We demo and compare the Fulltone OCD V1.7, OCD V2 and the Custom Shop OCD GE overdrive pedals through a Marshall Plexi amp and Fender Hot Rod Deluxe.
The Fulltone OCD is without question among the most loved and successful guitar overdrive pedals of all time. Introduced in 2005 (we think!), its creator Mike Fuller wanted an OD pedal with plenty of dynamics and headroom, a relatively open EQ response and of course plenty of full, rich and dynamic overdrive. It is noted for responding well off the guitar’s volume pot and is used in pretty much every musical genre you can mention.
There were a number of incremental changes to the design over the years from V1 to V1.7 - notably tweaking the midrange and adding germanium clipping diodes – then in 2017, Fuller surprised everyone with a V2, which is where we pick up the story in this video. Oh, and there's a Custom Shop GE version too.
As a point of interest, this is also probably just about the best demonstration of what buffers to do your tone that we’ve stumbled on yet. Time stamps below…
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Interesting bits and go-to sections…
- Intro playing: 00:00
- What’s that Strat Mickyboy? 1:48
- What are we doing, and what is the OCD? 2:20
- Today’s amps: 3:11
- OCD 1.7 – versatile! With single coils: 3:38
- …and with humbuckers: 4:55
- Marshall high treble channel? 7:26
- OCD origins and versions? 8:20
- Pots and tapers – apples with apples? 9:55
- Yep, they sound different: 12:00
- …and a different midrange: 13:50
- Buffered bypass mode in OCD V2: 14:15
- Input impedance and why it matters: 15:15
- Humbuckers and single coil comparison, V1.7 and V2: 17:10
- Lower gain, Hi Peak and Low Peak: 20:00
- DejáVibe and input impedance: 21:04
- Tone knob, V1.7 and V2: 24:30
- Buffer in V2: on, off and with DejáVibe: 25:34 (26:10)
- Affect of the buffer on and off into delay: 27:30
- Conclusion of the buffer comparisons: 30:09
- Dan’s fuzz/Memory Man/buffer tangent: 31:30
- OCD GE - what’s that? 33:40
- V1.7 and GE comparison: 37:18
- Yep, they’re all different: 43:30
- V2 on 9 and 18 volts: 44:20
- The obvious objections: 46:20