#1
Looking at some Overdrive pedals.

I have $80 in hand, and I start a new job at Gamestop this weekend, so I can probably be able to afford a pricier pedal very soon.

A few that I'm looking at are (in order of my ranking based on the sound samples at musicians friend):

1) BOSS ODB 3 Overdrive
2) GK Deisel Dog
3) MXR Blow Torch
4) Electro Harmonix Metal Muff


The thing that I like most about the Boss pedal is that it doesn't seem to hurt the low end at all. On the Electro Harmonix, it sounds like the demo was done with a guitar, which is definitely NOT what I want.

The GK and MXR pedals didn't have any samples, so I'm just going by word of mouth.

Anybody have any experience or recomendations? I want a solid sounding OD that doesn't kill my low-end.
#2
that Boss is pretty sick, my friend owns one
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#3
Well, first of all, The BOSS ODB-3 is the only real "overdrive" pedal on that list. The rest are distortion pedals.

I have an Ibanez PD-7, and it's pretty good. You can have anywhere from a edgy, dirty bass tone to a grating distortion.

I would also recommend the Fulltone Bass Driver - expensive, but from the sound clips I've heard of it, worth every penny.
#4
i use a Boss ODB-3 There good for what they do. You can also use them as a boost pedal.
#5
go for the muff (Looks over shoulder and sees the fitz charging at me with machete in hand)

seriously get the ODB 3 i use it live and it cuts through nicely but you still keep your low end
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#6
Ibanez PD-7 for an excellent all-around pedal, Boss ODB-3 for serious fuzzy, dirty distortion, Ampeg Bass Scrambler (more expensive) for smoother tube-like growl and drive.

Also SansAmp BDDI are popular as both an overdrive unit and a DI box.

Ihave a PD-7 and an ODB-3 for different levels of drive/distortion and I'm happy enough.
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#7
I own the ODB-3 and I love it. It's really easy to use and gives me exactly the sound I want. I think it's best for that slightly crunchy naturally overdriven sound (which I personally am in love with and use it quite often in my band's compositions). You get the distortion AND the 'oomph'! But that doesn't mean you can't get the greasy over-the-top sick distortion out of it.

It's a great pedal, you won't regret buying it.
#8
Like Charlatan_001 said, the Fulltone is fantastic, and that's what I use. However, it's meant as a pedal that pisses off your clean tone, instead of giving you a totally different tone. If you have the opportunity to get a Fulltone but instead get a Metal Muff, I'll ATTACK!
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#9
There also exists the digitech bass driver which has distortion, overdrive and fuzz sounds. Why hasn't anyone mentioned it yet?
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There also exists the digitech bass driver which has distortion, overdrive and fuzz sounds. Why hasn't anyone mentioned it yet?

Because while it's quite versitile, it has a digital-ish sound, and it isn't quite as good as the Diesel Dawg, doesn't have the EQing capabilities of the BlowTorch, and it isn't the Fulltone Bass Drive. It's a good pedal, but it's more in-line with the ODB3 than the others. However, I do recommend it over the ODB3 sight unseen.
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I always found the ODB-3 to sound too "buzzy" and somewhat like a muffled fart.



Keep the gain lower and you get a lovely vintage overdrive, which enhances the tone and gives a little fuzz bit on the edge,
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#13
Just wondering fitzy, can you get a tube-esque grind out of that fulltone? And out of that list I would recommend the blowtorch, great pedal.
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Just wondering fitzy, can you get a tube-esque grind out of that fulltone? And out of that list I would recommend the blowtorch, great pedal.

That's EXACTLY what the pedal does. Me, I'm more into the fire-breathing overdrive (but not distortion), but the pedal clips and distorts like a class A tube amp. That's what the manual says, anyway. What you have to understand is that there's no active EQing or anything; there are 2 distortion channels (independant of one another), volume, and a tone roll-off. You're basically taking your clean tone, boosting it to hell, and playing it as is. I never understood what 'tonally transparent' meant until I got this pedal. Every nuance of your playing will ring through clearly, except louder, angrier, and grittier. You can just roll off the tone if the grit is too harsh.
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My local shop just had a big shipment of fulltone pedals so I think I'll take a trip down and try one of those babies out then!
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#16
tech 21 XXL and tech21 bassdriver are the best overrive pedals imo
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#17
^Yeah, but the Bass Driver is meant to be much more than an overdrive pedal. Actually, the DI in it's name is a bit of a giveaway.
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tech 21 XXL and tech21 bassdriver are the best overrive pedals imo


