overdriving my eden's tube

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by mrWr0ng, Jun 24, 2002.

  1. hey, got this answer in another thread in the effects section about trying to get a good overdrive tone: everyone just said i should probably overdrive the amp and use that sound.
    usually when i set up my amp, i have a compressor going, i up the preamp until i clip, then back off til it doesn't clip anymore and then adjust the master volume to a good volume.
    what would i do differently to overdrive the tube? how much danger woudl this put the amp in? i don't wanna blow anything, but i'd like to be able to hit a little bit of distortion without doing the all-out balls to the wall distortion my proco rat gives.
  2. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    You need to boost the signal from your bass with an external preamplifier such that it overloads the first tube stage. In this case, the clip light will probably stay OFF but you should hear distortion at all volume levels.
  3. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    The cheapest way is to use an equalizer.
    For example, the Boss GE7-B has an integrated +/- 15 dB booster.
    It'll give your amp the necessary kick in the arse.