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Mild OD to Add Grit

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by mikef09, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. mikef09


    Sep 3, 2013
    This is probably a huge topic around here, but I'm just in need of a simple OD that won't really color my clean sound at all. Looking for something similar to sleepmakeswaves, Circa Survive, Thrice, Geezer Butler type sound, so both vintage and modern. I've tried a few Darkglass pedals and preamps (B7K & Alpha Omega) and they color the sound too much so I'd like to avoid them (even though they do sound amazing, just not what I'm looking for). But maybe a Vintage Microtubes would work?

    I'm running a P-Bass with EMG GZR, Orange Terror Bass 500, and Epifani 610. What recommendations does TB have?
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2017
  2. dannybuoy


    Aug 3, 2005
    I have a P and the same amp... the Vintage is a good fit although I prefer the slightly brighter and more aggressive Pike Vulcan when paired with the dark sounding Terror Bass. The BB Preamp and Bearfoot Blueberry are a good match up as well.

    The Creation Audio Grizzly gets a lot of love around here for a transparent od too!
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  3. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    The Way Huge Pork Loin is a sure bet. Modded it's even better! Or the Damnation Audio MBD1 is glorious as is the Dunwich ODB. All 3 of these will get you where you want to be,
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  4. Nunovsky


    Sep 4, 2004
    You can also try the Smallsound/Bigsound Mini. It's great for that.
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  5. mikef09


    Sep 3, 2013
    I was actually looking into these too, how well does it retain your clean sound?
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  6. mmbongo

    mmbongo Five Time World Champion Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Creation Audio Grizzly is what you seek. Just going from what you describe it nails that tone perfectly on the overdrive side. Add some of the distortion side if you want more gank. Add to that the built in low pass filter, Funkulator mid scoop, and internal 36v voltage boost and you have your winner!
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  7. mikef09


    Sep 3, 2013
    Think I am going to go with this. You can seriously get OD to Fuzzy Synthy Muse type fuzz. I like!
  8. mmbongo

    mmbongo Five Time World Champion Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Yeah the Grizzly is a fantastic pedal that replaced many, many that came before it for me.
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  9. Nunovsky


    Sep 4, 2004
    If you set the gain knob between 9 and 11 and play around with your dynamics it can clean up your tone and then add some grit when you strike harder while being quite transparent. It can get into fuzz territory at high gain settings and with the bias knob you get a really great gated drive that sounds super brassy and works great for synthy sounds.
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  10. vivaknoxvegas

    vivaknoxvegas El Duderino Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2002
    Knoxville, TN
    Fairfield Barbershop
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    my 2 centavos I use a Mosky Xp ot EHX Hot Tubes for a Bit-O-Honey grit
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  12. mrwood4

    mrwood4 Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2014
    Southern Illinois
    Broughton Terraformer OD.
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  13. PunkRocker33133

    PunkRocker33133 Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2008
    Northern VA
    I feel like your head could do this? I'd use a DOD BiFet boost for this sort of thing.
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  14. gidbass

    gidbass Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    I use a VT Bass DI.

    I have used the following (they are now gone)
    Aggie Agro
    Darkglass VMT
    Darkglass BK3
    Tech 21 Oxford (narrowly lost to my VT at the time)
    Way huge pork loin (this was a sweet pedal and I may try to reacquire one in the future)
    Way huge green rhino
    Boss DS-1 penny mod
    Some kind of cross over that i lost my shirt on when flipping...can't remember the name so that should tell you the impression it left...;)
    VT gen 1 and 2

    i have had 3 VT bass pedals, gen 1, 2 and now the DI (i call it gen 3).

    It (gen 3) my favorite and provides all my dirt needs and has the DI needs for me to interact with our PA board.

    The most expensive lesson I had to learn is that my solo (aka bedroom) sound was nothing like my mix sound. The VT Bass DI and some EQ tweaking solves my mix sound. My solo (bedroom/practice) sound doesn't matter to me anymore.

    Good Luck!
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  15. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    Moog drive
    Low settings it's a clean boost to mild od
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  16. TideSwing


    Oct 31, 2014
    Las Vegas
    DOD Overdrive preamp 250, simple and affordable
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  17. Grahams Groove

    Grahams Groove If it feels heavy, it's heavy. Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    Boulder, CO
    Another vote for the CAL Grizzly. Fantastic for what you're describing. Also has a small foot print, versatile capabilities if you want to go beyond the grit, and it looks sweet - if that matters to you.
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  18. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    I'll say it again...

  19. Fairfield Barbershop

    And don't laugh..

    Joyo American sound
  20. SonnyBassPlayer


    Nov 29, 2013
    Fairfield Circuitry Barbershop. Steady on my board sinche the day I bought it. One year and a half ago
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