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Carl Martin Bass Drive Tube Preamp/Overdrive Bass Effects Pedal

Designed with the discerning modern bassist in mind, the Bass Drive Tube Preamp/Overdrive adds an extra dimension of classic tube tone to your bass rig!


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MSRP: Old Price $400.00 Discounted Price $280.00 Save : $120.00 (30%)
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The Carl Martin Bass Drive  is a tube driven pre-amp/overdrive designed with the discriminating modern bassist in mind. Whether you're playing through any of the modern solid-state/digital bass rigs on the market or a true tube amplifier, the Bass Drive adds some extra dimension to your bass tone. Many of the modern solid-state/digital bass rigs on the market sacrifice that warmth and edge delivered by a tube amp for clinical precision and tightness. The Bass Drive brings that classic sound and warm tube overdrive back into your amp without altering it's original tone or sound (think John Entwhistle, John Paul Jones and Jack Bruce).

The Bass Drive is incredibly easy to operate thanks to the no-nonsense 3-band EQ (Bass, Middle & Treble) and independent Volume & Gain controls. Taking you anywhere from a little bit of edge to over-the-top tube distortion, the Bass Drive comes equipped with an onboard 12AX7 preamp tube to offer up to +40dB of additional Gain.

For premium sound quality and performance, the Bass Drive was designed to blend into the sound of your rig rather than sit on top of it like many other pedals on the market. The Bass Drive acts and reacts to your playing very much like the front end of a tube amp, giving you the best of both worlds at the click of a switch. It offers complete sonic transparency so that your bass rig sounds exactly like... your bass rig!

Housed in Carl Martin's signature low-profile metal housing in conservative black, the Bass Drive features easy-to-read/easy-to-adjust chrome control knobs along with a vented chamber in which the 12AX7 preamp tube lives. The Bass Drive gets its power from an AC cable and a regulated +/-12V internal power supply, which allows Carl Martin to use only the highest quality components while offering loads of extra headroom.

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  • Bass Effect Pedal

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I'm not gonna come on here and pretend I'm tech savvy....far from it. Have I been playing a long time.....yeah, since 1967. I've been a tube guy for just about that long, but the dark side got me and I bought some S.S. amps that I found were pretty good.....but they never had that warm, buttery sound. The Martin doesn't mask or change your sound, IMO it takes the harsh out of my Amps that are S.S. Does that make sense to you guys? I know I use my aluminum bass cabs a lot more...kinda like the best of both worlds.


Chicago, Illinois


Bass Drive Tube Preamp/Overdrive Bass Effects Pedal

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Weight 1.88 lbs.
Dimensions 7.4 x 2.2 x 4.53 inches (WxHxD)
Model Bass Drive
Warranty Info:

Carl Martin Research warrants the manufacturing, material and proper operation for a period of one year from date of purchase. Carl Martin will replace defective parts, make necessary repairs or replace the unit at the discression of our technicians. The warranty applies only to the original purchaser of this product, and excludes any damage or faulty operation resulting from misuse, neglect or unauthorized service.

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