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Best light overdrive?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by jacksonev94, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. Way Huge Pork Loin

    25 vote(s)
  2. JHS Morning Glory

    5 vote(s)
  3. Hematoma Bass Overdrive

    1 vote(s)
  4. Other

    58 vote(s)
  1. jacksonev94

    jacksonev94 Supporting Member

    May 12, 2012
    Lynchburg, VA
    The title says it all, I'm looking for a light overdrive pedal to put a little hair on my tone and would like to know which one is your favorite and why.
  2. Lemon Of Troy

    Lemon Of Troy Banned

    Nov 6, 2012
    Palmetto State
    Pork Loin.

    Under $100.
    Clean Blend.
    Top Jacks.
    Unlimited tonal options thanks to the internal controls.
  3. BenCampbell

    BenCampbell Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    Zvex Distortron. Keeps all the low end and adds just enough crunch when playing with a pick.
  4. I really enjoy the Xotic BB Bass preamp for some nice OD on the edge of my signal...It's like adding a little bit of gain from an amp.
  5. I've always liked the Green Rhino. The drive knob allows going from a slight grunt to an all-out growl.
  6. I really like my Fulltone OCD. I think it does a very nice job of keeping low end in the signal, without making it sound, well, like a wet fart. Some overdrives/distortions say they retain low end, but it comes out very fake and boomy, or can only be achieved by using mostly the dry knob. The OCD is very tube like and can cleans up really well if you play with dynamics.
  7. Stretchhh


    Jan 10, 2012
    WA, Australia
    Fuzzrocious Dark Driving is amazing at achieving all overdriven tones and reacts accordingly to how hard you play which means you just have to play harder for heavier drive from the pedal.
  8. VoodooLabs Sparkle Drive
  9. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    New it's about $180, but $100 or under if you can find one used. I paid about $93 for mine on Ebay a few weeks ago.

    I'd like to recommend the Digitech Hardwire CM-2 as well. I like the Pork Loin more for low gain, but the CM-2 does the light thing nicely and the added bass/treble controls are a nice touch.
    zapped777 likes this.
  10. Been through a LOAD. The Ashdown James Lomenzo Hyperdrive is "it" for me. The key thing for me is to be able to select which part of the midrange I want to OD, and by how much, and then mix just the right amount of it into my dry signal. This pedal does just that.
  11. crapusername


    Sep 26, 2005
    North Kent.UK
    endorsing artist: Dean guitars, Marshall , Rotosound strings
    Hardwire cm2
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  12. Jordan S.

    Jordan S.

    Mar 25, 2012
    NSW, Australia
    Blacksheep Effects Pedals
    Off topic: What setting are you using on the CM-2 for a light overdrive?
  13. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    IMO, other:
    Fairfield Barbershop
    Xotic Bass RC
  14. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks.

    Jan 25, 2011
    Camarillo, CA
    I have the Hardwire, and I love it. Im also really interested in the bass overdrive that MXR should be releasing soon. Supposedly it's based on the Pork Loin, but with a better clean blend, a slightly tweaked tone, and more available gain.
  15. The Bass RC "Booster" (which does include a clipping stage) is a really good choice for light, dynamic OD.
  16. lavaxtris


    Feb 3, 2009
    any kind of TS9. I use a GFS greenie classic set at low gain into a sansamp. it sounds fantastic. great John Entwistle-like tone
  17. Darkglass B3K. I love mine. No low end loss at all.
  18. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
  19. EskimoBassist


    Nov 2, 2007
    Leeds, UK
    Love my Xotic BB Bass Pre