Bassdrive or Bassdrive-MOSFET?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by jar240, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. Hey there. I've got a Fulltone Bassdrive and was wondering if the MOSFET versino is any more versatile than the earlier one.

    What are the main differences?

  2. scotch

    scotch It's not rocket science!

    Nov 12, 2006
    Albany, NY USA
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    I recently traded out my original Bass-Drive with the most current Mosfet version. The Mosfet is a lot more versatile, albeit in subtle increments. (does that make sense?)

    I think the new Bass-Drive has a lot better low-end in Mosfet mode and sounds a lot smoother with less harsh high-frequencies.

    Having the "flat-mids" option also gives you different response than the "vintage" (original) mode. It's a little less TS-9 sounding in flat mids mode.

    I also think that the boost channel is more usable on the Mosfet version. Unless you're in comp-cut mode, the boost volume matches up better than the original pedal - adding gain more than raw volume.

    Factor in that I can still dial in all of my old sounds from the original Bass-Drive and I have to conclude that the new pedal is superior.

    For me, the Mosfet update has made the Bass-Drive a much more useful pedal. The differences are subtle, but for me, significant enough to warrant the upgrade.
  3. OptimusPrime


    Mar 30, 2008
    Yeah, I keep mine in MOSFET mode all the time. The standard is too thin for me.
  4. Valerus


    Aug 4, 2005
    I use the original with no complaints.
  5. mattq


    May 23, 2006
    Santa Cruz, CA
    as do i. it's the pedal i've owned and used the longest and will probably stay that way
  6. Thanks for the feedback. I think based on scotch's words I'm going to give it a try.

  7. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    I've come to the conclusion I don't really like this pedal much outside of the CompCut mode. I have the MOSFET version and don't find either that or the "vintage" mode are able to cut and punch as well as the CompCut, so for my purposes, the old one would be fine.