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I play Death Metal(flame if you want) And I am looking for a good distortion pedal to get some good grindy and grungy sounds. I don't really have a budget but less than $1.5k is great. Any and all replies are greatly appreciated!
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you could buy a mean ovedrive pedal, you can set that to a distortion as well, that's what I use. I know it's not the same but it's pretty good if you wanna play metal
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1.5k? K means thousand right? So that more or less means any pedal we recommend lol
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Yes K meaning thousand, and just anything good would be great
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Uhh, with that budget, you could buy a whole pedal board.
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Uhh, with that budget, you could buy a whole pedal board.


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but look into the Tech 21 Sansamp bass driver pedal.

its got a wicked overdrive

i'd also suggest looking at the MXL blowtorch
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Ashdown James LoMenzo Signiture Hyperdrive, I can't recommend it enough.
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For death metal, the distortion can't be too extreme, or it will just get buried under guitars.

I'd look at the Fulltone bass drive and the Sansaamp VT. I own and love the former, and the second comes highly recommended.
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The Lomenzo is a great overdrive pedal, and comes recommended my mega-deth, so maybe some incentive, though perhaps you have heavier taste?
I own the blowtorch,and it goes from subtle overdrive to controllable but brutal fuzz, and with 18volts has plenty of clarity!
My advice would be,go to yuor local store,and spend time with as many pedals as you can try, but Id recommend both of these pedals, for metal, as has been said, you want overdrive more than distortion, growl not complete fuzzyness
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The Lomenzo is a great overdrive pedal, and comes recommended my mega-deth, so maybe some incentive, though perhaps you have heavier taste?
I own the blowtorch,and it goes from subtle overdrive to controllable but brutal fuzz, and with 18volts has plenty of clarity!
My advice would be,go to yuor local store,and spend time with as many pedals as you can try, but Id recommend both of these pedals, for metal, as has been said, you want overdrive more than distortion, growl not complete fuzzyness


Well, the blowtorch doesn't really do overdrive. Even at the lower gain settings, it is a fuzz sound. It is just so low in the overall mix it is quite subtle.
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boss odb3?
yes, comparitively cheap, but retains the punchy bass as well as a grumbly distortion
aslo very versatile.
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boss odb3?
yes, comparitively cheap, but retains the punchy bass as well as a grumbly distortion
aslo very versatile.


However, it has a pretty poor midrange. It has a very heavy bass end with a load of screeching treble on top of it. It doesn't have any real midrange punch to it, you will struggle to cut through with it.

In death metal, the bass bass is either clean or with a touch (key word) or overdrive. Anything else disappears, and you lose the aggression of that driving bass. Other subgenres like doom metal and grindcore are a different story.
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WIth that budget you could and should buy a darned good amp AND a darned good distortion pedal.

If that's your budget for a DS pedal, I hate to think what your budget for a High-end guitar would be.
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and id say get a bass booster pedal...
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However, it has a pretty poor midrange. It has a very heavy bass end with a load of screeching treble on top of it. It doesn't have any real midrange punch to it, you will struggle to cut through with it.


well in my case when I use the odb-3 I put more mids on my amp´s eq and I get a very punchy tone
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ZVex Wooly Mammoth

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http://zvex.com/mammoth.html

edit: It's a fuzz, btw, and is considered by many to be among the best in the world.

edit again: There's also Chunk Systems. They've got some pretty crazy stuff that your wallet will not take kindly to...
http://www.chunksystems.com/

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well in my case when I use the odb-3 I put more mids on my amp´s eq and I get a very punchy tone


However, unless you have an EQ pedal for that midrange boost, you have to change your clean tone and the tone of all other pedals, which is something I wouldn't want to do.

As for the Wooly Mammoth, it is a fairly synthy, gated fuzz. I can not imagine that working in death metal at all. It also has issues with active basses, as it was not designed for the impedance of them, so gives a very harsh sound.
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Really? From the clips of it I thought it'd do well....ah well. I guess that knocks out the Brown Dog/Octavius as well?

I'll keep looking...we're definitely lookingat some boutique stuff here, with a price range like that, even if it's just something modded.

Hey, there's a thought! Can you imagine a Keeley ODB-3?
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I just looked at that demo you did on it, I see what you mean. I might get one now, I've been looking into getting an overdrive pedal, and something a little more subtle than my Fatman, whose tones range from super brutal high gain fuzz to only moderately brutal high gain fuzz.
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with that budget, get an MXR 10 band eq and a bbe green screamer. yes it is an over drive and made for guitar, but is will give a good grit to a bass. use the eq from there to enhance that sound and tonally, you will have many more options. i played bass in a death metal band for 3 years and did very little as far as distorting my bass, then again...distorted bass in drop-A is just a big fuzzy fart. what kind of anp do you have?
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+1 on the Mammoth- it sounds monolithic.

However, I suspect that at death metal tempos, with the guitar sounds of death metal, the synthy fuzz will get completely buried under the guitars, and the gated sound will make it sound a bit too choppy.

While I'm sure it's a fantastic fuzz for other applications, I can't see it holding itself well in death metal.
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Ya, I don't think you should use distortion at all, except for maybe soloing and stuff. Most death metal bassists actually use a clean tone because it's hard enough being heard as is.
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i would like to say that the boss odb-3 does a better job of death metal guitar than bass by far. I've usedit for that myself. I don't recommend itfor bass in this genre. You could always get an amp with a distortion channel. The peavey vb-2 which i own does a great job on death metal as well as other genres and distortion channel could be perfect for it imo. anywhere from slight overdrive to true distorion. and being all tube it's real overdrive and distortion. yay.
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Don't use any distortion, please! You'll just get lost in a fuzzy mess with the guitars, and if you're playing fast it would just sound like a mess even without the guitars. To be honest, you'd be almost pointless with distortion cause no one would hear you. Clean tone is the only way to go in metal I think, especially death, cause you actually bring the low end to the band. A hint of overdrive won't kill you, but it should be from your amp, not a pedal. That's just me, though.
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Don't use any distortion, please! You'll just get lost in a fuzzy mess with the guitars, and if you're playing fast it would just sound like a mess even without the guitars. To be honest, you'd be almost pointless with distortion cause no one would hear you. Clean tone is the only way to go in metal I think, especially death, cause you actually bring the low end to the band. A hint of overdrive won't kill you, but it should be from your amp, not a pedal. That's just me, though.


Well for those of us who don't have tube amps, a touch of "overdrive" fromt he amps is some pretty horrible clipping. A decent overdrive pedal is far better.

I run my overdrive (which is very mid heavy, despite only being a very mild overdrive) blended with my clean signal, and I find that cuts through much better than just a clean signal, and I have the punch and low end of the clean signal as well.

Distortion can work in death metal, but it either needs to be slight for a bit of grit and grind, or to be tailored perfectly to be most present where the guitarists have cut frequencies.
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