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I also have a clean, yet still thick sound I use for fingerpicking and songs that I don't want the heavy OD. The Minstrel set properly with one or 2 comps before it give this to me.
 

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This is another slide sound I really like. He used Dumble amps, and I have a Fuchs ODS 30, which is a Dumble clone. Apparently.


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It's not really appropriate for slide, but that Foxrox Octron is a nice pedal.
As Lowell George, Paul Barrere, and Bonnie Raitt have all amply demonstrated, you can't go wrong playing slide with a compressor in front of whatever you decide to use for any additional drive. Myself, I'm partial to CMOS inverter-based drives for that sort of thing. The old Anderton Tube Sound Fuzz, the Way Huge Red Llama, and the EHX Hot Tubes fall into that category. A number of Laney amps also use a CMOS inverter for their drive channel.

Of course the shiznazz for slide is a horseshoe pickup. Originally developed for lap-steel, though they seemed to be strongly associated Rickenbacker basses, the strings run through the sensing area rather than over it. It senses up-down and side-to-side movement of the string, and provides added sensitivity as the note is decaying, allowing the player to "work" the note's decay. Think Ry Cooder and Blake Mills. Jason Lollar is one of the only people who currently produce them, that I know of, though I'm sure there must be some micro-businesses that do.

If a person wants to play slide, you can do a helluva lot worse than using a harmonic tremolo of some form.
I had not tried the Octron 3 on slide but after watching Robert Randolph's Rig Rundown from 2011 he used a Cusack Screamer Fuzz (anyone have one?). Remembering you mentioning the Octron 3 I played around with the it. If I dial out the bass, I can get some great tones with the O3 into the Minstrel. The octave knob acts sort of like a tone knob. Thanks for the tip.

This is a cool lesson or tip on a Ry Cooder doing a slide "string drag" thing.

 

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Some time ago I bought a Fathead ribbon mic (with the Lundahl transformer). I have never plugged it in, but I am going to
be doing some recording soon, so I will test it out with my pedals. I may post the sound files here if anyone would be interested
what I get these pedals to sound like interpreted by the ribbon mic.
 

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This is another slide sound I really like. He used Dumble amps, and I have a Fuchs ODS 30, which is a Dumble clone. Apparently.


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I made a 4049-inverter-based overdrive for Lindley when he was in town for Bluesfest, damn near 20 years back, because I thought it nailed his lap steel sound. I gave it to him and he was pleasant about it, but I have no idea what he ever did with it. For all I know it sits in a pile of stuff belonging to a roadie. That said, I should have loaned mine to you when you were over yesterday. They're nice for low drive needs.

The Ibanez MT10 Mostortion has a few things going for it, that set it apart from TS-type pedals. Folks can be distracted by its use of a fairly different op-amp chip (the Bi-Mos CA3260), but it:
- uses a higher clipping threshold, via use of more diodes, like the Timmy, King of Tone, and similar
- uses a less pronounced low-end rolloff than the TS and SD-1 (268hz vs 720hz)
- provides 3-band EQ
And Blake Mills demonstrating what a horseshoe pickup can do for slide.
 

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Here's another guy with great slide tone (and control of his instrument). Lap steel, so perhaps not completely applicable. And of course, unobtanium amps.



Barber Tone Pump and Burn Unit, the SansAmp, the Zendrive Gold and the Aluminum Falcon II.


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When I hear people talking about 'stacking overdrives', I never took it quite so literally. Cool pics.
 
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