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how can i make it growl?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by bigBbass451, Apr 10, 2004.

  1. bigBbass451


    Apr 9, 2004
    what's up everyone,

    I was just wonderring if there was a pedal or setup that i can use to give me an agressive growly sound. what kind of pedals do u recommend for this :bassist: rock on
  2. David Wilson

    David Wilson Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    OK, so I'm going to assume you mean overdrive (grit) rather than distortion.

    There's a bunch of pedals for bass that do this, everyone likes different ones but most popular ones seem to be:

    fulltone bassdrive
    ebs multidrive
    dod 250

    One man's warwick is another man's rogue, so I can't say what you'll like best (my favorite is the fulltone).

    If you look at the top of this forum, you'll see a multi page thread with a lot of reviews of various od/dist/fuzz pedals. Take a look and come back if you have questions about specific models.
  3. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    I think growl comes more from the bass and strings than from effects. Do a search in bass and strings formums (in that order).
  4. The Lurker

    The Lurker

    Aug 16, 2002
    Most of the basses that "growl" have a fairly hot bridge pickup-- i.e. Fender Jazz, Warwick Thumb, MM Stingray. A good start is play with a hard attack and with your plucking hand close to the bridge. Brighter strings help too.
  5. Yeah the lurker is correct, a hotter bridge pickup and bright strings will give you growl. I am using a Fender jazz, fitted with DR Marcus Miller Fat Beams and when I play soft it purrs, when I slap or pluck violently it snarls at my face. My P on the other hand, same strings, amp and effects, has a far more rounded sound. It also has to do with where the pickup/plucking position is. Pluck harder near the bridge and it should growl a bit more as it is under more tension there than at the middle/neck pickup. What bass do you use?

    Man I have pore sphelung.
  6. The Lurker

    The Lurker

    Aug 16, 2002
    I spose you could make a P growl, though.... well, Rocco Prestia does, anyhow. Bright strings, hard attack, and a *mild* overdrive, not DOug Pinnick stuff.
  7. EQ: Lows at 5 to 7
    Mids at 6 to 9
    Highs from 5 to 7
    (out of 10)

    Strings: .105,.85,.65,.45 i like D'Addarios usually fresh strings make more growl.

    Bass: ?? With a P have the tone knob 7/10 treble position, too much treble may make it twangy
    Playing mid position is fine with fingers, just thump

    Pedal: A good overdrive/distortion. I use a Digitech Bass Driver, awesome, but other overdrives will work fine. If your gain on your amp is cool, crank that up!

    Hope this helps!
  8. Rock&Roll


    Jul 21, 2002
    Fulltone fatboost will do the job for sure. I've got one. It can add plenty of growl. It also really works great to add a more tube charactered sound to my solid state amps.

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