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Tube overdrive pedal

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by korrupt3r, Mar 12, 2014.

  1. korrupt3r


    Nov 30, 2013
    I recently tried a EBS VALVE DRIVE on my Fender Bassman 100('76) and it was stunning. The downside is its price. So I was looking the English Muff'n. I'm going to match the overdrive with my BAT Pharaoh so if you have any experience with overdrive pedals please help!
  2. DirtyDuke

    DirtyDuke Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2012
    guelph ontario
    Tube works blue tube, hands down. There is one in ten classifieds for $110 I think.
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  4. garmenteros

    garmenteros Bass Enthusiast Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2008
    Dominican Republic
    I own a valvedrive and a few other overdriven pedals. I have a 30th anniversary tube screamer, boss bass overdrive and ehx bass muff. I owned a tube screamer clone with a bass mod and a way huge green rhino. Of all
    Of those the one that came closest to the ebs valve drive was the green rhino and it still lacked that organic characteristic to it. It was awesome
    In its own way but nothing beats the ebs for tube like fuZz. I got mine here on the classifieds for 180usd. I also use it as an always on pedal to warmen my signal but have used it as a full on fuzz on a few recordings and it excels at it. Theres a new version with built in xlr capabilities as well but I dont really need it.
  5. korrupt3r


    Nov 30, 2013
    But is that loud, warm and sounds enormous? :p
  6. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny

    Nov 20, 2000
    Vancouver, BC
    I have several overdrive pedals including a hand made DHA tube OD. For versatility and warm amp-like overdrive the Valve Drive is in a league of its own. For me it's worth the size and cost. Used non-DI ones seem to be going for around $150-$175 USD.

    Another choice might be a ToneHammer. I haven't tried the preamp/DI but the TH350 head does the overdriven tube amp thing really well. If you needed the DI I'd seriously consider this option.
  7. jumblemind

    jumblemind I also answer to Bryan Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2011
    Can you elaborate on the stunning part? Lots of overdrive pedals out there doing different things, and a specific on the tonal quality you dug can help dial in the suggestions. From what i've read the tube in the ValveDrive doesn't affect the sound very much, so if most of the tone is in the circuit design itself, another tube pedal might not be the one-to-one replacement you are looking for.
  8. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    +1 nothing else is close IMO
  9. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    I like the Blue Tube as well. Ill probably never sell mine. Its an invaluable tool IMO. Great pedal.
  10. Not tried the Blue Tube, but hands down preferred the DHA VT1 to the EBS Valvedrive.
  11. bassmusic17


    Jan 15, 2011
    I rather enjoy my Mesa Bottle Rocket. If i ever get my hands on a Blue Tube I think it would sit right up there with the Mesa.
  12. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    blue tube is great, it really warmed up my ss marshall
  13. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    I have a Mesa V1 Bottle rocket too. Love the transition from clean to OD, it's seamless and no funky eq loss or odd boost.

    The only other tube pedal I've had before was a DHA, which did sound good but the big bass boost when you kicked it on drove me nuts.
  14. godspeed68

    godspeed68 i like music. a lot. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    anyone have experience with the myco four?
  15. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    I'm sure someone will chime in here. There's been a lot of guys that have used it here on TB and love it.
  16. godspeed68

    godspeed68 i like music. a lot. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    cool, as soon as i get the strategy, i'll be pulling the trigger on a top-tier tube o.d. for sure
  17. MSUsousaphone

    MSUsousaphone Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2009
    Lake Charles, La
    Endorsed Artist: Myco Pedals
    The Four isn't out, yet. Still being tweaked and stizuff. The Three is amazing. I'm obviously biased. Transparent. Warm....no freq cutoff. Very touch sensitive.
  18. negativefx

    negativefx complete hack Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2013
    Fort Collins
    The three is awesome. I haven't looked at or considered any other overdrives since I got it.

    However I might pick up a Blue Tube just to be sure. :)
  19. GDUBS


    Mar 2, 2013
    Madison, VA
    Haven't tried the blue tube??? Oh god not more gas!! Ha! I use the VT I like it! Warms up my terror bass head nicely and add some low punch which sometimes I find the orange lacks. Esp. With my geddy. Seems it sounds better with passive basses as well
  20. godspeed68

    godspeed68 i like music. a lot. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    I will HAPPILY beta test anything for you :)

  21. DirtyDuke

    DirtyDuke Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2012
    guelph ontario
    I had the three (twice) but couldn't kick my John k built blue tube off.. I just put a mullard in it, omg is that nice...

    I loved the three but it always sounded dark to me....

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