#1
So tomorrow's my birthday and I really want a fuzz/overdrive/distortion pedal to play around with. I want a pedal that give a good fuzz sound like muse, but I also want a pedal that could do some distortion. Does anyone have any good recommendations?
#2
Idk much about muse, but I'd find out what they use and then try it out for yourself to see if you like it.
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#3
Get Yourself an ashdown drive pedal and a el grande fuzz. THe ashdowns got amazing overdrive and the el grande well...
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Bellamy uses the Z-vex fuzz factory. Don't know about any additional stomp boxes but he has his fuzz factory built into his guitar

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Bellamy uses the Z-vex fuzz factory. Don't know about any additional stomp boxes but he has his fuzz factory built into his guitar


Shame this is the bass forum then.

You will not get fuzz and overdrive out of a single box (99% of the time). They are different effects. While they both have the same basic effect on the waveform, they both achieve it in very different ways.

However, for muse style fuzz, try a bass big muff. Chris runs a Big Muff through a biamped rig and a synth. You won't get that close without much more of his gear, but it gives the same basic fuzz sound while retaining low end.
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Shame this is the bass forum then.

You will not get fuzz and overdrive out of a single box (99% of the time). They are different effects. While they both have the same basic effect on the waveform, they both achieve it in very different ways.

However, for muse style fuzz, try a bass big muff. Chris runs a Big Muff through a biamped rig and a synth. You won't get that close without much more of his gear, but it gives the same basic fuzz sound while retaining low end.

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though you can also get some synthy fuzz and some slight overdrivey stuff from an MXR Bass Blowtorch. worth looking at.
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For fuzz go with the Electro-Harmonix Bass Big Muff on an MXR EL Grande Fuzz. The El grande is a little more pricey than the Big Muff but both are great pedals(I use the Bass Big Muff myself). For overdrive look at the Boss OBD-3 or the Digitech bass driver, both are fantastic for the price. I wouldn't dish out a lot of money on pedals unless you know what specific sound you are looking for. If you're looking for a Chris Wolstenholme Muse sound(I too have been trying to achieve this as well), he uses a Rusian Big Muff, Digitech Bass Synth Wah, a Akai Deep Impact Synth, Boss DD-3 delay, Boss OC-2 octaver, Boss PS-3 phaser, with 4 Marshall DBS heads(this I believe was on Absolution) into I think a 4x10 and a 1x15. But for a cheaper alternative to that style, I use a bass big muff, a MXR Phase 90, a Digitech Bass Synth wah, An EXH Bass Micro Synth through my brand new Ashdown MAG 300 4x10 . Well I guess I'm not trying to emulate his sound completely, but just using it as an inspiration for my sound. You should try to get a distinct sound that is all you own
#9
A word of advice about the ODB-3. It is not an overdrive. It is a very "buzzy" distortion. It is also a love it or hate it pedal. Often with feeling changing over time. I used to love min, but slowly stopped liking it when I couldn't get any really good tones. Once I got my Fulltone Bass Drive, it has barely been touched.
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Shame this is the bass forum then.

You will not get fuzz and overdrive out of a single box (99% of the time). They are different effects. While they both have the same basic effect on the waveform, they both achieve it in very different ways.

However, for muse style fuzz, try a bass big muff. Chris runs a Big Muff through a biamped rig and a synth. You won't get that close without much more of his gear, but it gives the same basic fuzz sound while retaining low end.


I thought overdrive compresses the wave while fuzz clips it?
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I thought overdrive compresses the wave while fuzz clips it?


Nah, Overdrive clips, Fuzz almost converts to a squarewave.
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I thought overdrive compresses the wave while fuzz clips it?


Compression compresses. Kind of obvious.

They both clip, but in different ways. Fuzz cuts the tops of the waves, giving something resembling a square wave. Overdrive/distortion do the same, but in a much smoother fashion, resulting in a compressed appearance to the waveform.
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I will recoment the TC elctronic vintage bass distortion or the T-Rex BassJuice, its the same pedal just with another name. The got a boost function so you can get a really awesome fuzz tone and you can also get some hard distortion.
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Not quite Muse-y, but it should sound damn good.
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Alright guys, I just got $100 from my family for my birthday, so I'll have to do some thinking and choose something around or a little more than $100. Haha I love buying new pedals!
#17
hmm.

that bass big muff probably. proof that pi are square...

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The Ibanez PD-7 works quite well if you don't want to dish out to much cash. It's got a nice clean tone boost as well.

The best way to determine if you like it or not is to try it. A few of my friends recommended the ODB-3, but I disliked the tone when I tried it myself. See what works for you.
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Compression compresses. Kind of obvious.

They both clip, but in different ways. Fuzz cuts the tops of the waves, giving something resembling a square wave. Overdrive/distortion do the same, but in a much smoother fashion, resulting in a compressed appearance to the waveform.


Most distortions and fuzzes introduce a certain element of compression as well, though, don't they?

I forget the technical reasons why, but I know that dynamics tend to go out the window when any of my dirt boxes are on.

To the OP, The digitech bass driver gives a pretty wide range of tones, if you just want something to play with. Models the sound digitally and has a blend between overdrive, distortion and fuzz. It's pretty good.
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hmm.

that bass big muff probably. proof that pi are square...


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#22
i have a bass fuzz for sale, over in the gear ads.

let me know if you are interested, its the MXR El Grande Bass Fuzz