DOD FX25B - My Favorite Pedal - Brought Back From The Dead

DOD FX25B - My Favorite Pedal - Brought Back From The Dead

Postby Flash » Fri Sep 19, 2008 2:15 pm

My old DOD FX25B was always my favorite Envelope Filter. I bought one in 1998 right when they came out. A lot of people swear the original FX25 was better but to me the blend control on the 25B made it much more usable on bass. But the 25B did have one major flaw - there was a huge drop in volume when you turned it on. This happened because the peak of the swell of the envelope was the real volume of the bass and everything before and after was at a lower volume. I compensated by running an EBS MultiComp with it which helped a little. Then one day the pedal died - it just started making nothing but noise so I stopped using it. Eventually got an EBS Bass IQ which was good but I always liked the cheap DOD pedal a little better and then I eventually stopped using pedals.

So a few days ago I noticed that Musicians Friend has a limited quantity of FX25Bs in stock for $39.99 and started thinking about getting one. I still had my old one in a drawer at home and decided to see if I could fix it. Brought it into the store today and opened it up. I couldn't find anything wrong that I could see but when it was opened I noticed that the input jack was a little bit loose. I tightened it and the thing came back to life. As it turns out, the input jack is also the ground and it was just loose enough that the ground had disengaged and that's what was causing the noise. Then I discovered that with my L2000, switching to series when I activate the pedal compensates for the volume drop so it's more usable for me. I can't wait to bring it to rehearsal. I may even order another one just in case...
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Postby harleyyy » Fri Sep 19, 2008 3:40 pm

Nice Matt, great pedal for little money. I've had issues with input jack nuts backing off also. It can be a huge PITA with multiple pedals. Let us know how it works out.
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Re: DOD FX25B - My Favorite Pedal - Brought Back From The Dead

Postby Flash » Fri Sep 19, 2008 6:56 pm

harleyyy wrote:Nice Matt, great pedal for little money. I've had issues with input jack nuts backing off also. It can be a huge PITA with multiple pedals. Let us know how it works out.


That's why I won't use multiple pedals anymore - too much to go wrong. It's funny that this turned out to just be tightening a nut because every EBS pedal I've ever had has developed mystery problems that no one can fix and those pedals aren't cheap.
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Postby harleyyy » Fri Sep 19, 2008 7:13 pm

Flash wrote:
harleyyy wrote:Nice Matt, great pedal for little money. I've had issues with input jack nuts backing off also. It can be a huge PITA with multiple pedals. Let us know how it works out.


That's why I won't use multiple pedals anymore - too much to go wrong. It's funny that this turned out to just be tightening a nut because every EBS pedal I've ever had has developed mystery problems that no one can fix and those pedals aren't cheap.


I haven't had any issues with the EBS pedals. The nut that backed out was on the Fulltone Bassdrive. I have a bypass box (green one) in case something does go wrong, but have yet to resort to it.


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Re: DOD FX25B - My Favorite Pedal - Brought Back From The De

Postby groovemachine » Sat Sep 11, 2010 10:12 pm

Yeah, I love the DOD FX25B. You need to try running it so that the filter never actually opens up...essentially becoming a low-pass filter. You can get nice fat dubby tones this way. I haven't really dug the filter sounds I get with it otherwise, but that's been with a passive P-bass...maybe it responds better with a hotter signal.
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Postby andrew » Sun Sep 12, 2010 9:20 am

harleyyy wrote:The nut that backed out was on the Fulltone Bassdrive.


Recently had the same issue with my Fulltone OCD pedal.
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