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Gritty Blues Sound

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by g&lplayer, May 5, 2010.

  1. g&lplayer


    Feb 24, 2010
    Hey guys,
    So i'm gonna be playing a bunch of Blues gigs over the summer. Do you guys mix in a little distortion/fuzz when playing real dirty blues sometimes? If so what pedals? I play on a solid state ampeg head so I don't have tubes :crying:
    Just wanna be able to mix it up a little and sound a bit gritty at times. I'm almost done building a blender pedal so I'll be able to dial it down to a more subtle level. Major plus if its ALSO a pedal that can double in a more funky and/or drum'n'bass kinda setting (i.e. with my filter and OC-2)...but i doubt that's possible.
  2. Kromwarp


    Sep 16, 2008
    Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Master Luthier: Ironclad Bass Guitars
    I'd say more overdrive/distortion, but not fuzz. Good pedals to try: Boss BD-2 Blues Driver, Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive, or try a preamp DI with distortion, like a Sansamp, MXR M-80, VT Bass or Hartke Bass Attack. The preamps will give you a tube like grittiness
  3. Smurf-o-Deth

    Smurf-o-Deth ¡No me gustan mis pantalones!

    Oct 2, 2007
    The state of denial.
    For a killer blues sound, I don't think it's possible to top a DHA VT-1 Bass, pedal-wise.
  4. Matt Dean

    Matt Dean Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    SF (North) Bay Area
    I recommend the Catalinbread SFT for that low gain fur that puts some grit in the blues.
  5. Lemoore-on


    May 11, 2008
    Tech21's VT Bass
  6. g&lplayer


    Feb 24, 2010
    Yea i've heard a lot of good stuff about the Tech21 VT Bass. Its actually something I can go and try out locally which helps too. Problem is, if I actually somehow get the cash together to buy a head which IS a tube amp in a little while wouldn't it make the VT bass useless?
  7. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I Grow Organic Carrots
    Line 6 bass pod. Model a tube amp like ampeg or marshall and turn up the drive.
  8. fuzz could work...frantone lo-tone .....a low gain mild fuzz
  9. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004
    I use either light fuzz or OD, my self.

    Check out the devi ever dark boost for starters.
  10. Just turn up the boost on my trusty GK700RB II....
  11. Mojo-Man


    Feb 11, 2003

    I use a DHA VT-1, or a Fulltone Bassdrive (Mofet, with 18 volt adapter)

    Both these pedals work great.

    Have not tried the VT-pedal yet, but everyone loves them too.

    A tube amp won't hurt either.
  12. standupright


    Jul 7, 2006
    Phoenix, AZ
    Brownchicken Browncow
    no effects ever for bass when i play blues, regardless of style. seriously.
  13. recreate.me


    Apr 2, 2010
    You can get a EHX Big Bass Muff for cheap and it lets you blend the amount/intensity of fuzz with the dry signal of your amp. I keep mine on with a really low amount of low fuzz haha it pretty much makes it sound like an OD pedal.
  14. basslinejam


    Mar 21, 2005
    New York City

    Although many, many guys I admire in the blues game have crystal clear, tweetered out sizzling bass sounds and bring it just as hard as the woofy flats P mud crew (like myself). So there you go.
  15. chicago_mike


    Oct 9, 2007
    Chicago - LA - Rome
    Endorsing Artist : Genz Benz
    Vt bass would be fine. As for effects and blues gigs...thats another topic. Lets just say My pedal board is comming along nicely and I live in, well, Blues central.
  16. BioDriver

    BioDriver A Cinderella story

    Aug 29, 2008
    Austin, TX
    VT Bass, Fulltone Bass Drive MOSFET on very, VERY low settings, Catalinbread SFT on low settings, etc. Gritty blues, IMO, requires very little drive - as in nothing above 9 or 10 o clock.

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