Flattley Bass Chief and Bass Poison Ivy review

Gnarly overdrive and fuzz options for the bass player's pedalboard, with sounds as good as the enclosures look

Flattley Guitar Pedals
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Guitar World Verdict

Highly user-friendly pedals that offer two distinct flavors of dirt to your bass tone, from the creamy saturated overdrive of the Bass Chief to the


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    Great overdrive tones.

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    Attack control on the Poison Ivy dials in welcome clarity.

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    Retains low-end well.

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    Enclosure art is very cool.

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    The illuminated halo ring is very cool, too, and useful in low-light situations.


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    It's 2022, that means there's heaps of competition to sift through.

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The UK-built Flattley effects range has been around for a few years now, and we’ve followed their progress with interest. 

These two bass overdrive and fuzz pedals, recently updated for a more convenient layout, look and feel fantastic – who doesn’t like ‘Dios Del Muerte’ artwork and a halo light effect?

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Joel McIver

Joel McIver was the Editor of Bass Player magazine from 2018 to 2022, having spent six years before that editing Bass Guitar magazine. A journalist with 25 years' experience in the music field, he's also the author of 35 books, a couple of bestsellers among them. He regularly appears on podcasts, radio and TV.