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Overdrive pedal that keeps the lowend

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by tapehead, Dec 10, 2012.


  1. tapehead

    tapehead

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    I've been using the Boss ODB-3. It has decent sound, nothing mindblowing but good. Problem I'm having is everytime I engage it I'm told the bass sounds thin with it. I dont notice any difference onstage, but apparently coming through the pa I lose some bottom end.
    Any clues on why this might be and how to solve it...Also, what are some good overdrive pedals that wont lose the low end?

    Thanks,

    Tape
     
  2. jmceachern36

    jmceachern36 Supporting Member

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    Pork Loin. It can increase the low end.
     
  3. obsidianbass

    obsidianbass

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    I'll chime in with the Darkglass B3K. It's pricey but worth it IMO.
     
  4. El-Bob

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    Boss LS-2 and any overdrive that you like the sound of. :)
     
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  6. tapehead

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    Well Bob, I like the sound of the Boss EDB-3. But thats not the problem. ;)

    I'll check out the Porkloin and Darkglass.
     
  7. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    +1
     
  8. jmceachern36

    jmceachern36 Supporting Member

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    Dark Driving by Fuzzrocious has a bass boost too.
     
  9. themaestro78

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  10. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Supporting Member

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    You might want to look at those with a blend knob, or other features designed to retain the lows. Get out your good headphones and take some listens on youtube.
     
  11. chuck3

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    EBS ValveDrive, or use a blender.
     
  12. kreider204

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    The ODB-3 has a built in blend knob. Are you using that to mix dry and distorted signals, or are you running it 100% distorted?
     
  13. Richard Sabines

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    Hardwire CM-2 Tube Overdrive, incredible pedal, is like a moded bad monkey, lots of low end and cheap!

    Altough I never lost low end when I had the ODB-3, I never used as a distortion, just for a sweet and LOOOW overdrive (the secret of that pedal is the BLEND knob, never too much):

    try this setting:

    Level: 10(or depending your clean signal)
    Bass: all the way up or 4 pm Trebble: 130pm
    Blend: 9pm
    Gain: 930 or 10pm

    I love my hardwire but i do miss the ODB-3, it worked really well for me
     
  14. PotsdamBass8

    PotsdamBass8 Supporting Member

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    Admittedly this isn't a category I know a ton about, but if you're talking about through a pa, could you send a clean and dirty signal and have them mixed? A sansamp would have that capability...
     
  15. Lark

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    I just modded a bad monkey and it sounds surprisingly good, so good that I want to keep it. I'm about to make a blueberry od, tuned big muff with mids control and a loop blender. Ill let you know how it goes!
     
  16. Bassmike62

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    Someone posted a clip of a modded ODB-3 (monte allum, believe I) a couple of months ago and it was simply amazing. Can't locate the post, unfortunately. As for me, been using a Digitech BassDriver lately. It's quite a flexible pedal, doing anything to low stuff to all-out fuzz. It cops ODB-3, ProCo Rat and others. Admittedly far from the best dirt pedal out there, but a fun and versatile pedal nonetheless.
     
  17. OptimusPrime

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    +1
     
  18. bass_lord_mutha

    bass_lord_mutha Supporting Member

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    I loved my Smallsound/Bigsound TAFM when I had it.
     
  19. Barca_bass

    Barca_bass

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    +2
     
  20. Gearhead17

    Gearhead17 Supporting Member

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    Xotic Effects X Blender. Fantastic blend pedal allows you mix in your original bass tone with any group of effects you can think of. Even has a phase reversal switch on it for certain pedals that mess with your tone.

    This blend pedal will allow you to use ANY pedal out there and not lose a drop of low end. Very EASY to operate.
     
  21. Tendollarcat

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    Two paths to take here -

    1) Get a pedal with clean blend but also prepare yourself for the fact that clean blend isn't a tool to retain low end in overdrive. It's a tool to retain your original signal along with overdrive. Sounds obvious to suggest but i learned that it wasnt the sound in my head. Most people like that tone. I'm not really a fan.

    2) Get an EBS Valvedrive. It creates a huge overdrive tone and sounds more like you have changed to a different amp and cab.
     

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