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Best overdrive pedal -- money is no object

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by pickles, May 19, 2012.

  1. pickles

    pickles Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    I've tried a lot of dirt pedals, and nothing is as good for my taste as the preamp on my Mesa Titan. I'm looking for a pedal that will get close to that vibe for when I want to use a different head. I have not been paying attention to effects the last couple years, and wondering what's new. I like a grindy, growly sound with hard impact and brightness that comes through. I don't like fuzziness, softness, blur, or anything with scratchy high that requires a tweeterless cab to sound good.

    Here's what I have tried:

    Aguilar agro
    Sansamp bddi
    Sansamp gt2
    Fulltone bass drive
    Boss ds1
    Turbo rat
    Bass big muff
    Little big muff
    Badder bass monkey
    Blending with a barge systems box
    Ebs multidrive

    My favorite of all of this is probably a rat or ds1, through the bddi, blended with the barge. I posted some clips of that a while back (thread was called "fun with dirt"), it's pretty good. The agro was also pretty good but has a certain boxieness to it, and was just a little too controlled/perfect.

    So what did I miss, and what's new?
  2. willbassyeah


    Oct 9, 2011
    Darkglass b3k
  3. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
  4. pickles

    pickles Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
  5. Team Awesome Fuzz Machine by smallsound/bigsound.
  6. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    There is no "best". There is only what you like. I may dislike what you like, and vice versa.

    The OD which suits me best (after trying a few) is the Digitech Bad Monkey, but only the version modified by Scott Humphreys to become the Badder Bass Monkey. (It comes in both guitar and bass mod versions.)

    Here's his website: http://haudiomods.webs.com/ For $95 you will get one excellent OD pedal. It's not fuzz, not distortion (but it can approximate that at its higher settings), it's an OD. If you have one of these, he will mod it for you.

    Here's a discussion that nearly duplicates the one you started: http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f36/opinions-needed-overdrive-not-distortion-808598/


    BTW - I bought a guitar version of this pedal used by mistake - and he converted it to the bass version at NO cost to me other than shipping. As far as I'm concerned, he's a first class guy and deserves a positive mention any time I get the chance.
  7. yousaiditman

    yousaiditman Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2011
    San Clemente, CA
    Yep. Search no more. B3K is the bomb.
  8. I listened to your samples linked in the other thread, and that's some good distorted bass. I have got many of the same sounds with a ZVex Mastotron into a BDDI. My three favorite knobs on the Mastrotron:

    1. pulse width control adds organic randomness
    2. Impedance push-relax control interacts with passive pickups
    3. Subharmonic switch

    #1 and #2 interact with each other and are very touchy, almost noise-gate-like behavior in some settings.


    Oh, and that photo shows a pretty good setting. Mine is set close to that right now.
  9. pickles

    pickles Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA

    Sure. Looking for closest to the Titan or bb750.

    The monkey is on my have tried list, I though it sounded good but pretty tame/compressed/mellow.
  10. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    +1. I'm not an overdrive expert, but I'm very happy with my B3K. Actually, it's the responsible of planting the effects fever I'm currently suffering.
  11. Muziekschuur


    May 25, 2009
    Would a low overdrive interest you? I just saw the FLIPSTER, wich give that AMPEG B15 sound...
  12. I concur. If money were no issue, I'd get a B3K.
  13. Matt Dean

    Matt Dean Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    SF (North) Bay Area
    If you're looking for the sound of the preamp on your Mesa Titan, then you need to track down a Mesa Boogie Bottle Rocket... which basically is the preamp of a Titan in a pedal. They are no longer in production, but can still be found on EBay. I had one for a while and it did Titan. I also had a B3K and will suggest that it does NOT do Titan. If I were going to get an in production pedal to get the Titan tone, I'd go with The Elements by the good Doctor.

    Edit: I have owned and extensively used all the pedals referred to in the above post. ;-)
  14. StingRay85


    Dec 18, 2011
    Viva Analog 360+ looks like an amazing pedal
  15. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Please, people, it is not helpful to recommend pedals you have not used.
  16. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    And while I'm shooing kids off my lawn, ;) I'd like to point out that fuzz is not overdrive, and Pickles even said he doesn't like fuzziness, so...
  17. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

  18. Ukiah Bass

    Ukiah Bass Supporting Member

    May 10, 2006
  19. alec


    Feb 13, 2000
    Perth, Australia
    I don't know Titan, but B3K fits your description. You should definitely try one. It might not be what you want, and it's not as versatile as others but it does it's thing really well.
    *edit - and demos of the Hardwire sound sick as well.
  20. EskimoBassist


    Nov 2, 2007
    Leeds, UK
    Thank god someone else already mentioned this!

    My 2 cents: I'm a big fan of the Xotic Bass Preamp, based on a tubescreamer circuit. Seperate controls for low and high eq, sounds great and not that expensive in comparison to...

    THE B3K! The current flavour of the month around these parts and apparently for good reason. Almost got one myself but haven't tried it out so I can't pass opinion (so I won't) but it seems very popular for good reason, despite its' price tag, so it MUST be good.

    If you really like the rat sound though, might I suggest you check out the Fuzzrocious Rat Tail - basically a very bass friendly version of the rat, with plenty options and good lowend retention.