Cusack Screamer Bass vs Darkglass Vintage vs ???
I've been looking for a warmer, less modern sounding replacement for my Xotic Bass BB. I am striving for just a hint of hair, nothing fizzy or gritty sounding, an old school tone for Americana/alt-country. After listening to hours of demos online and trying as many things as I could locally (which wasn't much, truth be told), I've narrowed my selection to two: the Cusack Screamer Bass (the old version with the tone control, not the Bass/Fuzz) and the Darkglass Microtubes Vintage.
Here's the thing. I know the Vintage is revered around here, as are all Darkglass products (and please, no B_K recommendations, those are WAY too modern and abrasive sounding for my application). There are lots of clips of it on the internets. The Cusack Screamer... well, there's only one that I can find. Granted, the Screamer sounds wonderful in that clip, but it's slim evidence to go on.
When an online sale/coupon comes around, I can get the screamer for $170. The Vintage will set me back $250. I've never in 35 years of playing dropped $250 on a pedal, and it does seem a bit ridiculous.
So, knowing the two that made the cut (Fuzzrocious Dark Driving would have made it too if they hadn't moved it into that ginormous box), what are your thoughts? Anyone have extensive experience with the Cusack? Can anyone think of anything I've overlooked?
And no, I don't especially care for the Catalinbread SFT.
What about the Fulltone OCD or Tech21 VT Bass?
you can get a DD from fuzzrocious in an etched enclosure that is a smaller box. Thats what I did. He only has one style left though...
+1 on the vintage MT. (tho I have no exp with the other.) I CAN tell you that you can dial the VMT all theway down to almost zero "distortion" at all. (I HATE fuzz, for the record)
You can surely dial it up as well to "warm"to over hairy, even "distorted"(but tolerable distortion, from a guy who does not like distorted bass) if that's your thing...
I'm NOT a pedal guy either, but I grabbed a VMT based on threads here, and use it as an always on dealio. Very nice IMO
I have the vintage and I love it. I also have a tubeworks blue tube and a bunch of other OD's. Either the VMT or the Bluetube will get you where you want to go,
I use a first-issue VT Bass as an always-on preamp, but I have the Character knob around 10:00 and the Drive around 8:00, so it's set as a very clean sound with no grit at all. I've played around with the Character and Drive to give me more overdrive intensity, but found the sound too grainy unless I pulled almost all of the high end out, which I don't want to do. I want to retain my highs in the EQ settings, get some warm furry drive, and avoid the crackly crunch. This seems to be awfully hard to do... but I think the VMT or the Cusack Screamer will do the trick.
No one with experience playing the Cusack?
Looks like no one has! Guess I'll just have to decide whether to roll the dice....
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