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Beastie Boys "Gratitude" fuzz?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by TeleKing, Feb 1, 2013.


  1. TeleKing

    TeleKing

    Feb 1, 2013
    I'm not a bass player by trade. Guitar player, but play and record bass. I'm looking for a great bass fuzz/distortion I can use for recording.

    What nails the Gratitude tone? Appreciate any comments.
     
  2. andrew

    andrew Supporting Member

    May 20, 2000
    Vancouver BC/Pacific Northwest
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar Amplification, Regenerate Guitar Works
    I'm at work at the moment so I can't look it up for you, but google Juan Alderete's effects website/blog. He did a short video segment on the exact pedal MCA used.
     
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  4. MilkyMcMilkMilk

    MilkyMcMilkMilk

    Dec 17, 2008
  5. sevdog

    sevdog Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2008
    ATX
    I believe he used a Univox Superfuzz on Gratitude.
     
  6. andrew

    andrew Supporting Member

    May 20, 2000
    Vancouver BC/Pacific Northwest
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar Amplification, Regenerate Guitar Works
  7. sevdog

    sevdog Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2008
    ATX
  8. MightyMiloQuinn

    MightyMiloQuinn Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2012
    Concord, NH
    Juan also demoed a Univox Superfuzz in one of his Fuzz Wars segments. Not sure which one. In any case, you're sure to find some great fuzz suggestions at pedalsandeffects.com
     
  9. Yeah, Gratitude and Sabotage were both old-school Univox Superfuzzes. There are quite a few clones that are in production nowadays.
     
  10. andrew

    andrew Supporting Member

    May 20, 2000
    Vancouver BC/Pacific Northwest
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar Amplification, Regenerate Guitar Works
    What are some popular examples?
     
  11. vegas532

    vegas532 Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2006
    Claremont, CA.
    If you want a dead on clone, the Wattson FY-6 is the only way to go!
     
  12. fasto

    fasto

    Mar 4, 2007
    Amsterdam, NL
    I used to have the DNA Bass Dragger pedal and nailed the Gratitude tone with it ... but i kind of regret selling this rare pedal to someone in NYC who just broke his DNA pedal during a studio recording process, but i was glad i could help him out.

    I´m currently building a Univox Superfuzz clone based on the schematic-layout of Mike Livesley (2008).

    Also good results with the (new) MXR Bass Fuzz Deluxe (going into Tech21 VT Bass).

    RIP MCA, he inspired me on so many levels: love his tone, his bass-lines, his rap-voice, his attitude ...
     
  13. Backstreets

    Backstreets Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2011
    The Rainshine State
    I would imagine the smallsound/bigsound Super Puzzle pedal would be a good modern Superfuzz variant, but I've yet to try one so I can't say for sure. Might be worth a look though. Anyone tried one of these, and know how it compares to an old Univox/Unicord Superfuzz?
     



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