Excellent take on the classic ProCo Rat. To me it’s like the best one’s, the original late 70’s Big Box Rat, the 80’s Whiteface versions, etc that can be a very clean boost if the gain is turned all the way down.
Boss CE-2 Chorus (1982)
Got it from Jimmy Crimmons. Green Bay native. Manager of 1st Guitar Center ever. In LA. Look up the pic of him with Eddie Van Halen on his back. Priceless. Anyway, he got this pedal from some guy named Joe Bonnamassa before passing it on to me.
Boss BF-2 Flanger (1981)
Volto 3 Power Supply
Very handy rechargeable putting out 1200 milliamps.
Voodoo Labs 4×4 Power Supply
OneSpot Pro Power Supply
Boss TU-3 Tuner
Ernie Ball MVP Volume Pedal
TC Electronics Ditto Looper
EHX Pitchfork Pitch Shifter
Boss GE-7 Equalizer (XTS Mod)
XTS Mod focuses the EQ bands in the mid range frequencies. Perfect for guitar. A great end of signal chain lead boost. Tons of DB’s on tap and perfectly transparent. XTS, out of Nashville, does all sorts of things for all sorts of pros.
Morley Bad Horsie 2 Wah
Matthews Effects Futurist MIDI Controller
Compact MIDI controller. Expandable up to 7 loops.
Roland EV-5 Expression Pedal
LiveWire A/B/Y Switch