So, I've been looking for an (apparently) somewhat unique overdrive effect. Check out the fender demo video on YouTube for the effects on the b-dec - I love the bassman grind setting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daMGVnOUexA
. Full sounding with some edgy buss that apparently leaves the lows and mids intact. Based on clips I've found, the closest I've heard seems to be the Aguilar tone hammer. I've got a vt bass now, and though it sounds cool, the overdrive tones are somewhat wooly... I can't get that same buzzy edge, at least not without compromises. There's a fine line between buzz and fart - I tend to use the vt for a much more subtle warmth, not for overdrive.
The overdriven sound on my genz Benz shuttle amp is actually pretty close, but I'd like to get that sound in a stand-alone stomp box so I can match levels. Simply overdriving my amp adds too much volume, and I don't need my fellow players yelling at me to turn down
If anyone has some suggestions, I'm all ears.
edit: just to clarify, I want the sound for occasional use during performance, hence the need to match levels with my clean tone. I can't be fiddling with knobs on my amp during a show, I'm simply not fast enough to pull it off and I don't usually have a stagehand