Totally Gnarly: Five Modern Effect Pedals That Recreate Gritty '80s Sounds

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MahaloMoFo

The Suhr Riot pedal is the best I've heard at recreating that 80's sound.

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rockinbrewer

For '80's tones I'm fond of dialing a good crunch tone in on an amp with el34 or el84 power tubes and then using a Marshall Jack Hammer pedal for more gain and sustain. Really loud tho. Marshall Govner pedals also work but I think too much extraneous noise from 'em.

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poyntek

If you use a Marshall amp, try putting a Toneboys TBOD-50 Transparent Dynamic Overdrive pedal in front of it, it's the fattest tone you will ever hear, it's like your gain knob goes to 15!

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ceramic_magneto

I had a HT-DISTX but was disappointed in the sounds it gave me. It was noisy and the gain knob didn't do much after 2 o' clock.

Reyna Taylor

I still have the Dunlop Cry Baby Wah when I first heard John Frusciante from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Yes, some guitarists have them but John was the first guitarist I heard for me. Eric Clapton uses it on 'White Room' and sometimes 'Cocaine'. But some of the songs that John uses it are: 'Charlie', 'Dani California', '21st Century', and finally 'She's Only 18. Just to name a few :) John Frusciante has inspired me when he uses Dunlop Crybaby Wah Pedal. He uses it with feeling and emotion. I just adore him when he plays. He makes his guitar sing and talk when he uses it for his solos. Sorry for my long comment but I had to share it with ya'll. All of the other pedals I'm sure they sound great but the Wah Pedal is what hit me. I still have it and I won't throw it away! Thanks again and sorry for the loooong comment.

Keep rocking GW!!!

Love,

Reyna Taylor

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gnri

i agree about the american metal. had one in the 80's, turned my gorilla into afire breathing stack.

thisdyingsoul76

As an alternative solution to the TS808 you could also look at Visual Sound's Route 808. It's a TS clone but with more output and a bass boost. Also has a buffer to prevent tone sucking.

Also consider checking out their Double Trouble (Route 808 x2), Route 66 (Route 808 + compressor) and Jeckyl and Hyde (808 + distortion). If the distortion sounds are more your liking but you don't want the 808 circuit, you can also get the Hyde side of the J&H with the Son Of Hyde.

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rockinbrewer

Visual Sounds "808" circuit is surprisingly good, and I had troubles with a Route 66, VS rebuilt the pedal for $25.00, works great again.

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Zamdrang

This is the first time ive hear 80s tones described as old school "quack". I've never been able to find the right word for what grabs me about 80's tones. I've described it as "plastic-ey" (Krokus The Blitz comes to mind)...but quack is a great description. The guitar tone of the 80s didnt have today's head crushing muddy sledgehammer,(which is cool too) it popped you in the face with a bitch slap and then got out of the way.

Cool article, the DOD American Metal was on a few pedal boards in its day as well, no longer in production so it wouldnt make this list I guess.

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rockinbrewer

I've got a Blackstar HT 5, sposedly same pre as the pedal, it's for sale, that ain't 80's that ain't 80's, that's 2000 and not done that well for that...I know some sap will buy it tho until they live with it for a while or are just thumbing metal only...that's great 2k metal for sure.

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Mandolinface

How could you not mention Elsctroharmonix's Big Muff Pi, which is still in production (in the U.S., no less)?

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