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Doom metal pedals

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Yeldarbo, May 17, 2018.

  1. Yeldarbo


    May 17, 2018
    Im currently using an esp ltd 6 stringer and mainly play a mix of doom metal.
    anyone have any recommendation for any decent fuzzy pedals that wont break the bank?
  2. K-2


    Nov 30, 2016
    Vilnius, Lithuania
    Electro-Harmonix Green Russian Reissue - This was one and only fuzzy pedal I tried. So I hope others will give you more suggestions.
    But this pedal sounded huge, with tons of volume, fuzziness and I paid about 70EUR new (guess its about 80USD)
    Check it out !
  3. Yeldarbo


    May 17, 2018
    awesome, ill have to check it out. was using my mac with the crappy predownloaded FX. but will do, thanks man.
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  4. dannybuoy


    Aug 3, 2005
    Behringer BDI21 or Joyo American Sound for some tubey grind - it's not all about the fuzz!
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  5. Skybone


    Jun 20, 2016
    I guess it depends on which "version" of "Doom" you're talking about.

    If it's "Doom metal", as in influenced by Black Sabbath, Trouble, Candlemass, etc. playing multiple riffs in songs, using E to C# tunings, then an overdrive will suffice.

    If we're talking "DOOOOOOM 0)))))))))))))))", as in influenced by horror movie soundtracks, SUNN 0))))) and other drone style bands, then tune as low as possible, get a fuzz pedal that will remove any note definition, turn your amp gain on full, and purchase some industrial strength ear defenders.
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  6. Yeldarbo


    May 17, 2018
    I guess ill be referring too black sabbath and the sword inspired.
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  7. Skybone


    Jun 20, 2016
    A decent overdrive. Maybe something with a clean/dirty blend option, and something that will give you a "valve-y" warmth to the drive. In other words... "old school".

    That style of music, you don't want to have the bass too heavily distorted, more of a "medium gain" type sound, as the bass needs to punch through the guitars & drums. Don't scoop your mids either.
  8. Clearly the best choice:

  9. el murdoque

    el murdoque

    Mar 10, 2013
    It also depends on how you're set up in the band.
    IMHO, with a single guitar you can use a much (for want of a better word) 'bigger' sound for the passages when the guitar solos or plays lead parts.
    My favorite pedals for that are the OBNE Haunt Fuzz and the Fuzzrocious Broke Dick Peanut Gallery, plus one low gain overdrive of choice. That sound, however, needs room to breathe.
    As soon as there is a rhythm guitar playing more or less the same things as the bass does, using a huge fat distorted sound is a ticket to mud-town. In this case I myself prefer just a bit of grind, a light sizzle on the top end with retained clarity in the bottom. I think that you have to keep the sound of the band in mind, not your personal sound.
    When rhythm guitar and bass work as a union, the bass more or less extends the rhythm guitar's low end and the guitar takes a major potion of bringing the grind into that union.
  10. Damnation Audio MBD-1, Dunwich Volt Thrower, EHX Green Russian Reissue.
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  11. I have a morley power fuzz and wah cliff burton sig. for sale
  12. socialleper

    socialleper Bringer of doom and top shelf beer Supporting Member

    May 31, 2009
    Canyon Country, CA
    A cranked Porkloin will give you a real wooly tone. Any Green Russian clone will work too. Cathedral's sound always sounded like just tube distortion, so a TS or OCD clone with a low end control will work. Bands like Candlemass and Trouble always buried the bass in low end.
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  13. crapusername


    Sep 26, 2005
    North Kent.UK
    endorsing artist: Dean guitars, Marshall , Rotosound strings
    Leo smee used an svt /810 with an sd1 for much of the carnival bizarre era up to caravan
  14. Check out IdiotBox Effects at Home

    Listen to their pedal demo vids for their pedals, some good stuff for bass in my personal opinions.
  15. scuzzy


    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    On the cheap, the joyo character pedals are great. I love the American sound, as recommended above, but would steer you towards the California sound instead, as the grit is better suited, and it still sounds great with bass.
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  16. br1qbat


    Aug 22, 2017
    Marysville, MI
    Also, head over to our corner: the stoner/doom thread.

