Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by STROMERO, Aug 2, 2021.



    Sep 12, 2016
    I'm playing a Les Paul bass through a Mesa D800+ and a 115 cabinet. I also have a GK RB700II. What I'm looking for is a distortion that sounds like my Les Paul guitar through my Mesa 5:50. I own the following and can't find it. Any suggestions welcome. (I know tone chasing is subjective but I'll take any input)

    DSM Noisemaker
    Turbo Rat
    Ashdown NM2
    Darkglass Microtubes X7
    Soul food
    MXR Bass fuzz
    Ampeg Scrambler
    Tech 21 dUg
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  2. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    The Tech 21 Steve Harris pedal. I don't do guitar, not sure it'll do what you want, but it's a LOT more neutral than the dUg and has more versatility, including the ability to alternate between 2 different saturation levels.

    Bump for additional suggestions.
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  3. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    100% subjective.

    You can get great growl and OD on a bass from many preamps or OD pedals. But know some dirt pedals don’t work as well on bass as guitar for any number of reasons. So there’s nothing wrong with trying a few to find your sound.

    For light OD I love a BB style like from Browne or Wampler or straight from a tube preamp pedal, Sushi Box has some great ones with clips online. The Wampler Pantheon has Baxandall bass EQ which is a feature I’d look for unless you get a bass-specific product. Spaceman makes several good OD options.
    For a more pure distortion there are a lot of Rat types that work well with bass.
    My personal flavor if I’m dropping dirt on bass is fuzz. Maybe it’s just me. But I think the wooly fuzz effect works better for lower frequencies. I have close to 40 fuzz pedals and I can say some of them are almost completely transparent on bass even though they sound great with guitar. So make sure you get something that is Bass friendly.
    My subjective favorite bass fuzz is the Asgard 3 by Blackhawk (Baxandall EQ) But also check out Wren & Cuff custom shop because they let you select Bass specific mods.
    No wrong answer. Have fun.
    Pedals are like potato chips. You can’t have just one.
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  4. What you want is an amp in a box style overdrive/distortion in particular one that has a Mesa/Boogie gain and saturation profile and tone stack. Trying to emulate the complexity of a Mesa/Boogie amp in any pedal is a very tall order for any pedal designer. There are a lot of takes out there but I will offer two suggestions.
    Joyo California Sound is a solid state version originally designed by Andrew Barta of Tech 21 for the Character series but discontinued. This pedal can get a wide range of Mesa tones utilizing the Character control and is one i have used for many years in y studio on bass and guitar parts with satisfying results.
    Sushi Box Wrecking Ball X offers a tube version of the Dual Rec lead channel in a pedal that I plan to add to my collection as soon as funds allow.
  5. Smurf-o-Deth

    Smurf-o-Deth Nothing to fret over. Supporting Member

    Oct 2, 2007
    The state of denial.
    For power amp squishiness, maybe look at a BJFe Blueberry or derivative (like a Blackberry or a Honey Bee). Stay away from the Mad Professor Blueberry, though, as that one sounds completely different (more or less a fuzz).
  6. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Plug all nine stompboxes you listed in series, turn them all on, and then lower your standards re: how closely that sound mimics the Mesa 5:50.