next step after the MXR M80 (for distortion)

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  1. torza

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    Hey all! So I've been using the MXR M80 strictly as a distortion pedal for almost 10 years now. While I love how it keeps the low end and doesn't alter my signal too much, I'm coming to find that my distortion tastes are changing a bit. I hate that I have to really dig in to the strings to get this thing to sound aggressive. I guess I'm looking for a pedal that's more diverse and can get a little nastier, more saturated sound if needed (while still keeping the low end as well as the M80 does).

    Any opinions?
     
  2. jumblemind

    jumblemind I also answer to Bryan Supporting Member

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    If you like the metallic edge of the M80 distortion but want something all around "more" I'd check out a Darkglass B3k.
     
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    Check out the Empress Multidrive, it will dial in two separate channels of any flavor of dirt you want, just got in a trade(THX AL!) and I like it better than the VMT I traded for and the SFT that I just got before that.
     
  4. torza

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    Thanks for the suggestions! I've heard great things about both pedals. The Darkglass looks insanely promising. Blend knob is key :). Anyone know if there's somewhere I can try it out in NYC?
     
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  6. torza

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    As I'm still on the hunt, it seems the Darkglass is out of my price range. Shame, because it does sound promising. Any other suggestions?
     
  7. jumblemind

    jumblemind I also answer to Bryan Supporting Member

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    Just save up and be done with the hunt. :) For a little less cash but still a bit pricey, you might check out the Fuzzrocious Rat Tail.

    In the meantime pick up a Joyo Ultimate Drive for just over $30. Fellow TB'er SunnBass using one here:
     
  8. torza

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    Thanks Jumblemind. Yeah I was thinking of selling my son anyway!

    Others have recommended the Rat Tail. Does that have a clean blend?
     
  9. JBNeedsBeer

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    If you don't mind heading to Williamsburg, check out Main Drag Music. They have a ton of different pedals there. Ludlow Guitars has an okay selection too.
     
  10. jumblemind

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    :D

    Doesn't need one, really. Fuzzrocious pedals are built by a bass player, so they all have plenty of low end.
     
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  12. torza

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    Ohh gotcha. I meant more for retaining the character of the bass
     
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    Yep, you can order it direct from Ryan with the clean blend as a custom option.
     

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