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Electro Harmonix Bass Soul Food Transparent Overdrive Distortion w/ Power Supply

Electro Harmonix Bass Soul Food Transparent Overdrive Distortion w/ Power Supply Part Number: BASSSOULFOOD

A natural overdrive and clean boost for the tone conscious player to enhance the original sound of an instrument and amp while retaining their essential character.

Its gain stage, treble control and signal path are optimized for bass guitar and guitarists wanting extended low frequency response. An adjustable clean blend assures an articulate, full tone while boosted power rails deliver extended headroom.

EHX Founder and President, Mike Matthews, stated: “Our Soul Food put ‘Klon-like’ transparent overdrive into the hands of players at an unprecedented price point. Now we want to bring that to bass guitarists and guitar players who want more low-end definition. The Bass Soul Food delivers a wide range of overdrive and clean boost sounds, and has plenty of volume to assert your place in the mix. It will give your tone a lift in all the right places!”

S electable true or buffered bypass modes and a switchable -10dB pad for active instruments complete the package. Bass Soul Food runs on a 9V battery and ships with a EHX9.6DC-200 power supply. 

Quick Specs 

- Natural overdrive/clean boost sounds great on bass and guitar 

- Adjustable clean blend for articulate, full tone 

- Boosted power rails for extra definition and headroom 

- Selectable true or buffered bypass 

- Switchable -10dB pad 

- Ships with an EHX9.6DC-200 power supply 

- Dimensions in inches: 2.75 (w) x 4.5 (l) x 2.1 (h) 

- Dimensions in mm: 70 (w) x 115 (l) x 54 (h)

Bass Soul Food, an exquisite bass overdrive and clean boost from Electro-Harmonix, designed for the tone-concious player who wants to retain the essential character of his or her instrument. The Bass Soul Food delivers a wide range of sounds, including a pure clean boost, a colored clean boost, a mild amount of dirt, and full-on overdrive.

The capability to blend your pure bass signal into the overdrive circuit assures an articulate, full tone with no low-end loss. The Bass Soul Food also has plenty of volume available to assert your place in the mix. Whatever your style or setup, the Bass Soul Food can give your tone a lift in all the right places without compromising it.

WARNING: Your Bass Soul Food comes equipped with an Electro-Harmonix 9.6DC-200 power supply (same as used by Boss® & Ibanez®: 9.6 Volts DC 200mA). The Bass Soul Food requires 22mA at 9VDC with a center negative plug. Using the wrong adapter may damage your unit and void the warranty. The Bass Soul Food also accepts 9V batteries, we recommend alkaline. 


DRIVE Knob – Controls the amount of input gain. As you turn DRIVE clockwise, the overdrive ranges from a colored clean boost in the fully counter-clockwise position, to full distortion in the fully clockwise setting. There are many great sounds found within the full range of the DRIVE knob; we recommend experimenting with different positions in both halves of the DRIVE knob to find just the right amount of grit for your needs.

TREBLE Knob – Acts as a tone control. When set to 12 o’clock (50%), the tone is neutral. As you turn TREBLE clockwise from the 12 o’clock setting, the treble gain increases making your overall sound brighter. As you turn TREBLE counter-clockwise from the 12 o’clock setting, the high end is reduced giving you a bassier sound.

BLEND Knob – Sets the mix between your clean bass signal and the Bass Soul Food effect. When set fully counterclockwise (0%), the output signal is your dry bass sound. The DRIVE and TREBLE knobs do not affect the signal in this setting. When BLEND is set fully clockwise (100%), the output signal is the Bass Soul Food’s overdrive signal. Set the knob at 12 o’clock (50%) for a 50/50 blend of the dry and overdrive signals. Tip: experiment using the BLEND control with various settings of DRIVE. When DRIVE is set low, the BLEND can control the color of the Bass Soul Food’s clean boost, ranging from a completely dry (BLEND at 0%) to a fully colored (BLEND at 100%) clean tone.

VOL Knob – Sets the master output level of the Bass Soul Food. As VOL is turned clockwise, the output volume increases. This control affects your signal level after the BLEND control.

PAD Switch (-10dB/0dB) – Sets the initial input level of your bass signal. Set the switch down for no attenuation, and set it up to engage -10dB of attenuation. Active basses and some very high-output passive basses may need this switch to be set to -10dB to avoid overloading the Bass Soul Food circuit. Putting the Bass Soul Food in a pedal chain after high-output pedals may also necessitate setting this switch to -10dB. Overload most commonly occurs when the DRIVE knob is set low and the TREBLE knob is set high.

FOOTSWITCH and LED – The Footswitch selects whether the Bass Soul Food is engaged or in bypass mode. When the effect is engaged, the LED is lit. An internal Bypass Mode switch is included to select between True Bypass and Buffered Bypass. See below for more information on the internal switch.

INPUT Jack – This ¼” jack is the audio input for the Bass Soul Food. The input impedance is 1M Ohm.

AMP Jack – This ¼” jack is the audio output from the Bass Soul Food. The output impedance ranges from 650 Ohm to 3.3k Ohm.

Internal Bypass Mode Switch – If you remove the Bass Soul Food’s bottom cover, you will see the bat of a small switch sticking out of the board that holds the footswitch. This is located in the bottom right area of the pedal, below the AMP jack. The right side of the footswitch board has the following text:

When the switch is set to True, its upper position, bypass will be True Bypass. When the switch is set to Buffer, its lower position, bypass will be Buffered Bypass. The switch is normally set to “True” in the factory.

In True Bypass mode, when the Bass Soul Food is set to bypass, the INPUT jack is connected directly to the AMP jack and nothing else. In Buffered Bypass mode, the bypass signal passes through a high quality buffer circuit before it is output from the AMP jack. The buffer circuit requires power to hear your instrument in bypass mode.

9V Power Jack – Although the Bass Soul Food accepts 9V Batteries, EHX supplies your Bass Soul Food with an Electro-Harmonix 9.6DC-200 power supply. Plug the output of the supplied AC adapter into the 9V power jack located at the top of the Bass Soul Food. The Bass Soul Food draws 22mA at 9VDC with a center negative plug. The Bass Soul Food accepts Boss® and Ibanez® style AC Adapters.


To flip the internal Bypass Mode switch or change your 9-volt battery, you must remove the 4 screws on the bottom of the Bass Soul Food. Once the screws are removed, you can take off the bottom plate and change the battery or adjust the switch. Please do not touch the circuit board while the bottom plate is off or you risk damaging a component.

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