Best distorsion/fuzz/overdrive for bass?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by tiritos, Feb 20, 2014.


  1. tiritos

    tiritos

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    Hi guys! Can you help me to choose a "distorsion" pedal?
    My favourites are:

    - Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi
    - MRX Bass Overdrive / MXR bass blowtorch
    - Aguilar Agro Overdrive
    - Pigtronix Bass fat drive
    - EBS Multidrive
  2. Laurent

    Laurent Supporting Member

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    The Muff is a fuzz not a distortion pedal per se. It's a nice pedal but it's not capable of mild distortion, it's hot!

    The other listed here are all very good distortion pedals and it boils down to the tone you are looking for.

    The Blowtorch and Agro and more aggressive sounding than the other.

    My choice would be the EBS Multidrive because it's capable or really light overdrive and hot distortion bordering on fuzz. It also has three different settings offering a broad range of tone. Form factor is good too. EBS makes quality stuff.

    The pedal has to work with the rest of your equipment and it's hard to predict. Pedal can interfere with each other. The Agro did not play nice with other pedals in my experience. The other listed here were generally pretty forgiving.
  3. tiritos

    tiritos

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    Maybe the EHX Bass Blogger is a little bit milder than the Big Muff Pi, isn´t it?
  4. tiritos

    tiritos

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    Any boutique pedal?
  5. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

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    i'd recommend the Source Audio OFD.
  6. Unemploid

    Unemploid

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    i use the mxr bass fuzz deluxe. it may or may not be the best, but it is what i use.
  7. eveilleu

    eveilleu Supporting Member

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    YOU'RE DOOM!

    If I had a 2 pedal board it would have you're doom and a B7K.

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