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Bass distortion pedals

StJimmy
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5 months ago
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Hey so I need a distortion pedal, but I'm on a really low budget. Does anyone have any recommendations. Also can you use guitar pedals on a bass, does it make a difference?
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Rasputis
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the boss odb pedals can give you a good litte growl on the cheap, but if you want the goods try to find the A/O or big muff deluxe second hand.
neronl
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Behringer pedals are the cheapest by far.
Hi..as per the review on one website the incredibly popular EHX Soul Food now has a bass-flavored version, and it’s just as great. 4 easy-to-use knobs & a -10dB pad let you achieve most bass distortion tones you can dream up for a budget-friendly price.
StJimmy
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Thanks.
Two years ago I bought a Behringer BOD400 pedal for 25 Euros. I use it for most of my covers (https://www.bigbasstabs.com/thread/26112-12.html).
johnny880
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Hey so I need a distortion pedal, but I'm on a really low budget. Does anyone have any recommendations. Also can you use guitar pedals on a bass, does it make a difference?
I am not really into distortion on a bass. My P Bass and others have enough grind on there own. And how you play makes a difference as well. If you use a pick or your fingers makes a huge difference in how nasty you want your Bass to sound. I do like chorus, flange, overdrive and phase on certain songs. Mostly overdrive and chorus. Overdrive might give you the sound you want. I always use overdrive for most guitars. But some just sound damn good on there own. I get my sound from my Boss pedal board when I want them. Experiment with your amp, guitar and style of playing first. Use your fingers, use a pick and see what you can get out of it. And go from there. If you are not getting the sound your after. Talk to you local music store for ideas on what your after in the way of sound and your budget. They will help and you will get the sound you want. Trial and error. Sometimes it works. And sometimes it does not. That is the fun of it…
Kronisk
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If you know any other bassists who use distortion, talk to them about how they get their sound and how you can get the sound you want. It is harder to describe a sound than simply show it, but other bassists might be able to help you figure out through example.

And be prepared to do some saving. Not saying you need to spend thousands of dollars, but a lot of work goes into getting the sounds that professionals make.
I use a ‘Marshall Jackhammer’, it has an overdrive or distortion switch and full EQ settings. If you turn the gain down it sounds like a purpose built bass overdrive. Before that I used a Digitech RP55 multi-effects, lots of settings and dirt cheap on ebay.
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I use the Ibanez Phat Hed PD7. Versatility is excellent ranging from slight growl to all-out distortion. It is often overlooked, and IMO underrated. Does not lose any bottom end like some pedals I have tried. I have seen them listed for as little as 25, up to 50 something (USD).
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