This morning, I wanted to find a bass distortion pedal. I often get asked about different bass distortions, etc. That’s a tough question and largely dependent on what exactly you’re looking for. The big challenge is maintaining the bottom end while getting the growl. Often distortion will blend too much with the guitars and you’ll get lost in the mix.
I came across a bass distortion that I wasn’t too familiar with so I wanted to take a closer look. This is the Ashdown James LoMenzo HyperDrive bass distortion. The build construction looks hot, and the knob placement is a good way for not bumping the settings.
Here are the general features of the pedal:
- The degree of distortion available is variable from a subtle break up to huge overdrive
- Distortion effect can be mixed with the original dry bass signal to maintain a powerful, full-bodied bass tone with distortion overtones
- The filtered frequencies can be ‘tuned’ to the precise range that gives the optimum effect
I also found this pretty good video demo by BassMonsterr. I liked how he achieves the tone he’s looking for. I thought it was some good insight on dialing in overdrive/distortion in general.
This pedal is actually well priced. You can pick up the Ashdown James LoMenzo HyperDrive bass distortion for only $132.90 at Amazon and it ships with FREE super saver shipping. If you’re looking for a bass distortion, this might be a great pedal for you!