    My doom signal: Jazz Bass -> DOD 250 -> EH deluxe bass big muff -> way huge pork loin
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  17. TheSeagoats


    May 21, 2015
    This is a demo I did for fun once, so it might not be quite traditional as far as doom goes. Doom Full Demo

    It's just my p bass (with a SPB-3 pickup) into a modded Boss DS-1. Nothing too fancy but I thought it sounded good. Skip to the end to hear a bass "lead" part.
  18. I use this discontinued pedal. It wakes the bloody dead and is SUPER versatile. It'll cover ANY freq desired and will rip the face off and spit out any other dist pedal there is.

    Very musically though!

    Over the last 35 years, I've had it all, from $1000 and on, and this little sucker kills it for bass.

    It's all Ive used for the last 10 years... And my bass, amps, and cabs were all built for pure evil.

    Try to find a used one. 81qZMnkTqaL._SL1500_.jpg
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  19. bass40hz

    bass40hz Cigar smoker, scotch drinker, American Patriot

    Aug 13, 2014
    Sussex County, NJ
    no endorsements yet...Are you listening Spector, DR, GK, Line6?
    DOD Boneshaker, pure brutality and affordable.
    Source Audio AfterShock, any and all fuzz/overdriven/distortion tones you can ever imagine, little more pricey but oh so worth it.
  20. BillMason


    Mar 6, 2007
    I only play this stuff by myself and sometimes with my son in our practice room/Living room, but I've been a Sabbath fan since about 1982, always into metal, and lately have turned myself on to Sleep, OM, Earth, Uncle Acid, etc. So I guess technically stoner rock, moreso than Doom, but the effect setups should be about the same. As a result of my getting into Sleep etc recently, I have lately also been getting into effects much more than ever.

    You first need some kind of tube amp or a good tube amp emulator. I'm into cheap pedals, so for that I switch between my Joyo Orange Juice (can really nail the Geezer "Warning" and "Hand of Doom" tone with a P bass using the '62 Original pickups, but I recently swapped them for SPB-1's and have lost it, so need to figure out how to EQ it back), a Joyo American Sound, a Joyo California Sound, an EHX Hot Tubes, and the SVT settings on a Zoom B1Xon pedal. I guess these would be considered overdrive pedals, or preamps.

    You also need a fuzz pedal, and the Green Russian is what I use - lots of low end. There are others of course, and most bass-friendly ones are variations of the older EHX Big Muff Pi Russian-made pedals, and the EHX Green Russian reissue is based on those. Not sure if it is technically a fuzz pedal or distortion, but I also have a Little Bear BS-1, which is a Wooly Mammoth clone.

    You can also look into distortion pedals, and for these there are no end of options here - I have a Boss DS-1 that I sometimes use, but through the Zoom pedal I also have Rat and Tube Screamer options that I use from time to time. I tried the Way Huge Green Rhino, which I think is technically a Tube Screamer clone that is bass friendly, and mind you I was only trying it out in the store, but I found there was really only one setting that sounded decent at the low volume I was using it - YMMV, but it was a used MkI for $54, I wasn't even tempted. The Joyo Ultimate Drive is also good, I have it too.

    Lastly, I would consider adding an auto-wah or envelope filter of some sort. I have an EHX Bass Balls, which I like, but also had an EHX Mini Tron that was a lot of fun.

    Signal chain order is entirely up to you, but I like having the tubey pre-amps last, and either go into my effects loop or straight into my amp's pre-amp. Before that, I place overdrive/distortion, before that the fuzz, and the envelope filter before that. I also have a Joyo Dyna Comp that I sometimes use and sometimes don't. So my chain is Korg Pitch Black Tuner->Dyna Comp->Bass Balls->Green Russian->Boss DS-1->Zoom B1Xon->American Sound->Joyo OJ->Hot Tubes->amp. The Little Bear, California Sound, and the Ultimate Drive are not currently in the chain, but I would put the UD before the Zoom if using the Zoom as a preamp, and after it if using it for OD/distortion.

    I'm in a couple of dad rock cover bands so rarely use any of this stuff, but the Green Russian sounds really nice with the Sustain turned down all the way in front of the OJ for some of the stuff we do. I might break out the Hot Tubes Monday night and see how it sounds in the mix with the boys.
    Last edited: May 17, 2018
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