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Your favorite pedal to boost your clean/round tone into slightly broken up territory?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by BigN8bass, Apr 20, 2021.

  1. BigN8bass

    BigN8bass Supporting Member

    Oct 6, 2015
    Hello fellow tone seekers,

    I'm sure this has been covered many many times before, but I haven't seen many definitive answers in the search.
    What are your favorite pedal/pedals to get your clean tone into a slightly broken up, overdriven, hairy... whatever adjective you like, sound? One that still keeps your tone warm and fairly round.
  2. WG Plum

    WG Plum

    Apr 9, 2021
    CCCP Bug Caster.
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  3. jbybj

    jbybj Supporting Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles
    Spaceman Saturn VI
    Southampton 5th Gear V2
    Rodenberg LDP
    Jext Telez Uni-Drive,

    off the top of my head.
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  4. EarthQuaker Devices Westwood.
    the preamp is very bass-friendly and you can dial the drive right into the sweet spot for mild breakup.
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  5. superdick2112

    superdick2112 Mile High Bassist Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2010
    The Centennial State
    The Darkglass B3K & SansAmp VT Bass are my go-to dirt boxes.
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  6. amper


    Dec 4, 2002
    I’m using a Boss BB-1X Bass Driver and a tc electronic Spark booster on my board. I would also recommend the One Control BJFe Blackberry Bass Overdrive.
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  7. Johno Dunn

    Johno Dunn Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2007
    Carpinteria, Ca.
    Either a Spark, or a Broughton FlipTop Boost.
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  8. mb94952

    mb94952 Endorsing Artist : SFARZO STRINGS Supporting Member

    I use a Darkglass. I own both the BK3 and the Microtubes X7. I use that one more. I add a Mooer Shimverb micro reverb pedal and I'm set. The reverb (just a touch of it...) adds SO much to it. Really fattens up the sound and always reminds me of the Stanley Clarke quote, "The tone lingers long after the show" at least it seems that way.
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  9. Laurent

    Laurent Supporting Member

    May 21, 2008
    Napa, California
    Sansamp Para Driver
    Solidgoldfx Beta MKII
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  10. NerdyOcean

    NerdyOcean Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2020
    North Carolina
    Right now I am using a Dr Scientist The Elements.
    Others I have enjoyed:
    Blackstone Appliances Mosfet OD
    Way Huge Pork Loin
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  11. mr80htz


    May 15, 2018
    Fulltone Fat Boost 3. No one talks about it but it's amazing for the OPs query. The drive knob is readjusting the bias and there is a low cut to kill the flub. It's a JFET circuit and is designed to be a class A amp. Plus it's crazy loud at 36 db increase... it's American hand made to boot. Under $100 used. Mr. Fuller sounds like a man I wouldn't support by buying new directly from the company which is nice because this pedal is discontinued from what I can see
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2021
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  12. shwashwa


    Aug 30, 2003
    Sfx micro red dragon if you can find one. I've got a bunch of pedals but that's the one I keep coming back to.
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  13. shwashwa


    Aug 30, 2003
    Also the exotic RC bass boost is a close second place behind the Red dragon
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  14. Hammerfield


    Aug 1, 2016
    -Sansamp VT Bass deluxe, if I want that Ampeg flavour,
    -JHS Pulp n Peel V4 (with the drive engaged)
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  15. BartmanPDX

    BartmanPDX Supporting Member

    Spaceman Saturn V. Always on my board.
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  16. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2000
    Southern NJ
    I bought a Spaceman Effects Saturn VI a few weeks ago and have an [sfx] Micro Red Dragon that I was lucky enough to stumble across about a year ago.

    My band is still on COVID break but hopes to start up soon once we've all been fully vaccinated (drummer and I have each had our first Pfizer vaccine, everyone else is done). So I haven't heard either in a band context yet, only practicing at home. But, based on how they sound so far, I've got pretty high expectations for both. They seem to do an excellent job at light breakup.

    I also have - and like - the EHX Bass Soul Food. I know most TB'ers despise it, but I find it to be a pretty nice light OD. It can't do heavy OD or distortion, but I have no need for them.

    EDIT: I should have also mentioned a Bearfoot FX Blueberry, which I recently replaced with a Bearfoot FX Queen Bee. Even though it's not currently on my board. I'm still keeping the Blueberry. It's another pedal that does low gain OD very well. Just be aware that can be a pretty dark sounding pedal. I like that, but found it tough to dial out that darkness when I wanted to and bought the Queen Bee to see it can do everything the Blueberry does and more (still undecided, and might also try a One Control Blackberry). However, it does what it does well enough and I like the its tone enough to have no interest in selling it.
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  17. Bassman474


    Sep 1, 2010
    Unfortunately there's no real definitive answer due to the suggestive nature of effects, but I'm sure you'll get loads of good recommendations!

    I second the ehx bass soul food, and also recommend darkglass vintage microtubes or tc mojomojo depending on your budget.
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2021
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  18. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    I have a Way Huge Pork and Pickle that's the closest thing I've tried (ad I've tried a LOT of things) to the sound in my head (which is what you're describing). The Pork side is an overdrive that can do what I think you want, the "Pickle" side is a whole other thing - not useful to me, but that combo pedal is much smaller than the normal Pork Loin, so combo it is.
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  19. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    EHX Bass Soul Food and it has a blend control!
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