Even though the BassDrive has been listed in the catalogue for years, Carl postponed the release of this pedal until we were able to tweak the EQ and crunch to where it could add a warm ‘tube’ sound to modern digital bass amps and actually improve their performance. The new Carl Martin Bass Drive now does exactly that….creating that famous John Entwhistle (The Who) tone … big, round and phat with just the right amount of sustain to place your bass properly in the mix and allow it to ‘pop’ in live and recording situations. The Drive control blends evenly with your bass tones, rather than sitting on top like so many others, and very naturally maintains a full bottom-end. Gain, Bass-Mid-Treble, Level Controls look after your sound, and the regulated and switch-able Power Supply (115-240V) provides the Bass Drive with tons of headroom….Carl, is smiling again!
Jorgen Carlsson, Gov’t Mule
Man the bass drive sounds really good, and very useful in the studio
The Bass Drive earns every inch of its oversized footprint; three bands of EQ voiced for bass offer a colorful palette of tones, and the grit imparted by the GAIN control ranges from ornery grunt to aggressive grind. With the GAIN, MIDDLE, and HIGH rolled back, the Bass Drive wraps an otherwise raw sterile bass 4-string in Snuggie-like fleece, softening the edges while allowing the bass to breathe. For prog-approved tones, the bumping up the MIDDLE and GAIN fetches a clang close to the edge.
Carl Martin set out to recreate the sounds of classic rock bass gods like John Enstwistle and Jack Bruce. With the Bass Drive, it has delivered a distinguished tone tool capable of empowering the would-be bass deities among us.
Hey tone lovers! Here’s one for the bass players. Issue 15 of Guitar Interactive magazine is out, with a great review and demo of the Carl Martin Bass Drive. Check it out!
Bass Guitar Magazine (UK)
A Danish product, it glows encouragingly when you switch it on, rather like the same country’s famous bacon exports under a hot grill, thanks to the 12AX7 tube under the bonnet. As you’d expect from a tube-driven unit, the overdrive you get out of this pedal is warm, smooth and sustained, retaining the bottom end you need while offering convincing mid and high options. This little baby restates a convincing case for tube drives. It’s a solid, conservative, utterly lovely pedal that we want for our very own.