Bass player using guitar distortion pedal...

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by jimbob666, Nov 17, 2005.

  1. jimbob666


    Nov 17, 2005
    No bass overdrive or distortion pedal seemed to fulfill my expectations so I bought a boss metalzone pedal which turned out to be exactly what I needed... The problem is that being a guitar pedal as expected the lows are gone every time I step on its footswitch... I probably need another pedal in order to kinda boost the way it sounds... The question is: "which one?"... Anyone who has an obvious solution to this matter on his mind please just post something... :hyper:
  2. Why not get a bass distortion pedal :p

    Overdrive and Distortion are similar, but not quite the same, or, try some higher end stuff, the sansamp BDDI is an overdrive pedal, but, mwah!!
  3. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Split your signal into two and combine the clean sound with the Metalzone sound. Then unsplit them as it goes back into your amp.
  4. syciprider

    syciprider Banned

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire
    Buy an EQ pedal or a Sansamp/MXR80/Hartke Attack and place it after your distortion to dial the bottom back in.
  5. things ive done to retain bottom end using overdrive/distortion/fuzz:

    1: split signal before pedal, then unsplit after going into 1 amp
    2: loooper w/ blend function
    3: cranked the gain on my black finger compressor and gotten THAT to overdrive
    4: used 2 or 3 amps (1 being clean)

    what i use now? - 3 amps (clean, dirtier (very mids focused), dirtiest (adding more treblely but still fat overdrive)

    i think the biggest hassle was actually splitting before the pedal, then bringing both signals back together...the loooper w/ blend was easy enough, and the volume increase from ur pedal should compensate for the volume loss inherent in the passive blend design
  6. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Crank the bass on it. That works plenty fine for me.
  7. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    If you want a Boss distortion, nix the Metalzone and go find a used Heavy Metal (HM-2) pedal. The lows on that thing are unreal.
  8. godraphonic


    Jun 6, 2005
    boss ls-2 run in A+B mix mode to blend clean with distortion.
  9. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

  10. crapusername


    Sep 26, 2005
    North Kent.UK
    endorsing artist: Dean guitars, Marshall , Rotosound strings
    boss ls-2 run in A+B mix mode to blend clean with distortion.
  11. bassman314

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

    Mar 13, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    EHX Russian Muff....

    tone knob all teh way down, sustain to taste, volume to suit...
  12. chaosMK


    May 26, 2005
    Albuquerque, NM
    Hi-fi into an old tube amp
    I use a guitar distortion pedal.

    I run it before my preamps. I use a Sansamp BDDI and a Hartke Bass attack. If I hit either one on (the way I have it setup) the result is some pretty sick, heavy distortion. I never liked distortion on bass, until I did it like that.