Your favourite drive pedals of all time?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Al Krow, Sep 3, 2018.

  1. Al Krow

    Al Krow

    Jan 15, 2018
    Like so many of us I'm still on a bit of a "drive quest". I'm looking for a pedal that delivers:
    - a punchy, full-bodied, harmonically rich drive tone
    - versatility to go from warm valve break-up to downright dirty!
    - no (or minimal) loss of low end
    - cuts through in the mix (so unlikely to be overly mid-scooped)

    Where I've got to are the following (in no particular order):
    Damnation Audio MBD1
    SA Aftershock
    Creation Audio Grizzly Bass
    Aguilar Agro

    I'm sure there will be many of you who are much further down your drive pedal quest than me and I'd love to pick your brains! If you had to choose your top three drive pedals of all time what would they be? What is so special about them?
  2. Limited to three, man that isn't even foreplay for some of us.
  3. Al Krow

    Al Krow

    Jan 15, 2018
    Hah! :laugh:

    But they can't ALL be your top 3 can they?!
  4. 1. Overdrive - VT Bass
    2. Fuzz - Green Russian
    3. Distortion - EBS Billy Sheehan Drive Deluxe
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  5. Blu bro

    Blu bro

    Mar 1, 2012
    I am saving for a MBD-1 at the moment and believe it will tick all the boxes you have for it, At least I am planning on getting one for the exact reasons that you are looking to fulfill.
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  6. Darkglass Alpha-Omega
    Tech21 Oxford
    :::This space reserved for Microtubes X:::

    Notable runners-up:
    Tronographic Rusty Box!


    The other ones I've owned:

    Darkglass VMTU
    Darkglass VMT
    Amptweaker TightRock Bass Jr
    Big Game CVLT
    Tech21 VT Bass
    Tech21 Liverpool
    Tech21 Leeds
    Tech21 XXL
    Tech21 PSA-1
    Tech21 Tri A.C.
    Tech21 Tri O.D.
    Tech21 BDDI
    Tech21 "og" Bass Driver
    Tech21 Comptortion
    Tech21 DoubleDrive
    Aguilar Agro
    Aguilar ToneHammer
    Ibanez Turbo Tubescreamer
    Ibanez Bass Tubescreamer
    Boss Bass Overdrive ODB-1
    Peavey T.G. Raxx
    HAO Rust Ride
    EWS Bass Preamp3
    EHX English Muff'n

    Those are just some that came to mind. I sold the Agro in favor of the Oxford because I felt it does the Agro thing better.

    Last edited: Sep 3, 2018
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  7. Jonahlane


    Mar 29, 2016
    Darkglass B3k
    Darkglass VMT
    Darkglass Alpha Omega
    Aguilar tonehammer
  8. Jonahlane


    Mar 29, 2016
    Will note, the VMT and tonehammer are pretty easy to dial in, in my experience the B3k takes a lil more tweaking to make it sound right, but then it sounds incredible.
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  9. Kriegs


    Feb 14, 2018
    OD - Ampeg Scrambler
    Fuzz - Stomp Under Foot Violet Menace
    Distortion - MXR Fullbore Metal
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  10. baSfo


    Aug 13, 2017
    Darkglass b3k
    Hardwire cm2
    Rusty Box
    In no particular order
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  11. keatz


    Jan 19, 2011
    Alpha Omicron
    VT Bass
    Equal third goes to:
    BPD(my 1 of a kind OCD variant)
    Rat Tail
    Grizzly Bass
    Tonehammer AGS
    Green russian reissue
    JohnK pork loin
    Spark booster

    Just missed out:
    BB preamp
    EBS multidrive

    Not even close:
    Tech21 xxl bass edition
    Bass big muff
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  12. 2010P

    2010P Inactive

    May 13, 2017
    3) Dunwich ODB125b (recent acquisition. Never got on with the regular ODB, but I love the 125B even though it supposed to be exactly the same)

    2) Shift Line Buzz (B3K killer)

    1) Daring Audio Laser Cannon HD (this one is king A#1. Splitting the distorted signal into frequency bands is to me the best way to distort bass)
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  13. Phe


    May 30, 2005
    Oulu, Finland
    For me it's:
    Southampton Fifth Gear
    Idiotbox Blower Box
    Peavey Dirty Dog
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  14. Al Krow

    Al Krow

    Jan 15, 2018
    Would I be correct that DG pedals are pretty mid-scooped / top end fizzy? Or is that being unfair on them?

    (And you'll see from my two rigs in my post below, I'm definitely NOT a DG 'hater'! :))
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2018
  15. Al Krow

    Al Krow

    Jan 15, 2018
    @FaithNoMan dunno if it's my browser, but I couldn't read almost any of your post.
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2018
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  16. Al Krow

    Al Krow

    Jan 15, 2018
    That sounds like I'm at least on the right track then! What else have you tried that would be in your top 3?
  17. Still satisfied with:

    SFX Beta for low mid punch
    SFX Beta Germanium for unique drive and fuzz
    Broughton Azure Drive to bring back mids of scooped instruments

    OP, what amps are you using? My 3 pedal list is with tube amps.
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  18. ugly_bassplayer


    Jan 21, 2009
    I have a regular and a high gain beta. They are absolutely awesome
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  19. Al Krow

    Al Krow

    Jan 15, 2018
    Good point re amps (and pups too, I guess)

    My gigging amps / rigs are (i) DG M900 + Vanderkley 210LNT and (ii) a Markbass AC 121 Lite

    My main gigging basses are an Ibanez SR1800 (with big single Nordstrand pups) and two Yamaha BBs (1025 and NE2) - so a mixture of J and P/J set ups.
  20. Al Krow

    Al Krow

    Jan 15, 2018
    Was there much change between the Beta and the Beta II?
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