I want to try one of the Dolamo overdrive pedals from Amazon.
Thing is, I won't patronize Amazon, haven't for years.
They're only $25 and I'm hoping a lot of people buy-to-try and then plop them on Reverb or eBay soon. There's one that has a nice mellow OD sound that I think would sound better than the TCE Cinders on my planko del dos. I'm sure the insides are the same as 100 other no-name cheap pedals out there, Caline or whatever, so maybe I'll find out what that is and get an alternative. But it sure did sound good in demos, nice warm purr.
The power connection is in the worst possible location on the bottom left side along the latitude of the foot switch.
Iron Gear are still the best open secret in the pickup world. i've had several different ones; the Blues Engine is great, and the Tesla Shark. both great, medium output and as they are 4 wire its easy to do something exciting like the Page wiring
outside what you have mentioned, you should have a look at HoT TruPAFs (the website is not the easiest, you just scroll down til you find them)
Couldn't reccomend these guys enough, I've got a set of the regular TruPAFs in my LP Standard Faded, and they're absolutely great. They're some of the only modern pickups I've found that really have nice authentic sounding note bloom and harmonic overtones at higher gain.
Compared them to a set of Bareknuckles I had that were in my SG, sold the bareknuckles almost straight away, they didn't sound bad, just boring in comparison. And costing £120 more a set, it was a no brainer to sell them and get more House of Tone stuff.
I've got a set of p90s that are heading into the SG at the moment from them, and when I emailed to ask their recs for chasing the first album/live 70' Tony Iommi sound, they were back straight away to ask if I'd like the neck pickup wound like the original he ran in 69' or the John Birch that got put in in 70', so to say they know their shit inside out is an understatement.
And if all that wasn't enough they come in a really nice wooden box too, it's a stupid little detail but an exceedingly pleasing one.
It worries me.. It has great functionality. It does some things I'd buy in a pedal.. But they're not selling through stores so I can't try it. And I'm so afraid it's just like all those other modelling amps that just don't feel right. (excluding the katana and maybe that new fender.. One of my mates loves it)
When I got the Helix I'd hoped it'd diminish the Gas for rediculously impractical amps and massive pedalboards, yet here I am playing with the Diezel models and I just want a big boy VH4.
Yes, it's the most rediculous thing I've ever seen, the "D"s that make up the grill make it look like it's infested with sharks, it's got more knobs and switches than the international space station, I could spend the £2.5k on many other more responsible things and still have enough change for another great amp, I'd never be able to turn it past 9am even if I ever return to stage, and everybody would have every right to laugh at the stupid man with his stupid amp.
I got a bit jealous at all of you helix people with all the sounds you get and I wondered how it'd sound on the dirty shirley..
But then I was playing and I realized how happy I am not having the hundreds of knobs of the mark V.. I'll just get a couple of simple pedals