What are some dirt pedals with clear, "hifi" eq voicing?

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  1. andrew

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    A lot of distortion/fuzz/overdrive pedals have a baked in dark or muffled top end.

    What are some dirt pedals that have a crystal clear top end or transparent eq?
     
  2. Adamixoye

    Adamixoye A PT Pro is cool for worship, right? Supporting Member

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    Boring answer, but I'm in with Darkglass.

    B3K/B7K. The EQ is hardly transparent but you can get plenty of highs with the attack switch "on" for either and the treble EQ knob on the 7.
     
  3. DiabolicLow B

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    I find the Ashdown James LoMenzo Hyperdrive very good for this with the mid freq selector, check out some of the youtube videos.
     
  4. DagoMaino

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    The easy answer is an OCD (or Fuzzrocious Demon)... you may loose a bit of low end but it will cut through and it's got crisp highs... the ZW44 is similar and sounds pretty good on bass if that is the tone you are going for.
     
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  6. zwkoch

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

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    I have tried a ton. From my experience, the Source Audio OFD is the most flexible based on your needs. Full 3 band EQ, plus a High Cut clean blend option that can highlight any part of the waveform you may desire. Apply that to 12 different distortion models and you have my go to dirt pedal. It may not be as "sexy" as others here on talkbass, but it has it where it counts. It booted the VMT, Demon, and TFR off my board, and I loved all three of those pedals. They immediately became redundant.
     
  7. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS * Supporting Member

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    Wampler Euphoria is quite transparent.
     
  8. anton72

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    Darkglass Duality
     
  9. andrew

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    Thanks for all the recommendations. Funny enough I already own most of the pedals that have been recommended. Please keep the suggestions coming.
     
  10. lowfreqgeek

    lowfreqgeek Supporting Member

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    I personally like the Xotic BB. It is pretty transparent to my ears, though I haven't tried a ton. I bought it because I didn't want to change my sound, per se, only to add distortion when needed. It works for me.
     
  11. Downunderwonder

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    Sansamps with drive dialed back, clean as a whistle.
     
  12. JimmyM

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    Looking to blow out some tweeters? ;)
     
  13. andrew

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    Pfft, what tweeters? ;)
     
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    I'd say Rusty Box, F*ck Overdrive, Okko Basstard, Myco 3, The Elements, B7K.
     
  16. DirtyDuke

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    The outlaw, all the way.

    The b3k is good too
     
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    johnk_10 vintage bass nut

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    wampler euphoria/ecstasy
    xotic RC bass
    Creation audio labs holy fire

    i know i'm in the minority here, but had a B3k for a very short while and it just didn't do it for me at all.
     
  20. andrew

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    Thanks everyone. I actually already own/have owned many of the recommended pedals, so that's a good sign. I'll check out the recommends I'm not familiar with.

    What's the outlaw? Who makes the f*ck overdrive?
    I've wanted to try the Holy Fire for a while John, based on how it's managed to sit high on your list of fave dirt boxes for so long.
     
  21. DirtyDuke

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    The outlaw is made in Australia, by a guy named Jordan . Fantastic pedal
     

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