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Clean Fender Amp pedal

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Mark Ambler, Nov 26, 2019.

  1. Mark Ambler

    Mark Ambler

    Nov 18, 2017
    London, UK.
    Hi, I'm using a EV SXA360 full range 12"and horn 500 watt RMS speaker cab. It works surprisingly well, very transparent, but I'd like to make it sound more like a clean Fender valve amp if possible (no distortion).

    There are so many pedals on the market, and many are aimed at adding a bit (or a lot) of overdrive. Some of the pedals in this list may do the job well, and it would be very helpful to hear peoples experiences with them:

    Tech 21 Blonde

    HX Stomp

    Catalinbread 5F6 (would this be any good into a PA cab?)

    Aguilar Tonehammer

    Ampeg SCR-DI

    SHift Line Olympic 3

    Nordstrand Starlifter.

    DarkGlass Harmonic Booster Mk2

    Noble preamp. (Do I have to spend this much?)

    I'm just looking for a pedal that does this one thing really well. If it has other features, that's fine, but first and foremost is a clean Fender tone. I know there are many threads re preamps, but there are many new pedals on the market, etc.TIA
  2. Nunovsky


    Sep 4, 2004
    You have the Fender Downtown Express Bass Station that is a ver complete preamp. Maybe that will give you what you want.
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  3. GMC

    GMC Supporting Member

    I used a Joyo American Sound which is a Tech 21 Blonde clone. It's pretty close at nailing that Fender tone. The break up from the overdrive circuit is really nice too. I kind of wish that Joyo would release a neutral version of this pedal (without the baked in EQ tone) so that it's flat and neutral. Essentially then it would be a straight overdrive circuit with a 3 band eq without all the amp / cab sim stuff.
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  4. mmbongo

    mmbongo Regular Human Bartender Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
  5. Joyo also sell the same amp sim in a smaller box called Clean Glass.
    The down side is just a single tone knob instead of the 3-band EQ of the American.
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  6. MynameisMe

    MynameisMe Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat...... Supporting Member

    Dec 31, 2018
    Jax Florida
    The Mesa Subway DI Preamp is very clean.
    Just a subtle turn of the knobs make a great difference.
    Tremendous sound!
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  7. DirtyDuke

    DirtyDuke Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 13, 2012
    guelph ontario
    Partner Southampton Pedals, Partner CCP

    Broughton Super stack

    Frog Pedals

    RocknGlass DiPre

    Sushi effects .(small cheap and amazing)
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  8. Mushroo

    Mushroo Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    Massachusetts, USA
    Another pedal that deserves a place on your list is the Broughton Silver Deluxe.
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  9. Mark Ambler

    Mark Ambler

    Nov 18, 2017
    London, UK.
    I've compared the Clean Glass to the American and the Clean Glass was inherently noisy in comparison. The Clean Glass isn't 'that' noisy, but the American is noticeably quieter, and with more control over the sound. The Clean Glass pedal is very very small, so perhaps cramming everything so tight together has increased the noise level.
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  10. Mark Ambler

    Mark Ambler

    Nov 18, 2017
    London, UK.
    Looks interesting, I will be trying one later today.
  11. Mark Ambler

    Mark Ambler

    Nov 18, 2017
    London, UK.
    From what I've read, this pedal is more suited to guitar than Bass.
  12. Mark Ambler

    Mark Ambler

    Nov 18, 2017
    London, UK.
    This sounds like it maybe the one. Hopefully will try out soon.
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  13. Mark Ambler

    Mark Ambler

    Nov 18, 2017
    London, UK.
    I'm based in the U.K. and as these pedals are sold direct from Canada, I won't be able to try before I buy, so I will have to pass on them, unfortunately.
  14. Mark Ambler

    Mark Ambler

    Nov 18, 2017
    London, UK.
    Maybe I need a Cab Sim. Perhaps the Catalinbread 5F6 with a Mooer Radar would work well?
  15. Mark Ambler

    Mark Ambler

    Nov 18, 2017
    London, UK.
    Tried the Catalinbread 5F6, EHX Bass Soul Food, EHX Battalion, and very briefly, the Line 6 HX Stomp.

    The Catalinbread probably is excellent at tube like breakup, etc, but the clean sound wasn’t for me.
    The EHX Bass Soul Food had a very nice warm natural clean sound with the gain turned off. Really like this pedal.
    The I couldn’t get a totally clean sound out of the EHX Battalion, I guess that’s intended, though.

    I was leaving the shop when I saw the HX Stomp. The Bass presets sounded very promising, and it also has a full sized headphone jack:)

    I need to atleast demo the Aguilar, Ampeg and Mesa before I decide.

    Any thoughts on the Bass Soul Food an HX Stomp?
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  16. There's a big thread on the HX Stomp. Lots of folks are enjoying theirs. I've been thinking of picking one up but even though it's not the full blown Helix it's still got a pretty good price tag. ;)
    You may even find a Fender guitar amp on the Stomp that you like and then could match it with a bass cab? Lots of possibilities in that little box!

    Line 6 HX Stomp
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  17. I am quite fond of the clean Fender Bassman tone the closest I have found is the @johnk_10 FET-F2B pedal that is his take on the Alembic F2B preamp based on the Fender Showman that was a beefed up Bassman.


    AMT is doing a compact tube preamp that looks interesting.
    AMT Bricks A-Bass
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2019
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  18. MynameisMe

    MynameisMe Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat...... Supporting Member

    Dec 31, 2018
    Jax Florida
    Maybe one will become available on TB. I got mine for $165 here.
    I jumped on it! I'm very pleased I'm going to play it this Sunday morning in our service and I'm all geeked out about it!
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  19. extreme

    extreme Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2000
    Broughton Super Stack is EXACTLY what you say you're looking for. For something more readily available with a nice tube sound at a reasonable price you could try the Lightning Boy Nuvision...sweet pedal in it's own right! It has a lot of character and can get some break up depending on how you set the gain and volume knobs...it's truly a great stand alone pedal.
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  20. Mark Ambler

    Mark Ambler

    Nov 18, 2017
    London, UK.
    From it’s description, the Broughton Super Stack sounds perfect, but as I’m using a full range powered Cab, it might be too bright unless I use a speaker sim.

    I’m now thinking that a HX Stomp might be more suitable for my needs.
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