I need help.
Over the last couple of months I have just continuously kept getting frustrated at pedals I purchase.
Most of these (well, pretty much all of them) tend to be dirt pedals.
I hear great reviews on so many pedals, and go out and order them online, only to generally be disappointed by so many.
they all just seems so buzzy, farty or clangy. Just not natural sounding at all :(
at first I was convinced I needed to change my tone up with some sort of dirt box or pre-amp, but iv'e actually grown more towards my clean sound after trying these different pedals. I've been through a few these past few months... VT bass deluxe, bass driver DI, VT bass DI, Darkglass overdrive even some clean blended distortions in a loop still tend to be buzzy/farty.
Is there something wrong with me? or do I just not like dirt pedals? or have I just been unlucky and haven't found what I'm looking for just yet?
What I'm getting at here is I need recommendations...
I think I've narrowed this down too the fact I need something that does not colour or mud up my tone. A bass overdrive that doesn't just effect the highs but adds that low growly grit, that sounds natural and not how i described the others.
I hear clips of the MyCo Three and from there it sounds amazing. What are people's experience of it? is it clear and crisp? or too muddy? (that's how i found the tech 21 stuff generally) is it good on its own? or does it need a clean blend? does anybody ever use it as an always on?
I would also like something separate to beef up my clean tone, but again not colour it. I still want to be able to hear the pure tone of my p bass, jazz bass and soon to be thunderbird. Something that just makes my tone more punchy I guess? maybe it's a compressor I'm describing? I'm not sure, I don't really know anything about them, or where/when to use them etc.
Basically, I just need help with these few issues I have.
Any help would be highly appreciated!
sounds like you want something with a clean blend built in
Try the Sheehan Sig (if you can without buying it). Setting all controls to 12:00 and Level off (left) is a good starting point. Slowly raise the Level until you find something you like ( hopefully) I also own a Darkglass that I am very fond of but it sounds different. Hope this helps.
What it sounds like you are looking for is either an all tube ie Ampeg or Fender or a hybrid head. Tube preamp and solid state/class d poweramp. My GK MBFusion has all the dirt you could want or just mild tube od. Or keep the gain right in the edge if breakup and if you want dirt just dig in a little bit more. Just a thought..
Oh and the Fusion has two channels so you can keep one clean and one with dirt. :)
What amp are you using currently?
Does your cab have tweeters? If so turn them all the way down and see if things are less fizzy.
Hello Frustrated in Fuzz, I am so sorry to hear about your experiences, oh wait wrong forum.
Finding the right kind of fuzz is a journey and you really have to approach it with patience and determination until you find that forever fuzz. Reviews are so subjective and with effects generally reviews will be favorable because the players are happy with the choice, very often for a short time. I went through over 50 fuzz pedals until I found what works best for me, my bass and rig.
John IS the man for bass OD experience. I felt the same way as you do. i got the FF Barbershop. OD search over.
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