1. Welcome to TalkBass 2014! If you're new here, we just went through a major site upgrade. Please post all concerns and bugs to the Forum Usage Issues forum. We will be monitoring that forum. Thank you for all of your feedback.

    The TalkBass iphone/android app is NOT WORKING currently. We're working on it. Tapatalk IS working, so if you need to use an app, use Tapatalk. Try using your browser though - TalkBass is now 100% responsive to your phone/tablet screen size ;)

    Please read the TalkBass 2014 FAQ for lots of great info on the new software.

MXR Bass Overdrive, how clean is clean?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by andrklet, Jan 9, 2014.

  1. andrklet

    andrklet Guest

    Hello!

    Just got a MXR bass overdrive. Haven´t really gotten to try it out yet. Except on a crappy little Laney guitar amp. The amp alone gives me a clean sound with my bass at low volumes. But I get quite a bit of overdrive with the MXR activated and adjusted to give the cleanest possible sound. I got the MXR to be able to mix a (relatively) clean sound with a overdriven one. But I feel the clean is too dirty, if you know what I mean?

    I wont be able to test it on my bass rig for a couple of weeks, and I´m able to change the pedal if I want.

    So my question. Can i expect to get more of a clean sound from the pedal, when i hook it up to my bass rig?
  2. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS * Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2002
    Likes Received:
    7
    The clean on this pedal is not clean at all, it's "pre-tuned" to blend better with the distorted sound (according to MXR) and to my ears this pedal can't go from a completely unaffected clean to overdrive, the signal is changed both in terms of EQ and there's also always some (too much for me at the minimum setting) distortion.

    Personally I have to say this is among my least liked pedals, I don't like the drive character and I don't like the way it changes the mids. A matter of opinion and taste, of course.
  3. Unemploid

    Unemploid

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2011
    Likes Received:
    0
    i say, those that don't like the bass overdrive deluxe try out the bass fuzz deluxe, it may be what your looking for.
  4. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS * Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2002
    Likes Received:
    7
    I'm not a fuzz guy at all, haven't heard one I like yet. There seems to be something of a divide betwen those who like fuzz and those who prefer overdrive. To me fuzz mostly sounds like something is broken. ;)
  5. rmars

    rmars Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2004
    Likes Received:
    0
    Pork Loin. Clean blend isn't perfectly clean but it's MUCH cleaner than the Bass OD and you can actually hear the clean channel. I couldn't detect the clean blend at all with the Bass OD and found the blend knob useless.
  6. andrklet

    andrklet Guest

    Hmm.. I thought I was thorough in my search. But apparently not enough. Wanted a pedal with a good possibility to mix clean and dirty, with anything from light to go nuts overdrive.

    Can I expect there to be any different characteristics when using a proper bass rig, than the Laney guitar, practice combo? Is there any point in organizing a test-session, or should I just take the MXR back. And perhaps order a Pork Loin.
  7. Unemploid

    Unemploid

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2011
    Likes Received:
    0
    i just found out about the billy signature overdrive by ebs check it out.
  8. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS * Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2002
    Likes Received:
    7
    I've stopped recommending dirt pedals. If I can't even find "The One" for myself, how can I know what someone else will like? :)

    (If the character of the MXR Overdrive is OK to you I however think you may like the Pork Loin, it's better in most ways, if you can take the size and color).
  9. Unemploid

    Unemploid

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2011
    Likes Received:
    0
    about the fuzz deluxe, i'd suggest for a overdrive like tone put the dry at 12 and up, wet up, fuzz low, tone however you want.
  10. andrklet

    andrklet Guest

    I am liking the overdrive/dirty sounds from the MRX OB, I only wish I could get it mixed with a audible cleanish tone.
  11. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS * Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2002
    Likes Received:
    7
    You could go the blender route, for instance with a Boss LS-2, if you want to mix the actual clean tone with some dirt. Many here do that with various blender pedals.
  12. andrklet

    andrklet Guest

    Problem solved! Vent back to the shop and we hooked the MXR OB up to a bass amp, et voila. The clean maintains a relatively clean bottom, which was completely non audible on my tiny guitar amp. It is not possible to get a fully clean sound with the pedal activated, but that was obviously never the point. But with the clean from about 12 up to max I got a solid cleanish bottom. With anything from a mild overdrive and up. I´m happy and looking forward to rehearsals :)

Share This Page