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Help Old Man Find Fuzz and Drive with Blend

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by fu22ba55, Mar 15, 2019 at 12:50 PM.

  1. fu22ba55

    fu22ba55 Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2009
    I've been playing for 1000 years.
    There are cave paintings younger than me.
    But I've never, ever been an effects guy. Now I suddenly need to be.

    I need a fuzz and a light OD, BOTH with 1) a dry blend and 2) true bypass.

    I like the Wren & Cuff Civil War Fuzz the best. (but no dry blend)
    I like the original ProCo Rat the best for light overdrive. (but no dry blend, and could use more lows)

    What two pedals should I buy? or should I just use my current pedals and build a dry/wet-blend signal chain I can adjust with volume pedal?

    I want true bypass for those days the power craps out.

    Thanks and please help. Seriously. You're doin' me a solid.

    [UPDATE]: I ordered an Alpha Omicron, a TAFM and the Volt Thrower.
    Once they arrive, I will pit them all against each other in a duel to the death, and sell the vanquished here on TB. Thank you all. I'll have more questions later about power & board.
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2019 at 8:53 PM
  2. lesclaypoolsob

    lesclaypoolsob Supporting Member

    Jul 5, 2006
    I would suggest the Darkglass Alpha Omicron and Team Awesome Fuzz Machine for starters.
  3. K-man


    Aug 11, 2009
    Wren and cuff custom shop just opened. I just ordered a tall font Russian with the creamy, flat and dry blend for a $15 upcharge. I believe the dry blend is a $7ish upcharge. Give it a look.
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  4. K-man


    Aug 11, 2009
    Just checked. They have a civil war that you can add a blend to. They are currently doing $1 mods (must be a special thing). Might be what you are looking for.
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  5. fu22ba55

    fu22ba55 Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2009
    This is great. The Civil War is already true bypass, yes?
  6. K-man


    Aug 11, 2009
    I think all their pedals are true bypass
  7. BrentSimons

    BrentSimons Supporting Member

    Mar 4, 2004
    Vergennes,VT USA
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  8. Tommy V

    Tommy V

    Feb 19, 2019
    Spartanburg, SC.
    EHX Deluxe Bass Big Muff Pi

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  9. rratajski

    rratajski Commercial User

    Jul 1, 2008
    Mount Laurel, NJ
    Thank you. I can definitely help, but I am not able to directly suggest Fuzzrocious Pedals' products without being asked first or have them mentioned specifically due to the Talkbass CUP.
    @fu22ba55 if you would like to talk more, you can ask here or we can talk over email - fuzzrociouspedals@gmail.com.
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  10. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
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  11. I like ehx bass soul food or ampeg scrambler for overdrive
  12. Source Audio Aftershock is everything and more. The Neuro Editor is fairly straight forward for easy editing but has a lot of depth if you really want to dig in deep on your computer or smart phone. Fear not, for I too am and old guy and borderline Luddite and it worx for me.
  13. extreme

    extreme Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2000
    One of these would've been perfect for using with your existing pedals if you like what you have, but want to retain uneffected low end:


    I would guess there's an outside chance that you may be able to contact @johnk_10 about the possibility of seeing if he could make one more of these.
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  14. adamajah


    Oct 9, 2017
    For the Rat, I'd snatch this up (no affiliation):
    Dunwich Volt Thrower | Kenny's Shop
    It's a Rat for bass with clean blend.

    TAFM is a great fuzz with clean blend. I use one with downtuned guitar and it's huge sounding.
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  15. I would recommend the Alpha Omega or Omicron as well.
    Btw @fu22ba55 , your thread title is the best thing ever.
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  16. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    Find one of these (or a nasty clone).
    Ticks all your boxes.
    But you'll have to get it used, he only made them for a limited time


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  17. Cutter8

    Cutter8 Admittedly in need of adult supervision... Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2018
    Amptweaker Bass Tight Drive with mod for blend. I love mine. Can't advise on the fuzz pedal as I've never used one...
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  18. mmbongo

    mmbongo Dilly Dilly! Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Electro Harmonix Sovtek Deluxe Big Muff. Every option you can possibly get in a Big Muff, and it's dirt cheap.

    Option 2...Fuzzrocious Grey Stache with clean blend mod.

    Rat Overdrive:
    Fuzzrocious Cat Tail with clean blend mod.
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  19. Nunovsky


    Sep 4, 2004
    If you like the W&C Civil war and the RAT then there are two obvious answers that have blend options.

    First, you have the Electro Harmonix Sovtek Deluxe that has blend and the possibility to choose between the Green Russian and the Civil War circuits. And you have mids and the possibility to use an expression pedal some some wah tone. And it's the best price for a great sounding muff.

    Second, if you like the RAT then the MXR Bass Distortion is a great option, with blend and diferent clipping options.

    Third, if you want to save money and space and want an all-in-one option then the Source Audio Aftershock is a great solution with a lot of options and great tweakability.
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  20. TAFM is great. For OD I’ve used a Grizzly Bass. While it doesn’t have a clean blend, it doesn’t need one. Very hi-fi pedal, doesn’t lose low end at all.

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