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Need some honest experience-based advice

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by mellowgerman, Feb 24, 2008.

  1. mellowgerman


    Jan 23, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    i'm looking into getting a nice bass overdrive pedal and I really dig the oldschool overdriven tube sound (Grand Funk Railroad, Jefferson Airplane, Sly & The Family Stone, etc.)
    I know i'm not gonna get those exact sounds without most of their gear but I'm just asking to see with what pedal I'd be able to get a fairly close crunchy gooey goodness.
    Currently, because I'm at college, I'm limited to my smaller amp, a Fender bxr300c(which is a great 300 watt solid state 1x15 combo)
    Looking to stay under the $150 mark.
    what do you guys think?
  2. tumpinjahosafat

    tumpinjahosafat Guest

    Nov 11, 2006
    fulltone bass drive. Its 200 new i think but you can find em on ebay for around 150 used. its probably the best overdrive ive ever heard for bass.
  3. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    EBS Valve Drive. Also, probably a bit over buget, but honestly, I've gone through about 15 different od pedals, and this one rocks.
  4. search for some overdrives on here, theres a ton of stuff.

    i would reccomend the ebs multidrive, its around $200 new, i found a used one for $145. these pedals give some great, mild, tubey, overdriven sounds. its nothing too crazy, but i think its the most vintage sounding OD ive used. i was also looking for a softer, old school type OD, kind of that jack bruce, geezer, and jefferson airplane fat tubey sound. the ebs does that great all IMO, of course.
    for sly and the fam stone, you'll probably want a fuzz blended with a clean signal. hope this helps
  5. mellowgerman


    Jan 23, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    thanks so much guys please keep the tips coming! :)
  6. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches

    Aug 21, 2006
    Denver, CO
    My first thought would be that perhaps saving your money for a better amp is the way to go.

    But if you really want a pedal, I would second the ValveDrive and also recommend the SansAmp. And while I have no experience with it personally, another pedal that gets a lot of love around TB is the English Muff'n. If you are patient you should be able to find any of them used at around your price limit.

    Hope that helps.
  7. Recently I kinda nailed that Jefferson Airplane overdrive sound totally by accident and the pedal used was... EBS WahOne.

    It's got this tubism switch which I have on all the time, it gives this mild saturation to the tone. I left the pedal in an almost 100% toe up position (so it was bumping very low mids) and... voila - Crown of Creation.
  8. bassman314

    bassman314 I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process...

    Mar 13, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    I just got an HBE Hematoma a few weeks ago. I love it, dearly.

    It does the tubey OD nicely. Really smooth and creamy in the lower gain settings.. but when you crank the gain, it can do some almost full on, teeth gnashing, distortion.
  9. TheMutt

    TheMutt Guest

    Apr 28, 2007
    +1 for the Hematoma!
    I've got one of these things and I love it! It's got a great sound that can go from very mellow saturation with lots of mids, to all-out borderline fuzzy chaos! :bassist:
    Definitely worth a look into, and you can find em used for around $100.
  10. I use a big muff Russian version.....gives a good 70's dirty fuzz
  11. The BurgerMeister

    The BurgerMeister musician.

    Apr 13, 2006
    Big Bear, CA
    MI Audio Neo Fuzz!
  12. 73jbass

    73jbass Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2004
    Ibanez Turbo Tube Screamer.Great od pedal for bass.
  13. Lebowsky

    Lebowsky Effects Forum Resident

    Mar 18, 2007
    Lausanne, Switzerland
    get a used bassdrive, I got mine for 120$ or so here in the classifieds
  14. creampie!
  15. dannybuoy


    Aug 3, 2005
    DHA VT1 or VT2. Totally nails the creamy vintagey tubey Sabbathy tones.
  16. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    It might be worth you digging out the larry graham FX DVD (). He talks extensively about his basses / amps / effects / tones here :)
  17. Swimming Bird

    Swimming Bird

    Apr 18, 2006
    Wheaton MD
    EHX English Muff'n.

    If you can find one, Tube Works 301s are great. I'd never heard of it, picked one up used for about $60 and have used it as my OD tone ever since.
  18. one


    Aug 21, 2006
    DHA VT-1 Std Bass

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