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Effect for Tube Warmth?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Chrisk-K, Mar 29, 2015.

  1. Chrisk-K


    Jan 20, 2010
    Maryland, USA
    I love the tone I'm getting from my P Bass through the Tube Screamer with a little of bit gain. But as you may know, the TS simply kills the low end.

    Is there an effect pedal that can give me a TS-like tone without killing the low end?
  2. Dash Lashes

    Dash Lashes Banned

    Feb 20, 2015
    what about the TS's sound do you like?


    Jul 16, 2009
    Green Rhino perhaps?
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  4. Crystalman85


    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    The voodoo lab sparkle drive or the way huge pork loin would be right up your alley. and if money is no option, check out the maxon hybrid bass driver.
  5. jj4001


    Dec 27, 2010
    Providence, RI
    The Dr. J Sparrow does low gain OD and tubelike warmth very well. Plus it's a cromulent DI box too.
  6. Mosfed


    Apr 21, 2013
    Chamonix Mont-Blanc
    Partner - CCP Pedals
    If you like that tone just get a tube screamer that has been modded for extended bass?

    Both Keeley and Analogman make one.
  7. PunkRocker33133

    PunkRocker33133 Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2008
    Northern VA
    HBE Hematoma is the single best bass TS (my favorite in general) I've ever tried. It also has a footswitchable boost.
  8. mmbongo

    mmbongo Five Time World Champion Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Hardwire CM-2 is a tube screamer that does not clip your bottom end, and can actually add some. They are a steal at less than $100 new and $60-ish used.
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  9. There are tons of pedals out there that would do the job. Also, not all TS will kill bottom end. Finally, a TS is not exactly the pedal that I would use to get "tube warmth", IMO/IME.

    If you love the tone you have, stick with it. If you think there is low end loss, consider adding a blender pedal.

    Otherwise, maybe you can post some more descriptions of the tone you are looking for. With hundreds (thousands?) of dirt pedals out there to choose from in many different flavours, details help to give a good recommendation. :)
  10. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
  11. Snowglo

    Snowglo Pro Aris et Focis Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2013
    U.S. Military endorsement since 1984
    Depends how much you want to fork out, but DHA's pre's have tubes and offer that true tube warmth and overdrive with absolutely no bottom end loss.

    Attached Files:

  12. MCS4


    Sep 26, 2012
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    The Sparkle Drive is perfect for this, as long as you don't need a lot of drive (IMO the fullest bass tone on the Sparkle Drive come at blend and tone settings that reduce the drive).
  13. DavC

    DavC Supporting Member

    May 17, 2005
    Tallmadge , Ohio
    Barbershop .!... I've tried several pedals for that low gain tube effect ... so far the Barbershop seems to be working the best ... I also think the TC Spark might do the trick having bass/treble

    also currently have a Visual Sound Rt 66 V3 ... which seems better for gtr than bass , but might be OK with some more tweeking ...?! but it's more distortion than a slight tube breakup kinda warmth

    tried ... Sparkle Drive , Maxxon tube drive , blue tube , darkglass B7K , fulltone , tc darkmatter , ... just in the last couple yrs ... tried many others I can't even remember over the decades ...

    I do look for stuff that will work on both bass and gtr ... and maybe keys ( electric pianos or organ )
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  14. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    blue tube 903
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  15. Spirit of Ox

    Spirit of Ox Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2012
    Chelsea Mass
    Joyo American Sound. 30.00 can't beat its bang to buck. You won't lose any low end and you have control over Treble, Mids, Bass, Voice, Drive. Also the Bad Monkey by Digitech is really good. I've used one for ten years and had no loss of low end.
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  16. DriesG


    Feb 27, 2009
    Gent (Belgium)
    Not really TS, but I love the EBS Valve Drive DI for tube sound. From mild to full tube drive/distortion with a massive lo end.
  17. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Mike Lull GK Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups Darkglass
    The Sonic Spark IMHO does a good job.

  18. higain617


    Sep 12, 2013
    I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Fairfield Barbershop yet.
  19. tonemachine

    tonemachine Banned

    Mar 23, 2010
    Cromulent- there's our word learning for the day.
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  20. higain617


    Sep 12, 2013
    This thread's greatness has been embiggened by the cromulence of its posts.

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