Most diverse distortion pedal?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by torza, Nov 30, 2013.


  1. torza

    torza

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    Hey all! Just wanted some opinions on distortion pedals with the widest range of sounds...something that can go from subtle overdrive to intense fuzz. The MXR Bass Fuzz Deluxe sounds promising from YouTube clips, but there are no places that carry it around NYC. Thanks for reading!
  2. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS * Supporting Member

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    If money is not an issue ... maybe the Empress Multidrive?
  3. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    Empress Multidrive
  4. cableguy

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  6. Bassmike62

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    Definitely.

    If budget is a concern, then the Digitech BassDriver.
  7. McFarlin

    McFarlin yep Supporting Member

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    The Bass Fuzz Deluxe is not super versatile
    If you want something that will do fuzz (will get very intense), but tweakable enough to achieve something reminiscent of light OD, a Blackout Musket might work. Retains a good bit of low end, get a pretty good variety of tones....
  8. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS * Supporting Member

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    There are also other pedals that have multiple clipping options, for instance the Wampler Euphoria and the Cusack Screamer Bass. Both go from just a touch of overdrive to a lot, though not really outright fuzz.
  9. sillyfabe

    sillyfabe keeping the low-end silly since '06

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    The most versatile dirt pedal I've ever encountered and own because there are A LOT of possibilities is the WMD Geiger Counter: I've coaxed a tube like OD, rimg mod like tones, classic fuzz, classic dirt, insane dirt and loads more.
  10. Knettgummi

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    Check out the Source Audio OFD...
  11. zwkoch

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

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    +1 for the SA OFD. I also love the Brimstone Audio Crossover Distortion.
  12. torza

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    Thanks for all the tips guys! The Empress sounds insane! Damn pricey though. I can always ditch my MXR M80 though...
  13. ognihs

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    black forest toneworks black forest is pretty fun and not terribly priced. mojo hand colossus is a fun fuzz too.
  14. JimmyM

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    I'm really digging this Joyo Ultimate Drive I got a couple weeks ago. Simple to use, goes from dead clean to almost fuzz, and cost me a little over $30.
  15. bigchiefbc

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    How on earth has no one here mentioned the Dr Scientist Elements. It has low and hi gain modes, three different clipping options, and a very generous amount of EQ options. It can go from clean boost to searing distortion. Oh and a clean blend, if you're into that.

    Simply speaking, it freaking rules.
  16. andrew

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    I third the suggestion.
  17. yaksonator

    yaksonator Supporting Member

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    Another vote for the Empress Multidrive.
  18. cybersnyder

    cybersnyder Always groove.... Gold Supporting Member

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    Guitar Center had an Empress MultiDrive on sale for $99 a few weeks ago, but I didn't pick it up.
  19. andrew

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    Sweet deal. You could've flipped it for more if it didn't float your boat.
  20. mmbongo

    mmbongo I like turtles. Supporting Member

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    Empress Multidrive rules over all.

    Can't really recommend the Bass Fuzz Deluxe..it's too fizzy to be a fuzz or a distortion.
  21. zwkoch

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

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    Why don't I see more Empress Multidrives on the PYPB thread? The Youtube demos sound really stinking good. For as much as it seems to be loved, I haven't noticed a lot of them in use around here. Perhaps I missed it.

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