Pedals that stack well with LSS Drive channel

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Pedals that stack well with LSS Drive channel

Post by chmiel » Thu Aug 12, 2010 7:07 am

Hey guys,

recently bought a Lonestar Special and a Stilleto Cab - absolutely loving the sound im getting with my Fat Strat and LP.

I am using the drive channel with the drive engaged, and both knobs set to about 2 O'Clock - creating a nice thick, creamy but still harmonically beautiful and clear lead tone.

I was just wondering what anyone has used to stack on top of the drive channel to push it a bit further? the important part is making it a little bigger while retaining the amps characteristics

Im thnking of getting a bb preamp, as when andy timmons uses it to push the channel a little further its just huuuuge.

Also considering:
Zendrive 2, ethos overdrive, butler tube driver and timmy

any other suggestions? any experiences?
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Re: Pedals that stack well with LSS Drive channel

Post by Leroy the Massochist » Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:50 pm

Only one that I have found that works is the RC and find amp sounds best with guitar tone rolled off.

I have tried Lovepedal Englishman, MI Audio Crunch Box, Blue Boy, Xotic AC, BB have not liked any of them with LSS - it just gets unruely, woofy and/or furry. RC on the other hand eq's it perfectly, gives it spank clean top end, grunt like a 2*12 and brings channel 1 & 2 together eq wise.

Next on my list to try is Java Boost.

Very interested also to hear other peoples experience.
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Re: Pedals that stack well with LSS Drive channel

Post by The Mink » Fri Aug 13, 2010 12:55 am

Zendrive 2 my friend. I got stuck in the shed with that combo for hours today!

Nice and touch-sensitive, big and warm sound (esp. for single notes - wow) and not one iota of the LSS vibe is compromised. I bet you'll love it.
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Re: Pedals that stack well with LSS Drive channel

Post by Chester » Fri Aug 13, 2010 1:26 am

Not tried it with a LSS, but the Fulltone FDII works well for me with LSC and MKV amps - the variety is huge, and with some adjustment, can go from light crunch to singing sustain with the extra boost engaged

Some good demos on Youtube if you want to hear what the pedal can do

As ever with Mesa, your sound is in there somewhere, and you need to tweak to find it, with this or any other pedal. When you do, tweak time spent is well worth it 8)
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Re: Pedals that stack well with LSS Drive channel

Post by chmiel » Fri Aug 13, 2010 3:07 am

Im sure the zendrive will be amazing for leads

how does it do with open chords with just a hint of break up on it?

Thanks for the sugesstions guys, any more out there?

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Re: Pedals that stack well with LSS Drive channel

Post by thom » Fri Aug 13, 2010 10:05 am

I have 3 boosts, all used on channel 2 with drive engaged usually on the thick setting with drive up at about 2 oclock with the gain around 11 oclock. I have an Hartman germanium treble booster, a very old Boss OD1 and a Skreddy Skrewdriver. All are used individually, not stacked, to help the amps overdrive out and give different 'flavours' of overdrive. I really love the Skrewdriver. Amazingly touch sensitive, and I have dialed mine in so it has a hint of a fuzz flavour on lower notes, (and I hate fuzz!) and lovely warm drive on the higher notes. It is warm and lovely, not bland like some ODs. The OD1 gives more ACDC type tones and the treble booster is more old school drive. I really wanted the LSS as a stand alone amp but ended up embracing pedals as the LSS works so well with them.

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Re: Pedals that stack well with LSS Drive channel

Post by Sebber » Sat Aug 14, 2010 2:56 am

I picked up a Way Huge Pork Loin pedal last week and it sounds phenomenal with my LSS, both channels, but I'm not using the drive on channel 2 at the moment: I'm pretty much setting it as a slightly crunchier and slightly louder version of channel 1.
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Re: Pedals that stack well with LSS Drive channel

Post by Leroy the Massochist » Sun Aug 15, 2010 8:05 pm

.. anyone tried the Mad Professor Sweet Honey Bee with the LSS?
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