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Currently I use the Sansamp BDDI to dirty up my bass sound.

I tried in the past to use my guitar pedals, but with little to no success:

Keeley-modded Boss BD-2 blues driver: it was difficult to get an overdriven sound that didn't lose definition; the bass started to sound muffled, and trying to make adjustments via the tone knob just ended up rolling off too much bass.

Boss SD-1 with Keeley's SEM: I just couldn't get the SD-1 to work with my bass, the distortion was there but my bass got totally lost in the mix with the guitars. Absolutely no warmth either, it was a really cold-sounding distortion.

Euthymia Crucible GE Fuzz: a boutique germanium Fuzz, made for guitar. My bass was HUGE, FAT, and sustained till tomorrow. Never use it much because my bandmates tell me that it's downright obnoxious :D It's great fun (for me), but I don't really play music that needs sounds this extreme.

Having said all this, I'm not sure to what point the fact that my bass has active electronics (I play a Warwick Fortress One) affects my ability to get good sounds through these pedals.
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