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Dr J Sparrow bass driver

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by KlystronNoir, Dec 14, 2013.

  1. KlystronNoir


    May 18, 2013
    I have heard very little about this pedal. But I'm really curious to hear what people make of it. Anyone tried one?
  2. makanudo


    Dec 26, 2008
    It's a copy of the BDDI as far as I know. There area couple videos on youtube.
  3. Iheartreverb


    Oct 31, 2013
    Saw one really good video and it seemed like a good unit. Really good sounds and very versatile. £100 less than the sansamp and does pretty much the same job.
    I would use a DI as an always on pedal so build quality a side there is still not reason to buy the Dr J over a Behringer BDI21.
  4. easye

    easye Supporting Member

    Nov 28, 2008
    Central NJ
    Endorsing Artist: Curt Mangan Strings, Luther Lee Pickups
    I have 2. I use one on my electric and one on my upright. on the upright for rockablilly and roots music blues ect, it is awesome. and on electric I like the sound better than the sansamp... to be honest they sound nothing alike. I had the sansamp and sold it after I tried the sparrow. I love this pedal. no doubt the sansamp is built better but the sparrow sounds better to me.
  5. Swift713


    Dec 4, 2006
    Florence, Ma
    So what was the difference? Was the sparrow less scooped? Was the drive different? Is it less clacky?
  6. mexibass


    Feb 12, 2012
    Cozumel, México
    Hey man, what I coincidence, I just found about this little pedal. I'm building an alternate and smaller pedalboard, I got the sansamp deluxe on the main one and I love its tone, but I was thinking that having a second one for the smaller board would be too much money invested on it, so, now I might give this one a try. I wanted to ask you though, when you say the sansamp is better built, what you mean? Is the sparrow fragile? Is it Chinese made?

    What do you like about its tone better than the sansamp? Thanks a lot for the input!
  7. easye

    easye Supporting Member

    Nov 28, 2008
    Central NJ
    Endorsing Artist: Curt Mangan Strings, Luther Lee Pickups
    Yes the sparrow is made in China and I am sure the quality of the components are less than the sans amp. But the sans amp always had a like compression or something to it I did not like. I think u will be very pleased with the sparrow
  8. SunnBass

    SunnBass All these blankets saved my life.

    Aug 31, 2010
    Columbia, Mo
    Please answer this question.
  9. easye

    easye Supporting Member

    Nov 28, 2008
    Central NJ
    Endorsing Artist: Curt Mangan Strings, Luther Lee Pickups
    More transparent
  10. I heard some nice demos of it but went.with the mxr m80. Still curious though....
  11. mexibass


    Feb 12, 2012
    Cozumel, México
    Sweet. Thanks dude!
  12. Daz JP

    Daz JP

    Aug 12, 2014
    I got a Sparrow today - and actually use it for both Bass and Guitar. So far loving the Harmonics knob that gives you clank on the bass, and the very subtle manipulation of Mix and Drive that gives you warmth to low notes and drive to power chords - but dig in and you get growl on the low notes and some really nice overdriven sustain on arpeggiated noodles.
  13. circuito


    Sep 13, 2008
    Have you had problems of pop/bump at the switch?
  14. jj4001


    Dec 27, 2010
    Providence, RI
    I got a Sparrow about a month ago and it's the best pedal I've ever had. It does the subtle OD that I've been trying to find forever. You can set it so it breaks up when you dig in and stays clean when you use a lighter touch. It's the only pedal I've ever found that makes my solid state rig sound like a tube amp. Every time I've had the chance to use it as a DI box, the FOH guy seemed to like it as much as I do. $65 brand new and I don't see myself turning it off for a long time. Love it.
    zapped777 and Unemploid like this.
  15. lo-freq

    lo-freq aka UFO

    Jan 19, 2003
    DFW, Texas
    Bumping on up.
    Anybody use this with both a Jazz bass & P bass?
    How about a EBMM StingRay 5?
    I couldn't find any more threads on this, surprised it's been quiet this long!
  16. Crystalman85


    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    That pedal is pretty much a sansamp bass driver clone. much like the hartke vxl bass attack preamp pedal and the behringer bdi21, this pedal has tube emulation.
    lo-freq likes this.
  17. lo-freq

    lo-freq aka UFO

    Jan 19, 2003
    DFW, Texas
    Actually I did find more threads.
    Total # of posts is not that many.