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#1
So my tax return comes in about a week and I feel like devoting about $150 or so on my first effects pedal..

I was thinking either a wah pedal or a compressor but also wanted to know if they made a pedal that simulated a tremolo bar

oh and if it helps i play almost anything except for death metal and any kind of "-core"
#2
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#3
As far as hardcore/punk/metalcore/death metal etc... goes, I've always found a good distortion was all that was needed. A compressor is sort of counterproductive in my opinion, but I see a lot of bassists in those genres using them... A wah pedal on a bass is utterly useless, though, unless you're playing funky bass solos (which I doubt you'll be doing much of).

So compressor, I guess. Or maybe try a Whammy? I've heard of a lot of bassists using it, but I've never tried or heard it on a bass myself.
#4
You should totally get some fuzz or distortion. They use fuzz/distortion in Smashing pumpkins and Muse. DO IT!
#5
I'm mainly a guitarist myself but I recently purchased an electro-harmonix white finger compressor for my guitars, then I plugged it into my bass and I was amazed about the total sound improvement, It sounds absolutely amazing. Totally get a compressor. By the way I play a Fender Jazz.

*By the way, I own a Whammy. Great novelty at first but then after like a week it gets pretty lame and useless, totally not worth 200 for digital garbage; unless you're tom morello.
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Last edited by Deathcabforpat at Mar 8, 2009,
#6
Quote by RockAddict311
You should totally get some fuzz or distortion. They use fuzz/distortion in Smashing pumpkins and Muse. DO IT!

Of course, Muse is the most popular death metal band right now.
#7
BOSS Tremolo pedal is a cool one, it can be used for guitar, bass or vocals. A pedal that many bassists I know really enjoy is the BOSS Bass Synth pedal, think of the opening to Hysteria by The MUSE. It is truly a unique pedal and its worth going somewhere to try out. A compressor will come in handy to tighten everything up, but mainly if you are tuning very low. Wah pedals are great, but instead of getting a wah, MRX Bass Auto Q is a very cool pedal that simulates a wah and a multitude of tuxtures. It will take out a lot of man hours learing how to use a wah plus give you more options.
#8
Quote by wickedlefty
BOSS Tremolo pedal is a cool one, it can be used for guitar, bass or vocals. A pedal that many bassists I know really enjoy is the BOSS Bass Synth pedal, think of the opening to Hysteria by The MUSE. It is truly a unique pedal and its worth going somewhere to try out. A compressor will come in handy to tighten everything up, but mainly if you are tuning very low. Wah pedals are great, but instead of getting a wah, MRX Bass Auto Q is a very cool pedal that simulates a wah and a multitude of tuxtures. It will take out a lot of man hours learing how to use a wah plus give you more options.

...Tremolo =/= Vibrato/Whammy.
#9
Quote by toyboxmonster
Of course, Muse is the most popular death metal band right now.


The man says he plays everything except that death metal ****, he didn't say especially, lol.
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#10
Quote by Deathcabforpat
The man says he plays everything except that death metal ****, he didn't say especially, lol.

See, that's what happens when you get 3 hours of sleep.
Sorry about that -_-

In which case, by all means, get a whammy or a wah.
#11
Buy a nice spiffy delay pedal
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#12
Quote by Deathcabforpat
The man says he plays everything except that death metal ****, he didn't say especially, lol.



right now after watching some videos I am leaning toward a wah pedal(most likely the Bootsy Collins one) or an El Grande Fuzz pedal

but am open to any suggestions in the the wah or fuzz categories..

also not sure if this really matters but I wear a size 15 shoe an need something that will stand up to my larger than average stature

thanks alot...
#13
If you dont know what you want, you dont need nothin'.

But if your set go to your local music shop and test loads of pedals out and then buy one, simple as.
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#14
Quote by fatgoogle


But if your set go to your local music shop and test loads of pedals out and then buy one, simple as.



