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Fulltone BassDrive tone in a smaller package

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by testing1two, Mar 16, 2009.


  1. testing1two

    testing1two Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Southern California
    Suggestions? The Pedaltrain Mini is forcing me re-evaluate my effects choices and so I'm looking for a great sounding bass overdrive in a small footprint.
     
  2. RCCollins

    RCCollins Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    San Diego, California
    Xotic Bass BB
     
  3. TrevorOfDoom

    TrevorOfDoom Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Music Electronix GeminiDrive
     
  4. dannybuoy

    dannybuoy

    Aug 3, 2005
    England
    Xotic Bass BB, Bad Monkey, or the new BYOC Mosfet Overdrive.
     
  5. scotch

    scotch It's not rocket science! Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    Albany, NY USA
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    Another Xotic Bass BB recommendation. They're closely related in that they both are conceived from a Tubescreamer circuit.
     
  6. RickenBoogie

    RickenBoogie

    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    +1 Xotic BB. Very small box-o-thunder.
     
  7. RCCollins

    RCCollins Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    San Diego, California
    dont forget the hematoma! not as small as the BB and not as clanky as the bassdrive, but 100% awesome
     
  8. lowbass68

    lowbass68

    Feb 3, 2008
    Hematoma +1
     
  9. scotch

    scotch It's not rocket science! Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    Albany, NY USA
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    Hematoma = "Small Footprint"?
     
  10. testing1two

    testing1two Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Southern California
    Yeah, the Hematoma didn't look much smaller than the BassDrive. Right now, my two top contenders are the Xotic BB and one that hasn't been mentioned yet--Tech21 VT Bass.
     
  11. scotch

    scotch It's not rocket science! Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    Albany, NY USA
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    Well, the VT Bass is still on the "medium" size-side, plus it's not going to sound like your Bass-Drive.
     
  12. RCCollins

    RCCollins Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    San Diego, California
    same size as a bass big muff
     
  13. 18eranaRic

    18eranaRic Banned

    Mar 7, 2009
    Malibu, USA
  14. scotch

    scotch It's not rocket science! Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    Albany, NY USA
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    True, but turned on it's side. Then you have one of the jacks sticking out towards your feet on the PT Mini as well as difficulty accessing both footswitches.... I don't know, maybe it could work. The Hematoma certainly sounds more like the Fulltone than a VT Bass, though!
     
  15. RCCollins

    RCCollins Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    San Diego, California
    well with space as the primary concern, the BB wins

    good thing it is also an excellent unit!
     
  16. lowbass68

    lowbass68

    Feb 3, 2008
    So how about a Tube Screamer? The fulltone and hematoma (I believe) are based on it and I know several bassist that use them as their main OD.

    BTW,
    BassDrive approx. 5-3/4 wide by 4 deep
    Hematome approx. 4-5/8 wide by 3-3/4 deep, so a little narrower by a tad over an inch.
     
  17. B.C.

    B.C. Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2005
    Indiana
    +1
     
  18. MetroBass

    MetroBass

    Mar 26, 2008
    South of LA
    Hatred obscures all distinctions.
    VT Bass is in an all together different category since you can trick it to emulate amp signatures as well, but an awesome pedal when combined with a xotic and other lovely flavors.
     
  19. testing1two

    testing1two Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Southern California
    since I already have a Keeley mod TS9DX sitting around for those "low self-esteem moments" when I play guitar, I'll give that a shot first. If that doesn't give me a woody then I'll start digging up soundclips of the BB.
     
  20. Valerus

    Valerus

    Aug 4, 2005
    Austin, Texas
    In my experience, the tone/sound I get out of the GeminiDrive isn't what I get out of the Fulltone BassDrive. That's why I'm keeping the Gemini and not the Fulltone.
     

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