Bass Fuzz......options

Bass Fuzz......options

Postby BluesBassPlayer » Mon Aug 18, 2008 12:48 pm

Many of the newer bass heads, combos have a magic dirty distortion setting. Aguilar, Mesa, Peavey, Ampeg etc. come to mind.

Is there a stomp box, for us bassists to give us the Jack Bruck, Geezer Butler grunt?

If I push my hi fi amp (Mesa MPulse 600) to get a nice distorted tone, it's way too loud for serious practice or rehearsal.

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Re: Bass Fuzz......options

Postby ~lightwaveryder~ » Mon Aug 18, 2008 1:25 pm

expensive options...

boutique pedals with tubes (im not fond of boutique pedals)
mesa boogie v twin preamp floor unit (bad ASS distortion, 220 some odd bucks used)

inexpensive options

proco rat pedal (best bass dist unit i've ever heard, nice and loose)
boss metal zone (has really good eq function for a pedal, and everythign from slow blues dist to super fast buzzy death metal distortion)
ibanez tube screamer (never tried one on a bass but it is my main recommendation for guitarists who want natural tube edge)


hope this helps


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Re: Bass Fuzz......options

Postby ghiadub » Mon Aug 18, 2008 1:30 pm

Jimi, if you crank the pre on that mesa it should get some nice Geezer fuzz. I was using my mesa walkabout in a sabbath tribute band and that was the ticket for me. I just backed off on the "on bass" volume for the non fuzzy parts.

You should be able to get the pre where you want it (I used about 2'o-clock), then control your overall volume with the master.
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Postby aussiemark » Mon Aug 18, 2008 8:09 pm

You can get some juicy fuzz from a Sansamp Bass Driver with some tweaking
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Postby steveonbass » Mon Aug 18, 2008 8:26 pm

Sounds like you are talking more about overdrive/distortion than fuzz. There are a TON of ways to get it. I remember that the Fulltone Bassdrive gets a GREAT Jack Bruce sound.
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Re: Bass Fuzz......options

Postby Andy Walhor » Tue Aug 19, 2008 12:22 pm

The Xotic Effects Bass BB Preamp, I think.
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Postby steveonbass » Tue Aug 19, 2008 12:33 pm

Andy Walhor wrote:The Xotic Effects Bass BB Preamp, I think.


I have a bass BB - Cool pre for tubey breakup (think smaller tube amp type breakup - a little extreme).
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Re: Bass Fuzz......options

Postby BluesBassPlayer » Tue Aug 19, 2008 12:47 pm

Yes, I suppose its overdrive I'm looking for. Thanks. I sort of thought fuzz was overdrive?

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Re: Bass Fuzz......options

Postby harleyyy » Tue Aug 19, 2008 2:27 pm

steveonbass wrote: I remember that the Fulltone Bassdrive gets a GREAT Jack Bruce sound.


I love mine, but it is getting replaced on my board sooner than later, with the Tech21 VT Bass.

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Re: Bass Fuzz......options

Postby pushifier » Fri Aug 22, 2008 8:00 am

Fuzz:If you want reaaaal fuzz, take the colorsound (with the orange letters), this thing holds the low end and really gritty fuzz.
Fuzz: Proco Rat great fuzz; got mine modded for bass (no lowend loss); this thing is a razor sharp and great for groovie direct fuzz parts.
Distortion: take a sansamp gt2 (lowend loss), but a lot of modulation possebilities
Distortion: prunes & custard harmonics of hotcake -> great pedals big fat distortion sound.
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Postby Templar » Fri Aug 29, 2008 9:47 am

harleyyy wrote:
steveonbass wrote: I remember that the Fulltone Bassdrive gets a GREAT Jack Bruce sound.


I love mine, but it is getting replaced on my board sooner than later, with the Tech21 VT Bass.

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That VT is sweet, aint it? I think Tech 21 struck paydirt with this series.

Found all sorts of juicy interesting sounds in mine, including a pretty convincing SVT sound. Way more convincing that the "SVT" setting on the BDDI, I thought.
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Re: Bass Fuzz......options

Postby Tornadobass » Mon Oct 13, 2008 10:34 am

A recent experience trying to get a nasty sound, although with my BugBass EUB.

First, tried an Aguilar Tone Hammer. A good way to get touch sensitive overdrive, but not if you want a constant fuzz.

Next, brought out a Chunk Systems Brown Dog. It has separate level controls for fuzz and clean, so you can mix up the full sound, plus a variety of fuzz sounds that don't differ so much depending on touch and attack.

Went with the Brown Dog and added chorus after on my GK combo. And a bow. This was for free improv behind three Middle East poets at a reading. But of course, all of you already knew how to do this kind of gig, right [smilie=music-smiley-005.gif]
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Re: Bass Fuzz......options

Postby felig » Mon Oct 13, 2008 1:43 pm

Just take your old B-15n, strap your channels, turn everything up to 10 & play it until smoke comes out of the head.
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Re: Bass Fuzz......options

Postby Uberjam » Mon Nov 16, 2009 12:34 am

It sounds to me like you want an overdrive type distortion.

Because if it's fuzz you want there is really only one choice.

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Re: Bass Fuzz......options

Postby steveonbass » Mon Nov 16, 2009 8:06 am

There are a LOT of other choices actually. Univox Superfuzz and Maestro Brassmaster are my faves. Here are some from the collection.
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