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If more bassists used distortion the world would be a better place


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I got into effects from playing bass in a 3 piece.
You find a good overdrive for bass and it kills.

 

 

In my case, it's a fuzz, and it's the Pharaoh, I don't turn it off in my 3 piece band. When I combine it with the Woolly Mammoth it's pure sonic bliss.

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Take Chris Wolstenholme for example, I highly doubt half the Muse songs would sound so energetic and bombastic if it wasnt for him never turning off the big muff.

 

 

There are two problems with this:

 

1) He doesn't use a big muff.

2) Muse are {censored}.

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I'd say his tone is more mid-heavy.


But if you mean songs like H, then yes.

 

 

Yea songs like H (I think that was a rat?) but it seems like there's a good amount of grit on his 'clean' tone that really adds something.

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Defintely, Also, bass distortion + octave up would sound badass.

 

 

Yep, my bassist does this all the time. Since my band is an instrumental three-piece, it really helps to thicken out the sound while I'm playing a melody line for example. He uses a Bad Monkey blended with the clean signal using a Boss LS-2, as well as a Ring Thing for octave up and a Rat for heavier tones. Sounds sweet.

 

Oh, and Timmy C used distortion/overdrive on most of his tones in the later RATM/Audioslave stuff: sounded immense.

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