( Bass ) Overdrives, a comparison

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by AllodoX, Jun 12, 2002.

  1. Ok.. lets sum this stuff up once and for all..
    name an overdrive pedal, and some of it's features and con's

    Indicate a pro with a + and a con with a -

    here's the pedals i've experienced :

    Boss ODB-3
    + cheap
    + Keeps the low end in ( adjustable )
    + compact
    + rock-solid
    -/+ Very dense overdrive ( almost fuzz-like )
    - noisy ( when not in use )

    EBS Multidrive
    +/- not really cheap, but not really expensive either
    + versatile ( 3 different overdrives )
    + good soundquality
    + compact
    + rock-solid
    - sensitive to input ( low input = very little overdrive )

    Hughes & Kettner tubefactor
    - Expensive
    + 12ax7 tube inside
    + Even tho it's not built specially for bass, it keeps the low-end in very well.
    - BIG (!)
    +/- solid aluminium frame, but thin cover
    - Factor 2 boosts the output by at least 100 % in comparison to factor 1

    Nobels ODR-B
    + cheap ( $ 65 )
    + compact
    + rock solid
    + Good sound ( sounds pretty much like the EBS in std mode )
    + 3-band EQ
    + has a jack for a remote switch ( if you want to put it in a rack for example )
    - Hard to obtain outside Germany
    - Crappy tech support ( at least.. so i heard )
    + http://www.musik-produktiv.de/download/000/361/3499020.mp3 :D
  2. misterk73


    Apr 11, 2002
    Flagstaff, AZ
    + Separate "Overdrive" and "Boost" settings for two footswitchable levels of overdrive
    + "Comp-Cut" pull knob for clean boost
    + Doesn't suck bottom end
    + Rock-solid construction
    + True bypass

    - Expensive ($200 USD)
    - Bulky (compared to the Boss or EBS)
  3. Fulltone BassDrive
    +/- average price
    +/- average size
    + absolutely NO loss of low end
    + Hand Made
    + Gets a great classic sound
    - Not as much versatilty
    - not exactly that tube od
    + boost channel (2 od's in 1)
    + True Bypass
    +/- sounds great with comp-cut but too loud to really use and would probably destroy your speakers if you touched the boost switch mid gig.

    I really like this overdrive even though it is not exactly the sound im looking for. I still think it has to be one of the best overdrives for the money
  4. KB


    Jan 13, 2000
    Chapel Hill, NC
    Boss ODB-3
    +compact sturdy boss design
    -Not overdrive, more of a distortion
    -no true bypass
    +/- very "industrial" sounding whcih can be good or bad depending on what you are looking for
    +/- EQ not really that powerful

    Fulltone Bassdrive
    +Very sturdy contruction
    +True Bypass
    +2 levels of overdrive (normal and boost)
    -kind of expensive
    -larger footprint than some
    +/- not crunchy and not very tubey, but a solid OD sound
    +keeps low end

    I like the bassdrive the best as it is the ALMOST perfect OD sound for me (9.5 out of 10).
  5. Josh Ryan

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

    Mar 24, 2001
    Big Muff Pi (NYC)

    +Good Sound
    -Not true bypass
    +Sustain Adj.
    +Tone Adj.
    -Not a lot of variation
    +/- People debate the reliability of EHX stuff a lot. I can onky offer my exp. which is that the stuff is solid.
  6. Ibanez PD7

    + Cheap
    + Has two modes, OD and Distortion, both of which are distinctly different from each other.
    +/- Drive knob is very sensitive, can go from slight drive to fuzz
    - High drive results in loss of note distinction
    + EQ has a pronounced effect
    - No mid control - can lead to 'scooped' sound if not careful
    - Attack switch - why?
    + Very sturdy, like a Boss with non-snappable pots
    +/- Not noisy in a good signal chain

    To make this pedal much better, include the Void control from the SM7, and a Mid boost of some kind - pot or switch, Ibanez!
  7. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    +/- fuzztacular
    -misleading name
    -big, Big, BIG tonesucker
    +relatively cheap
    +eq (mainly used for treble cut)
  8. stevekim


    Feb 11, 2000
    los angeles, ca
    pedals that i have owned include the fulltone bassdrive, barber deep fryer and the dredgetone angler. i will skip the fulltone because i don't really have anything new to add.

    barber electronics deep fryer:
    +two channels
    +true bypass
    +bass knob
    -bass knob is internal and requires opening up the pedal
    +very smooth overdrive with less mids than the fulltone
    +hand made and very sturdy

    dredgetone angler
    +best overdrive sound i've heard so far. smooth and creamy
    -not true bypass
    +does not seem to suck tone when bypassed
    +extremely well made
    +very compact (mxr size) and simple to use
    +one of the cheapest boutique bass OD pedals