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Tech 21 XXL Bass Edition Overdrive Stompbox with Warp
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The Tech 21 XXL Bass Edition Overdrive Stompbox lets you achieve a variety of results within the same setting depending on the manner and force of yo...Click To Read More About This Product
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The Tech 21 XXL Bass Edition Overdrive Stompbox lets you achieve a variety of results within the same setting depending on the manner and force of your pick attack while tweaking the Warp control. The Warp control works by manipulating the structure and balance of odd and even harmonics influencing their relativity to the dynamics of your instrument and your playing style. The Bass Edition features a level-compensated Tone control. At maximum it's flat. As you go towards the midpoint, it boosts the low end, compensating for the dropout typically associated with effects not specifically voiced for bass. Decreasing from the midpoint cuts highs without changing the output level. The Bass Edition is an excellent companion to the SansAmp Bass Driver DI, especially for those times when considerably more distortion is desired. Optional DC2 power supply or 9V battery (not included) operation.
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- Actual size: 4.5" x 3.5" x 1.5"
- Weight: 12 oz.
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...mainly due to two reasons: the inherent Overdrive/Distortion sound quality that it has and the unique "Warp" function. Tech 21 describes it as "the XXL Bass Edition?s Warp control manipulates the structure and balance of odd and even harmonics and influences their relativity to the dynamics of your instrument and your playing style. Translation: you can achieve a variety of results, even within the same setting, depending on the manner and force of your pick attack." Think of it as the Filter control on a synth pedal or auto-wah - the amount of distortion is dependent on how hard *you* play. Even simplier, YOU'RE playing to the amount of Overdrive/Distortion that enters your signal. Add to that a wide variety of tone ranging from your somewhat standard "grindy" Overdrive, to Fuzz, to "Just-on-the-range-of-breaking up" Industrial Distortion, and I can absolutely say that this is the most varied Overdrive/Distortion pedal in my rig (I have four) without sacrificing the great quality for it's quite reasonable price. I've played a good deal of mass-market as well as boutique Bass Overdrive and Distortion pedals and Tech 21's XXL Bass Edition ranks up there with "The Big Boy" at a fraction of the cost.
I bought the original tech 21 XXL made for guitar. It does not have the low end compensation feature this newer version does. The warp feature works excellent on bass especially with new DR highbeam strings. On a guitar the warp feature sounds wrong, on bass due to its wider harmonics structure it works great. This is a seriose high gain full out fuzz pedal. If you are looking for a little crunch or growl this isn't the pedal you want. If you want full out in your face distortion this is what you want. If you are playing through an Ampeg tube amp with a high gain pickup setup like a Rickenbacker this will be all you need. If you are playing through a solidstate transistor amp with dinky low gain Fender Precision like pickups you may wish to pair this pedal with the MXR Blowtortch, Boss Bass OD or the Tech 21 Sans Amp for a crunchy aggressive sound. This pedal has sound versitlity within it's un-versitile gain stage. Great for long sustained low notes and higher up the neck "leads". Not good for a litte "edge" it is WAY over the edge.
Now I have tried a variety a different distortion pedals and this one is unique in that the low end sustain is beautiful. Further, this is a great pedal for finger style and pickers a like. The first time I tried it, I thought I was in Pelican.
This pedal is pretty good for heavy distortion on bass solos. Think Metallica's "Anesthesia," but the warp setting lets you change the dynamics of the note so much that you can get the distortion sounding pretty light. Good pedal overall I think it might be better than the Boss one.
I just got this unit last week. I play bass in a top 40 Rock cover band and this is my first distortion overdrive pedal. All of my other pedals are boss. I play a FB-5 Modulus through an Ampeg Classic sitting on top of an Ampeg 6 x 10. It doesn't seem to play well with my compression pedals.
I used a Sansamp bass driver for years and until I finally beat it up, it used to get a nice overdriven bass sound. I got away from using a overdrive in my last band and had got a better rig. My new band is a trio, so I wanted to again fatten up the tone. The XXL has been great. The Warp allows you to bring in distortion when you want by just varying your attack. I think this gives it much more dynamics than many over drives. Can't quite get that old 70s fuzz sound as it has more of a modern bite to the tone. I use mine with a Maxon Chorus quite a bit and it sounds great. I play a Jazz w/ passive pickups.
I waited a month to do a review so I could get to know how this thing works before providing feedback on it. The first thing I realized is that this pedal is loud!!! Higher volume levels are needed to get a good crunchy sound. Higher quality equipment (or tube settings on cheaper amps) will also produce a higher quality sound. I use a spector legend with an ampeg ba-210sp (neither of which are anything spectactular, but they have features that compliment the xxl). The amp has a -15db input with a separate 'type' selector that adjusts db levels even further. If your amp has either of these I recommend using them because they will greatly reduce the feedback produced by maxing out the dials on the pedal. The amp also has a SVT setting (tube simulator), which helps generate a super warm distortion from the xxl. The bass itself has an active eq that helps shape everything. It took a month, but I found that these settings completely changed the sound that I was getting from the pedal. It is absolutely possible to get a mild distorded/fuzz sound if the proper settings are used! It also pumps out some serious distortion when the settings are turned up, so beware! Your playing style will also determine the sound that is generated by this pedal. You will need to figure this out on your own. The instruction manual will be your friend here!Like I said before, it took me a month to figure out how this pedal works. If this is your first pedal it will definitely take a minute to figure out. Don't expect to plug it in and get the sound you are looking for! If you read the instruction manual and spend a little time playing with the settings (on your amp and the pedal) you will dial in a sound that you really like!This pedal is of very high quality construction. The switch is very sturdy and seems like it would take a good stomping. So far I have notice no lag when the signal switches back and forth. I would recommend getting the power supply. I imagine this thing would suck the life out of a 9 volt battery!I would definitely recommend this pedal to my friends!!!