Tube screamer problem

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by seanm, May 28, 2005.


  1. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    I am having problems with tube screamer type pedals. Examples of tube screamer style pedals are: Ibanez TS series, Fulltone Bassdrive, VooDoo Labs Sparkle drive, Boss SD-1 and many, many others. The Boss ODB is not a tube screamer.

    When I play into the tube screamer at max gain, I get a hollow sound with an echo in the background. This is with passive basses, fingerstyle, and flats. I was playing into either a mixer or my iAMP 500, both of which are very clean.

    So my question is: Has anybody else heard this? Or does my technique just suck and the tube screamers are picking it up?

    Putting a BDDI after the tube screamer fixes the problem.
     
  2. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    i believe you need to better mute your strings.
     
  3. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    Normally, I would agree with you. But my test for this problem is the opening run of "My my hey hey" by Neil Young. A ABCD all on the A string. I held my thumb on the E and a my pinkie across the D and G, no change.