MXR M-181 Bass Blowtorch
If you need some serious dirt for your bass, the MXR M-181 is the pedal for you. This is a no-nonsense, heavy distortion pedal engineered especially for bass.
This pedal features plenty of tone shaping options including Volume, Bass, Mid, Treble, Blend and Gain knobs as well as the very cool “Torch” switch on the right side of the pedal.
- From traditional tube-like growl to full-blown high-gain distortion
- 18V performance for increased dynamic headroom and clarity
- Low-noise performance at loud volumes
- Active 3-band EQ with 3-position mid shift for precise tone sculpting
- Distortion and direct signal blending
- Real-world tested by world-class touring bassists
- Tough die-cast housing
- True hardwire bypass
From Dunlop’s Site:
“By focusing the overdrive in the midrange frequencies, the Bass Blow Torch Distortion lets you retain low end thunder and high-end sizzle while distorted mids blaze a path through even the densest mix. An active 3-band EQ with 3-position mid shift lets you zero in on an incendiary tone, while the Blend knob lets you balance your distortion with direct signal to taste. And the Bass Blow Torch Distortion burns as clean as it does hot, with 18 volt performance for increased dynamic headroom, clarity, and low noise even at lethal volume. True hardwire bypass circuitry means that when you switch the distortion out, it’s really gone.” (JimDunlop.com)
A Drive Focused Pedal
Let’s just call it how it is. This is a pedal for bass players that want a lot of drive and distortion. Honestly, any pedal that has a “Torch” switch is not focused on that nice easy overdrive.
Speaking of the Torch switch, that is the switch that takes this pedal to the next level of distortion. Essentially giving you a second distortion tone to go to with the kick of a switch. The bummer is the position of the switch is interesting at best. If you actually want to use the switch and use a pedalboard, you will have to be careful about where you place the pedal to make sure you can still get to the switch. This is really the only downfall of this pedal.
Is this pedal for you?
If you need a pedal that offers a ton of dirt for your bass, the answer is the MXR M-181 pedal will be an awesome addition to your rig. If you are looking for a more subtle overdrive, take a look at the EHX Bass Soul Food instead.
You Might Also Like:
Funk Bass Lessons For Everyone Funk bass is one of the most creative and quite frankly, fun styles of bass to play. Our friends over at TrueFire.com have put together some great course for all levels of bass players that are sure to keep your days and night funky!...
The Yamaha TRBX174 4-String Bass Guitar Check out the Yamaha TRBX174 on Amazon here: https://amzn.to/2OLuuDT Over the years the number of instruments available for under $200 has skyrocketed. You can easily search the internet and find hundreds, if not thousands of...
Helpful Tools and Resources: Check it out here: https://amzn.to/2BlHKNt This toolkit will give you the foundational tools you will need to properly set up your bass (or guitar). Check it out here: https://amzn.to/2BlIdiH Even though this book has a guitar on the...