woolly mammoth, how bad with active?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by 33degrees, Dec 8, 2005.

  1. 33degrees


    Jun 4, 2005
    how bad infact is the woolly mammoth with a jazz bass with EMGs?
    i dint have onboard eq, just the pick ups and theres a tone nob.
  2. anyonefortennis

    anyonefortennis Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2005
    Lincoln, NE
    Never tried ti myself but Z himself says it sounds too compressed.
  3. IMO it sounded horrible with active electronics. Usually I dig weird sounds but Mammoth just sounded weird in a bad way. Imagine extremely compressed low frequency drill. With passive electronics Mammoth is excellent.
    I have jazz bass with J-retro and Mammoth works fine when preamp is bypassed.
  4. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    sounded awful to me.
  5. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    Really, really bad with active. Much better with passive.
  6. John C. Reilly

    John C. Reilly

    Feb 24, 2004
    i would go one step further and say it sounded bad with high output passive like my gibson ebo. that huge humbucker put out too much signal for the mammoth. sounded much better with fender p or the rick 4001
  7. Sounds horrible with active. Its ironic that the best sounding fuzz pedal only sounds good with low output passive basses, which are not exactly what companies are pumping out these days. I do have to say i love this pedal. Luckily my F bass has passive mode so i can enjoy it!
  8. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    Now i've got a bass with an active/passive switch I'm considering adding a Mammoth to my board.
  9. sloppysubs


    Nov 24, 2002
    Swansboro, NC
    The basses with the active/passive things don't work either. I had a Mammoth with a Warwick Infinity SN and it still sounded bad.
  10. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    Are you 100% it's a true active/passive switch? On my thumb, IIRC all the switch did was bypass the eq section of the preamp.
  11. I have J-retro preamp and when it is switched off mammoth sounds really good but when active electronics is on the fuzz is horrible.
  12. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    No, and I don't know how i would tell, but I'm sure you can tell me later when i get home on AIM ;)
  13. Alun


    Jun 6, 2004
    Endorsing Artist - Elixir strings,Markbass amplification
    Easiest way to check if it's truly switching to passive is to take the battery out of your bass and see if you still get a sound from the amp. If it's truly passive, you should still get a signal.

  14. TaySte_2000


    Jun 23, 2001
    Manchester, UK
    Endorsing Artist: Mojohand, Subdecay, Overwater, Matamp
    Yeah sounds aweful on bass almost seems to phase on the one I tried, but yeah seriously avoid :D