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Fulltone OCD Overdrive Pedal - V2

Fulltone Fulltone OCD Overdrive Pedal - V2

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£149.00 (FREE UK Delivery)
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Features:

  • Great overdrive tones
  • Huge palette of available sounds
  • Switchable hi- and lo-pass filters
  • Switchable true-bypass modes
  • Specifications:
  • Type: Overdrive/Distortion
  • Inputs: 1 x Instrument
  • Outputs: 1 x 1/4"
  • Power Supply Included: No
  • Batteries: 1 x 9V
  • Height: 2.1"
  • Depth: 4.5"
  • Width: 2.5"
  • Weight: 1 lbs.

OCD V2

The New Fulltone OCD V2

The OCD has received many slight tweaks over the last 12 years, often incorrectly identified as “version 2, Version 3, V4, etc.” In reality there has always been only one version…Version 1, with very slight variations after that making them V1.1 through V1.7. On 6/15/2017 we released a very new OCD, different enough that it warrants a V2 designation, an explanation and warrants a trip to your favorite dealer to give it another listen. Not a subtle change when turned on…not a subtle change when turned off (in E.B. mode).

 

Sonic changes to OCD V2

 

NEW FEATURE output buffer (when pedal is turned on in True-Bypass mode, or always when in Enhanced Bypass mode) which eliminates it from being influenced by effects that came after it. Translation, your sound remains consistent regardless of placement in today’s more complex signal-chains, loopers, and pedalboards. This buffer also had a positive effect on the sound, it reduced loading on the pedal’s hard-clipping stage, allowing more sustain of both the sound and the overtones.

 

NEW FEATURE Class A configured discrete 2N5457 JFET input section, raising the input impedance to 1 mega ohms (previously 330K) and increasing the dynamics…resulting in significantly better interaction with both single coil and humbuckers.

 

NEW FEATURE Internal switch to choose between ”Enhanced Bypass TM” & True-Bypass, and with no popping sound in either mode. No other company offers EB…I invented it.

 

A downside to True-Bypass:

True-Bypass (TB) switching was the ultimate way to achieve a clean signal path for many years. Everything’s different now, most guitarists have elaborate pedalboards with 10 or more pedals being the norm, and tremendous potential for signal and tone loss with the many cables, connectors, and other pedals involved in the chain. There can be so much signal loss that it sounds nothing like the sound of a guitar with a cable straight into the front of a great tube amp. Uninspiring.

 

What’s the pedal industries’ solution to this problem for the last 40 years?

Unity-gain buffered bypass…i.e. a couple of Field effect Transistors (FETs) configured as unity-gain buffers ala Boss, Ibanez, etc, etc.

 

What’s the benefit to unity-gain FET buffered bypass?

It reduces the loading effect that occurs using long lengths of cable, and you remove the loud “popping” sound when switching the device on and off.

 

What’s the issue with unity-gain FET buffered bypass?

Although my ears always told me that it sounded “tinny” and that there was signal loss, with the help of a my favorite Electronic Engineer (using some very expensive test equipment) we recently documented that each unity-gain FET buffer actually cuts the gain somewhere between 0.3 to 0.6 dB. This loss of gain is in the low-Mids and Bass frequencies, resulting in that “tinny” sound now that the highs remained and some of the bass and mids are gone. Now factor in that there are two FETs per pedal required to couple the IN & OUT path, that’s an obvious loss of between 1dB-2dB per pedal.

 

What’s an even bigger issue with this old style unity-gain FET bypass?

It kills dynamic pick response, i.e. it kills the difference between picking soft and picking hard…Yes, when the pedal is in bypass! This to me is a deal-breaker, and while I’ve always felt this to be the case, it’s great to be able to actually see it on the scope.

 

What’s the solution?

Enhanced Bypass! Configuring both of the switching FET’s Class-A! By configuring a FET for gain (also referred to as wiring it “Class-A“) all the dynamics return (and then some), even if you only configure it with the slightest amount of gain, in this case: 0.3 to .06 dB.

 

People rave about old EP-3 Echoplexes and Ep-3 type boosters, and although they know that they love what it does to the guitar’s sound, they can’t explain why. It’s because of the Class-A FET preamp! With a Class A FET the dynamics get amplified, allowing an even greater range of expression than if you were playing through a guitar and just one cable straight into your amp. The downside with EP-3 preamps is that they throw the signal OUT-of-phase, boost treble, and cut bass. Fulltone’s EB the signal exits the pedal IN-phase and doesn’t change the EQ at all.

 

With OCD V2’s Enhanced Bypass you get this benefit whether the pedal is turned ON or OFF.

This means that just having the OCD turned off in your signal chain makes the whole rig sound alive, fresh, and more powerful again.

