Anyone have any info on the Ashdown NM2 - Nate Mendel Double Drive Pedal?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Timpala, Dec 17, 2013.


  1. Timpala

    Timpala Supporting Member

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    This pedal looks very useful with it's two different distortion channels. Just wondering if anyone has any opinions on this pedal? I am also looking into buying the MXR Bass Overdrive.
     
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    I assume you’ve already seen the youtube demo but just in case.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMe3e-fQeyo

    I just picked one up a NM2 on the weekend. It’s my first real distortion pedal so I don’t have any first hand comparisons to other distortion units but I like it. If you like what you hear in the video you should be happy with it IMO. Between distortion 1, distortion 2, 1+2 and the 10db boost you have a lot of options and I have yet to come up with a setting I thought sucked.

    Can’t help you on the MXR.
     
  3. Timpala

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    Thanks. Yes, I have seen that video. There are only 2 videos that I can find. Were you able to buy the pedal online, or did you buy it from a store?
     
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    I found it locally on craigslist actually.
     
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    I just ordered the pedal from Gearhound. :hyper: I can't wait to try it out. If I like it, I will make a YouTube video for sure.
     
  7. BruceBass3901

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    Really interested in this pedal. I currently have the Ashdown Drive Plus on my board and used to have the Lomenzo Hyperdrive but flipped it as I couldn't dial it in...about a week after I sold it, Ashdown aired the video with Lomenzo explaining how he dials it and I instantly wanted it back!

    Would three Ashdown drive pedals be excessive? :smug:
     
  8. Timpala

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    Damn! They just informed me that the pedal is on back order. This is a hard pedal to find online, or anywhere for that matter. I know Nate Mendel is not the first person people think of when they think "Awesome Bass Player", but the pedal seems like a good concept to me. And so I wait.....:rolleyes:
     
  9. Timpala

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    I finally got the pedal! I've been messing around with it for 4+ hours now, my ears are numb. I think it's going to be a keeper, but it is a bit tricky to dial in. I find myself dialing in a sound I like and then coming back to it later and changing it a bit. I did notice something though. I play through an Ampeg SVT Classic tube head. It does sound better when the tubes are nice and warmed up. Probably the case with any pedal. I think the real test will be when I bring it to band practice and see how it sits in the mix. I have played along with some songs on my stereo and I can hear how that little bit of grit makes a difference. It blends together well with the guitars without sounding choppy or clanky (for lack of a better description). Anyway, I am driving my girl nuts tonight, so I will have to report back later. :D
     
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    *UPDATE*
    I have now had 2 band practices while using the pedal. So far I really like it. The extra harmonics are really nice and the bass cuts through the mix much better than without the pedal. I actually turned up the drive knob after a few songs to get a bit more distortion. It sounds great playing bass/drums only parts of the songs too. I am also really liking the 2nd dirtier distortion for the more riffy songs we play. So far, so good.
     
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    Consider posting any demos?
     
  12. Timpala

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    I could try. But, I think Nate's video does it best. The slight distortion is just enough but may not come through on video. When I am at practice, I sometimes turn off the pedal mid song just to hear the differences. With the distortion 1 switch it really makes a difference when cutting through the mix. I use the distortion 2 switch for our really riffy songs. It is more raunchy.
    Nate's video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMe3e-fQeyo
     
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    Really enjoyed the sounds he was getting. Just made the short list.
     
  14. Timpala

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    I think it adds more clarity without too much abrasive high end. Maybe similar to those EMG Geezer Butler pickups you have been talking about? It is nice to have 2 different settings in one pedal though.
     
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    Was going to ask about that. Is it full range or does it roll off highs like a tweeterless Ampeg cab?
     
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    I have been looking at this pedal as well but grew uninterested when I realized that too many pedals are me-too product designed to preserve company's market share more than offer a true sonic evolution.

    I suspect the pedal might be a tweaked tube screamer which is what Nate had been suing for years before this pedal (Fulltone bassdrive).

    Likewise the Fender bass that bears his name is a nice instrument but it's nothing special. Just a P bass with quarter pounders and a Badass bridge. Lovely red color that being said!
     
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    Didn't they copy the neck of his '71. I thought I read about how his particular bass was a bit unique. Radius at the nut was different or something like that.
     
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    Yes that too. It might be a more narrow neck than standard.
     
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    Yeah. Not really worth all that extra coin.
     
  20. Timpala

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    To me, the high end kind of sizzles. You can dial it in to have a lot or just a little. But then again, I was in a surf band with loud shrieking reverb soaked guitars that have destroyed my ability to hear some high frequencies. I had fun though.
     

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