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What's a good bass distortion pedal?


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2 hours ago, Eko said:

I’d suggest trying a Southampton Fifth Gear V2.

Their description of its sound accurately describes what I was hearing with mine:

The Fifth Gear is our take on a transistor OD which goes from barely-there overdrive to a distortion that toes the line of fuzz. The Fifth Gear can stand out on it's own, but also excels when pushing other pedals, or your amp, that extra bit further.”

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This pedal won’t give you a buzzsaw or zipper effect. But it will provide a nice degree of sonic complexity along with a touch of grit and edge.  Works equally well with guitar or bass, which is a nice feature if you double on both instruments  

 

That sounds worth checking out. 🙂

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Well, after some faffing about, I've gravitated back to the VT Bass pedal I already had; I'm going to add a loop switcher to my pedalboard so I can completely take it out of circuit when it's off.

I may keep a space on my board so I can try others out, though...

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...and then I couldn't quite get the right sound from the VT Bass, so I put back in my BDDI as a distortion pedal.

So now the board looks like this.

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There's probably a couple more revisions to do to get it just right.

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On 20/03/2021 at 22:25, Cosmo Valdemar said:

It's not made anymore but they pop up on Ebay from time to time.

It's a preamp, designed to emulate an old Hiwatt. It's not a specific guitar or bass pedal - it's designed to work with both. I've used it as a bass preamp for years and it's much more to my taste than the VT Bass.

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How about this? 

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10 hours ago, Kiwi said:

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How about this? 

That's a clone of the Tech 21 Liverpool, which is their Vox AC30 emulator. I had one for a while but a 'friend' borrowed it and never gave it back.

It sounds amazing on guitar, but I never had the chance to try it with a bass. I don't think it would be ideal honestly  I can't imagine getting great bass tones from an AC30.

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Is the Wampler Low Blow any good?  I like few of Brian's guitar pedals but I have never tried that one.  And what about the 3 Leaf Audio Doom?  Is that any good for what you are looking for?

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On 07/03/2021 at 12:39, Doddy said:

For just a bit of drive I often use the HBE Heamatoma, although I've been using the Earthquaker Devices Plumes quite a bit lately. I also really like the Ashdown NM2, and the Fuzzrocious Oh See Demon and Broke Richard Peanut Gallery.

The EMMA Onomatopoeia is pretty cool too. It's a boost pedal, but you can push it to a nice, slightly overdrive sound.

Can you share your OnoMATOpoeia settings please? I'm having a hard time dialing in a good set of tones.

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I am notorious for being easily satisfied by cheap stuff.

TC MojoMojo - overdrive

Joyo Voodoo Octave - fuzz

Boss HM2 - distortion

Cover all my needs, although I've got a Behriger Tube Screamer clone that has been waiting nearly a year for a chance to be used at volume.

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I'm reading about this Mojo every time I look up something. It's half price at Andertons right now, but I've got a storage case half full of unopened pedal treasures. I'm resisting.

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6 minutes ago, bode said:

I'm reading about this Mojo every time I look up something. It's half price at Andertons right now, but I've got a storage case half full of unopened pedal treasures. I'm resisting.

Hmmm I love my Mojomojo, but I'm not sure what Andertons are up to, as this pedal has been £40 everywhere for many years now. 

 

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This threat has been ultra useful for me (no sarcasm). 

Can someone help with getting a specific tone. Fat Mike off nofx has a great light overdrive sound. Any suggestions? 

I have Fender jazz and trace elliot gp12 smx. I use an adventure glacial zenith but that hasn't been doing it for me. Please don't say I need a new bass and amp as the wife may go mental at me! 

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32 minutes ago, Friskydingo said:

This threat has been ultra useful for me (no sarcasm). 

Can someone help with getting a specific tone. Fat Mike off nofx has a great light overdrive sound. Any suggestions? 

I have Fender jazz and trace elliot gp12 smx. I use an adventure glacial zenith but that hasn't been doing it for me. Please don't say I need a new bass and amp as the wife may go mental at me! 

Any NOFX songs in particular?

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no answers then? I for one have trouble picking out the bass in NoFX records, Bottles to the Ground  might help there's a couple of audible bass runs and it's one of my favourite NoFX tracks. I think I could get pretty close with my Zoom B1on pedal

 

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