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Fulltone Bass Driver or EBS Multi-Drive

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by ImNotGeddyLee, Oct 28, 2001.

  1. Fulltone Bass Driver

    14 vote(s)
  2. EBS Mult-Drive

    22 vote(s)
  3. other (specify)

    8 vote(s)
  1. which is a better, more useful unit. I recently heard the sound clips from EBS and got serious GAS and always heard great things on the Fulltone. If you know of anything better let me know.
  2. KB


    Jan 13, 2000
    Chapel Hill, NC
    EBS !!
    I don't have one yet, but after hearing the samples I have some major GAS. If it is of the quality as my EBS BassIQ then there is no contest.


    EDIT: editing my 1.5 year old post: Fulltone is my choice.

  3. id figure you would show up soon or later to recommend the budda ;) i just wish i could try it... or... hear it...


    Sep 26, 2001
    in the sun
    I had to buy it without trying it. I just figured that If i didn't like it I would send it back.
  5. Chrisrm

    Chrisrm Bass Virtuoso Wannabe

    Feb 10, 2002
    Colchester, CT
  6. fulldrive. i own it. great pedal. order it from musictoyz.com . you can send it back.
  7. gfab333


    Mar 22, 2000
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I ended up buying an EBS Multidrive and it turned out to be just the sound I was looking for. I looked and looked but I was unable to find a Budda Phatbass, Fulltone Bassdrive, or Sansamp Bass Drive DI. So, I was not able to check those pedals out.

    The Multidrive goes from subtle / mild tube-amp overdrive, which still preserves your low end, to a full-on distortion setting. I have to agree with several other posts on the Multidrive - this pedal's maxed distortion setting doesn't come anywhere close to the over-the-top fuzzed-out settings of many other pedals like the Boss. So, if you're into metal, this pedal is probably not for you. It seems to be predisposed to being used in R & B, Blues, and classic rock material.
  8. gfab333


    Mar 22, 2000
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    By the way, IMHO, the Multidrive sounds a lot bettter in person than those clips at the EBS site.
  9. [the Multidrive sounds a lot bettter in person than those clips at the EBS site.]

    True. I bought EBS multidrive used and it`s fantastic. It makes my bass sound so much bigger even with small amounts of overdrive. And tubesimulation mode is very realistic - gives plenty of warmth. Multidrive doesn`t mix overdrive for Hz under 50 or so (do not remember). My 5-string loves this pedal `coz it doesn`t eat the lowest frequencies. I paid only 130euros for that. I considered also getting Fulltone bass driver, but here in Finland it costs 400euros. I`m very pleased with Ebs. Go Sweden Go!
  10. Stachio

    Stachio Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2002
    How good is the bypass on the EBS ?
    Word on the street (and the website) is that you can't beat the Fulltone's true bypass.
  11. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    Uuhh, I'd rather choose pedal depending on its active sound rather than the bypass. You could always get a line switch pedal or something if the bypass mode is a problem.
  12. gfab333


    Mar 22, 2000
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I need to check on that. It didn't matter to me when I bought my pedals because I use a Morgan Miller bypass pedal for my pedal board. If I'm not using any of my effects pedals, the MM bypass pedal sends my signal straight to the amp - bypassing all pedals.

    Having a true bypass built into a specific effects pedal is great, if that's the only pedal that your using. Once you start adding other pedals onto your signal chain, you really don't have true bypass. Eventhough your signal bypasses the "effects circuits" within the pedal, your signal is still travelling through all two, or three, or four pedals, thus suffering some degradation due to all that metal (jacks, wiring, etc.) between your bass and the amp.

    The MMFX bypass pedal eliminates this problem very nicely. I just tried looking up his site (www.mmfxonline.com); seems like it's not working right now.
  13. Stachio

    Stachio Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2002
    I didn't mean to come across as saying that the Fulltone was better due to its bypass. I was just curious. I've heard good things about both, but have never really had a chance to give them a test run.
    Just trying to soak up the knowledge of Talkbass.
  14. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    OK, I'm sorry, I could have expressed myself better too. I just meant to say there is a solution if you like the sound, so it's not crucial if the bypass isn't good.

    Peace. :)
  15. EBS has a true bypass.
  16. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    I beg to differ, I don't think the EBS pedals have true bypass. I know from putting a couple of them in series that they do suck tone, even if perhaps less so than many other pedals. I don't think it says true bypass on their web site or in the manuals either, which I'm sure it would if they had this feature. But, as always, I may be wrong.
  17. Maybe you`re right.
    I found this from EBS multicomp users manual: "the switch uses noiseless FET-switching for rapidly switching during play. Because of this active design, the switch performs better than what is normally called true bypass"

    So does it claim to be better than true bypasses normally or is it true bypass at all?
  18. Stachio

    Stachio Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2002
    No problem ! :)
  19. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    I've used an EBS. I got rid of it. It's nice, but not nicer than an Ibanez PD-7 that costs half its price.

    I've tried dozens of overdrives, boutique or brands.
    I still have to find anything nicer than the FullTone.
    It's really THE perfect bass overdrive for me.