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A Good Bass Overdrive To Add A Touch Of Dirt In A Rock Mix

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by 18reisd, Aug 17, 2012.


  1. 18reisd

    18reisd

    Aug 12, 2012
    Hey All,
    I recently joined a classic rock band, and I might need a good overdrive or something of the sort to cut through(I'm not much of a hard hitter when it comes to right hand technique). I don't want a huge sounding fuzz, more like the sound of a tube amp breaking up. Can you sort of give me an overview as to the good overdrives out there? (My local guitar store only has guitar pedals that take all the low end away, IMO).
     
  2. caeman

    caeman The Root Master

    Sep 17, 2008
    Ohio
    I feel obligated to point out that there is more than one overdrive thread present in the first page of topic listings about just this topic. Read 'em over. There is a wealth of info waiting for you.
     

  3. THIS ^

    P.S. Check out the Way Huge Pork Loin. I have one and it does exactly what you say you are looking for.
     
  4. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2006
    Northern California
  5. Agreed, so much info on this very common request/topic. Short list of usual contenders, and then what I use (which is not very popular):

    B3K by Darkglass; Pork Loin; Dark Driving; VT Bass by Tech 21 (also SansAmp BDDI and ParaDriver and the programmable BDDI); Fulltone BassDrive; Tone Hammer by Aguilar; Rusty Box (although many use as the entire pre-amp); and I use a Sparkle Drive by Voodoo Labs
     
  6. Five String

    Five String Supporting Member

    Behringer doesn't always get a lot of love on TB, but I suggest you check out the Behringer BDI21. I've always used it to get a creamy rich tubey sound, as opposed to thrash or fuzz, which might work well with the classic rock songlist you'll be playing.

    Tube setting doesn't sound good with all my basses. Very very nice with ,my Ibanex SR495, so-so with my 1979 MIA Jazz, terrible with my Squier VM Jazz fretless. When I use it solely as a preamp without any tube setting, it really brightens up the 1979 MIA Jazz.

    Word is it's a knockoff of the Sansamp BDDI.

    TB threads:

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f36/sansamp-bddi-vs-behringer-bdi21-blind-test-294957/

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f36/behringer-bdi21-866132/

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f36/behringer-bdi21-yay-nay-448188/
     

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