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Gritty, deep, bass distortion

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by l Asator l, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. l Asator l

    l Asator l

    Feb 24, 2013

    I'm looking for a distortion pedal that will give a gritty sound, while sounding deep and retaining the low end. I currently have a Boss ODB-3 and, while good, I can't seem to get the sound that I'm looking for. It just sounds too fuzzy/farty.

    The sound I'm looking for is something like this, at the beginning of the song:

    Any help would be much appreciated. :)
  2. HunterBurgan4Me


    Mar 6, 2010
    It's expensive but if I were you i'd go for the B3K Darkglass if you can afford it

    It's expensive but absolutely top of the line for bass distortion.

    If you have a good enough rig though you could get a distortion as good as that with a few other pedals with your rig compensating.
  3. HunterBurgan4Me


    Mar 6, 2010
    I don't really like ODB-3 either but I got a secondhand SD-1 for £10 and it works great as a crunch with only a little loss of end. I'd write off any Boss bass distortions but it might be worth trying out some guitar ones
  4. A B3K could definitely do that. A nice Rat (or clone) could do it as well if you don't want to drop the cash on a B3K.

    There's actually a handful of pedals that can achieve that tone. A bright string, or a little added treble, would help.
  5. l Asator l

    l Asator l

    Feb 24, 2013
    Thanks for the reply.
    I did some research on the B3K and thought it sounded really great. Would I have to change everything to get the tone that I'm looking for, what has the most affect on the sound? The bass, amp, pedal, etc.?
  6. Crystalman85


    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    a darkglass electronics microtubes b3k would definitely give you that sound. it's a little pricey, but it's worth it to get a killer bass distortion sound. the digitech hardwire sc-2 valve distortion pedal might also get you that sound if you happen to be on a tight budget. here's a youtube clip I found of someone demoing the digitech hardwire sc-2 valve distortion pedal on bass.

    I can honestly say it sounds awesome on bass. it has such a killer sound. I might get that for my bass.
  7. Your current setup is more than likely fine, whatever it may be, but in order to get that sound you'll have to tweak your EQ a little. That tone isn't anything out of the ordinary, so you certainly don't have to buy/sell anything to achieve it.

    What bass and amp are you using? If it's something I've used before (or currently have), I could probably help dial something in for you.
  8. l Asator l

    l Asator l

    Feb 24, 2013
  9. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Prymaxe has the B3K and B7K on sale $30.00 off
  10. Unfortunately I've never used any Cubes so I cannot help you dial anything in. Regardless of the pedal you purchase, it shouldn't be hard.
  11. Venom of God

    Venom of God

    Oct 8, 2007
    It may be your amp, I have one of the bass MicroCubes that I use as a practice amp when my Ampeg is away and I can't get a nice, deep distortion out of it no matter what I try! Yours does have a bigger speaker though so I imagine you could probably get closer..
  12. HunterBurgan4Me


    Mar 6, 2010
    I used to have the same amp I always used to use the setting (don't remember the name) just to the left of the middle. I'd recommend upgrading the amp sometime, i'm not a big fan of Roland anymore.
  13. HunterBurgan4Me


    Mar 6, 2010
    sorry just to the right of the middle*
  14. l Asator l

    l Asator l

    Feb 24, 2013
    Yeah, I'm gonna need to upgrade the amp some time soon, especially if I find another band.
    Anyways, thanks for the help everyone.
  15. Coupla things here. That Roland Cube is probably not gonna give you deep full rich sound no matter what comes in front of it. Also, you may want to consider ditching the EQ pedal. This may seem weird but I just found that my boss EQ choked off my natural tone too much, as soon as I removed it from the chain I was like "oooohh that's better". Also, play gently with the eq and gain and wet/dry controls on the ODB-3. I have the same pedal and have no problem dialing in a gritty crunch while keeping all the low end I want. The knob controls are very sensitive, adjust slowly...
  16. Laurent

    Laurent Supporting Member

    May 21, 2008
    Napa, California
    The MXR Blowtorch should be able to hit this tone.

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