Well yes this is always my first order of business

and i think a fairly cheap pedal is great to play around on just to mix things up
#16
For 150, you could look into EBS back line pedals, there amazing, and sound awesome in any setting.
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#17
Quote by fatgoogle
For 150, you could look into EBS back line pedals, there amazing, and sound awesome in any setting.



Haha for some reason i though you were going to berate me for a slight impulse by...but thanks i shall look it up
#18
Its your money, your throughing around, i may as well help you spend it on something worth throwing your money around on.
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#20
dude, see if u can get the Line 6 bass pod.. its a couple more $$$ but it has lots of effects and is quite simple to use.. you can play anything with it (tho the OD sounds a little messed up sometimes)
#21
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#22
Have you thought of possibly getting a delay pedal? Try a DigiDelay, you can get some really cool stuff out it.
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#23
Ever keen to promote British products (buy British beef!) , you could do worse than the Ashdown Hyperdrive, since in my opinion, distortion/ OD is one of the most applicable effects, and the Hyperdrive is very good value for money.
Delay pedals are fun, but difficult to apply unless your band routinely voyages upon prog-rock oddyseys.
Quick word about the MXR Auto-Q, its great fun, and brilliant for funk or, when distorted, for metal, as it has an envelope filter and an oscillator. It does however, require huge amounts of trial and improvement (think positive!) and is quite pricey.
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Quote by wickedlefty
BOSS Tremolo pedal is a cool one, it can be used for guitar, bass or vocals. A pedal that many bassists I know really enjoy is the BOSS Bass Synth pedal, think of the opening to Hysteria by The MUSE. It is truly a unique pedal and its worth going somewhere to try out. A compressor will come in handy to tighten everything up, but mainly if you are tuning very low. Wah pedals are great, but instead of getting a wah, MRX Bass Auto Q is a very cool pedal that simulates a wah and a multitude of tuxtures. It will take out a lot of man hours learing how to use a wah plus give you more options.



Its not just that he is using, there is a distortion pedal of some sort in there as well. The bass Synth is fun, but its very hard to get it into a setting where it fits well with a band. Also, a lot of the effects it makes are very slow, by that i mean, if you are playing at a high temp, it will kind of splutter.

Its still a nice pedal though.

Might i suggest a TU-2? Doesnt do anything for your sound, but really useful if you are gigging
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Quote by smoots
Have you thought of possibly getting a delay pedal? Try a DigiDelay, you can get some really cool stuff out it.

Yay, I'm not the only one.

I bought a DD-6 and I play with it every day now
yes, a lot of time it isn't for actual playing, but sometimes it is

I use it as a nice reverby/fill chorus pedal
gives me an interesting tone (when used in the 80-300ms times)


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#26
have you considered a multi-effects pedal? Just so you can have a bunch to experiment until you decide what one's are worth spending the extra money for. One that lets you make yuor own effects might be good here too.
#27
^Not a multi-effect! Not a multi-effect!

By all means use one to find what you want, but I really wouldnt recommend buying one. Traditionally they have hundreds of programs, of which about 5 have any use, and generally aren't as useful as dedicated units.

But they are good for finding out what you like...
#28
^ that's why I said use it until he find's the ones worth spending money for. I like the extra effects since I make my own, so it's not useless anymore. You are right though, that a fuzz on a multi-effects won't be as good as a Boss fuzz or w/e.
#30
You could have an actual whammy bar installed on your bass, like me,
or put a killswitch on your bass, like me.
But as far as pedals go, I suggest the Bootzilla Bootsy Collins bass wah/fuzz pedal.
It works great for metal and prog-rock!
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#31
Since you really have no idea what you want, get a multi-effects, and experiment. See what you use and get single effects later down the road.
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Since you really have no idea what you want, get a multi-effects, and experiment. See what you use and get single effects later down the road.

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I hope you got the bass big muff. The guitar version tend to cut a lot of low end.
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#39
Quote by thegiaco2112
thats a good choice man, but what version? bas big muff or another version ?



Just the Bass Big Muff...My shop said they'd match any price and i brought in the Musiciansfriend price of 79.50 and ended up getting it for about 70 even which is nice
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