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Any Decent Overdrive Pedals?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by JJThunder, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. JJThunder


    Jan 8, 2012
    Hello TB :)

    Name says it all really :p. Does anybody know of any decent Overdrive/Distortion pedals?. I play alot of Rock and Metal and i use a 500K PBass with distortion to get a Frank Bello kind of sound. Currently use a Hartke 210C however its looking likely my next amp is going to be a Hartke LH. Great sounding clean amp so its looking like im going to need a pedal.

    I know Bello uses a Sansamp Bass Driver however they are nearly impossible to find in the UK, does anybody know any other good distortion/overdrive pedals? :)
  2. avvie


    Oct 12, 2010
    Maui, HI
    They're all decent.
    Here's the last one I looked at:

    It's from Finland. Should be no problem for you to get.
  3. bongostealth

    bongostealth Supporting Member

    Jun 3, 2011
    Atlanta, GA
    Darkglass makes some great stuff. I also like the Aguilar Aggro.
  4. Soppy Hat

    Soppy Hat

    Jul 14, 2012
    Try a Darkglass! Rather expensive but the sound is immaculate:

    She rawks. :3
  5. I love my Fulltone OCD. It does a great job of going from a very light soft clipping Overdrive to an almost all out fuzz. The knobs are very sensitive and really do a lot of tone shaping. The OCD also can give a clean boost of 18bs, a huge boost if you want to make that Hartke of yours have a bigger bite. It is a cheaper option to the Aguliar and Darkglass already mentioned, and this one should be much easier to find around town to play with.

  6. socialleper

    socialleper Bringer of doom and top shelf beer Supporting Member

    May 31, 2009
    Canyon Country, CA
    I have the Darkglass Micro Tube and it is a phenomenal pedal. Lots of tone options, plus a blend which is a must for me. I would put it in the distortion category more than the overdrive category. Same with the Boss ODB3 pedal; I think that pedal is totally mislabeled as being and overdrive.
    I also own the Aguilar Tone Hammer DI which has the AGS circuit built into it. It has a nice vintage warmth that tries to capture the sound of an amp being pushed too hard. Its also very heavy in the mids, like a lot of what Aguilar does.
  7. LongHairFreak

    LongHairFreak Insert cool nickname? Nobody's given me one yet. Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2006
    Twin Cities - MN
    My all-time favorite OD is made right in your backyard. DHA (davehallamps.co.uk) pedals can certainly do very light to crashin' down overdrive. It's all a matter of taste though.
  8. EskimoBassist


    Nov 2, 2007
    Leeds, UK
    Sorry man but that's just not true - if you want to buy second hand tried eBay or BassChat, otherwise there's tons of online supplier who will happily sell you one.
  9. For overdrive I LOVE my Hardwire Tube Overdrive. It's solid state, but has both low and high controls, and a switch to give you more or less grit. It's a great sounding pedal on bass (and drives my Big Muff really really well).
  10. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    there are tons of great OD's. IMO, the creation audio labs holy fire is one of the best.
  11. Juiceboxx


    Jul 15, 2012
    I'm going to throw another +1 at the Darkglass : )
  12. smeet

    smeet Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2006
    Woodland Hills, CA
    The B3K is great. Also the new Darkglass pedal (forget the name) seems like a real winner if you want more traditional, less metal sounds.
  13. Gmclachlan

    Gmclachlan Supporting Member

    May 11, 2011
  14. Darkglass B3K
  15. tomlet01


    Oct 24, 2007
    Fulltone OCD rules!
    I tried fulltone bassdrive, roger mayer voodoo-bass 2, bass-muff pi...all of them are losing a little bit low-end with effected sound.
    Only OCD(with 18v) keeps the low-end almost 95%, and distort high-end sweetly when picking hard.
    Really open-sounding!
    (Marcus Miller uses OCD, too!)
  16. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    the only pedal i'm interested in at this time is fuzzrocious dark driving to contrast my wmd geiger counter bass version
  17. There are many to choose from, you just have to find what works for you. My overdrive choice on bass is a Hjart Muller Lo|Fat from Moody Sound, on guitar and piccolo I like DanElectro Daddy O.
  18. I hope to have mine soon!:D
  19. erigod23


    Mar 19, 2007
    Fredericton, NB
    I'm having great results with the SS/BS Mini.
  20. As others have said, there are many threads already on this topic.

    My vote goe to the Pork Loin. It is more overdrive than distortion, if that is what you are after. I have one and love it. Although, I will say, that the Darkglass is tough to beat if you want more tonal options.

    Or just get both and be done with it!!