Originally Posted by LowNloud1
Band project is working up Sheryl Crow's "A Change Will do You Good". There is a distorted or Fuzzed bass in the early part and at several parts during the song. That is the sound I am looking for.
Originally Posted by Floyd Eye
That would be fuzz. Any of the pedals I listed will go from mild ( like the Sheryl Crow song) to brutal. Well, except the B:Assmaster. That things just brutal. lol
I think you're actually looking for an overdrive pedal. Like Unrepresented said, distorion, fuzz and overdrives are all different, but they can get confusing because they tend to overlap a bit. I became an overdrive freak for a while and explored 17 different overdrive pedals. The tone in that song sounds like an overdrive on the darker side of the spectrum and is a little smoother than I've ever been able to reproduce with a fuzz pedal.
The first one that pops into my head is a Catalinbread SFT. I've used it for sounds just like that. It's a great low- to medium-high overdrive with a great warm tone. Check out Catalinbread's demo videos on the SFT page
, and their HEAVY DOOMY SFT demo
. The Motown video is what sold me on the pedal, but the doom video proves it's got quite a bit of crunch on tap.
I've got a Flipster for sale at the moment that's actually pretty close to the SFT... Design inspiration for the SFT included the Ampeg B-15, and the Flipster is a straight up clone of an Ampeg SB-12. The Flipster has a bit more crunch available than the SFT, if that floats your boat.
Another one that would be pretty good is a Fuzzrocious Dark Driving. It's a darker overdrive that has a good crunch and a darker sound (hence the name), much like the bass tone in that recording.
A Tubeworks Blue Tube would be pretty killer for that sound too, if you can track one down. They do show up on ebay fairly regularly.
Like Unrepresented also said... there's a LOT of information available on Talkbass, and it's all hotly debated. People here do love them some dirt pedals! lol
Good luck on your hunt, keep us posted!