A question for distortion users

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Chris M, Dec 16, 2005.

  1. Chris M

    Chris M

    Oct 23, 2005
    Littleton, CO
    This thread is inspired by the 'Post your pedal board' thread...

    The one thing I've noticed in that thread is that many of you have multiple distortion pedals on your board. I doubt you use them all at the same time (although some may mix a couple I'm sure) so I'd imagine your going for a particular sound with each pedal..

    I've been playing for about 16 years now and I used distortion in the beginning mainly because I loved Cliff Burton and wanted to learn 'Anesthesia/Pulling Teeth', but after that looked to find the best possible clean tone I could find and my distortion pedal began to collect dust..

    I know that some players (Larry Graham in particular) use distortion to create some pretty killer stuff, but I didn't know it was quite so prevalent..

    So, not only what sounds are you guys going for, but what players inspired you to find these sounds? I guess I've spent most of my life in a proverbial bubble so I didn't see some of this stuff. Open my eyes...
  2. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    The only distortion i use is a Boss ODB-3 every once in a while for more proggy songs that my band does.

    I originally bought it because of Anesthesia.
  3. arbitrary

    arbitrary Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2005
    Boston, MA
    Listen to Cave-In!!!
  4. Kelly Lee

    Kelly Lee Yeah, I'm a guy! Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    Marana, AZ, USA
    Listen to Dan Maines' (Clutch) intro for the live version of Spacegrass. :bassist: I love how the bass and drums take care of the verses and the guitar is adding the little nuances over the top of them. Sweeeeeeet. :bassist:

    That is what I call phat distortion and is what I have been trying to recreate myself.
  5. Faith No More, Tool.
  6. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Grand Funk Railroad, Yes, and Mountain.
  7. Tedintheshed

    Tedintheshed Inactive

    Oct 8, 2004
    Columbus, Ohio
    First, I don't want to get the concepts of fuzz and distortion mixed. In have a fuzz pedal (Black Cat Bass Octave Fuzz) and a distortion pedal (MXR M-80 Bass D.I.+).

    That said, the aforemention Cliff Burton was a huge reason for me to start using these pedals. It also helped me come to the realization that the majority of his fuzz tone was with his use of the Morley wahs. Another big inspiration is the player for Rage Against The Machine/Audio Slave, Tim Commerford. I use the Black Cat not so much to cop his sound as much as his vibe- a monsterous face melting fuzz tone that fills in the gaps while maintaining the low end. People know when I stomp that pedal.
  8. uly_


    Jul 4, 2005
    Don't know how cool you are on metal but Bob Zilla of Damageplan also used distortion. Mainly on the track "Crawl"
  9. crapusername


    Sep 26, 2005
    North Kent.UK
    endorsing artist: Dean guitars, Marshall , Rotosound strings
  10. idoru


    Dec 18, 2005
    Brisbane, Australia
    +1 for Lemmy and Saint Cliff, but later on I was also inspired by Chris Wolstenholme of MUSE. The philosophy there is that bass + distortion/overdrive/fuzz + drums can be enough to make a song, leaving the guitar to add embellishments and texture.

  11. bassman314

    bassman314 I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process...

    Mar 13, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    Tim Cummerford... I also just like to play with my tone.
  12. Ohh... Tim may not be too proud of that! :eek: :eek: :eek:
  13. Well the reason i use dist is cause of Les Claypool he made it sound good , so i got a Mxr M-80 bass D.I and i use it to have that realy loud mids when we play and it makes songs heavy when done right
  14. well i got my Boss HM-2 after being inspired by Rhonda Smith/Larry Graham...if youve seen Prince live at the alladdin, or rave un2 the yr 2000 dvdshow larry and rhonda both use fuzz when the play fills or little riffs for that purpose....and i use my ibanez ts10 tube screamer for some tube od when playing rockier stuff or with a pick..i wouldnt mind trying a dan electro bacon n eggs pedal as well, just for a different od texture...i like my fuzz
  15. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    A lot of people know that I got into playing because of Jason Newsted, loved his tone, and there's always at least a subtle overdrive going on. Go back to Cliff, or any of the metalheads its there. Those are my roots.

    I've carried my distorted tendencies over to other styles, and yes, I even have worked a Big Muff into jazz and blues.
  16. timmy c...thats what im all about...multiple layers of thick, gritty, beefiness
  17. Ron Now

    Ron Now

    Sep 3, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Endorsing Artist: Fuzzrocious Pedals
    Honestly I bought my first big muff to get a sound like Cliff's but it failed terribly and I gave up on all effects for a long time. Then I decided that I could use a little distortion every now and then in certain parts of songs. Went through alot of pedals, racks, etc... But I started using it alot when I moved to a 3 piece instrumental band, I found with the dist going whenever the guitar had dist made everything sound alot fuller. And now I cannot stop.....
  18. Chris M

    Chris M

    Oct 23, 2005
    Littleton, CO
    It's funny everyone mentions metal players because that's mainly what I play.. Metal/Hard rock.. I've played thrash, death, technical speed metal (a la Helloween/Gamma Ray), everything except nu metal. I'm really trying to broaden my horizons though and, while metal is still a mainstay of my musical diet, my life doesn't revolve around it anymore..

    Most of the guys I was influneced by in my heaviest of metal days were guys like DD Verni of Overkill, Markus Grosskopf of Helloween, and of course Steve Harris.. Guys who really didn't use distortion or fuzz all that much. At least I never heard it...

    Thanks for the examples though. I'm going to hunt a few of these guys' recordings down and take a listen to them. This should be interesting. Maybe I'll dust that thing off and use it, you never know. You guys also may have started me back on having G.A.S. as well. :cool:
  19. just listen to earthquake - graham central station ......all you'll ever need to know about fuzz

    check these dvds
    prince live at the alladdin and rve un2 the year 2000
  20. BassJunkie730


    Feb 3, 2005
    With Teeth!!!

    Reznor has made overdriven bass a part of his signature for most of his body of work. What's nice is that since he does most of work in the studio you can really get a different flavor for each song.

    Listen to "The Collector" "The Hand that Feeds," "Only"

    Sure they are a bit crazier in the terms of distortions but they are awesome.

    When I listen to Only - it's almost like I can hear the room the bass recorded in - so cool.