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NPD - (Don't Hate me But...) - Grizzly Bass

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by 96Brigadier, Oct 19, 2016.

  1. 96Brigadier


    Apr 23, 2015
    Alrighty, not trying to get into a debate on OD/Distortion pedals.. in particular because I have little experience with pedals in general and therefore have little ability to comment. This is just my VERY LIMITED experience.

    So, I've been trying to find an OD through distortion tone that I like, without buying a crap ton of pedals and having to return them or sell them. Up here in the Great White North it's been virtually impossible for me to find pedals to try in person other than the mainstream ones. That limits me to Youtube and Talkbass.

    I started out with a distortion pedal because I was hoping it would give me a range of subtle OD through full on distortion, with that pedal being an MXR M85 Bass Distortion, mostly because the local L&M had it in stock. It's a nice pedal, but I find the distortion gets very very honky with my active basses. It certainly hasn't been subtle in my experience (again, keep in mind I have little experience with pedals so this could entirely be user error). I also tried the new Boss BB-1X but returned it after not getting "that tone".

    After a bunch of research I landed on trying the Grizzly Bass. From what I read online and from the Youtube videos it appeared to be able to handle hot active basses like my Bongo, and have subtle OD to full on distortion. It also appeared to me to be able to cut out a lot of the honk that I get with the MXR and also got with the BB-1X with active basses. (again, not suggesting that wasn't user error, just my experience)

    So, the Grizzly Bass arrived on Monday, and I love it. I've tried it with my passive Jazz bass and my Bongo, and can get really nice tones out of both that range from tone shaping with no OD to subtle OD to lots of OD to full distortion. I can pretty easily cut out the honk that I get on my Bongo with full distortion. Maybe there are better pedals out there for my application, but based upon my limited experience I'm pretty damn happy with this buy, even with the cost up here.

    Crazy Otto, johnk_10 and SirMjac28 like this.
  2. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    That tears it...I hate you!


    Heh...glad you found a pedal you can relate to! Finding distortion that you like is a very personal journey, and a pedal you flip over could be one that someone else dislikes intensely and vice versa. My only advice is that when you find one you like, don't flip it in order to buy the next new greatest distortion pedal ever like most of these whackos in here!
  3. father of fires

    father of fires Commercial User

    Nov 29, 2006
    Chief of Medicine at Damnation Audio
    The Grizzly sounds like a cool little box no doubt.

    It's on the list.
  4. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    good for you, the bass whisperer really made this pedal sound sweet, i've been using the bass boost on my new bacchus jazz, because i already have a tube amp, but for ss practice i still use my trusty fuzzrocious dark driving
    BrentSimons likes this.
  5. GMC


    Jan 1, 2006
    Wiltshire, UK
    Rat clones generally add a lot of mids to the mix and Muffs generally cut a lot of mids but at different frequencies. Neither is transparent in that regard...but can sound amazing if that's the EQ you like. The MXR Bass distortion is a Rat clone / variant and is a great example of that type of pedal. The Grizzly is a circuit design that I'm not familiar with (although I am aware of it as a product). A swollen Pickle (for instance) is a Muff variant.
    One of the reasons some bassists look for transparent overdrives is that our last pedal in our chain is usually a big EQ and we then dial in the EQ to our tastes and not that of a pedal designer. This opens us up to a more versatile OD...and a lot more tonal options / applications. It separates the quality or flavor of a pedal's grit from the baked in EQ.
  6. btmpancake

    btmpancake Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2015
    Apollo beach, Florida
    Bravo! For you have found the one w/o trying a boat load of 'em. Some guys never find 'that tone' even when spending thousands-and years (I've read). As for me, I might buy two of them when I find 'thee one':).
  7. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    LOVE the Grizzly.

    I'm a huge fan of tonal variety, and love colored ODs such as the SansAmp Bass Driver and the Darkglass products, but when I wanted a transparent OD that worked with my hot active basses as well as my passives, I got the Grizzly and stopped looking. I have no trouble dialing in the gentlest barely-on OD with my hottest actives. On top of that, I can use the hi cut and mid cut controls to give my modern actives a vintage tone -- but only when I want to. The EQ can be set essentially flat to deliver overdrive without altering my tone.
  8. vivaknoxvegas

    vivaknoxvegas El Duderino Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2002
    Knoxville, TN
    I've tried a lot of dirt pedals this year, but I haven't gone Grizzly yet. I want to at some point, but since I found the WH Pork Loin it's dampened my dirt gas. Glad it's working for you OP.
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