Jump to content

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


Recommended Posts

  • Replies 116
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

  • Members

I play mostly guitar, but in my last two bands I play(ed) bass. And I must say I agree with the thread title. :)

But I don't get the love for the Boss ODB-3, that's really a terrible sounding pedal... Pick any guitar pedal with good equalization (bass boost!), and it will most likely sound better on bass than the ODB-3.

And as much as I like high gain for guitar, on bass it doesn't work so well IMO.

My favorite kind of overdrive for bass is a tubescreamer-like low gain sound, with a bass boost. For bass, low gain sounds much heavier and aggressive than for guitar. I use the tubescreamer model from my digitech DF-7 for that (the DF-7 has excellent EQ). I guess a Bad Monkey could also work, or another tubescreamer variant with a bass knob. If the base sound is good (unlike the ODB-3), I don't really need a blend knob...

I mostly play fingerstyle, but when using overdrive or distortion, using a pick sounds a lot better.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Members

I agree with the play it like a bass, not a guitar comments.

Love the Supercollider/Beast on bass, it has so much low end, if you're looking for a Muff to fuzz up your low end, it's a good place to start.

Another fuzz box I've had much success with is the Noise Swash. It has lots of lows, but it will also pump out some gnarley frequencies that can easily over power the band if used in the wrong hands, plus it has a clean blend. It works really well if used properly, or if you want a massive wall of sound.

I've heard great things about the Small Sound/Big Sound Team Awesome Fuzz Machine, for both bass and guitar.

old school -

tafm.jpg

new school -

tafffm-copy-e1300348899526.jpg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Members
But I don't get the love for the Boss ODB-3, that's really a terrible sounding pedal... Pick any guitar pedal with good equalization (bass boost!), and it will most likely sound better on bass than the ODB-3.



Actually I'm glad someone's said this, because I wasn't sure where all the love was coming from. I didn't like it when my bassist used one, and I was relieved to find out he hated it.

I actually used it on guitar briefly and it's got quite a cool tone.

Mah bassist uses an ashdown pedal. It's got different drive controls for the low and high end which I think he enjoys because it means you can dial in exciting crunch without it getting farty.

I made him get a bass big muff too. He almost always hates it until we make him use it in an appropriate bit, then he goes "oh yeah!"

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Members

I've found that one pedal that works amazing as a bass OD but gets absolutely no love is the MI Audio Blues Pro (at least the older versions, don't know about the new one). Sounds good with or without the fuzz switch on, and the tone knob seems to boost the bass frequencies as you turn it down, giving a really nice rumbly sound.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Members

tips for a really nice inexpensive fuzz that's made by one of our beloved forumites.

i love my Melx V2 Fuzz on bass (as well as on guitar), rolling the volume knob on the bass slightly down. sounds {censored}ing godly. it's more of a dirty dirty distortion than a fuzz.

my Black Arts Pharaoh also {censored}ing slays with bass... made a Big Muff sound like a joke.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share




×
×
  • Create New...