Fulltone OCD V2 gives you the harmonically rich sound of a full-blast tube amp at any volume level. The new V2 allows you to choose between True Bypass and Enhanced Bypass modes with an internal switch. Cleans up with the guitar's volume knob. Used by Rolling Stones, Keith Urban, Eric Johnson, Michael Landau, and many others.
Sets the output volume level. Drive:
Controls the amount of distortion/overdrive. Below 10 o'clock overdrives your amp softly. Tone:
Controls the high frequencies. At 12 o'clock it is neutral (doesn't affect your basic tone). Towards 7 o'clock softer and fatter sound, towards 5 o'clock more cutting and less compressed sound. HP/LP Switch:
HP (High Peak): More bottom, more volume, and more distortion. Slight boost at upper-mids (around 3,5 Khz) for a British Vox/Marshall vibe. LP (Low Peak):
This setting doesn't color your tone at all, only pushes your amp into overdrive. Great for boosting.ﾠ
- Power requirements: 2.1 mm 9-18 V DC center negative or 9 V battery. 6.5 mA.
- True Bypass or Buffered Bypass
- Made in the USA
The Fulltone OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Drive), has been kicking around for more than a decade. Every so often its creator, Mike Fuller, introduces a newer version, and despite all the tweaking, many guitarists still consider the OCD one of the finest overdrive/distortion stompboxes. And for good reason; it’s one of the few drive pedals that nails the sound and response of an overdriven tube amp convincingly.
Fuller has once again tinkered with his classic circuit and released a V2 version, and it’s the best one to date. The OCD V2 has controls for volume, drive, and tone, an HP/LP (high peak/low peak) toggle switch, and a 3PDT footswitch. New features begin with a selectable true bypass and “Enhanced Bypass” switch, which returns dynamics and tone loss from multiple cables and effects, along with pop-free switching.
A new output buffer allows your sound to remain consistent no matter where you put the OCD in the signal chain and also reduces loading in its hard-clipping stage for more sustain. A new Class A configured 2N5457 JFET input section raises the previous input impedance from 330K to one megaohm, which results in a smoother response when switching between single coils and humbuckers.
The OCD V2 sounds like finding the “sweet spot” on your favorite amp. It produces overdriven tones that sound warm and full, with a genuine tube-like response. There’s no shortage of usable drive, meaning it dynamically ramps up overdriven grit from dirty overtones to saturated distortion in the smooth range of its drive control.
Depending upon your pick attack, the tone control works best between noon and fully clockwise, allowing for more edge or clarity.
The HP/LP switch is useful in sculpting your tone. In HP, the guitar has more distortion and presence, with a pointed midrange that cuts like a knife. LP is subtler, where it retains a lot of your amp’s character, and it’s my favorite setting if I’m using it as a boost. If you’re obsessive over your tone, look no further.
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