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HARTKE VXL Bass Attack Pedal

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Lateralus_, Jun 19, 2005.


  1. Lateralus_

    Lateralus_

    Feb 26, 2005
    Anybody use the HARTKE VXL Bass Attack Pedal. Lookin for some opinions.
     
  2. ole Jason

    ole Jason Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    Louisville, KY
    I use it going into an AI clarus. It definately improves the tone for 'rock' style sounds and is great for dialing in a bit of dirt. It has fairly good tone shaping and I do use the 'shape' knob because the clarus has a rather limited eq section. Anything else you want to know? I could probably throw up some sound clips if you're wanting to hear the distortion.
     
  3. Petary791

    Petary791

    Feb 20, 2005
    Michigan, USA
    Hey Jason, I would love clips! Can you get that Buzzsaw Timmy C like distortion, or more like a Geddy Lee like overdrive?
     
  4. xan

    xan

    Sep 10, 2004
    Perth, Australia
    arent u getting enough buzzsaw from ur guv ?
     
  5. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    I found it to be noisy, and inferior to the Sansamp. YMMV . . .
     
  6. Secondhandloser

    Secondhandloser

    Mar 28, 2005
    Course its inferior, its half the price...
     
  7. Petary791

    Petary791

    Feb 20, 2005
    Michigan, USA
    Definitely, but before I was thinking about getting a Guv, the VXL was the pedal I was going to get for distortion.

    I am EXTREMELY satisfied with the Guv'nor, I was just wondering.
     
  8. xan

    xan

    Sep 10, 2004
    Perth, Australia
    cool. maybe for those purposes the MXR M-80 distortion/di might have been a better prospect?
     
  9. Petary791

    Petary791

    Feb 20, 2005
    Michigan, USA
    I was thinking that too... :p
     
  10. ole Jason

    ole Jason Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    Louisville, KY
    I'm not familiar with Timmy C's playing so I'm not sure how close it gets but I'd imagine the mxr's distortion circuit would be closer to that sort of sound than the tube emulation on the hartke. From what little I've heard of him play it sounds more like an effect kind of distortion instead of a natural tube overdrive if you know what I mean.

    here are a few clips, I don't really have any favorite settings I just noodled with the knobs a bit and hit record.

    http://studentweb.eku.edu/jason_sturgill9/clip1.mp3
    slight overdrive
    http://studentweb.eku.edu/jason_sturgill9/clip2.mp3
    gain maxed

    these two were with a brice J-bass, both pickups full on

    http://studentweb.eku.edu/jason_sturgill9/clip3.mp3
    slightly scooped sound using the shape control
    http://studentweb.eku.edu/jason_sturgill9/clip4.mp3
    lows scooped out using the shape control

    these two were with a conklin gtbd-7, a bit of reverb from cubase

    hope this helps, never mind the playing haha it's late.
     
  11. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    I have an MXR M-80 that I'll sell or trade for a Hartke if anyone is interested...
     
  12. RS

    RS

    Aug 27, 2000
    Cleveland, OH
    The worst piece of music gear I have ever tried, bar none.