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

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by andrew, Dec 6, 2013.


  1. andrew

    andrew Supporting Member

    May 20, 2000
    Vancouver BC/Pacific Northwest
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    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar Amplification, Regenerate Guitar Works
    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?

    Apr 9, 2012
    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.
     
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  4. DiabolicLow B

    DiabolicLow B Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Ontario, Canada
    I find the Ashdown James LoMenzo Hyperdrive very good for this with the mid freq selector, check out some of the youtube videos.
     
  5. DagoMaino

    DagoMaino

    Feb 1, 2013
    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.
     
  6. zwkoch

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

    Nov 29, 2012
    Twin Cities, MN
    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

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    Wampler Euphoria is quite transparent.
     
  8. Darkglass Duality
     
  9. andrew

    andrew Supporting Member

    May 20, 2000
    Vancouver BC/Pacific Northwest
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    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar Amplification, Regenerate Guitar Works
    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

    Mar 15, 2010
    Albuquerque, NM
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    Endorsing Artist: Regenerate Guitar Works
    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. Sansamps with drive dialed back, clean as a whistle.
     
  12. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
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    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps
    Looking to blow out some tweeters? ;)
     
  13. andrew

    andrew Supporting Member

    May 20, 2000
    Vancouver BC/Pacific Northwest
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    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar Amplification, Regenerate Guitar Works
    Pfft, what tweeters? ;)
     
  14. jwr

    jwr Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2010
    Overland Park, KS
    I'd say Rusty Box, F*ck Overdrive, Okko Basstard, Myco 3, The Elements, B7K.
     
  15. DirtyDuke

    DirtyDuke Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2012
    guelph ontario
    The outlaw, all the way.

    The b3k is good too
     
  16. necropain

    necropain

    Aug 21, 2012
  17. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

  18. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
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    John K Custom Basses
    IMO,
    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.
     
  19. andrew

    andrew Supporting Member

    May 20, 2000
    Vancouver BC/Pacific Northwest
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar Amplification, Regenerate Guitar Works
    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.
     
  20. DirtyDuke

    DirtyDuke Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2012
    guelph ontario
    The outlaw is made in Australia, by a guy named Jordan . Fantastic pedal
     



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