Fulltone OCD vs Tone City Dry Martini (Comparision / Blind test!)

Pedal Frenzy by Have Guitar!

The master and the contender… maybe. So I have reviewed the Tone City Dry Martini, without comparing it to the pedal that it’s based on; the Fulltone OCD. I saved that for this video and after some thinking I decided to make it a blind test. Who doesn’t love a blind test?!! It’s scientific, fun and… well, a somewhat fair way to do an A/B-test.

I don’t think the Fulltone OCD needs a detailed introduction. It’s a classic overdrive pedal, available in many different versions and made in the USA. This pedal is said to have been sold in over 250000 units since it came around in late 2004. A sensitive overdrive, something that can create those overtones from a driven tube amplifier.

The Tone City Dry Martini is a smaller sized ‘clone’, made in China and cheaper than the OCD. It do have the same controls (Volume, Tone, Gain and a hi/low gain switch) but the spec’s are not excatly the same… and I do believe you can hear that – in my ears they do not sound the same. And that’s why I figured a blind test would be a good way to go about!

This way you can check out which sound you prefer, it might… or might not… surprize you. Let me know in the comments what you thought sounded the best! And did you get it right, pedal by pedal?

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Equipment used:
Tone City Dry Martini
Fulltone OCD V2
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Gibson Explorer Tribute/B2 2019 (Dirty Fingers+)

Kemper Profiling Amp Tone City Dry Martini @ Musik Produktiv

Tone City Dry Martini @ Andertons

(Tone City Audio’s webpage has been “Under maintenance” for a long while now, thus the above links!)

Fulltone OCD

Profiles from the following profilers has been used in this video –

Live Ready Sound

ReampZone

TMS Profiles

ToneJunkie

Kemper Profling Amp: https://www.kemper-amps.com/

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Dry Martini by Tone City (Review / Demo / Showcase)

Pedal Frenzy by Have Guitar!

The American writer E.B. White said about the Dry martini; “the elixir of quietude”, which of course is something you couldn’t (or maybe shouldn’t) say about an overdrive pedal like the Tone City Dry Martini… (yes, he was talking about the drink).

So this is a demo/review of the Tone City micro pedal Dry Martini. This is a clone of the Fulltone OCD pedal and features about the same controls as the OCD; Volume, Tone, Gain and a high/low gain switch. The gain is best described as low to medium with a punchy character (think a tube amplifier at its ‘sweet spot’). It should be noted that the latest version of the Fulltone OCD has some features that the Dry Martini hasn’t; like the ‘Enhanced bypass’ for example.

This video is all about the Tone City Dry Martini on its own, no comparison with the Fulltone OCD. If not already out, I will soon release a “blind test” video where you can test if you can spot which is the original pedal (or which of them you would prefer). I’ve used one clean sound and one slightly overdriven sound for this review, should be noted that due to a malfunction the sound in the overdriven sound part of the video is captured by room microphones.

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Equipment used:
Gibson Les Paul Standard ’76
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Tone City Dry Martini
Kemper Profiling Amp

Video Index –
01:47 – ToneJunkie Brown Eyed Girl (BE100), clean sound/profile w/o pedal
02:41 – Dry Martini 12’clock setting
04:13 – Dry Martini volume up
04:43 – Dry Martini Tone control at low gain
06:43 – Dry Martini Tone Control at high gain
08:58 – Low gain w High gain switch activated
11:02 – All controls maxed, high switch on
11:44 – More Low gain testing
15:09 – Fiddlin’ with the guitar tone control
16:05 – Various settings on the Dry Martini
16:49 – Live Ready Sound Fukes ODS (Fuchs), crunch sound/profile w/o pedal
17:30 – Dry Martini 12’clock setting
18:53 – Low gain settings
20:19 – High gain settings
21:14 – End words

(Tone City’s webpage has been ‘under maintenance for a long while, so I’ve listed a couple of EU retailers instead.)

Tone City Dry Martini @ Musik Produktiv

Tone City Dry Martini @ Andertons

Fulltone OCD

Profiles used in this video from –

ToneJunkie

Live Ready Sound

Kemper Profling Amp

Martini (the drink!) @ Wikipedia

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West Avalon by Mattfig (Kemper profiles demo)

Rig Showcase by Have Guitar!

Time for Have Guitar Rig Showcase #2:20 and here’s a rare beast profiled; West Laboratories Amplifiers Avalon by Mattfig! This pack packs some serious vintage raw power and brings 131 profiles (both studio and direct).

So what about the amp behind this sound? Well, it’s West Amps and it’s kinda hard finding much information about them. These amps were built by David West and made their clame to fame by being used by Grand Funk Railroad (on their first four albums).

West stopped making these amps full-time at the end of the 70’s and by the end of the 80’s he closed business to go on other ventures. Or did he? I have found other sources that states he left the business already in 1972 and that reissues of the classic West amps were launched around 2013. I don’t know which of the above is true, the information is scarce…

Anyways, this pack recreates the sound from a West Avalon amp, 50 watts and I would say it covers all lot of ground… nice warm cleans up to quite heavy (pedal boosted) tones.

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Equipment used:
Gibson SG Standard 2016 High Performance (490R/498T)
Gibson Explorer Tribute B-2 2019 (Dirty Fingers+)
Tone City Dry Martini
Kemper Profiling Amp

West Avalon @ Mattfig

Kemper Profling Amp

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Tone City pedals unboxing: Golden Plexi, Sweet Cream, Mandragora & Dry Martini

Unboxing by Have Guitar

Here is another pedal unboxing video and time it’s about another batch of Chinese mini pedals, Tone City Golden Plexi, Sweet Cream, Mandragora and Dry Martini. Yeah so I was very impressed by the small Mooer pedals I got and well, I have heard a lot of good things about the Tone City pedals… why not get a bunch of these as well? Said and done and now I have a load of pedals to review!

And that is it. I did toss in some quick sound demos of these pedals as well, just to make the video a little more watchable. Unfortunately you will have to wait awhile for the full-size demo videos even though I’m gonna start recording them as soon as I can.

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Equipment used:
Fender American Standard Stratocaster
Tone City Golden Plexi
Tone City Sweet Cream
Tone City Mandragora
Tone City Dry Martini
Kemper Profiling Amp

Tone City webpage

Have Guitar Mooer Rumble Drive review

Kemper Profiling Amp

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