So the latest amp sims are great but . . . there’s still something missing. Always some fizz and the noise levels are insane. Then I thought, why not use a good clean sim as a pedal platform and use a solid-state preamp simulator (commonly called “amp in a box”?
So I grabbed my Angry Charlie and the results were good; nice smooth lead sound but not enough gain for single coils. I never need much of an excuse to buy another pedal so I ordered a Friedman BE-OD, OMG it’s amazing. I can use the same setting for rhythm and lead: plenty of crunch and clarity for riffs, still silky smooth for leads.
And for single coil guys, there is plenty of gain.
Noise levels are a tiny fraction of what you’d get from any amp sim I’ve ever used, and I’ve used a ton.
I’m using Neural DSP Tone King MK2, I think it’s ideal for this sort of thing as it’s a Fender style sim with minimal EQ.
The Friedman is expensive but absolutely nothing can touch it IMO; amazing.