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Re: Which overdrive TS808 or Hot Cake??

Postby Studio Support Gnome » Thu Mar 13, 2008 4:13 pm

a bit left field, and not in the OP's list, but as an alternative... The Danelectro Daddio.

low noise, flexible 3 band EQ making all sorts of colour and shape options available, , and a really useable core tone, whether simply level boosting, or adding break up gain artefacts... .. for all sorts of jobs... it's my favourite Overdrive pedal bar none.... and i DO have original Ibanez's and such like as well.... but the Daddio walks away with the prize....
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Re: Which overdrive TS808 or Hot Cake??

Postby Stonehousestudio » Thu Mar 13, 2008 4:37 pm

Max has got good taste! Very tasty little pedal the Danelectro and much forgotten about these days.

Boutique stuff is good, but guitarists seem to forget that the original 808s etc were just standard pedals you could pick up down your local guitar shop.

The modern Danelectro and Digitech stuff today is probably the 808 of the future.

I personally have never had much kuck with old 808s and TS-9s I just find them to nasal and usually in bad condition. I was always a BOSS SD-1 fan myself.


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Re: Which overdrive TS808 or Hot Cake??

Postby Hiwatt » Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:18 pm

Hey I used to have a marshall vs100r, i thought it was a good amp for solid state but when I started sharing stages with bands who had valve gear it sounded weak.

There are a million great pedals out there but what might sound good on your solid state marshall will react diferently to a valve amp vice-versa. Likewise pedals tend to be more suited to different brands of amp i.e. a TS-9 might sound great on a fender or marshall but no quite good with a Hiwatt or Orange, Laney or whatever.

If you are upgrading your amp soon I think the best thing to do is choose your amp first. Try out all the possible settings with eq, gain/master vol and guitar vol/tone control and get the most out of the actual amp first. Once you totally know your base tone you can then make a better informed choice of what pedal will suit your needs.
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Re: Which overdrive TS808 or Hot Cake??

Postby zenguitar » Fri Mar 14, 2008 1:04 am

Very good advice Hiwatt

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Re: Which overdrive TS808 or Hot Cake??

Postby Monkey Harris » Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:44 am

I've decided to go for the Bad Monkey after all the very positive reviews i've read about it, and it's only £30!

I think i'll take Hiwatt's advice and wait till i get my new amp before i invest more money in effects.

Cheers for all the advice and recommendations.
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Re: Which overdrive TS808 or Hot Cake??

Postby Monkey Harris » Sat Mar 15, 2008 2:40 pm

if you bought one of these pedals you could call your self Bad Monkey Harris. :bouncy: [/quote]

Plus Sculptor's comment also swayed the Bad Monkey for me!
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Re: Which overdrive TS808 or Hot Cake??

Postby sculptor » Sat Mar 15, 2008 3:23 pm

Sorry could'nt resist that,


I dont think you'll be disappointed with the the pedal though, they really do sound very good and well made too. :bouncy:
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Re: Which overdrive TS808 or Hot Cake??

Postby Stonehousestudio » Mon Mar 31, 2008 11:49 am

So I bought a Bad Monkey for £20 off Ebay, it arrived today and I have the day off...

I'll report later on using my 'booteek' stuff as a reference.


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Re: Which overdrive TS808 or Hot Cake??

Postby Stonehousestudio » Mon Mar 31, 2008 12:56 pm

First impressions,

Works well as a boost with both my Strat and Les Paul, adds some bite on an already cooking amp. Tone controls are very good on the unit itself as well.

Will try it out clean at some point this afternoon and see how it reacts with my guitars controls.

I'm using a 60s reissue Strat with Custom shop pickups and a Les Paul Standard with Burstbuckers into a Mesa Lonestar Special 2x12 at moderate volume settings.

I think its worth noting that the build quality on this thing is amazing for the price point and that it very heavy, so will not break easily.




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