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Ashdown Drive Plus Bass FX Pedal   

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The Ashdown Bass Drive Plus FX Pedal gives bassists the ability to generate a wide range of bass distortion effects from just a little dirty all the ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Versatile, potent distortion tailored for electric bass.

The Ashdown Bass Drive Plus FX Pedal gives bassists the ability to generate a wide range of bass distortion effects from just a little dirty all the way to no-holds-barred, high-gain overdrive. Distortion can be added to either the high frequency content or the low frequency content of the bass signal individually for even more flexibility. Housed in a durable metal case, it has the famous Ashdown VU input meter and controls for Input, Drive, Distortion Tone, Distortion Level, and Output. It can handle passive and active bass signals, plus it has true bypass circuitry. 9V battery or DC adapter power.

FEATURES
  • Wide range of bass distortion
  • Can effect either HF or LF content
  • Durable metal case
  • Famous Ashdown VU input meter
  • Input, Drive, Distortion Tone, Distortion Level, and Output controls
  • Accepts passive and active bass signals
  • True bypass circuitry
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4.8

(based on 8 reviews)

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5.0

not bad

By nastybottom

from dallas, tx

I play mostly prog. rock, like Tool and that sort of thing, mostly in d. I liked the reviews I read about the Ashdown pedals so I gave it a shot. It does really well for a budget pedal, very tuneable from a little fuzz to super metal distortion. I have it tuned so you can still FEEL the bottom end tone with a good evil sounding distortion fading into the high end. It sounds great. My only complaint: its a bit noisy..but its a distortion pedal, and true bypass makes it not a problem when its off. Again, good pedal for the money. Good for someone trying to find their own sound.

 
5.0

Very Versatile Pedal

By jusballs13

from Savannah, GA

This pedal is great. It is also very versatile. You can dial in a very light overdrive tone or get it pretty crankin' for my taste. The separate knobs for LF gain and HF gain are amazing. I can keep the LF gain off and dial in some HF gain, allowing my lower notes to stay cleaner, and the higher notes to really get dirty. You can do the opposite, or anything in between. Use the HF and LF knobs with the balance and you can find a great tone IMO, if you take time. The only thing I don't exactly like (which doesn't matter in my case) is there aren't dedicated bass, middle, and treble knobs for tone. Personally I solve this problem by running a MXR 10 band eq in front of it, but for others that might not be the case. Regardless, this is a very very good pedal, not only for the price, but for the quality of the unit and the tones available at your fingertips. Also the VU meter is pretty cool looking and it lights up pretty bright, overall the pedal has a cool retro look about it. I am well pleased and won't be shopping for anymore pedals now :)

 
5.0

bone crushing distortion

By Travelator

from Rochester, NY

This is a great pedal. I was really suprised by the price tag because this thing is VERY versitile, with a little tweaking it goes from sub-bass super mud to really twangy/middy punky distortion. Perfect for my Heavy/Indie rock project and it hold it's own in Metal jam sessions as well. And it True Bypass is unique to pedals in this price range and just seals the deal.

 
3.0

Evan

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This pedal I got and I tried it out and it didnt give me a good distortion sound out of my bass, it sounded like a cheap imitation of a distortion and I very weak one at that. This pedal isnt worth the money you should just get a better one like the mxr or the GK distortion its worth the money. I have a active bass, but maybe that has something to do with it. Isent it back.

 
5.0

Awesome

By Iritan

from Wilmington, NC

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This pedal is very awesome. It is a near perfect distortion pedal. It can provide any type of distortion you like, and offers a very large amount different tones because of the two different gain frequencies (high and low, the current picture is outdated). In fact the peadl is damn near perfect save one thing: programming. If they were to make it where you can save a couple of settings and switch between them it would be the greatest pedal ever, but it is very fantastic as it is.

 
5.0

Pure and Simple Overdrive

By MightyWhitey

from Undisclosed

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I've had this pedal for about a month now, and it has exceeded all of my expectations. My past experience with OD pedals for this price has been schwag. This one has a lot of flexabillity and it's easy to use, plus you can stomp the hell out of it and it will take every pound of boot you throw at it. I'm running it through a GK head and a svt410hlf cab, and it does it's job thoroughly. Now I'm curious about the other Ashdown pedals.

 
5.0

Awesome buy

By BassMan420-bbK81

from Belgrade, ME

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Being a bassist who plays many different genres and styles, I needed a pedal that gave me a variation of distortions for a decent price, and this was the perfect choice. The balance and individual LF and HF drive knobs can give me basically whatever overdriven tone I want, and the output and input knobs help to get the volume and presence right; the VU meter is a nice touch that is pretty useful and even fun just to watch to see how hard you're pushing your tone; the true bypass helps a lot when you're not using the pedal and don't want your tone; plus, this thing's built like a tank. I couldn't find the DC adapter from Ashdown, so I just ordered a 9V adapter that is designed to handle any FX pedal and it works fine (you won't want to run this thing off batteries, believe me). Overall, excellent value and very good quality, I'll definitely be keeping Ashdown in mind for future purposes. Just make sure you get an adapter, too.

 
5.0

Ashdown Drive Plus

By HolyMoses

from Cincinnati

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Real simple pedal, great tones. If you are looking for an overdriven bass sound that makes the amp sound like it is on the verge on destruction.........this is it. This is NOT a FUZZ or a DISTORTION but is definately the tone of an amp being pushed to the point of breaking up. There are also some nice usable overdrive settings that are more mild but in a band setting if you go mild you get lost in the mix depending on what the line-up consists of IMO. By pushing it a little more than what you might personally like this thing will cut through and retain ALL of the LOW END. Don't bother with the Boutique pedals, Boss, Digitech, etc. For the money this is it. Low end, True Bypass, great overdriven sound that is very analog and very usable. I compared this to a boutique pedal that cost twice as much and the sound is very close but this won out because of the clarity of the notes. The custom boutique pedal sounded like I had a blanket over my amp in comparison when I did a thorough A/B between the 2 pedals. A thin blanket but enough to make a difference. BUY ONE........NOW!! For this price you'll have no regrets.

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