 

VISUALLY

V2 has slightly smaller “OCD” and “Fulltone” logos, along with “Built in the USA” under the Fulltone logo. All Fulltone products are built in the USA, the V2 now says it. Make no mistake, nothing Fulltone is made outside the USA, but please know ALL resistors, knobs, pots, capacitors, switches, etc. for EVERY product in the world are made overseas! And because of that, legally you have to say "Built in USA" instead of "Made in USA."

 

Next, the IN & OUT jacks are placed exactly at the halfway point of the left & right sides on V2, whereas with all previous versions the jacks were located more towards the bottom.

 

Looking at the V2 display box you can see the larger decal and addition of “With internally selectable “True-Bypass” or “Enhanced Bypass.”

 

SOUNDWISE?

The stages added to the circuit changed the OCD, there’s no doubt, but it changed for the better. Words some people used to use to describe the OCD: “brash,”--“scooped sounding,”--“Bassy,”--“lacks sustain,”-- “too affected by other pedals”….NO LONGER APPLY.

 

 

The Fulltone OCD is built to give you all the thick overtone of a cranked valve amp. If you've ever owned a great amp, like a Marshall 18 watt, a VOX AC15 or a Marshall JTM45, and if you have a place where you can crank them up loud, then you know the sort of amp in mind . Smack a power chord and you (and not only you) hear the fundamental notes, but you get (count 'em) 4, 5, even 6 additional overtones ringing into a feedback... notes that you can whistle if your ear is good enough! Think Zep's Ocean or Custard Pie or classic tones, including James Gang, the Beatles, AC/DC, Free., and so on.

Back off the guitar's volume and there are a dozen great other sounds at your fingertips... Clean, spanky sounds, with all the highs and lows still intact. And a Tele still sounds like a Tele, a Les Paul like a Les Paul.

Until the OCD came along pedals just couldn't hold a candle to what a good amp can do if you are really picky. You not only lose all the touch sensitivity, but forget about those complex Harmonics. For most it's always been somewhat of a compromise using Overdrive pedals... until now. Ladies and Gentleman, here is the Fulltone OCD. They made this pedal for themselves, but they think you'll like it too.

 

Delivery

We offer FREE DELIVERY on ALL orders within the UK (excludes Highlands & Islands for courier items).

We aim to dispatch all orders placed by 2pm and in stock on the same working day.  If something is out of stock with us then we will order it from our suppliers.  If an item is also out of stock at a supplier, we will contact you with an estimated delivery date.

Standard free delivery orders are usually sent by Royal Mail unless oversize in which case they are sent by courier, and usually arrive within 3 working days.  Express delivery orders are sent on a next working day service.  For clarity, this means an order placed on Friday will be delivered on Monday.  

Delivery to the Highlands & Islands or overseas will usually take longer. 

Returns

We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase.  We recognise there will be occasions when you wish to return an item.  We offer a no-quibble 14-day returns period.  If you wish to return an item, please contact us via e-mail with your order number and your reason for return.  We will reply within 48 hours providing full return instructions. 

All items returned under our no-quibble returns policy must be in an as-new, resaleable condition including all accessories and retail packaging.  Items where the packaging will be damaged through opening it are not eligible for no-quibble returns.  Hygiene items such as Talk Boxes, Harmonicas, Wind Instruments etc are also ineligible for returns under this policy if there is evidence they have been opened and/or used. Please pack returned items appropriately to ensure no damage in transit.  We reserve the right to refuse refunds for items that are returned in a state which renders them unfit for resale as new. 


Items that are found to be faulty on arrival or within 14 days of receipt will be replaced.  After this period we will honour the manufacturer's warranty period for repairs and items will be repaired or replaced as deemed appropriate. 

Transit Damage & Mispicks

We make every effort to ensure your order arrives complete, correct and in the condition you would expect. In the event that the package shows signs of damage, please mark this when signing for it. In this instance or if your order is incorrect for any reason, please contact us within 24 hours of delivery so that we can rectify the situation. 

CITES

CITES regulations concerning the export of items containing certain woods affect any guitar sold ouside of the European Union and which contains any quantity of either Rosewood or Bubinga.  In these cases, an additional charge of £80.00 will be levied per species after the sale to pay for the required re-export certificate.  There will be a delay in dispatching any guitar containing either Bubinga or Rosewood of up to 4 weeks while we obtain the necessary certification for export. As the charge is per species, where a guitar contains both Bubinga AND Rosewood, the charge is doubled to £160.00.  We will contact you following your purchase of any guitar containing a controlled wood and advise of the charge once you have placed the order.  You can make payment for the charge by sending a Paypal payment to us at: sales@fxpedal.co.uk. 

Note that CITES only applies to guitars containing Rosewood or Bubinga that are being exported outside the European Union.  Guitars being delivered with the United Kingdom or in the European Union will be dispatched as normal. 

You can find out more information about CITES here: https://reverb.com/uk/news/new-cites-regulations-for-all-rosewood-species