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What is your favorite purely BASS DISTORTION pedal?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Guiseppe, Oct 24, 2020.

  1. Guiseppe


    Oct 26, 2003
    Vancouver, WA
    I know there are a bazillion pedals that are OD>Distortion or Distortion/Bass, but do you have a favorite pure distortion pedal for bass?

    So far, I have these on my list:

    MXR M85 Bass Distortion
    Source Audio Aftershock Bass Distortion
    Source Audio Soundblox2 Bass Distortion
    Fender Trapper Bass Distortion
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  2. GMC

    GMC Supporting Member

    I really enjoy my Mastotron, Aftershock, Barbershop and Ezekiel. My most used is certainly my Aftershock.
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  3. BassBrass


    Jul 6, 2009
    Boston MA
    a few I'm liking still... ssbs TAFM (smallsoundbigsound Teamawesomefuzzmachine), ssbs Bzzzz (their superfuzz with special eq), Heavy Electronics El Oso bass distortion, MXR Brown Acid, Wounded Paw Attack Goat, DOD Caracosa, Mastrotron, fuzz I wish I owned is Doom or My Doom, I have a devi ever Ruiner but it is for glitches as much as notes. I wish the fat box of rocks was much fatter.
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  4. XXL

    XXL calm seas dont make skilled sailors Supporting Member

    Jun 14, 2007
    Locust Star and II

  5. Guiseppe


    Oct 26, 2003
    Vancouver, WA
    So far, I have these bass DISTORTION pedals on the list:

    EHX Bass Big Muff Pi
    EHX Deluxe Bass Big Muff
    EHX Nano Bass Big Muff
    Fender Trapper Bass Distorti
    Heavy Electronics El Oso Crushing Bass Distortion
    MXR M85 Bass Distortion
    Source Audio Aftershock Bass Distortion
    Source Audio Soundblox 2 Bass Distortion

    I have tried and liked some of the other suggestions, but as noted, I'm trying to learn of bass distortion pedals...
  6. HoochfromParis


    Jan 14, 2013
    Vandal bass distorsion by Providence. It only does mid to full-blown distorsion. A kinda one-trick poney, same features as Free The Tone Bass Blaster, but higher gain.

    (Edit) I just had a look on your list, fuzz pedals are a different thing to me, even if i get how a creamy muff can fill up the same spaces as a distorsion pedal in a mix.
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2020
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  7. The damnation audio MBD does distortion well, and so does the fuzzrocious cat tail.
  8. willsellout

    willsellout Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2002
    Fort Wayne, IN
    Damnation Audio MBD-1. I just picked up a Locust Star a couple weeks back and it's quickly becoming a favorite as well.
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  9. YawningJorin


    Feb 14, 2020
    Dunwich Volt Thrower. Massive sound on every setting :D
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  10. Have you try the Trapper Bass Distortion?
  11. SunByrne

    SunByrne opinionated intellectual

    Aug 29, 2019
    Pearland, TX
    The current distortion on my board is a DOD Boneshaker. Only good if you're looking for medium- to high-gain distortion, but if that's what you want, well, it's a beast.

    At some point I'd like one with a little more range and pretty much all the demos I've heard of the Darkglass Alpha-Omega sound like what I'm looking for, so that'll probably be my next distortion pedal.

    I also have an EHX Bass Big Muff Pi, but I think of that as a fuzz, not a distortion.
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  12. ahc


    Jul 31, 2009
    No. Virginia
    BBBOD. Bearfoot Blueberry Bass OverDrive

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  13. smogg


    Mar 27, 2007
    NPR, Florida
    I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell
    My current favorites are Pigtronix Bass Fat Drive for old school dirt and DSM Noisemaker SubAtomic for modern dirt. Plus they work well together for me when I feel like chasing that gnarly DP/ King's X sound.
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  14. rratajski

    rratajski Commercial User

    Jul 1, 2008
    Mount Laurel, NJ
    I'm totally cool with the thread...I'm here for it :)!
    For a peek behind the curtain, most companies just put "bass" on products for marketing. There are exceptions like Damnation and Darkglass that are bass-specific brands.
    Sometimes the addition of a clean blend is all that makes a distortion a bass distortion.
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  15. scuzzy


    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    I like the ibanez phat hed. I use it a fair amount when more than a little furr is wanted.
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  16. LSMFT6

    LSMFT6 We brake for nobody Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2006
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  17. Aftershock, FUZZROCIOUS BDPG V1 V2, Hjart Muller Lo|Fat Bass OD by Moody Sounds and my GGG Brass Master.
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  18. Guiseppe


    Oct 26, 2003
    Vancouver, WA
    I preordered one today.
  19. Guiseppe


    Oct 26, 2003
    Vancouver, WA
    I'll have to see if I can't locate one of these. They look promising.
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  20. Phaidrus


    Oct 25, 2009
    EHX Hot Tubes!

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