Putting the Spotlight on our Techs
Tech Specialist for over 14 years.
Multi-instrumentalist and drummer, I've been making and playing music since 9 years old. I've played in bands, developed skills to fix numerous types of instruments, done my fair share of live sound as well as recorded numerous projects. I consider myself to be very knowledgeable in both technical and business aspects of the industry thanks to my experience in the field as an active musician and my work here at American Musical Supply .
"not only can you get a bitey and thick tone but you can also pull out saturated distortions..."
I guess I have always considered myself a tone purist, at least since about my 3rd or 4th year playing guitar. I have always preferred the straight tone from a nice tube amp like a Marshall JCM800 or a Fender Twin. Lately however, I have been increasingly interested in augmenting my tone with pedals so I decided that I'd give the Fulltone OCD pedal a try. My first impression was definitely a good one. I immediately noticed that it did not steal any of the fatness from my original tone, it simply added more grit when I hit the strings harder. My initial settings were 12 o'clock on volume, 12 o'clock on tone and about 10 o'clock on drive, it gave brilliant breakup to my already thick tone and when I stomped it off, it just pulled the extra grit out, not the thick tone of my guitar. I typically rely on the tone settings of my guitar so I left the tone knob alone and experimented a bit with the drive control. Not only can you get a bitey and thick tone but you can also pull out saturated distortions with just the twist of that drive knob. I'd say this pedal is impressive for even not so pedal savvy guys, just like me.
Tech Specialist for over 17 years.
Not quite born with a bass in my hands but pretty close as I have been involved in music for over 18 years.
Knowledge and technical expertise comes from years of studying as a recording engineer and playing bassist in various bands.
"I could tell right away that this was no ordinary production pedal..."
The first time I used the Fulltone OCD pedal I could tell right away that this was no ordinary production pedal. Made from high quality components all housed in a rugged metal housing, the OCD pedal is designed for years of trouble free use. After going through many other overdrive pedals in pursuit of something that didn’t just cover up my guitar sound with thick saturation but maintained the tone I’ve worked so meticulously to dial in, the OCD pedal came through with flying colors. Even with the gain rolled all the way up, I could still discern each note and could tell the tonal difference when I switched guitars. The noise floor of this pedal is also remarkable thanks to its high-end, multi-stage distortion circuit components. I wasn’t reaching for my noise reduction pedal at the end of every song.
The HP/LP switch works wonders when dialing in tones for lead or rhythm work. With the switch in the HP position, my leads were crystal clear and cut through the mix and with the LP engaged, my rhythm power chords were thick and full with just the right amount of saturation. I used a 9-volt battery to power the OCD, however, you can also use power adaptors from 9 volts DC all the way up to 18 volts DC with out hurting the pedal. Anyone looking for a quality overdrive pedal that doesn’t steal your tone when you kick it on should do themselves a favor and check out the OCD pedal from Fulltone.
Tech Specialist for over 8 years.
I do not remember exactly when I first started playing but some of my first childhood memories involve music.
Vocalist/Guitarist for a punk rock quartet for 10+ years.
"It had a sound that felt like I could cave in my walls if I played it long enough..."
I was pleasantly impressed by the OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Drive) pedal. It is really compact, but built like a brick. I could see myself using this pedal on the road and not having to worry about it for a long time.
The controls are super-simple; volume, drive & tone with an added HP/LP (High Peak/Low Peak) switch that when I switched to High Peak, the distorted tone was massive. It had a sound that felt like I could cave in my walls if I played it long enough. The Low Peak setting helped me get a bluesy distortion that was still full of grit and power, but seemed more articulated than the HP option although both held amazing dynamics and an overall harmonic tone that made each note resonate through me. You don’t get much of that from lower priced pedals, often they end up chopping off the harmonics of the top end, but the OCD seemed to let my strings ring like they were made to.
The OCD would be an excellent pedal to add to any lineup, Fulltone makes great pedals that are built for the road. I can’t imagine anyone who wants a variety of crushing tones would pass up this pedal.