Having trouble finding bass distortion

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Rigz, Dec 24, 2013.

  1. Rigz


    Dec 23, 2013
    I'm having trouble finding a bass distortion that gets as throaty as I'd like without having to resort to using a guitar distortion pedal. I just got a bass big muff and I'm not at all satisfied, though I appreciate the dry option. I like having the option to run a dry signal under my distortion. Im trying to find something for around $150 in price. I'm looking for something along the lines of the tone in this song:

    Any suggestions? Thank you.
  2. spaz21387


    Feb 25, 2008
    Portland oregon
    Sounds like a rat. Get yourself a proco rat or a fuzzrocious rattail.
  3. Josh Thatguy

    Josh Thatguy Registered abUser Supporting Member

    EBS Valvedrive.
    (Good thing the band lets the bassist do the dramatic-isolated-E a few times in that song; the bass is buried most everywhere else in it)

    Edit-- sorry, most of the time the EBS is a bit over the $150 you mentioned, but life is all about timing. I missed one for 150 on CL in Asheville NC by a few hours a month or so ago when I was travelling through
  4. Rigz


    Dec 23, 2013
    Spaz, he was using a rat on the record but it was an earlier rat they don't make anymore. I want something I can blend and still retain the crisp controlled clarity.

    I'll check the ebs out, thanks.
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  6. Rigz


    Dec 23, 2013
    Unless there's a way for me to blend the rat while playing live?
  7. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Heck yes. First there are pedals called "blenders" for exactly that purpose ( search on blender). Second there are some boutique Rat clones with blend built in.
  8. Rigz


    Dec 23, 2013
    Opinions on buying a blender+rat/tube screamer/joyo ocd copy vs $200-$250 bass distortion pedal? I'll be spending close to $250 on the two pedals would it just be worth it to get something else in that price range?
  9. BawanaRik

    BawanaRik Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    Boss LS-2. Every bassist should have one.

    No blend on your Whammy? LS-2 solves that as well as this issue.
  10. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains

    How much real estate do you want to take up on your board? If you have a few pedals that benefit from the blend pedal go with separates. If you're only going to have the one, then go for the built in blend.

    I would go for the built in, but I like my board as small as possible.
  11. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    The Joyo Ultimate Drive cranked up high would probably work for that sound and doesn't require a blend. But if you wanted to go for a Rat, a Fuzzrocious Rat Tail or Keeley modded Bass Rat would work without a blend as well. Personally, I don't care for blends...a lot of times the end result sounds like a separate clean bass and a distorted bass instead of one unified bass. I believe it was Johnk who called it the "Bees in the background" sound.
  12. shaft311

    shaft311 Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Mt. Juliet, TN
    Aguilar Agro or Darkglass BK3

    Check both out on Youtube.
  13. Way Huge Pork Loin. Has the blend control that you need and in your price range. Open it up and there are controls inside to optimize the eq for bass. Gives me a nice tubey grit.
  14. Rigz


    Dec 23, 2013
    Thank you all very, very much. I'm new here and you have been extremely helpful and informative. Definitely sticking around here!
  15. eshears


    Jul 30, 2001
    Spokane, WA
    Also check out the Source Audio Bass OFD...it models a bunch of different distortions (including the Rat), has a 3-band EQ, and a built-in blend. It sounds fantastic and has been getting a lot of praise on TB lately.
  16. The dude in that band uses a modified Pro Co Rat. I think there is a pedal board picture floating around in one of the Pedalboards of the Stars threads.

    A Fuzzrocious Rat Tail will get you really damned close to that sound. I have one and love it.

    The rest is of course dependant upon your bass, amp/cab and technique.

    Good luck.
  17. Guinness20


    Jan 24, 2013
    Liverpool, UK
    Is the Ashdown NM2 distortion any good?
  18. Rigz


    Dec 23, 2013
    The fuzzrocious is looking very very promising. I just read that he will add a blend knob upon request, I think I'm sold.
  19. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    +1 to all of the above.
  20. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2010
    rat tail, fake wooly mammoth, geiger counter, or L2k into a mesa d180
  21. You will enjoy it.