I'm gonna have to agree with this guy. tech 21 bass di was the best thing to happen to my rig since I picked up the bass guitar. Amazingly heavy but subtle crunch that takes nothing away from the low end (common w/too much distortion). If you can wait until you get 200 bucks, it will be well worth it.
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#20
is there a way that could get good tone from a guitar pedal but using it on a bass. i have the df 7 dist factory. but idont want to get rid of it and i need a dist pedal for bass
#21
The boss OBD-3 really is a great bit of kit, I own one myself and it's a joy to use, if you take some time fiddling then you can get some great sounds!
#22
I'd get the GK or the Dunlop
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is there a way that could get good tone from a guitar pedal but using it on a bass. i have the df 7 dist factory. but idont want to get rid of it and i need a dist pedal for bass



Be careful with this. Usually distortion or overdrive pedals designed for a guitar will boost the crap out of your mids/hi-mids while all but eliminating your low-end. This happens especially with "metal" style pedals. I would stick with one designed for a bass guitar.

One thing you could try would be using that guitar pedal with your bass and listening to your low end through your rig, see if it makes a difference when you play with the levels on the pedal. I tried this with a bunch of my old guitar pedals and never found one I really liked.
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#24
the fulltone bass drive if you can afford one.....

otherwise i'd just go for the boss bass overdrive... its really good actually..... the problem with it is that it is like......................... half distortion and half overdrive........ its not really a 100% overdrive pedal like the fulltone.......
#25
Today I tried out a Digitech Overdrive/Distortion


And it was crap. Going to keep looking, not impressed by Digitech at all.
#26
GK Diesel Dawg. I don't own one, but I own one of their amps with the same distortion circuit, and it sounds br00tal.
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#27
Anybody ever tried a Danelectro Fab Tone Distortion pedal or can tell me much about it?

I found one on Talkbass that I might be willing to haggle for if I like the sound
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Anybody ever tried a Danelectro Fab Tone Distortion pedal or can tell me much about it?

I found one on Talkbass that I might be willing to haggle for if I like the sound

I actually did. Danelectro pedals turn EVERYTHING into the exact same sound. Hell, you could plug in a piano and it'll sound like a distorted guitar.

You know Fab Tone pedals are $20, right?
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#29
Not until I checked it out on Zzsounds.

The seller made it seem quite "rare" as well. :/
So much for an honest salesman.


Oh well, onto the next. I'm going to try and hop around the local music shops this week, see if I can't play a few more things.
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I actually did. Danelectro pedals turn EVERYTHING into the exact same sound. Hell, you could plug in a piano and it'll sound like a distorted guitar.

You know Fab Tone pedals are $20, right?


I have to agree with that. Danelectro stuff is cheap as chips and sounds it, but I'd rather take a Danelectro and get a generic, "meh" sound than a Behringer pedal and get an abomination of a sound.

Shame, I've heard some of the old vintage Danelectro stuff is fairly decent, though not for bass.
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#31
the danelectro equalizer, cant remember whats its called, i think its 6-band only sounds pretty cool for the price.... dunno about the rest..
#32
Anyone know how to get Geddy Lee's half overdrive sound out of a pedal?

I heard he uses 2 amps, 1 clean and one OD. Don't know if this is true.
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I'm still waiting for my new amp setup till I get the beast that is the EBS Valvedrive. That thing is a monster.
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Anyone know how to get Geddy Lee's half overdrive sound out of a pedal?

I heard he uses 2 amps, 1 clean and one OD. Don't know if this is true.



I believe he DI's his bass, and the "crunchy" part of his tone comes from a Tech21 SansAmp RBI
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So how bout that Snarling Dogz wah/distortion pedal? Does it have good distortion?

It's a fuzz pedal, not distortion. Fuzz has a very unique sound that's an aquired taste. If you're looking for a transparent distortion or overdrive, this is the exact opposite of what you're looking for.
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It's a fuzz pedal, not distortion. Fuzz has a very unique sound that's an aquired taste. If you're looking for a transparent distortion or overdrive, this is the exact opposite of what you're looking for.

Transparent meaning all the distortion on the high's?
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Transparent meaning all the distortion on the high's?

No, not at all. Transparent meaning it does not change or affect your clean tone beyond getting it to overdrive. Tonally transparent pedals will capture all your nuances when playing and won't add it's own tonal character. This is a desired feature when your other gear is good because pedals like that tend to make all basses sound the same. However, if you're playing with crap, then you might want this.
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