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good bass distortion pedals/preamps?


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My rig will most likely end up being an Ampeg SVT-4 pro and a 8x10 classic. I dont think I'm gonna go with the 5 pro because I wasnt totally impressed by the overdrive channel, it only has 1 tube and the clean channels preamp section dosent offer very much. So anyway what are some good pedals and or preamps for distortion out there. Im looking for something grindy, yet still very warm sounding but with a lot of grit and bite as well. Thanks.
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I like a couple of BOSS pedals I use for guitar:

 

MT-2 Metal Zone

HM-3 Hyper Metal (out of production, bought mine back in 1999)

 

Their Bass Overdrive pedal is great if you want the clean signal mixed in with the distortion.

 

I also use an Ibanez TubeScreamer TS-7 pedal in HOT mode for a lighter grind.

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My two favorite overdrive units for bass are:

 

Pedal: the Big Muff Pi

 

Preamp: SWR Overstellar Overdrive

 

Both of these units will destroy small cities when properly driven.

 

I use a Digitech BNX-3. It has both of these effects as emulation patches. When I want super death overdrive, I use both of them together. The results are powerful, to say the least.

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For more traditional sounding overdrive through to pretty full on distortion I'd recommend the Fulltone Bassdrive. Huge sound, very responsive, no loss of bottom, and amazing build quality.

 

For funkier fuzz or more crazy distortion I love the EH Big Muff (Russian). Amazing sound, plenty of bottom if you set it right, and dead cheap (dubious build quality though, but so simple it's easy to fix).

 

Alex

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Hi all --

 

I'm new here. Been lurking for a spell, but my first time posting.

 

Anyhow:

 

IMO, at or near the top of the bass overdrive heap is the Fulltone BassDrive. Probably the most versatile. The only one I've found yet that gets me that "Tom Petersson/Cheap Trick 'Live at Budokan'" tone. Also, it's my first choice because it does the more "subtle" shades of overdrive really well.

 

I'd say a couple other contenders would be BJF Electronics' BlueBerry Bass Overdrive and Gallien Krueger's Diesel Dawg distortion. The BJF unit, IMO, isn't as smooth-sounding, but is still cool for certain things. The GK seems to lean toward a more "modern" type of distortion. What I really like about the GK is that you get controls for drive and output as well as bass, mid, and treble.

 

I've tried SteveC's Multi Drive a couple times, too, and that seems to be a good-sounding unit as well.

 

Just my $.02...

"When it comes to havin' a good time, nothing beats 'fun'. . ."

 

-- Stefan Johnson

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Originally posted by rooster6550:

Hi all --

 

I'm new here. Been lurking for a spell, but my first time posting.

Welcome Rooster! :wave:

- Jon

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You have the right to remain in the groove, any solos cannot be used against you, you have the right to snap and pop, if you cannot snap and pop, two fingers can provide the funk just fine.

 

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Originally posted by CMDN:

Folks...

The Z.Vex Wooly Mammoth Fuzz....

 

Woot!

Erik, tell me more. I visited the page and I'm highly intrigued...highly. I'm assuming you've used one, and I wanna hear from you what it did for you...did it shake bottles off of tables?!

 

Plus, it looks fantabulicious...aesthetically speaking, that is. :thu:

 

It's speaking to me, saying, "Dig that heavy metal underneath the hood."

spreadluv

 

Fanboy? Why, yes! Nordstrand Pickups and Guitars.

Messiaen knew how to parlay the funk.

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Originally posted by jeremyc:

Can I play "Wooly Bully" while using this pedal?

Jeremy, for a pretty bright guy, that was a pathetic joke. :P:(;)

 

And, you can get one at any of these locations :thu: ...going to California with an aching in my heart... ;)

spreadluv

 

Fanboy? Why, yes! Nordstrand Pickups and Guitars.

Messiaen knew how to parlay the funk.

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I don't own a Wooly Mammoth pedal, but I borrowed one for a while. It's a nasty-ass pedal. Probably the coolest bass fuzz ever.

 

It maintains the low-end while adding sub-tones... you need to wear adult diapers when you kick it in because the transients can make you incontinent.

 

Plus, the fuzz is just gnarly. Really vicious and cutting with lots of cool tones available.

 

Don't be fooled, though... this is not a "warm, friendly" overdrive... it's a cruel, unrelenting evil fuzz with no sympathy for the faint of heart. Great for stoner music... but not very subtle.

 

All of Z.Vex's pedals are hand-made and hand-painted... they all have lifetime guarantees, too. That is, as long as Zach Vex is alive, he'll fix your pedal for free. Not a bad deal. Although I doubt the Wooly Mammoth would ever need service... it's the size of an old MXR Microamp or Flanger... not very big, but solid as hell. I can't imagine breaking one, but I'd be worried about messing up the paint job...

 

Basically, it's everything Mr. Vex says it is and more. And, no, before you ask... I DON'T work for Z.Vex, and I'm not related to him. And NO... I don't sell his pedals, either. I just really, really like his work.

 

The only problem with his pedals is that they're damn expensive... I think Wooly Mammoths go for around $300 or so.

\m/

Erik

"To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting."

--Sun Tzu

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Yeah, I gotta agree -- the Wooly Mammoth is "evil". Subtlety be damned with that one. . .

 

Bought one myself a year back. Used it live with a kinda "out there" three-piece acoustic/electric rock outfit I was doing on the side. It fit for some stuff, but you don't get "just a little" fuzz out of it. It's either "whole lotta fuzz" or "more fuzz than that".

 

Another cool one is Black Cat's "Bass Octave Fuzz." Hard to work with at first, but cool if you can find the right place for it.

 

A couple other standouts in the O.D./distortion realm are, IMO, the old Alembic F-2-B preamp and the Pearce BC-1 preamp. You can jump the channels of the F-2-B together for some neat overdriven tones. The BC-1 also has two channels that you can gang together. Practically identical to the SVP-BSP preamp Ampeg makes today, only solid-state.

"When it comes to havin' a good time, nothing beats 'fun'. . ."

 

-- Stefan Johnson

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Just in case anyone's interested, there's a Woolly Mammoth on eBay w/ 2+ days left on the bidding. :eek:

 

Click here to see it!

 

"A model built for comfort, really built with style

Specialist tradition, mama, let me feast my eyes"

:cool:

spreadluv

 

Fanboy? Why, yes! Nordstrand Pickups and Guitars.

Messiaen knew how to parlay the funk.

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Originally posted by Sweet Willie:

Just in case anyone's interested, there's a Woolly Mammoth on eBay w/ 2+ days left on the bidding. :eek:

 

Click here to see it!

 

"A model built for comfort, really built with style

Specialist tradition, mama, let me feast my eyes"

:cool:

I'd really like to hear one of those things.

 

Days went by when you and I, bathed in eternal summers glow

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