#3
nay. i like clean bass.
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#4
What kind of distortion are you thinking of? You could have a fuzz or just a plain overdriven sound. At the moment I'm really liking the MXR blowtorch, I'm gonna snatch one up as soon as I can, its more distortion than fuzz but it sounds pretty good.
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#6
Depends on the song. I've heard some really good sounding distorted bass, and I've used a little distortion when I play every now and then, but generally I like it clean.

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#8
I personally like a slightly distorted tone, but too much and it just sounds a bit eurgh
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#10
I personally prefer a clean bass but if used well (National Anthem by Radiohead) it surely adds more tonal variety to your playing.
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#11
I say yay! I love a distorted tone like Marco Hietala.
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#12
Well I play a lot of core genres, metalcore, deathcore, electrocore, and various other forms of metal, and a lot of these genre's I feel the bass is barely noticed so I was thinking of picking up a distortion pedal to add to the sound a bit.
#13
^ agree.
i tend to use distortion for punk music as well or anytime i try to sound like Death From Above 1979. ha.
#14
I have a Bass Driver which I use from time to time for songs like Time Is Running Out by Muse or Around The World by the Chilis. And if I am doing a solo.

But typically, I will just play clean bass. The guitarist of my band uses so much distortion for pretty much every song we do, that if I used any, it would sound terrible.
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#16
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yay or nay?


You should be a lot more specific. What about bass distortion? Your question could be 'Is bass distortion good?' or 'Does anyone like to use bass distortion' or 'Does bass distortion exist?' but that depends entirely on the situation where you would be using it, which you did not mention, and it depends what pedal is being used, which you failed to mention, and it also depends what type of distortion which again you failed to mention.

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#17
I like the sound of an overdriven tube amp, but I'm not a big fan of just plugging in a distortion pedal or playing an amp that has built in distortion.
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#18
I love overdrive and fuzz, though I also like my clean tone, so I pretty much always run a blend of clean and distortion, which makes me moist.
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#19
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yay or nay?


You should be a lot more specific. What about bass distortion? Your question could be 'Is bass distortion good?' or 'Does anyone like to use bass distortion' or 'Does bass distortion exist?' The answer to your question would depend entirely on the situation where you would be using it, which you did not mention, and it depends what pedal is being used, which you failed to mention, and it also depends what type of distortion which again you failed to mention.

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#20
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Well I play a lot of core genres, metalcore, deathcore, electrocore, and various other forms of metal, and a lot of these genre's I feel the bass is barely noticed so I was thinking of picking up a distortion pedal to add to the sound a bit.

...You'll just blend in with the guitar even more, man.
#22
i think that a clean bass sound is probably one of the most verstile sounds in music, but if you put fuzz or overdrive on a bass correctly, it can add the necessary texture to make it that much better.
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#23
i like a teeny tiny bit of overdrive to make it sound a wee bit edgy

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#24
I hate really high gain distortion, but i love a synth sounding distortion and fuzz
#25
If I'm going to use distortion, I like just enough to add a little bit of grit to the sound. But, most of the time I prefer a clean sound.
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#26
Depends on the sound but adding little distortion goes a long way in boosting your stage presence. Nothing beats the tone of a clean bass but adding a touch of distortion or fuzz really lets you cut though and be heard without sacrificing too much of your tone. I personally use a bit of fuzz. You could always go balls out and get some booming distortion though to be "that guy". We all know "that guy".
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#27
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Depends on the sound but adding little distortion goes a long way in boosting your stage presence. Nothing beats the tone of a clean bass but adding a touch of distortion or fuzz really lets you cut though and be heard without sacrificing too much of your tone. I personally use a bit of fuzz. You could always go balls out and get some booming distortion though to be "that guy". We all know "that guy".


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#28
I like the clean tone but distortion defo has it's uses. Sometimes songs or lines are just more fitting with distortion. Adds a little edge as well, some lines that sound boring as **** played plain sound incredible when distorted.
#29
Nah. I prefer trebly-Fender J-basses.
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#30
Wooly overdrive and thick fuzz- Yay, anything inbetween- Nay.
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#31
I like the amount of distortion I get from my Sansamp. Just enough to make my tone 'dirty' but not full out distorted.
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#32
I can't get the distortion good, or dirty
My total sound goes distortion...
any idea's?
bi-amping would work for a good sound, but don't have two amps
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#33
Subtle distortion yay

mad treble distortion, nay

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#34
^ this guy knows what he's talking about.
PD7's the win. If you decide yay on distortion, pick one up.
#35
Either full on or not at all IMO. I like it like around the world, and pulling teeth distorted
#36
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Either full on or not at all IMO. I like it like around the world, and pulling teeth distorted


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Full on sounds crap, with every pedal I have heard ever it just sounded apauling without any actual bass tone involved.
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