Originally Posted by slunken
Overdrive + fuzz is the best way to go if you want to use the space. David Gilmore was probably the earliest example of this. The theory is that you use the overdrive as an EQ and then the fuzz to oblivion, as the fuzz tends to get really washy.
I only have the one OD, so maybe my lack of success stacking it with other gain has more to do with the peculiarities of the particular unit. I do have another coming in the mail, a clone of the Mad Professor Sweet Honey. I just love how it sounds all sparkly with that "singed around the edges" tone, as opposed to those typical Tubescreamer or OCD tones, which sound less transparent to me. I'll see if I have more luck stacking that with fuzz.
I've experimented with doing stuff like putting the lower-gain pedal after
the higher-gain one, even though that seems to be the opposite of convention. I find that if the gain is up in the second pedal, the first one just increases the gain, but the quality of the tone mostly comes from the second pedal. But if the second pedal's gain is set kinda low, then you hear the qualities of the first pedal more, and it allows you to try some interesting sounds.
Originally Posted by slunken
When I used a stacked fuzz + OD i tended to leave the OD on all the time which kind of drove me nuts because I certainly couldn't turn them both on at the same time, so i ended up leaving the OD on all the time which in turn made me want to get a better amp, or take out some pedals that were sucking my tone.
Don't they make loopy things that allow you to engage or bypass a few pedals at a time? I also see a lot of people just put their drive pedals close enough together that they can stomp them both at once.
Originally Posted by StillBecomingApart
Looks like your pedal needs some internal adjustments.
Some weeks ago I built a Memory Man Deluxe clone and you have to set some trimmers to let it work without oscillations or excessive feedback. Maybe you have a faulty unit? Bring it to someone that knows how it should sound.
Experimenting with it, I think I'm starting to get the hang of it, and there's probably nothing wrong with it. Like, it makes sense that the mix doesn't go very high in retrospect, because it wouldn't make much sense for the repeats to be able to be exactly as loud or louder than the dry signal unless it was adding gain (digital delays probably have an easier time doing that because they are literally just recording the dry signal). And, unlike with a digital delay, it looks like the 'time' and 'regeneration' knobs on an analogue interact with each other. Oscillation happens more easily the shorter your delay time is. When the delay time is set to max, I get oscillation at 3 o'clock. When delay time is set to a short slap-back, oscillation can start at noon or earlier.
Originally Posted by buzzard
The pedal doesn't have an internal switch, does it?
Mine is keen enough as it is to go into self-oscillation, but opening it up and activating next-level sensitivity is just ridiculous.
I Googled it, and apparently there is an internal level knob, though I saw nothing about a knob that affects oscillation.
Originally Posted by Elphenor
Chorus cranked to max plus playing harmonics is ecstasy
wah pedal has become my go to thing if I'm gonna noodle
Isn't a chorus set to max just a vibrato? Also, are you doing natural harmonics or artificial harmonics?
Wah is probably next on my list, if I don't get distracted by something again (I've been eyeing more fuzzes, and also this other analog delay with some unconventional settings).