Re: Bass distortion

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Posted by JDP on December 26, 2000 at 22:42:19:

In Reply to: Bass distortion posted by Ren on December 26, 2000 at 11:07:19:

: What is a good distortion for bass?

: I don't mean something that may "do the trick", I'm talking about what pros use in studio. Two examples come to my mind: Steve Vai's bass player at "Bad Horsie" and this cd I got from Planet X where there is a fretless bass.

:Hey, Ren. The bass distortion pedals I see listed most often are Boss ODB-3 Buddah Bass Distortion, Big Muff PI from Electro Harmonix and Fulltone's distortion pedal. Some folks also use a Rat Distorion pedal but that is becoming more rare I think. I sometimes use a Tech 21 Sans Amp to get just a little distortion (like an overdriven tube amp). Bass Player Mag ran a 75 ways to get better tone article a few months ago. Most players were using the Boss. Flea indorses that one. Smashing Pumpkins are fond of the Big Muff. Everyone that has a FullTone pedal or Buddah pedal just raves about them though. This, like any pedal is whatever works best for you. I'd start with those 4 or 5 and see how you like them. As far as Planet X I'll have to recheck their line up. Last time I listened to those cats it was Tony MacAlpine on Guitar, Derek Sherinian on keys and Virgil Donati on drums. They didn't even HAVE a bass player. I wouldn't be surprised if what you were hearing was Derek with some crazy synth patch. They do use guest musicians a lot though. Hope this helps. JDP

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