#1
Hi, I've played guitar for about 9 years now, and always had a bass lying round but I want to start properly learning it. I've started getting a rig together and I'm looking to get some pedals - first an OD.
As I've not properly played bass before I'm not really sure where to start! I've been to my local music shop and played a few but everything I've tried sounds really fuzzy and not the kind of thing that'd really cut through the mix. I want a nice tight, lightly distorted type of sound - so could someone point me in the right direction for some good pedals? Cheers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoIWValLpQ0 This is the kind of sound I'm looking for
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#2
You could try a ProCo Rat. Those things have a reputation for being absolute animals, but they can do a really wide range of sounds. Also, they make bass-specific ODs. It's not clear if you were looking at bass ODs or not.
#3
that clip sounds fuzzy to me
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#4
You could also try out Tech21 Bass Driver. These pedals come with more guitar like distortion.
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#5
I would call that a pretty fuzzy bass distortion sound in the video.

My Sansamp Bass Driver gives a really crunchy bass overdrive tone.
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#7
^ Yeah pretty much.
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#8
I take it back, that drive tone isn't as fuzzy as it could be, but I'll agree with the two above. That Bass Big Muff PI is probably going to get you there. Just don't set the drive too high or it wont sound as tight. You may need to fiddle with the eq.
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#10
I would suggest a couple of Sansamp pedals: VT Bass (Character Series), or Para Driver. The Sansamp Bass Driver is also good, but it has (in my opinion) an annoying feature with mid range control - there is no dedicated mid control and in fact, the mids are actually scooped if you boost bass or treble and then the mids are boosted if you cut bass or treble. The Para Driver has a separate mid control and a "mid shift" control.

These pedals are designed for bass, and although you can get a very fuzzy sound by turning the drive knob all the way up, you can also get the crunchy, dirty sound you are looking for. I like this same sound and this is why I own the Sansamp products.
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How about MXR?


I wouldn't. MXR for bass has always sounded like.... well, a buzzsaw.


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I would suggest a couple of Sansamp pedals: VT Bass (Character Series), or Para Driver. The Sansamp Bass Driver is also good, but it has (in my opinion) an annoying feature with mid range control - there is no dedicated mid control and in fact, the mids are actually scooped if you boost bass or treble and then the mids are boosted if you cut bass or treble. The Para Driver has a separate mid control and a "mid shift" control.

These pedals are designed for bass, and although you can get a very fuzzy sound by turning the drive knob all the way up, you can also get the crunchy, dirty sound you are looking for. I like this same sound and this is why I own the Sansamp products.


I agree. Although the lack of a mids knob on the bass driver isn't the most annoying thing for me. If I want more mids I have a knob on my bass and two on my amp for that.
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How about MXR?


MXR's Blowtorch Bass Distortion appears to have some good tones in it, but must people who use it end up with a muddy, fizzy sound. I think you would have to work with it a bit to learn everything that it can do. It is certainly more complicated than are a lot of other bass distortion boxes.

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