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What's a good bass distortion pedal?


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8 hours ago, paul_5 said:

13A seems a lot for a tube pedal, unless it's got proper HT in it!

Haha - I think it uses 12V internally; it's just they made it mains powered...

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16 hours ago, David B said:

I was looking for something to give me that “Ace of Spades” sound on a budget. Tried a Behringer for £21. Incredibly good. It is a bit noisy if it does not have a decent power supply (silent with a good supply). Lots of negative comments about it being plastic but I cannot imagine it breaking in normal use unless you drove a tank over it. I still find it hard to believe that you can get such a great pedal for the price of a takeaway.

The 'vintage tube overdrive' - uses the Tube Screamer circuit.

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Danelectro FAB Tone. 

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It's a guitar pedal but it has one of the rawest, hottest, tightest distortions for bass I've ever heard.  No muddiness at all. 

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If I understand you right you are really looking more so for something that produce a light overdrive, to just add a bit of tube like grid to your tone and not really a full blown distortion effect, and if I understood that right then it seems to me like the standard big version of TC Electronic Spark Booster would be perfect for you.

Otherwise if you want a more prominent overdrive or distortion effect, then perhaps the EHX Hot Wax or perhaps the EHX Nano Operation Overlord overdrive (both these options including a clean signal blend and being capable of a wide range of drive, from just a subtle touch of tube like grid and hair to full blown distortion).

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On 06/06/2021 at 23:27, Kiwi said:

Danelectro FAB Tone. 

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It's a guitar pedal but it has one of the rawest, hottest, tightest distortions for bass I've ever heard.  No muddiness at all. 

Underrated pedal. It was Prince's fuzz of choice for bass, and Larry Graham and Rhonda Smith also used it when they were touring with him.

I liked the Daddy O overdrive too, but I lent it out years ago and never got it back. I've still got a Fab Tone though.

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2 hours ago, Baloney Balderdash said:

If I understand you right you are really looking more so for something that produce a light overdrive, to just add a bit of tube like grid to your tone and not really a full blown distortion effect, and if I understood that right then it seems to me like the standard big version of TC Electronic Spark Booster would be perfect for you.

Otherwise if you want a more prominent overdrive or distortion effect, then perhaps the EHX Hot Wax or perhaps the EHX Nano Operation Overlord overdrive (both these options including a clean signal blend and being capable of a wide range of drive, from just a subtle touch of tube like grid and hair to full blown distortion).

I definitely want something to just add a little more crunch.

I'm trying out a tube one at the moment...

I'll give it a go with the Ric in stereo over the weekend, as I made a splitter box last week.

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So, I went for a DHA and it seems to be pretty much what I was looking for.

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I've now got the warm/subtle vintage valve distortion and I can also go "modern" with the Microbass 3.

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On 15/07/2021 at 18:35, prowla said:

So, I went for a DHA and it seems to be pretty much what I was looking for.

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I've now got the warm/subtle vintage valve distortion and I can also go "modern" with the Microbass 3.

Never heard of that but looks expensive 

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I have around 10 basses and about the same amount of dirt pedals.
One pedal works well with bass A, another pedal with bass B.

It is about combinations that work well.

For instance, Darkglass pedals work really well with Warwick basses.
The Tech 21 YYZ really loves my Sadowsky P and EBMM Stingray.

There's no way of telling which pedal is the best as it is in a combination of things.

That said, like mentioned before the Mosquite Blender makes any guitar overdrive work well on bass.
Here's a pic of what is currently on my carpet and REALLY working like a charm:

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5 hours ago, DiMarco said:

I have around 10 basses and about the same amount of dirt pedals.
One pedal works well with bass A, another pedal with bass B.

It is about combinations that work well.

For instance, Darkglass pedals work really well with Warwick basses.
The Tech 21 YYZ really loves my Sadowsky P and EBMM Stingray.

There's no way of telling which pedal is the best as it is in a combination of things.

That said, like mentioned before the Mosquite Blender makes any guitar overdrive work well on bass.
Here's a pic of what is currently on my carpet and REALLY working like a charm:

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I had looked at the MESA one in a shop, but they didn't have the power supply for it, so I've not got to try it (and since I've got the DHA, I may not need to bother).

That Mosquito Blender could be a thing of interest.

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