Can someone tell me how much a distortion pedal would cost???

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by jay_1_2_3_, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. jay_1_2_3_


    Jun 23, 2008
    just wanted to know how much a cheap but reliable distortion pedal should/would cost. Ive not been playing long but would quite like one, but i cant trust ebay cos theyve got loada ****** japanese ones that im not sure i cn trust to be good
  2. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    From $20 up to over $500. Lots of choices, lots of differences.
  3. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    FWIW the really crummy ones are typically not made in Japan. Japanese pedals tend to be well-made. Anyway though, have a look on pedal webstores like for an idea of the typical price ranges. I figure good pedals start around $100 and go up from there, but there are certainly some exceptions.
  4. I would recommend the sansamp bass driver di. It has great tube simulation distortion, but also comes in handy as a direct box. They go for about $120 on eBay.
  5. kevteop


    Feb 12, 2008
    York, UK
    Peoples' ideas of what "good distortion" is can vary wildly. You should probably go to a guitar store and try a bunch out to get a better idea of what you want.

    I've been through four fuzzes and two overdrives in the last six months, and so far only one has checked enough boxes to stay on my board.
  6. Ampeg SVT

    Ampeg SVT Son, I am disappoint.

    Sep 9, 2006
    I have been through a lot, i can tell you to stay away from the Boss Bass Overdrive. It just makes a bunch of noise. Its absolutely terrible no matter how you set the gain.

    I second the Sansamp, i stupidly sold mine.
    My favorite would have to be a Fulltone bassdrive.
  7. EricF

    EricF Habitual User

    Sep 26, 2005
    Pasadena, CA
    How much do you want to spend?
  8. baalroo


    Mar 24, 2008
    Wichita, KS
    maybe more importantly, what kind of music do you primarily play?
  9. nicfargo


    May 28, 2008
    Lincoln, NE
    I've heard good things about the Fulltone Bassdrive (Mosfet preferred over non-mosfet), the EHX Muff Fuzz, and a variety of others as well. Some even like the Boss MT-2 or MZ-2. It's all about preference really...and a distortion that will keep your low-end, because without that you might as well be a gui****!
  10. There are also dozens of ODs/Dist./Fuzz sound samples in Talkbass Wiki. And remember to check out Polish Love too.
  11. I'd surely have suggested the Polish Love except that he's no longer taking orders, at least for the time being. I don't know if it's permanent or if he's just playing catchup with the orders he currently has in.
  12. jay_1_2_3_


    Jun 23, 2008
    to the questions asked, i want to spend the least possible without getin absaloute junk because im only 16 and dont have the greatest amounts of money.................aaaaand at the moment im just copying tabs from websites like flaming lips and kings of leon, i havent started playin any certain types of bass, im just plucking with fingers but im not anything special yet
  13. Are you wanting to stay strictly distortion, or would you be open to an overdrive or fuzz pedal?
  14. On the cheap I'd recommend the Ibanez PD7 (Phat Hed). It can be had on MF for around $40-$45, and cheaper than that on ebay. It does the trick for distortion for me, and keeps tons of low end.
  15. Guest043

    Guest043 Guest

    Apr 8, 2008
    $40 can get you an "okay" boss one, although some pros do use those pedals you can get for $40. id say an average distortion is around $100. i only use what i consider to be "the best" pedals, and my two channel distortion/overdrive pedal was only $115..
  16. Fetzu


    Sep 6, 2007
    Tampa, Florida
    I like this pedal too, and it's less than 50 bucks.