Creation Audio Grizzly Bass Review

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Creation audio have released a really interesting new overdrive pedal designed for bass that has some unexpected uses.

The adjustments on the pedal are quite simple and very effective (get it?). I like that there are two knobs for gain. One is for overdrive and the other is for distortion. You can use them independently or blend to taste.

This opens up a whole palate of tones. When the overdrive and distortion knobs are turned all the way down you can use the output knob as a clean boost.

There are two knobs for eq control. The left knob for mid scoop. It offers quite a bit of scoop.

The knob to the right is a high cut knob. It does a great job at cutting highs without sounding dull.

grizzly bass overdrive

 

BASS OD

I love bass overdrive. Achieving it can be little bit difficult though. It’s not often I get to push an Ampeg to the point of saturation. This means I must rely on a pedal.

The problem is a lot of OD pedals cut the low end. You end up compromising in order to get some rasp out of the bass. But, there is no compromise with the Grizzly Bass. It’s huge sounding. And because there are options for Overdrive and Distortion,you can dial in every shade of grit. Here is an example of the Grizzly in action.

Example 1:

Fender P
Grizzly Bass
Softube Bass Amp Room.

 

Placed with drums:

 

All About The Bass

The Grizzly bass has some monster lows. It feels as if it can even add some subs. It’s the first time I’ve kicked on a OD for bass and ended up with more low end.

Guitar

There are times when I really like to use the grizzly bass on guitar. If I’m doing an early Black Keys set-up (drums and guitar) I really like the extra oomph it adds to the low frequencies.

When a mix is full, it’s not unusual to thin out the guitars. When there are only two instruments in the mix, we can let all our low end freakiness hang out.

The Grizzly Bass isn’t tubby. It creates an overall depth that isn’t muddy. Simply putting this on one guitar fills space in a way that makes you not miss other instruments.

example 1:

1964 Guild Starfire III
Grizzly Bass OD
Victoria 35115 tweed amp
Cascade Fat Head II ribbon

 

example 2:

1964 Guild Starfire III
Holy Fire OD
Victoria 35115 tweed amp
Cascade Fat Head II ribbon

 

Guitar with Grizzly and Drums in the mix:

 

Guitar with Holy Fire and drums in the mix:

 

Sometimes I like to blend two different pedals together if I’m using the same guitar on two tracks.

Here is an example of everything in the mix. Hear how the Holy Fire and Grizzly bass compliment each other.

 

Fuzz Compliment

Some fuzz pedals can be a bit of a pain in live situations. The Zvex Fuzz Factory comes to mind. it’s a really cool, creatively wild pedal. it can be a little harsh sometimes though. Depending on what amp you’re using and how you have it setup, it may not blend well.

I’ve used the Grizzly bass on a few gigs to “mellow” the fuzz factory. The EQ controls on the Grizzly really allow you to shape the fuzz. I can still get all the wacky spitty fuzz, but it’s not as shrill.

The Mid adjustment really changes the personality of the fuzz. I’ve been running the fuzz factory into the grizzly bass on it’s own true bypass loop. The two effects become married. This was a welcome surprise use for the grizzly.

Here is an example of using the Grizzly in subtle way to tame fuzz.

example 1:

Fender American Stratocaster
Zvex Fuzz Factory
Grizzly Bass
Softube Vintage Amp Room

 

example 2:

Fender American Stratocaster
Zvex Fuzz Factory
Softube Vintage Amp Room

 

Clean Boost

If you get the opportunity to play loud enough to get tube breakup on your amp, you can use the grizzly as a clean boost. With both gain knobs back you can use the output knob to smack your amp silly. There is enough gain on it to wake up neighbors two counties over.

Keyboards

Sometimes it’s nice to get a little grit on a rhodes or wurli patch. Often the built in overdrive sin’t as flattering as you would like. This is where I use a real overdrive pedal on the way into the DI.

As I mentioned earlier, a lot of overdrive pedals cut your low end happiness. You don’t have to compromise with the Grizzly Bass.

It’s interesting that this pedal has so many uses. It’s not an original idea to use an overdrive pedal on multiple sources. It is unusual to find one that keeps the integrity of the original sound source intact.

Conclusion

So far, any guest bassists I have let use the pedal have gone bonkers for it. Which means I have to do a pat down when they leave my studio. Sheesh, bassists.

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Guitarist Mark Marshall located at 51 Macdougal St #264 , New York, NY . Reviewed by 11 customers rated: 4.9 / 5
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