Ampeg SCR-DI Bass DI Direct Box with Scrambler Overdrive

Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 2.75 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 9 x 5 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 99-040-4031
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 818-575-3600
(13 ratings)
Submitted July 30, 2015 by Kelly B in Dothan, AL
"A Worthy Investment."
Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
I needed a D.I. box, but I wanted something with character. It takes me years of research to buy something, I'm careful with my investments. When these hit NAMM this year, they created such a buzz and caught my attention. I am a professional, and have friends that are very in demand players. After consulting with them, as they had hands on with the Scrambler D.I., I decided to go ahead and pull the trigger. Was I ever glad. The features are insane, the sound and functionality left me giddy. Seriously, one of the best investments ever.

Sound
Using just as a D.I., your sound is clean and clear with no degradation of tone. When you engage the amp modeling side, you can dial in everything from a fat, chunky Motown B15 warmth (dial in a little scrambler to create the tube break-up), or dial in the clean and bright sounds that lend an ear to a Marcus Milleresk tone. The scrambler side goes from a subtle buzz of tubes breaking up to the full on fuzz of Geezer Butler doing the bass intro of N.I.B.

Features
I found the aux plugs fascinating. You can plug your iPhone direct into the pedal and play along with songs you are working on, a feature on the bulky and expensive multi effects processor. Match that with the headphones jack, and you have the ultimate in practice machines.

Ease of Use
This D.I. is well labeled, easy to read, and very intuitive. If you can operate the most basic amp plate, this will be a read more breeze. It will operate on batteries (9V). I would recommend getting a 9V power cable with plug. It will chew up a regular battery in 4 hrs. of use.

Quality
This pedal is solid and sturdy. Switches have great snap. The pedal could use a guard, or barrier for the knobs. I could see where you might accidentally bump one during the excitement of a gig.

Value
For the features, tone, adaptability to any board, style, environment I don't know of anything close to this pedal. Quality from start to finish. Even if you don't think you need a D.I. or a pedal...you need this.

Manufacturer Support
It's Ampeg, They have come a long way from 6 years ago, when they didn't care about their customer, but the value of their name. The R&D department nailed it with this D.I. I called them, just to see, and they were very helpful. As far as Zzounds, they are awesome. No complaints on either front.

The Wow Factor
Completely blown away. My band mates were stunned, and understood my elation. I don't know that I have ever been this satisfied with any other piece of gear. And that's making a statement, as I love all my equipment.

Musical Background:
I have been playing bass for 11 years, and am a session artist.

Musical Style:
Christian, Soft Rock, Jazz
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