Pedal Round-up: Amp-like Over­drive

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When we speak about amp-like over­drives, we’re gen­er­ally not talk­ing about a Peavey 5150, but some­thing a bit lower gain and more vin­tage in tone. Per­haps the most fa­mous drive used to break up a tube amp is the hum­ble Tube Screamer, with the gain rolled off and the level rolled up, used to smash the front end while cut­ting tre­ble for leads. There’s also the higher gain ‘amp in a box’ fam­ily of pedals used for heav­ier rock and, of course, the in­fa­mous ‘trans­par­ent over­drives’, of which the Paul Cochrane Tim and Klon Cen­taur are prob­a­bly the most fa­mous. So with­out fur­ther ado, here’s a round-up of four fresh amps­mash­ing, trans­par­ent-feel­ing over­drives to re­ally get your leads cook­ing.

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