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Fizzy/farty overdrive - help please

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by AmpedSilence, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. Hello everyone, I've been having a problem with the way all overdrive pedals I try give me a high fizzy sound and a low farting sound. I recently bought a Catalinbread Teaser Stallion and the YouTube vid demo I saw sounded great! But it wasn't the case for me :atoz:
    I really don't know if its just that I am doing something wrong or if thats just the way dirt pedals sound on bass ( although I look up YouTube vids and notice that some don't).

    I have a Squier CV 60s P bass with Delano PMVC FE/M2 pickups.

    I plug the bass directly into the Teaser Stallion which then goes into the Zoom MS-60B. I also have tried the ODs with two other basses, my Squier Bronco and an Ibanez SR305 and get similar results. I have a Peavy Firebass amp with a Yorkville XC410 cab and I also use an Ampeg BA300.

    I've read online that some fizz comes from a source signal not putting out a strong enough signal...

    so, :help:
  2. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2006
    Northern California
    I don't have any familiarity with most of your gear.

    Often times the amp & cab(s) play a big role in how OD sounds.

    But here's another question. Do you play with a pick or fingers? If it's fingerstyle do you have a hard or light touch?

    I started having a LOT more success with overdrives when I realized that they sounded much, much better when either playing with a pick or absolutely hammering with my right hand.

    I think a lot of people want to use a light touch and sound like Geddy Lee or Tim Commerford, but only a few pedals I've ever tried can accomplish something like that. The Darkglass B3K (or B7K) is one though even it sounds better with an aggressive attack.
  3. I use a pick a lot and also play finger style. I tend to have a hard attack.

    The one grindy pedal I absolutely loved was the Rusty Box. The biggest problem with it was the infernal hiss I got from it :(
    I even sent it to Tronographic to have it checked out and they told me it was fine. I was so bummed.
  4. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2006
    Northern California
    Yeah, the Rusty Box is noisy. Great sound, but can definitely be noisy.

    Sounds like the Teaser Stallion just isn't for you.
  5. I had similar issues w/the Stallion...low-end loss, thin sound and the distortion was "inconsistent". It didn't play well with some pedals...if you're determined to keep it, experiment/remove some of the other pedals at random to see if you can narrow down the culprit.

    I switched to distortions/fuzzes that were consistent/predictable in their break-up (anything by Wren and Cuff for example).
  6. I was afraid that might be the case, although I'd still want to know if Overdrives and distortions are fizzy with my setup or if it's just the pedals I've tried..