Looking for something Bruuuutal

rectifier

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I already have ordered the Revv G3 and G4 variants but wonder what pedals you can recommend for that gnarly rectifier type sound. I know there are a lot of DIY ampsims of the rectifier but I wonder if you guys already have built some and could share what circuits you’ve liked. It would be also great if that rectifier pedal could take a tube screamer or a general OD in front of it without sounding shitty
 

Dirty_Boogie

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thats a strong claim, selling the amp cuz the pedal does it
might have to order one of those boards my next order
While my Mesa Mark V:25 was a killer amp, with a ton of tones, it was just too much of an amp for my mainly home playing. The Boogie pedal gets me the hi gain tones I was looking for at any volume, but it's actually easy to dial in a "classic" metal tone (like Maiden) simply by dropping the gain, treble and bass, and boosting the mids a bit on the pedal. $25 in pedal parts to build... $1,100 in my pocket for selling the Mesa head last week. I'm a happy guy! :)
 

rectifier

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While my Mesa Mark V:25 was a killer amp, with a ton of tones, it was just too much of an amp for my mainly home playing. The Boogie pedal gets me the hi gain tones I was looking for at any volume, but it's actually easy to dial in a "classic" metal tone (like Maiden) simply by dropping the gain, treble and bass, and boosting the mids a bit on the pedal. $25 in pedal parts to build... $1,100 in my pocket for selling the Mesa head last week. I'm a happy guy! :)
Ah the classic Dr Boogie, been looking at this one for maybe the last couple of years (But I only recently started building effects again). Definitely will try this one. Selling a Mark V for the pedal, that speaks volumes.

I also wonder how the Revv G3 and G4 will perform. Probably will put them in one single 1790ns case and make them channel switchable

Looking at the Diezel VH4 Pedal too but from many youtube reviews it kinda doesnt sound tight in the bass register
 
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Dirty_Boogie

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Ah the classic Dr Boogie, been looking at this one for maybe the last couple of years (But I only recently started building effects again). Definitely will try this one. Selling a Mark V for the pedal, that speaks volumes.

I also wonder how the Revv G3 and G4 will perform. Probably will put them in one single 1790ns case and make them channel switchable

Looking at the Diezel VH4 Pedal too but from many youtube reviews it kinda doesnt sound tight in the bass register
I really did not like the Revv G4 - completely lacking... until I plugged it into the effects loop in my amp. Running it into the front of the amp allowed the amp's preamp do it's thing on the tone of the G4, and it sounded lame. Running through the loop is the way to go - the G4 is the preamp, so all it needs is a power amp, which putting in the effects loop gives you. You want brutal... you got it! :) Watching Ola Englund's review of this pedal - he also runs it directly into the power amp section.
 

Dirty_Boogie

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So here's my current "rig" - I've built pedals based on the Boogie Rec, and a Wampler Pinnacle (hotrod plexi/brown sound-based), so, those two into the Quilter Interblock 45, with a Mesa 1x12 cab. I have two distinct flavors of high gain, depending on what I'm playing. Am really happy with how this is sounding.
 

BuddytheReow

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So here's my current "rig" - I've built pedals based on the Boogie Rec, and a Wampler Pinnacle (hotrod plexi/brown sound-based), so, those two into the Quilter Interblock 45, with a Mesa 1x12 cab. I have two distinct flavors of high gain, depending on what I'm playing. Am really happy with how this is sounding.
have you tried putting it through a 2x12? you'd be surprised the difference in tone it makes, volume aside
 

mnemonic

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I love preamp pedals.

I think the favorite I’ve built was the BE-OD clone, Thermionic distortion I think it’s called here. I guess it’s more of a distortion pedal but I think it works well into a power amp, as long as you’ve got an effective presence knob. Otherwise, just sticking a graphic EQ pedal after it works great to get the voicing right. Takes boost pedals like a champ, great feel for high gain.

there’s also a triple-wreck clone pcb here, I forget what that one is called. I can’t remember much about that one apart from it being a bit lacklustre compared to the thermionic distortion. I gave it to a friend a while back.

the VH4 pedal has a cool voicing but is more ‘rock’ sounding, not my first choice for a tight metal sound.

I’ve wanted to build one of the dr boogie preamps for a long while. I had planned to do a veroboard one but never got around to it.

apart from the Thermionic distortion, my favorite preamp pedals have actually been the AMT legend preamps, but I didn’t build those. I have the R2 which really nails the Mesa recto kind of sound, and the K2 which is a bit brighter/tighter/clearer and a bit more Marshall sounding. They both take boosts very well but if you push too much volume they get kinda ‘splatty’ sounding. Only really a problem when I tried using the integral preamp with the volume on 10 as a boost, tubescreamers are fine. They both have tons of gain on tap so not really a problem anyway.
 
i did the little debbie version i think (dirty shirley?) and honestlyu i didn't like it much for like, brutal metal
its more marshally, better for classic rock/metal
revv g3 is pretty dang sick, and the aggression modes are pre boosts so you dont need an od with it at all
 

rectifier

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I love preamp pedals.

I think the favorite I’ve built was the BE-OD clone, Thermionic distortion I think it’s called here. I guess it’s more of a distortion pedal but I think it works well into a power amp, as long as you’ve got an effective presence knob. Otherwise, just sticking a graphic EQ pedal after it works great to get the voicing right. Takes boost pedals like a champ, great feel for high gain.

there’s also a triple-wreck clone pcb here, I forget what that one is called. I can’t remember much about that one apart from it being a bit lacklustre compared to the thermionic distortion. I gave it to a friend a while back.

the VH4 pedal has a cool voicing but is more ‘rock’ sounding, not my first choice for a tight metal sound.

I’ve wanted to build one of the dr boogie preamps for a long while. I had planned to do a veroboard one but never got around to it.

apart from the Thermionic distortion, my favorite preamp pedals have actually been the AMT legend preamps, but I didn’t build those. I have the R2 which really nails the Mesa recto kind of sound, and the K2 which is a bit brighter/tighter/clearer and a bit more Marshall sounding. They both take boosts very well but if you push too much volume they get kinda ‘splatty’ sounding. Only really a problem when I tried using the integral preamp with the volume on 10 as a boost, tubescreamers are fine. They both have tons of gain on tap so not really a problem anyway.
BE-OD is also on the list, the 2 channel version.
I’ve built a Triple Wreck a couple of years ago but hated its sound
Is there a schematic or PCB of the AMT R2?


The R2 sounds spot on in this clip 🥵
 
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mjh36

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I play the Thermionic Deluxe mainly that's my jam, but used to own a dual rectifier years ago, so I built the Tyrian g3 pedal and it's close enough for me to a brutal boogie 6L6 type sound, especially with those aggression switches. I think you'll like them. In fact I feel my g3/tyrian is probably even more modern/knarly than a dual rec.
 
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