While I was eavesdropping on the Twitter conversation between @CheeseBlocks and @PeterBerki, I read the following “.. the cool cat overdrive is 95% the same circuit as the OCD..” What??? I had to explore further. Googling, I did see a few sites discussing this and how both the OCD and Cool Cat were clones of VoodooLab or Timmy OD. Very interesting indeed. One thing to way in is the quality of build construction of a Dano pedal will be less, but I was surprised how close they sounded.
I found a great GearMannDude video (does this guy ever let me down?) where he plays a Danelectro Cool Cat against a Version 4 Fulltone OCD.
What I say in that video, the tone is very similar. There is some subtle differences in the low end in my opinion and there is definitely more options with the OCD, but the pedal sounds pretty damn close. The difference really comes to price, but more importantly (in my opinion) build quality. I definitely want a stomp pedal that’s not going to break during live applications.
Currently you can pick up the Danelectro Cool Cat CO-2 Overdrive V2 Guitar Effects Pedal for $49.00, and the Fulltone OCD Obsessive Compulsive Drive Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal costs $159.00 at Musician’s Friend.