Low(er) Gain Fuzz/OD/Distortion

Low(er) Gain Fuzz/OD/Distortion

Postby Cheap Bass Tard » Fri Mar 12, 2010 10:06 pm

Can anybody recommend a decent OD/Fuzz that can add a decent amount of "dirt" without adding a ridiculous amount of gain. I just recently swapped a guitar for a couple effects, one of which is a Tech 21 VT Bass. I like the effect well enough, but the amount of gain it adds is crazy. I'm looking to add some dirt, but hopefully with a pedal that won't add a ton of gain also so I won't need to constantly be fiddling with my volume knob.

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Re: Low(er) Gain Fuzz/OD/Distortion

Postby aussiemark » Sun Mar 14, 2010 5:34 pm

(Disclaimer: I am affiliated with this company - I test their new bass pedals under development)

Cave Passive Pedals ( http://cavepassivepedals.com.au) make a bass overdrive called the Grunt, which may do exactly what you're looking for, without batteries or power. This is the pedal that I made a simple demo video for a few weeks back, just to demonstrate the boost and dirt that it can deliver to a passive bass. Here's the video -

http://www.youtube.com/v/clgouhAfddI

The good news is that Cave are now taking orders for the Grunt MkII, which has variable controls for drive and level, instead of a fixed setting for clean and dirty. The Grunt MkII will be available before the end of the month. I'm getting a test unit later this week to review.

Rex (silverburst on various forums) also has a Grunt and is very happy with it, if you want a second, non-affilliated opinion.
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Re: Low(er) Gain Fuzz/OD/Distortion

Postby aussiemark » Sun May 02, 2010 6:12 pm

Here's an unbiased review of the new Grunt MKII from someone who is not an endorser or sponsored player ....

http://www.ozbassforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=3027
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Re: Low(er) Gain Fuzz/OD/Distortion

Postby aussiemark » Sun May 02, 2010 6:16 pm

And here's my video review of the Grunt MKII .....

www.youtube.com Video from : www.youtube.com
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Re: Low(er) Gain Fuzz/OD/Distortion

Postby Rob Francis » Tue Sep 14, 2010 11:50 am

aussiemark wrote:(Disclaimer: I am affiliated with this company - I test their new bass pedals under development)

Cave Passive Pedals ( http://cavepassivepedals.com.au) make a bass overdrive called the Grunt, which may do exactly what you're looking for, without batteries or power. This is the pedal that I made a simple demo video for a few weeks back, just to demonstrate the boost and dirt that it can deliver to a passive bass. Here's the video -

http://www.youtube.com/v/clgouhAfddI

The good news is that Cave are now taking orders for the Grunt MkII, which has variable controls for drive and level, instead of a fixed setting for clean and dirty. The Grunt MkII will be available before the end of the month. I'm getting a test unit later this week to review.

Rex (silverburst on various forums) also has a Grunt and is very happy with it, if you want a second, non-affilliated opinion.



Are they shipping to the US?
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Re: Low(er) Gain Fuzz/OD/Distortion

Postby Cheap Bass Tard » Tue Sep 14, 2010 12:08 pm

FWIW I scored a Musket Fuzz (don't recall the maker) off eBay. The overall gain structure is much easier to tame on this bad boy than on my VT Bass, however this is more of a fuzz pedal than an OD/amp emulator.

But if anybody is looking for a Fuzz that can get nice and filthy without getting hella loud in the process, this is a good candidate. As usual my $0.02, ymmv, adhd, omgwtf, etc...
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Re: Low(er) Gain Fuzz/OD/Distortion

Postby aussiemark » Tue Sep 14, 2010 4:04 pm

Rob Francis wrote:
aussiemark wrote:(Disclaimer: I am affiliated with this company - I test their new bass pedals under development)

Cave Passive Pedals ( http://cavepassivepedals.com.au) make a bass overdrive called the Grunt, which may do exactly what you're looking for, without batteries or power. This is the pedal that I made a simple demo video for a few weeks back, just to demonstrate the boost and dirt that it can deliver to a passive bass. Here's the video -

http://www.youtube.com/v/clgouhAfddI

The good news is that Cave are now taking orders for the Grunt MkII, which has variable controls for drive and level, instead of a fixed setting for clean and dirty. The Grunt MkII will be available before the end of the month. I'm getting a test unit later this week to review.

Rex (silverburst on various forums) also has a Grunt and is very happy with it, if you want a second, non-affilliated opinion.



Are they shipping to the US?


Yes, they do
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Re: Low(er) Gain Fuzz/OD/Distortion

Postby aussiemark » Tue Sep 14, 2010 4:49 pm

Coincidentally, right after posting the above reply to Bob's question, the first Cave Passive Pedals "Super Grunt" off the production line just arrived for me inthe mail to play with before it's released.

Apparently Heath has found a way to soup up the overdrive circuit even more, hence the "super" switch. Remember, these pedals don't require batteries or power. It's the first "production" model to feature a mechanical indicator to make the people happy who bitched about the lack of an LED.

I'm at work now so won't get a chance to dick around with it until tonight. It's great that Heath is continually improving the features of his pedals, but it's confusing the heck out of me because now I have a Grunt, Grunt MkII, the custom Grunt Deluxe he made to my specs, and now this Super Grunt.

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Re: Low(er) Gain Fuzz/OD/Distortion

Postby Rob Francis » Tue Sep 14, 2010 5:51 pm

Well now I'll wait for this review [smilie=music-smiley-005.gif]
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