The BIG Drive Shootout


The ever-growing BIG DRIVE SHOOTOUT is based on 5 rounds of sound clip comparisons.

  • Round 1 – Fingerstyle (Precision Bass)
  • Round 2 – Picking (muted, Jazz Bass)
  • Round 3 – Picking (legato, Jazz Bass)
  • Round 4 – Slap Crunch
  • Round 5 – Jaco-ish (bridge pickup only, Jazz Bass)


Please note that this shootout covers anything from boost pedals with only subtle drive to overdrive, distortion and fuzz monsters.

In most rounds, there are 4 different modes: Subtle, Medium, Heavy and Max. This basically covers the entire range of drive for each pedal, but some obviously have a much larger range that others, so some may go from extremely subtle to subtle, while others go from crunchy to screaming.

Please note that ‘Max’ is absolutely 100% full-on. The drive or gain knob is all the way up and whenever there is a Blend option, it is a 100% wet signal. Often this is way over the top for my taste, but I think you should know the max range of each pedal. You could say that SUBTLE to HEAVY is the range that I find usable (which is of course very subjective).



At this point, you can compare these pedals:

  1. Darkglass – B3K Bass Overdrive
  2. Mad Professor – Blueberry Bass Overdrive
  3. Tech 21 – SansAmp Bass Driver DI (BDDI)
  4. Darkglass – Vintage Microtubes
  5. Tech 21 – SansAmp VT Bass DI
  6. Electro Harmonix – Bass Metaphors
  7. TC Electronic – Spark Booster
  8. AMT – BC-1 Bass Crunch
  9. Darkglass – B7K Ultra
  10. Red Witch – Zeus
  11. VFE Pedals – Triumvirate
  12. Darkglass – B7K
  13. Rodenberg – GAS 728B+ NG
  14. ??? (MORE TO BE ADDED SOON!)


You can check out each of these pedals in much greater detail and listen to many more sound clips in the individual reviews.











2 thoughts on “The BIG Drive Shootout

  • March 12, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    Please add the Roger Mayer Voodoo bass pedals, 1 & 2, to the drive shootout?

    • March 12, 2016 at 1:36 PM

      Hi Gus,

      Thanks for chiming in. Those are good suggestions. If it is possible for us to get one or both of these pedals, we will certainly add them. Can’t make no promises, though, but will try!


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