Overdrive, mild distortion pedal?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Alex_H, Feb 9, 2020.

  1. Alex_H


    Aug 5, 2019
    I'm looking for an Overdrive up to mild Distortion Pedal. It's no problem if it reaches into fuzz land as long the more suble overdrive and distortion is nice.

    The pedal will be placed in the low pass loop of a "Tyler - The Frequency Splitter" pedal from KMA machines.

    I want it, to give the bass part a little bit of growl. At the moment a Behringer BOD400 Bass Overrive is doing the job, but I want a real switch to engage. That way the pedal stays on, when I cut the power. Because of that, Boss pedals are out of question too.

    I looked around and found those two pedals:

    Bass Juice from T-Rex
    It offers a lot of gain an reaches into fuzz territory if needed. I really like the low gain settings.

    Bass Soul Food from Electro Harmonix

    Not so much gain as the Bass Juice, but I don't need that much gain. Sounds real nice for me and even sounds great with a normal guitar.

    Do you have any experience with one of them? Did I miss a great pedal?
  2. EHX Hot Wax dual overdrive.
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  3. Hundred proof

    Hundred proof

    Apr 22, 2018
    The full size TC Spark gets a lot of love around here, I personally didn’t like the bass soul food and returned it. I’m also a big fan of the sadly discontinued VOX Ice 9
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  4. Alex_H


    Aug 5, 2019
    Oh and I forgot, a blend/mix knob would be very welcome, to just dial back in some of the original signal. Sadly neither the TC Spark nor the Vox Ice 9 got one.

    The EHX Hot Wax looks promising. More gain then I need, when both parts are engaged. Other then the two original pedals (hot tube and crayon) this one has a blend knob.
  5. Hundred proof

    Hundred proof

    Apr 22, 2018
    Just a personal thing and everyone has a different take, but the blend mix thing never worked for me. I like the full range sound just as happens in a driven tube amp.
  6. I second the Spark Booster. It doesn’t cut any low end so no blend needed. It has bass and treble controls so you can even dial in more if you like. Other great options i’m also using myself for this purpose are the Bearfoot Blueberry and Fairfield Barbershop.
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  7. Marihino


    Mar 25, 2010
    Definitely the Spark. I've had it for two months now, and it's my favourite overdrive ever. Tried lots, I still own and like many. This one is the best for me. Sounds great with rounds, flats and on guitar.
  8. SunByrne

    SunByrne trained monkey Supporting Member

    Aug 29, 2019
    Pearland, TX
    I also use a TC pedal for this, but not the Spark, the MojoMojo. Maybe not quite as good as the Spark, but you can't beat the sub-$50 price tag.

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  9. bearhart74

    bearhart74 Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2009
    for just a hint of grit in your tone to almost fuzz it does not get much better that the Durham Sexdrive
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  10. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006
    I’d recommend a Southampton Fifth Gear V2. Handles everything from mild overdrive to just shy of sweet fuzz. Very bass friendly too. Gets a lot of love around TB. And for good reason.

  11. Steve88


    Mar 27, 2014
    Macedon, NY
    I have a SGFX Beta that I like alot. It can go from no overdrive at all to fairly obnoxious (IMO). It does add a bit of low mid boost and cuts some of the treble, but I find it works well to keep the overdriven signal strong in the mix.

    Along with it's intended purpose, I also use it fairly regularly with the gain very low, just to fatten a jazz bass or a solo'd bridge pickup.
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  12. Dave the Bass

    Dave the Bass

    Sep 11, 2011
    I love my Bass Soul Food, gives me plenty of drive without being harsh.
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  13. skyline_01

    skyline_01 Endorsing artist: Nordstrand Audio, Tsunami Cables

    Nov 14, 2006
    Lebanon, OH
    EHX Battalion, EHX Hot Wax, EHX Bass Soul Food, TC Electronic Spark Booster (not the mini), Creation Audio Grizzly
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  14. And I

    And I

    Feb 19, 2009
    Witchtown, MA
    Solidgoldfx beta, for sure
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  15. OptimalOptimus


    Jan 4, 2019
    Soûl food didn’t work for me

    I would into Darkglass
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  16. Phil60

    Phil60 Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2018
    Charlotte, NC
    Yes on the Grizzly!

  17. Matty Koff

    Matty Koff Inactive

    Aug 21, 2014
    I can't speak for many drive/distortion/fuzz pedals for bass as I've only owned two. But I wasn't ever big on my EHX deluxe Big Muff Pi.. and my Source Audio Aftershock Bass Distortion pedal has impressed me. It's digital, but out of the box has a decent tube drive setting, heavy distortion setting, and fuzz setting.. and if you dig into it with the desktop app or the smartphone app, you can save up to 6 presets, and there's like 40-50 different distortion engines to choose from that are meant to get close to a variety of distortion pedals out there that you can combine two of to make your 6 presets.

    Looking at the app right now -
    up to two distortion engines at once with a selection up near 50 different engines
    parametric EQ
    Highpass and lowpass filters and frequency shelves with various levels of decibel boost
    Noise and filter gates
    mono or stereo out
    Expression control for Drive, Output level, Clean/wet mix level, or treble.

    Personally, it more than covers my needs for anything distortion, and if you're tech savy or at least know your way around windows you might have some fun with it.

    Quite a versatile pedal.
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  18. WillyW

    WillyW l’art pour l’art, fonction de baise

    Dec 10, 2019
    I’m a soul food fan, both the guitar and bass version work well with bass. Bass version adds a blend knob.

    The mojomojo is also quite awesome.

    The joyo ultimate drive is supposed to be a copy of the OCD, but I haven’t tried the OCD.
    The ultimate is about as dirty as I get, and is an awesome pedal in its own right.

    the dpfx (silver) is dirtier still, but I’m not sure where to find them.

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  19. Rojd

    Rojd Supporting Member

    May 29, 2018
    Rocky Mountains
    I have a Bass Soul Food and Hot Wax, like them both. SolidgoldFX Beta DLX is solid, there's one in the classifieds right now.
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  20. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2000
    Southern NJ
    Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Bass Soul Food suggested this many times on one page before!

    I really like the BSF as a mild overdrive, and it’s relatively inexpensive as well. I also like the Ampeg Scrambler as a mild OD pedal. It can get dirtier than I need, but I like how it sounds and I like the blend knob, which helps maintain low end and keep the level of drive in check.

    I also have the Mojomojo but it gets a little dirtier than I need so I don’t really use it. It’s a great value and sounds really nice.
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