Looking for a coarse grained distortion with a clean blend

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  1. andrew

    andrew

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    I'm looking for a distortion pedal with a coarse grained distortion that has a clean blend on it.

    An example of what I'm thinking of would be a Fuzzrocious Rat Tail with the clean blend option added.
    I do plan to order the Rat Tail but in the meantime I'm curious to know if there's other pedals out there that'd fit the bill.

    I'm not looking for smooth or fine grained distortions or overdrives.

    Anyone have any recommends?
  2. NoxNoctus

    NoxNoctus The Crushinator Supporting Member

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    I use my Rat Tail with 2nd Distortion Mod. I don't know if you can get one with a clean blend, but there's plenty of blender options.

    Get it. Destroy faces. The RT's the only one in the loop, so it's essentially taking up 2 spots on my board. But it's worth it. So worth it.
  3. skulletwhip

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    Get the Rat Tail.
  4. GMC

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    MXR El Grande Bass Fuzz...it's about as serious as one can go in fuzz land
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  6. andrew

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    It doesn't have a clean blend and I'm after distortion, not fuzz.

    I've already tried and dig the Rat Tail, but I'm looking for suggestions of alternatives. I don't need convincing on the Rat Tail, I know it rips, just want to know what else is out there. :)
  7. GretschBassist

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  8. Matt Dean

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    W&C TFR with clean blend would do that.

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  9. zwkoch

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

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    Moving on from the XD or are you looking for something to stack?
  10. handofseven

    handofseven Soaking up the cathode rays... Supporting Member

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    Oh no, he is definitely NOT moving on from the XD. ;)
  11. David Beers

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    When he's talking about "coarse-grained," I think that's essentially the opposite of the XD. Sounds like he's looking for a different tone, something more jagged...

    Andrew, a couple of ideas. 1.) I've always been a big fan of the rat, I have a vintage one and use it for total square-wave distortion (often in front of an envelope f); 2.) the new bass big muff has a clean blend with a low pass filter - half of a crossover - so you can blend clean bass w no treble with their current muff. I haven't heard it, but there you go; and 3.) how about the Way Huge stuff? Even their "fuzz" (swollen pickle) really just sounds like aggressive, fizzy distortion. Not sure exactly what sound you're going for, but that's what I thought of.

    Now please reassure Mr. Koch here that your heart still swoons for Big Red. :)
  12. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

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    my favorite coarse grained distortion is my early large box fullltone '69. it's a modded germanium fuzz face, but you don't have to run it as a fuzz. you can use it as an overdrive or a distortion too. it doesn't have a clean blend, but IMO, it doesn't need one.
  13. mmbongo

    mmbongo I like turtles. Supporting Member

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    You might actually want to try a DMB Bumble. Technically it's a fuzz but it's not a creamy fuzz like a Muff. There's one in the classifieds right now.

    Listen to this whole clip. It starts off clean, then spends the rest of the time me fiddling with all the knobs so you'll get a glimpse of everything it can do.

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  14. lowendmetal

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    I've been using an El oso for about a month. Love it
  15. Snakeman1066

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    I second the Bumble.....wish i had never let go of mine...it's on my short list to acquire again once my new head and cabs are funded...

    but why not just buy a cheap blend pedal like the one control Mosquite!?

    [​IMG]

    $120.00 bucks....defeatable buffer and a polarity reverse switch....small foot print....seems like a no brainer to me...lol i just snagged one at christmas
  16. andrew

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    I'm not a TFR fan. I've tried to find the good in it because it sees so much love on TB but for me the Musket beats the TFR every time.
  18. andrew

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    Something to stack, the XD is going no where.

    That's the point of this hunt, I use the XD as an always on tone sculptor, I want something with a different distortion character i can put in front of it for when I want to increase or change the character of the dirt. But it needs to be able to go into the XD and work with it without becoming overwhelming.

    I want to order a Rat Tail with a clean blend added to it, but they're backed up about 4 months at this point so I'm hoping to find something to do me in the meantime.

    David is right, my heart definitely still swoons for the Big Red. :D

    Why didn't you mention Big Red earlier? That nickname will stick.
  19. andrew

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    Thanks for all the suggestions guys, I'm youtubing them all now.

    That Bumble does sound good, thanks for your clip!
  20. zwkoch

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

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    Go Big Red
  21. David Beers

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    Andrew, Zach: the story behind that is, one day I looked at the pedal, noticed it was big and red, and out of my mouth came "Big Red." Don't ask me how I do it; it just happens. :)

    Andrew, have you tried putting the OCD in front of big red as a saturation boost?

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