Fizzy/farty overdrive - help please

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by AmpedSilence, Aug 15, 2013.


  1. AmpedSilence

    AmpedSilence

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    Hello everyone, I've been having a problem with the way all overdrive pedals I try give me a high fizzy sound and a low farting sound. I recently bought a Catalinbread Teaser Stallion and the YouTube vid demo I saw sounded great! But it wasn't the case for me :atoz:
    I really don't know if its just that I am doing something wrong or if thats just the way dirt pedals sound on bass ( although I look up YouTube vids and notice that some don't).

    I have a Squier CV 60s P bass with Delano PMVC FE/M2 pickups.

    I plug the bass directly into the Teaser Stallion which then goes into the Zoom MS-60B. I also have tried the ODs with two other basses, my Squier Bronco and an Ibanez SR305 and get similar results. I have a Peavy Firebass amp with a Yorkville XC410 cab and I also use an Ampeg BA300.

    I've read online that some fizz comes from a source signal not putting out a strong enough signal...

    so, :help:
  2. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Casting out the nines Supporting Member

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    I don't have any familiarity with most of your gear.

    Often times the amp & cab(s) play a big role in how OD sounds.

    But here's another question. Do you play with a pick or fingers? If it's fingerstyle do you have a hard or light touch?

    I started having a LOT more success with overdrives when I realized that they sounded much, much better when either playing with a pick or absolutely hammering with my right hand.

    I think a lot of people want to use a light touch and sound like Geddy Lee or Tim Commerford, but only a few pedals I've ever tried can accomplish something like that. The Darkglass B3K (or B7K) is one though even it sounds better with an aggressive attack.
  3. AmpedSilence

    AmpedSilence

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    I use a pick a lot and also play finger style. I tend to have a hard attack.

    The one grindy pedal I absolutely loved was the Rusty Box. The biggest problem with it was the infernal hiss I got from it :(
    I even sent it to Tronographic to have it checked out and they told me it was fine. I was so bummed.
  4. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Casting out the nines Supporting Member

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    Yeah, the Rusty Box is noisy. Great sound, but can definitely be noisy.

    Sounds like the Teaser Stallion just isn't for you.
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  6. Rabidrasbora

    Rabidrasbora Supporting Member

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    I had similar issues w/the Stallion...low-end loss, thin sound and the distortion was "inconsistent". It didn't play well with some pedals...if you're determined to keep it, experiment/remove some of the other pedals at random to see if you can narrow down the culprit.

    I switched to distortions/fuzzes that were consistent/predictable in their break-up (anything by Wren and Cuff for example).
  7. AmpedSilence

    AmpedSilence

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    I was afraid that might be the case, although I'd still want to know if Overdrives and distortions are fizzy with my setup or if it's just the pedals I've tried..

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