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What’s the bass you get the best overdrive sound with?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Inconnu, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. somebrains

    somebrains Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2017
    10% overwound Fralin J's.
  2. Relayer71


    Jun 25, 2009
    I like a little grit in my sound but I don't think I actually go into overdrive territory.
  3. sears

    sears Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2005
    ec, md
    32" scale Aria CSB
  4. onamission

    onamission Supporting Member

    Fingers/Pick, it's in the hands.....
  5. rodv66


    Jul 4, 2016
    Anyone with jazz pups and Rotosound 66s
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  6. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it

    My Laklands and Fenders all sound great overdriven. They’re great basses; they sound good no matter what.
  7. You must go to a pretty cool church, for overdriven/distorted bass in the choir! :D
  8. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    I do.
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  9. B-Lo

    B-Lo One day I'll figure out how to play this thing... Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2017
    Northern Alabama
    You may be surprised at how my CCM songs have overdriven tones in them these days. Good times indeed :thumbsup:
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  10. @micguy @B-Lo The bassist and guitarist at my church are rarely in-tune. It drives me nuts sometimes. lol
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  11. B-Lo

    B-Lo One day I'll figure out how to play this thing... Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2017
    Northern Alabama
    Time to put them on a tuna diet lol.

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  12. The Chuck

    The Chuck

    Dec 11, 2013
    Wilmington, NC
    Fender J or P when plugged in thought this.

    The P does seem a little better though.

  13. Monterey Bay-ss

    Monterey Bay-ss Supporting Member

    That's essentially my recipe, though I've got a Mesa Buster with a TC Electronic Spectracomp and Night Owl Industries Edison EF86 tube preamp out front helping matters. Hot pickups, too. As for what's "special" about it, which the OP also asks, I'm not quite sure; the inherent EQ curve in Precision-style basses might just lend itself to overdrive particularly well to many ears.
  14. I've been rocking a B7K for a few years now, but being a big fan of Geddy's tone, I'm certainly tempted by the YYZ. Care to make a comparison between the two? If so, please PM me (would rather not derail). I'm mostly curious as to whether the YYZ has more warmth to it's sound where the B7K might lack, or if they're more than less a similar kind of scooped grind.

    In response to the OP, I'm gonna have to second whoever said medium scale Aria. I bought a TSB last year and have gigged and practiced with it countless times since.. It's almost like those old MB pickups were made to be driven (think, another earlier reply where one claimed it's like the driven sound is "baked in" to their pickups). I've since bought a few other models because I loved these pickups so much.
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  15. SleepyShark


    Feb 28, 2018
    The Low End
    A Ric 4003 with some overdrive and a pick?

    I pluck with my fingers for the most part but I can't help but use a pick on my 4003. I haven't found a better bass for it, personally.
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  16. Will_White


    Jul 1, 2011
    Salem, OR
    That would be my mongrel
    Has a good thumpy old school fuzzy tone with flats and can get a great grindy overdrive with SS rounds. Mostly I think it's the really hot guitar humbucker in roughly a P bass position.
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  17. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Lost Wages, Nevada
    Yeah, Jetglo seems to work with everything...:whistle:
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  18. FugaziBomb


    Jun 5, 2017
    I was going to reply with the exact same thing. Every one of my basses handles overdrive in it's own unique way. The majority of my basses have humbuckers, but even my single coil Jazz delivers a pretty sweet overdriven tone.

    If I had to pick, my choice would be one of my Ibanezes - an SRX400 in which I swapped out the Phat-II preamp for a 4 band Audere. It has a lot of focus (MM-ish humbucker really close to the Ray "Sweet Spot") and the High-Mid control on the Audere really pushes my overdrives in a nice way.
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  19. Always loved you replies Lug... around here as well as on Harmony Central 15 years ago... (getting nostalgic, sorry... it’s either the beer or the broken ankle talking).

    A Ric sounds great with overdrive! If I could only find one my fingers and wallet could be synchronized in being friends with I’d be a very happy guy!
  20. tekhedd

    tekhedd Tone chaser Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2009
    Colorado, USA
    Owner/operator of BYTE HEAVEN
    And I mean, it's like choosing a favorite child anyway.
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