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NPD: Bookworm Effects BigWig Bass Driver

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Din Of Win, Mar 23, 2018.

  1. Hey TB! Long time, no see!

    I've had this pedal for a little while now, but i definitely wanted to give it a shout out here because i'm completely in love. I've had a ton of different dirt pedals over the years, and this is easily one of the best.

    I'm a new(ish) proud owner of the 'Watership Down' inspired; Bookworm Effects BigWig Bass Driver (V2):


    The right, Frith, side is the overdrive. The Volume knob is (surprise) a volume knob. The drive knob is the little knob on the far right that has a light inside it. Turning it about halfway is when I start to hear some grit. As it's turned up, it gets more distorted. Turning it all the way to the right, it gets very near fuzz sounding and kinda glitchy. I usually keep it at noon. It's a little awkward to use, and other than initially testing it out when i first got it... i haven't messed with this pedal once i found a position i liked.

    The switch selects the type of clipping. The bottom position, "Si", is for silicon diodes which are more distorted, but quieter. This sounds really good with a pick. The up position selects LED's which are louder and a little cleaner. I mainly play with my fingers, so this is the position i almost always use. Along with a little volume boost, this also acts as a mid-boost kinda thing, and really lets me cut through.

    The left, Hrududu, side is the fuzz. Volume is (again) the volume... but this time for Fuzz! The Tone is pretty standard, as far as Fuzz tone knobs go. The knob has a wide tonal range, from super bassy on the left to super trebly on the right. I usually use this at about 11 or 12. For bass, this circuit is especially nice, and is one of the more "bass friendly" fuzz circuits I've used.

    The real magic happens when clicking both the fuzz and overdrive together. I generally use the use the drive to push the fuzz harder, increasing sustain and distortion. Also, when using both sides together the volume of the drive side becomes a gain/presence control. Turning it down to 10 o clock or less cleans up the fuzz a bit. Conversely, going past 12 o clock starts adding gain. I like going this direction because it also adds some mid range to help cut through a little more. I like it right around 1 or 2. It's super great for noisier parts where I still want to be able to cut through.

    I've divested a ton of pedals over the past few years. These days i only even own a few dirt pedals. My BigWig is right at home next to my Bluebeard Fuzz and Vintage RAT :bassist:
    Rojd, gregmon79, Ba55Man1ac and 3 others like this.
  2. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I'm orderingone right now
    gregmon79 likes this.
  3. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Order placed can't wait. I was about to pull the trigger on my third B3K but stumbled on this little gem the V2 adds some really cool features.
  4. BunchyMutt

    BunchyMutt Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2014
    Nashville, TN
    checking out their other pedals today. The BigWig looks really cool, and I'm really digging the bookworm connections <3
  5. Driven Crane

    Driven Crane

    May 30, 2014
    a cool one!
  6. Frodolicious


    May 29, 2018
    Omaha, NE
    I'm pretty intrigued by this. Great write up. What are others thoughts of this pedal? I placed an order today, looking forward to how this will play out. The demos on YouTube for what it's worth sound fantastic!
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2018
  7. gregmon79

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

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    I hate you guys. I so dont need this but want one.
  8. Frodolicious


    May 29, 2018
    Omaha, NE
    I think you would like it gregmon! It is a really fun and versatile pedal! Plus Brian is such a good guy to work with and very helpful in answering questions. The Overdrive side is definitely transparent, but can also become similar to a fuzz when the drive is cranked (it's actually biasing a transistor on the inside, so it can also get very filter like when cranked before the fuzz).

    I actually ended up returning mine, as I have too many dirt pedals, and learning I'm not super into fuzz. However, it is a great pedal and great company, and would recommend anyone check them out! I may consider looking into his Delay-vid Foster Wallace pedal in the future when the need for delay arises
  9. Adienn7


    Jan 26, 2007
    Is it a rat-muff hybrid?
  10. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    Too bad it's not one you can just jump in your hrududu and go try out at the store!
  11. RissKippery


    Mar 3, 2016
    Whoa, this company looks pretty cool. Like the aesthetic. That Seths fuzz sounds great.
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