Behringer BOD400 Bass Overdrive

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by caeman, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. caeman

    caeman The Root Master

    Sep 17, 2008
    New Pedal Day!

    Yup, I dropped a whole $23.99 on a Behringer BOD400. This isn't for my main board, but just for experimentation purposes. That, and curiosity.

    The first thing I learned is that TV Jones mini-humbucker in my Gretsch G2202 bass sends the BOD400 into distortion with the gain at minimum. I was trying to find a warm, driven sound in the low gain. What to do? My Behringer BEQ700 pedal to the rescue? A quick and simple attenuation of -15db to the signal and suddenly, the gain knob had a range of greater than zero. w00t.

    After 30 minutes of tweaking, I gotta say that there is nothing wrong with this pedal. I was able to find a nice driven sound that was more than a clean signal, but not distorting. Now, I did purposely send it into the distortion settings and it seemed to sound just fine. The blend knob for clean/od all the way to OD didn't seem to lose much at all of the low end.

    In all, I think I am going to have some fun with this cheapy pedal. And that is one of the goals of this game, after all, to have fun.
  2. 4StringsEnough


    Mar 9, 2008
    Glad to hear it's working for you. I tried one and hated it. But if we all liked the same things, the world would be a very boring place! ;-)
  3. riotorgun


    Apr 2, 2009
    im usin their tube monster overdrive and finding it very handy,its an always on pedal for me
  4. Cheep pedals CAN be as much fun as expensive ones if we give them a chance
  5. caeman

    caeman The Root Master

    Sep 17, 2008
    With cheap pedals, I think the expectations are a lot less, so one can surprised and pleased more easily. With a $300 overdrive pedal, expectations will be high.

    Last night's experiment with the level from guitar are still true, I wasn't just too tired to get the settings right. I have to attenuate the signal from my bass down -15db to keep the gain knob of the BOD400 useful.

    Now I am understand more closely what people are talking about with high-output basses not always working various drive pedals.
  6. caeman

    caeman The Root Master

    Sep 17, 2008
    And that is when I remembered, I have a lower output bass. I picked up a Dean XO VM on the dirt cheap to convert to fretless. The Dean humbucker pickups aren't nearly as high-output as the Gretsch. I plugged it in this morning the Dean went from sounding thin and weak to something I might just describe as beefy.