I discovered pedal building in early 2012, it’s a great pastime. My primary interest is building circuits related to the bass guitar. There is no feeling like doing a build to solve an issue related to your sound, or how your rig functions and to build a SOLUTION to said problem or shortcoming from SCRATCH, with one’s own bare hands, and a few basic tools.”
Todd calls the 810BassDriver "hot as a stolen pistol", and hot it is! “The 810BassDriver is a modified Electra distortion that I have worked up. I read about the Electra circuits being used in so many builders' designs... They charge a pretty hefty price. The Electra distortion is one of the simplest distortion circuits out there, and many versions of it have been made. The circuit lends itself highly to modification. There have been a few boutique overdrives based on it, such as the Lovepedal COT 50 (MSRP $229.00), and the Nick Greer Green Giant ($145.00). I envision selling the 810BBassDriver overdrives for $65.00 bucks each."
DBP: Is the 810BassDriver a 'mosfet' pedal?
Todd: No it’s not mosfet, I used a 2n5088 transistor. A couple earlier ones I built I used a 2n2222, but it seemed to clip too early. I altered the Electra circuit for the bass guitar by changing the capacitor values. I also used different diodes. I used germanium diodes, which give the overdrive a smoother tone than if I would have used silicon diodes.
I make a mosfet booster. It’s almost the exact same circuit. It’s a clean boost and its killer--like 36db worth of killer. I use it all the time on my rig. Iit makes my Thunderfunk sound like an SVT! A lot of builders do this stuff. They alter and repackage the same circuit for different applications.
810BassDriver Review:I tested the 810BassDriver using a 70’s spacing Jazz, with Fralin singles and GHS Boomers, and a P bass with late 80’s EMG pickups and LaBella 760FL flatwounds. It did equally well with both basses. The pedal operates on one 9 volt battery, or a typical 9 volt power supply. I can’t speak for battery life, as I’ve only used it on battery power for this review.
Let's talk about what the pedal DOESN'T do. It doesn't lose low end. It doesn't alter your basic tone. It doesn't sound like a buzz saw. It doesn’t break your wallet. It’s just a well done, bare bones overdrive that'll kick your bass in the butt.
With the knob fully counterclockwise, there is a warm, polite, slight grit that might just be that “always on” effect you would use to add a little hair to that “too clean for your own good” tone. With the knob at around the 10:00 position, my P-Bass w/ EMGs (volume control rolled back to about 80%) netted a beautiful grit reminiscent of the bass tone on ZZ Top's "Cheap Sunglasses" (One of my favorite rock bass tones [Listen during the guitar solo]). As I turned the knob clockwise, I noticed a slight boost in the volume, but it’s more midrange crunch than a big volume spike—we’re not talking “zero to panic” here, I mean enough to push you through the mix and make your bass sound like the rude guy at the end of the bar who has lived on cigarettes and bourbon for most of his life.
Bottom line: it’s one knob simple and it gets it done in the good kinda’ way. Everyone has slightly different taste, when it comes to 'gritting up' their bass sound. The 810BassDriver is the sound I look for when I want to 'heat it up a bit'. It makes me smile. :)
Great job on this one, Todd!
The 810 Pedal Gruppe offers two pedals, at this time:
Bass Booster:The 810BassBooster is the same circuit as the AMZ MOSFET boost. It adds like 30 decibels of CLEAN BOOST. I love this pedal. It’s a one knob wonder that will not color your sound at all. It will slam the front end of a tube amp like a sledge hammer if you play a guitar thru it into a tube head.
The 810BassDriver is another one knob wonder that will not lose lows, adds headroom and dirt and a little crunch to your bass tone. If you play with a pick, you can channel the sounds of Lemmy, Chris Squire, Justin Chancellor, et al. It’s cool with a pick or fingerstyle.
Todd says, “I am attempting to develop a couple other tonal solutions for the bass guitar. I will never quit ‘till I get the right, tight, nice sound you crave…