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Best affordable Bass pedals for Thrash Metal.

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by StathisBass, Jul 8, 2017.

  1. I'm new into the pedals but I have come to the conclusion that I really need one. I use both for recording and live shows my Cort B5 Artisan with Rotosound 665 Stainless steel strings. I really like the sound of bass without distortion, yet really bright but growlish, a sound that really stands out of the rest.
    To get an idea this is what I mean:

    Is buying a pedal worth it? I really need and want to get this sound yet I don't know much about pedals to know what to buy. Any advice on pedals, recommendations etc are welcome!
    *I was looking for Boss ODB-3, Boss BB-1X, Zoom B1on and maybe a Tech 21 Sansamp Driver. If you have any experience with them, especially the ODB-3, give me your opinion on them*
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  2. Got interested... according to Wikipedia the bassist is this guy
    New School: Nick Schendzielos

    Has a list of his gear.. no distortion to speak of? Warwick bass probably plays a big part of the tone. That with compression and eq can probably get the bright and growl you speak of.
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  3. hbabels

    hbabels Supporting Member

    Jul 26, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
    If you're after the tone in that video. Skip the boss OD pedals they're way to buzzy on the top end for what you want.
    Look at a Darkglass B3K or B7k. Low drive settings raw or thin mode and the blend & attack to taste and you're there.

    Sansamp VT BASS also an option. I'd get the DI model since you get a blend which will help keep the drive subtle and your clean lows in the mix.

    Hunt classifieds here those pop up used on a regular basis.
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  4. He started using some Darkglass stuff into Aguilar amps.

    Source: His Instagram account
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  5. hbabels

    hbabels Supporting Member

    Jul 26, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
    Well there you go ! Darkglass for the win! Love their pedals. From the samples I've heard the Aguilar Agro could probably get you in this ballpark as well.
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  6. Crystalman85


    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    For a sound like that, an exciter pedal, an eq pedal, or a preamp pedal would be a good choice. the hartke bass attack preamp pedal can get you that sound. darkglass would be another good choice if money's no option.
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  7. dannybuoy


    Aug 3, 2005
    Joyo Orange Juice goes for peanuts:

    Also the Behringer BDI21, a clone of the Sansamp BDDI which is what all the metal guys were using before Darkglass came along!
  8. dannybuoy


    Aug 3, 2005
    Darkglass and Aguilar recommendations in an affordable pedal thread?

    The Sansamp BDDI is a classic, but the Behringer sounds almost identical for a tenth of the price, certainly worth getting. And the Joyo Orange Juice can get some real clank going on too as evidenced above (check later on in the video, it has mellower tubey tones on offer too).

    I would steer clear of Zoom and the BB-1X, I found both really disappointing.

    The ODB-3 can sound immense but only if used carefully! By itself into a solid state amp and a cab with a tweeter it will sound horrendous. Blended with another distortion, or going into a tube amp, and using vintage style cabs to get rid of the fizz can all help. Jon Stockman of Karnivool uses one to great effect for instance.
  9. darkglass is the way to go for metal bass, but for affordability check out the bass soul food. it's under $100.

  10. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    I could sell you my DOD Thrash Master pedal, since I have a different fuzz coming in that serves my needs better. It's a scooped sounding fuzz but thick as hell and with shloads of bottom end - plus it's hot pink! thrash metal as F. I should make a video demo.

    EDIT: I don't know about in the mediterranean region, but here in the states it's a very inexpensive pedal.
  11. patrickj


    Aug 13, 2001
    Ellicott City, MD
    Endorsing: Spector Bass Guitars
    Get a GDI21 instead of a BDI21. Gnarly overdrive.
  12. millahh

    millahh Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2005
    I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the SA AfterShock yet, as it could passably cover the ground of any of the the suggestions, at a not-unreasonable price.
  13. hondo4life


    Feb 29, 2016
    I would start with a HEAVY sticker on your pickguard, then take a look at a Darkglass. I still want a Darkglass, but have not been able to justify the cost since I am not longer in a band.
  14. @hondo4life

    Get a Darkglass, you owe it to yourself — life's short, live it UP!
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  15. hbabels

    hbabels Supporting Member

    Jul 26, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
    Darkglass does produce the best metal tones I've heard. & a B3K can be found used for around $150-$175
  16. Sunset Shalom

    Sunset Shalom

    May 9, 2016
    If you need something super affordable look for a used VHT V Drive, should only be 50$ or so and is a great deal for the price. It's very versatile so it can take some adjusting to the controls to dial in specific stuff but it's simple once you understand it and it can nail a super wide range of tones. From transparent boost to all sorts of OD and even some more fuzz/ distortion territory when cranked. It's made for guitar I believe but works great on bass and has an amazing bass tone control that is super unique.
  17. opivy3056

    opivy3056 stardust in a light beam Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2004
    San Diego
    Bunch of great suggestions here. Personally I really like the idiotbox blower box. Can be had in the classifieds for 100 or less. Lots of great distorted sounds
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  18. Crystalman85


    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    Oh yeah...I didn't think of the orange juice. that's pretty good choice along with the golden face. did thought of getting the golden face based on this clip.

    Golden face demo at 1:21
  19. TheSlenderman


    Aug 24, 2012
    DeLand, FL
    +1 for the IdiotBox Blower Box. Was my always on when I was playing in a trash band. Works wonderfully at low gain settings. Very thick and grindy without being overly distorted or losing articulation in faster or more technical riffs. Very reasonably priced for the quality and Matt is a great dude that does everything himself.
  20. Johnny Mac

    Johnny Mac Riff-finder General Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2005
    Springfield, MA
    A used Digitech Hardwire CM-2 can usually be found for around $50, and it's very good for adding some grit to your tone without heavily coloring it or dropping your low end (depending on how you set the EQ, of course).
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