Fuzz Box or Overdrive That Keeps The Low End

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  1. LowNote4003

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    I'm thinking of buying either a Fuzz Box or Overdrive pedal but I want to keep my low end, any recommendations?
     
  2. drewfunk

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    I use an EH Bass Muff PI, it works well.
     
  3. dannybuoy

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    You're gonna get a million suggestions, so any particular sounds you're after, what music do you play, etc, to help narrow it down? Also do you play active or passive basses?

    But if you want some general recommendations for pedals they have no problems whatsoever in the low end department: VT Bass, BB Preamp, Team Awesome Fuzz Machine, Source Audio OFD.

    I see you're in the UK! Check out the Basschat classifieds if you haven't already, lots of good deals to be found!
     
  4. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    Frantone Bass Sweet if you can find one it has almost too much low end.
     
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    Fair Warning Deliverin' the Goods! Supporting Member

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    Swollen Pickle gave me some of the fattest sound ever.....
     
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    The OFD is actually great at this. Has a clean blend to help keep low end and you can get OD, dist AND fuzz in one pedal. It also has a gate on it. Its a win win especially for the price. The Darkglass stuff is also a good option. Their blends are awesome for retaining low end. If I hadnt recently gotten into the SA OFD, I wouldve recommended the XD1 by Brimstone as well. Thats what comes to mind, The Boss ODB3 does too but that really depends on what preamp youre running it into, because it can get a little out of hand with the "OD", it's more of a fuzz. A lot of folks find it too fizzy, but I use it at very low gain settings with high blend on the OD side. Running it into my B7K really smooths it out and gives the, IMO, perfect and ideal grind.
     
  8. dannybuoy

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    Yeah, ODB-3 is another one that has real deep lows, although I use mine with the gain set to 3 o'clock, it's my raging fuzz tone!
     
  9. thirteendevils

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    Swillen pickle, its swell!
     
  10. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

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    Mojo Hand BMP-1

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    Aguilar Agro
    Hardwire CM-2
    Way Huge Pork Loin

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    Fuzzrocious BDPG

    Tons of low end in any of these.
     
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    I've had really nice results with the Iron Ether-Oxide for Fuzz, it has nice blending options for retaining your clean tone to boost low end. I also run a Bass Metaphors by EHX as my second fuzz, it has a full EQ so you can dial in as much low end as you want. It is billed as a compressor but I never liked the squashed sound.
     
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    Team Awesome Fuzz Machine
    Fuzzhugger Great Wall
    Tall Font Russian (or a lot of other muff clones)
    Mxr Bass Overdrive
     
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    From personal experience:

    Dwarfcraft Eau Clair Thunder
    Swollen Pickle
    VT Bass
    Empress Multidrive
     
  14. zwkoch

    zwkoch You can't do that on bass enthusiast Gold Supporting Member

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    If you want an all in one solution with tons of options, the OFD is can't miss. The Eau Claire Thunder actually adds bass some how, but only has one volume...LOUD. Amazing pedal if you can afford to let it do what it does. The TAFM is also fantastic with tons of low end. Much easier to control and can go from OD to face melt.
     
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    Amptweaker bass pedals with dry low blend. The tightfuzz can make my bass sound deeper. The tightdrive probably is great for this too.
     
  17. jumblemind

    jumblemind I also answer to Bryan Supporting Member

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    I would like to add SolidGoldFX Beta to the list of usual suspects.

    But to reiterate a post above, suggestions vastly depend on your bass, your amp and the sound you want.
     
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    An effects loop with a crossover like the [sfx] S&M is a good solution for keeping tight low end with any effect not just distortion.
     
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    A lot of modifications are easy, as long as you can solder cleanly. I did some mods to my Boss SD-1 and one of them is specifically for maintaining the low end- it's usually a matter of replacing one or two capacitors.
     
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    Depth Charge
    B:Assmaster
    Diabolik (dethroned my Depth Charge, actually)
    Swollen Pickle

    All great choices, but it's dependent on the "flavor" you're after.
     

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