money no object-but need some advice.

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by woolz, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. woolz


    Sep 2, 2008
    been looking around the search engines on here but i havent really found what i was looking for. couple of questions:
    1. i use the ibanez bass overdrive which is doing me ok, but im finding im using it more and more these days in my music and was wondering if there was anything much better than this, im not too worried about price if the pedal is worth it.

    2. i see a lot of people on here use delay pedals made for guitars but why dont manufactures make one for the bass??
  2. stflbn


    May 10, 2007
    It 'really' helps if you give an idea on what kind of money you're looking to spend.

    Almost every 'money is no object' thread ends up with a reply from the original poster of "oh... all of those are to pricey... I'd prefer to stay under $***."

  3. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Overdrive/distortion/fuzz is the most discussed topic on here. Search, and ye shall find. Delay is delay. No need for a bass specific pedal, it's just a delay, they don't change the tone of an instrument.
  4. warwick.hoy


    Aug 20, 2006
    Spokane, WA.
    Beta Tester: Source Audio.
    I've seen a few people give the PD7 props, but I myself have no experience. There are a ton of ODs and Distortions out there. Of course there is always the Boss ODB-3 which I hear; for better or worse, can be a little harsh almost Fuzz like. The ODB-3 may not be any better a choice than the PD7.

    Check out the Digitech Bad Monkey (especially a bass modded one). Maybe also the Sansamp BDDI and VT Bass. Also the Fulltone Bassdrive, 3xFx Fatman (can be a lot of pedal).

    Oh and check the dirt section here....
  5. woolz


    Sep 2, 2008
    what i meant by money no object was: id be willing to pay for any decent overdrive pedal that someone can highly rate on here. cheers boys
  6. Wasted Bassist

    Wasted Bassist

    Nov 11, 2008
    Fargo, ND
    I would take the advice from post #4. is quite a helpful site.
  7. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    There are at least a dozen overdrive pedals "highly rated" on here every day, all day long.
  8. dannybuoy


    Aug 3, 2005
    If money is no object, you can afford to buy a few and keep the ones you like. Faves around here (for overdrive at least) seem to be:

    BJFE Blueberry
    Xotic Bass BB
    Tech21 VT Bass
    Barber LTD SR
    DHA VT1
    EBS Valvedrive

    There will be some I've missed... But if you search there are many overdrive threads around that you can read to get a grip on what's out there. is a great resource, but it more focussed on fuzz pedals and only has a limited selection of overdrive pedals on offer. But check it out in case you discover a fuzz is what you've actually been searching for! Do you want low gain fatness, or high gain mega shred balls to the wall raging distortion?
  9. I used the Boss odb-3 and it's fantastic.

    Try one at your local guitar store today.
  10. nad

    nad 60 Cycle Humdinger

    Sep 22, 2005
  11. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches

    Aug 21, 2006
    Denver, CO
    That was going to be my suggestion. As an added bonus, the only demo I've ever seen of it has it running into a tube amp.

    The real answer is that it depends on the sound you want. The Blueberry is the best I've heard as far as dark, wooly, real power tube sounding dirt. And the Holy Fire seems like the best "transparent" sounding OD (I can tell you for sure on Friday) and there is a lot of in between.
  12. jufros


    Nov 24, 2008
    Some other recommendations:

    Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive (has a clean blend to help retain low end note definition)

    MI Audio Blue Boy Deluxe (my tubescreamer variant of choice at the moment, PM me or look up my thread on it for some info)

    I'll echo the Barber LTD SR it's a great overdrive and very transparent if that's what you're looking for.

    Humphrey Audio Modded Badder Bass Monkey (great value at $95)

    Xotic BB Preamp (fantastic pedal, flexible, priciest option I've listed)
  13. paganjack


    Dec 25, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    There are a few english muff'n lovers about, among whom I am one.

    i like a russian muff for fuzz too- nice and dark and cheap!
  14. Bootzilla


    May 4, 2009
    "BJFE Blueberry
    Xotic Bass BB
    Tech21 VT Bass
    Barber LTD SR
    DHA VT1
    EBS Valvedrive"

    This is a good list. You could also consider the EHX English muffin and the Sparkle Drive.
  15. FenderAmpeg


    Feb 21, 2009
    So Cal
    +1 gotta say, I'm loving the Muff'n I just got.

    I do like my Pork Loin a lot as well.

    I'd say a Gemini Drive, but since they are currently not available new, might be hard to find.
  16. woolz


    Sep 2, 2008
    ok cheers people. i will look into the ones youve suggested. although im not i can buy all of them over here in the uk.