Top 6 Dirt Pedals on 7/31/2009

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by grygrx, Jul 31, 2009.

  1. grygrx

    grygrx Lookout! Here comes the Fuzz!

    Dec 24, 2003
    Columbia, MO
    I'm procrastinating, this seemed like a novel idea.

    No particular order:
    • D*A*M Ram Head (muff)- Go-to recording fuzz.
    • Wounded Paw Battering Ram - Splintering, versatile, grab and go.
    • Sonic VI Champion Fuzz (B&M / Jumbo Tonebender Clone) - Lower Gain, Warm and Fat, muffish in flavor.
    • BJFE Blueberry Bass OD - Big Tube Drive Sound, Itty-Bitty Box.
    • Dredgetone Angler - Low but Nasal, cuts like a knife.
    • Robot Factory TLSF (superfuzz clone)- Side 1: Blows stuff up. Side 2: Slices to pieces.

    If you've tried at least 7 dirt pedals... list your top 6 ;)
  2. TheMutt

    TheMutt Guest

    Apr 28, 2007
    No particular order here either, although I haven't tried nearly as many dirt pedals as you have Grygrx. :p

    The ones I own:
    - Malekko Heavy Industry B:Assmaster Silicon - the "oh my god, did he blow a speaker" fuzz of doom
    - Tech21 VT Bass (I assume that this will pass as a dirt pedal?) - high gain SVT cranked sound
    - Polish Love - lower gain overdrive great for running into a wah
    The ones I sold for various reasons:
    - Chunk Systems Brown Dog - gated goodness, moved up to an Octavius Squeezer, then sold it because of how annoying it is to setup. Regret selling this one deeply.
    - HBE Hematoma - dark sounding OD that had a very convenient boost. This was the first real OD I ever owned. Eventually, I might go back to one because I miss that dark OD sound I got from it.
    - MXR Bass Blowtorch - versatile pedal that went from light OD to synthy fuzz. If it's the only pedal on the board, it's awesome and super handy. Otherwise it's got too much overlap with other effects.
  3. grygrx

    grygrx Lookout! Here comes the Fuzz!

    Dec 24, 2003
    Columbia, MO
    I really wanted to get this one in, but I just couldn't figure out what to bump. Maybe it's a 'runner up'. ;)
  4. Again, in no particular order:

    Hjärt Müller Bass Drive - A tight, warm overdrive, probably my overall favorite.

    Bogdan's Polish Love - A bit edgier than the Hjärt Müller, fun pedal. Aggressive boost.

    HBE Hematoma - Dark, doom and gloom. Gotta have the purple knobs though. :)

    MXR Blowtorch - Jack of all trades dirt pedal, master of none, but good all around.

    Sanford & Sonny Bluebeard - I thought this one was overhyped until I tried one. Now it's a permanent fixture on my main board.

    Bogdan's Tonebender clone - Fat, warm and full. I can't believe he didn't like this for bass.

    And, honorable mention (dare I say it?) the Boss HM-2. For some reason I really like this little pedal.
  5. in no particular order:

    • mojo hand huckleberry v2: a wicked sil/germ hybrid fuzz/distortion with awesome fuzz face-type swell/bubble/crack
    • bass big muff: still my go-to fuzz. fine-grained texture like a vintage wine. goes with everything
    • hbe hematoma: undoubtedly the doomiest tubescreamer knockoff around. wasted without a tube amo tho.
    • chunk brown dog: badass bassy fuzz that doesn't really need a tone control. best gated fuzz i've heard, hands down.
    • tech 21 XXL bass edition: dude! heavy, dynamic and dark with a bite like a rotweiler and a temper to match
    • hjart-Müller bass-drive: You can stop looking for a RAT now, OK? Why did I sell this again?

    honorable mention: Malekko silicon B:Assmaster, preferably with sub-frequency mod
  6. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
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  7. TheMutt

    TheMutt Guest

    Apr 28, 2007
    What exactly does the sub mod do? I've been wondering this for a while, and whether or not I want to do this to my B:Assmaster (If it indeed can be done).
  8. grygrx

    grygrx Lookout! Here comes the Fuzz!

    Dec 24, 2003
    Columbia, MO
    Disqualified ;)
  9. Nyarlathotep

    Nyarlathotep Inactive

    Feb 5, 2006
    West Coast of Canada
    Top 6 (following the trend: in no particular order):

    • English Muff'n - Awesome in a box, but not worth the power reqs for me.
    • Swollen Pickle - Never owned a muff, but this thing can go from 0 bass to an overabundance. Very useful
    • Attack Goat - I've owned this twice. Unique. Nuff said.
    • XXL Bass - Awesome crunch, even at max gain/max tone. Using this after other dirt with gain min/tone max and messing with the warp knob yields some interesting results
    • Digitech Grunge - Can give some pretty stonerish tones. Cheap.
    • Prunes and Custard - Fat fuzz -> FIRE MAH LAZORZ in a box. Some nice synthy awesome, especially strange with the XXLB running after it
  10. squarewave

    squarewave Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2004
    Iowa City, Iowa USA
    He asked for six, but you indicated 7. Please revise.
  11. Looks like everyone is going back and editing to add descriptions of each. Guess I might as well too.
  12. it's subtle, but gives more low-end response.

    so much for the "dynamic" aspect of that one :p
  13. Swimming Bird

    Swimming Bird

    Apr 18, 2006
    Wheaton MD
    The order at which they came to mind:

    DOD FX76 Punkifier
    DOD FX92 Bass Grunge
    MXR Blue Box
    Ibanez Mostortion
    BYOC A-Twin
    DOD FX33 Buzz Box
  14. Joe Gress

    Joe Gress

    Dec 22, 2005
    Pueblo, CO
    I don't think I have tried 7. But my favorite ones are:

    Electronix GeminiDrive
    Malekko Heavy Industries B:ASSMASTER
    Wren and Cuff Pickle Pie "B"
    Copilot FX Orbit
    Catalinabread Serrano Picoso

    EDIT: I forgot one. Electronix Messdrive Hybrid+
  15. grygrx

    grygrx Lookout! Here comes the Fuzz!

    Dec 24, 2003
    Columbia, MO
    Disqualified. ;)
  16. Chronicle


    Sep 13, 2006
    Polish Love
    Colorsound Tonebender Jumbo
    Devi Ever Cherry Pop/Hyperion
    WayHuge Pork Loin
    4ms Nocto Loco
  17. Joe Gress

    Joe Gress

    Dec 22, 2005
    Pueblo, CO
    :hyper: Yeah

    I forgot the Messdrive Hybrid+
  18. vegas532


    Nov 10, 2006
    Pensacola, FL.
    Sansamp GT-2
    Prescription Electronics Depth Charge
    Fulltone Bass-Drive
    Malekko Heavy Industry B:Assmaster
    Crowther Audio Prunes and Custard
    Sovtek Green Muff
  19. grygrx

    grygrx Lookout! Here comes the Fuzz!

    Dec 24, 2003
    Columbia, MO
    DQ, that is 7
  20. lay down the (k)law gryg!