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A good, cheap disortion

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by I_am_Rage, Mar 6, 2001.

  1. What is a good bass distortion but is cheap becuase i am broke and don't have much. Anyone know?
  2. ihixulu

    ihixulu Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2000
    South Shore MA
    turn your amp up to 10.

    next cheapest is to go on ebay and do a search for effect pedals. You should be able to score a decent distortion for 10-20 bucks.
  3. Deynn

    Deynn Moderator Emeritus

    Aug 9, 2000
    I tried out a DOD Supra Distortion pedal. It's about $40 and for guitar, but really sounded great with a bass.
  4. Niels Keijzer

    Niels Keijzer Guest

    Nov 27, 2000
    You could find a cheap Ibanez tube screamer...
    That guy from Faith No More used them at a time.

    But basically, anything that produces noise would do. It will pierce through that wall 'o guitars.
  5. heebs


    Mar 7, 2001
    is there any disadvantage to using a guitar distortion pedal on a bass? ive heard you shouldnt plug a bass into a guitar amp, so i wondered if theres anything wrong with using a distortion pedal made for guitar with a bass?
  6. using a guitar pedal on basses most of the time makes you lose your low end.

    ibanez now makes the Phat-Hed bass distortion that you should check out. and there is always the BOSS OBD-3. I own the OBD-3 and love it.
  7. Deynn

    Deynn Moderator Emeritus

    Aug 9, 2000
    Hi Heebs....welcome to TalkBass!!

    I sometimes use a guitar distortion pedal..... I just EQ the bottom end...and I get plenty of lows....:)
  8. heebs


    Mar 7, 2001
    thanks alot guys i definately appreciate the help
  9. i have a boss overdrive... new is about 80 and i got it for 45 it on ebay. sounds great for the low end and i love jsut putting a light amount of overdrive for soloings and slap bass.
  10. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    i think that guitar pedals works great with bass too. i suggest for cheap distorition the sovtek electro harmonix big muff pi or the boss distortion ds1
  11. oxwah1331

    oxwah1331 Guest

    Mar 26, 2001
    i'm a big fan of the DOD Death Metal Distortor. my bass is all dark and crunchy (like burnt cereal?) with it.
  12. Go for the Boss ODB-3. They're fairly inexpensive and they sound pretty good. I love mine. You could get one from Musician's Friend for $70 + s/h, or you could go the E-bay way.
  13. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    I like the electro harmonix big muff pi. It makes me happy. -B
  14. I like the Blue Tube, but unless you get it used, it would probably be at least $100
  15. rubber chicken

    rubber chicken Guest

    Apr 7, 2001

    i like burnt cereal!

    p.s. I_am_rage- try zoom pedals
  16. Sabeth


    Apr 6, 2001
    quincy, IL USA
    i use a few guitar pedals for my bass. they were cheaper then the ones they had for bass, and i'm usually broke. bass effects would prolly be best (maybe because they're made for bass?), but guitar effects work just fine.

  17. not always. alot of guitar pedals used on bass make you lose your low end.
  18. BassDude24


    Sep 12, 2000
    hey, I'm good at finding cheap stuff, I generally go to any store that has a "used gear" department, or go to local pawns, never know what you might find.

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