#1
My friend wants to start a band.

That's great, but he wants me to play bass and I don't own one.

But I do own a Fender MIM Strat... and I remember something about an "octave pedal"

So I have a few questions:

1) If I buy an octave pedal and use it on my guitar, can I still play through my guitar amp?

2) How will it compare to a bass? Will it sound the same? Will I be able to use bass tabs?

3) Can anyone recommend a good octave pedal? There are a few on Craigslist in my area for around $60 or so.

Thanks!
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#2
It wont sound exactly like a bass, but i guess that it would kinda work
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#3
1. Yes

2. Different. Yes, though they'll be the bottom four strings.

3. Boss Octaver. Roger Mayer Octavia. EHX POG 2.
#4
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It wont sound exactly like a bass, but i guess that it would kinda work

I figured as much, but it would cost way less than a bass guitar and an amp, so I figure it's worth a shot.
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#5
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2. Yes, though they'll be the bottom four strings.

So I will be able to use it with bass tabs?!?! I'm in!
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#6
it sounds alot less like a bass, depends how you play, if you play on only your low strings, then somewhat, but barely, only as a bas backing up your dry sound, also, the Boss octave pedals aren't the best, mine are very muddy sounds meaning that the octaves donly do certain notes and not any power chords whatsoever, it's great for leads, not for rhythms, the sound of an open E string ( the low one ) sounds horrible because the octave pedal ( the boss version ) isn't able to find the corresponding octave, which gives a semi note or two higher than the lower octave. Buy only if you plan on using it for leads, not rhythms and power chords
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#7
Your amp will be fine. I dont know if it produce what you will want over all...but it might be good for the funzies. I would recommend the Boss OC-3 cause it has a bitchin distortion on it! But I would try before you buy and try as many as you can get your hands on.
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#8
No, Boss OCs suck. Get a MicroPOG. You will never be able to replace a bassist this way though.

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#9
Just spend the extra forty bucks and get a cheap bass

Even the cheapest bass guitar will sound better than a guitar with an octave pedal

Here's one for one-hundred bucks:
http://www.rondomusic.com/SPB62VWH.html

You can just use your guitar amp
#10
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Just spend the extra forty bucks and get a cheap bass

Even the cheapest bass guitar will sound better than a guitar with an octave pedal

Here's one for one-hundred bucks:
http://www.rondomusic.com/SPB62VWH.html

You can just use your guitar amp

I was seriously looking at a SX bass today!

I know I can buy a really cheap bass, but I don't have a bass amp, and I don't want to play a bass through one of my guitar amps (I heard it can destroy it)

And even though it might not sound 100% like a bass, I'm just using it for fun anyway, so it's not a really big deal.
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#11
I was doodling up on a Micro-POG by EHX on a Eric Johnson Strat up at a local store and was getting some really sick organ like tones because I added 50% dry mix and full octave up and down so I might get this pedal. Although, if I can afford it I'd rather get the full POG.


Full POG
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/ElectroHarmonix-POG-Polyphonic-Octave-Generator-?sku=153330

Micro POG
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Electro-Harmonix-Micro-POG-Octave-Pedal?sku=150434
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#12
The POG pedals are nice, but just too expensive for me.

I just remembered I have a Zoom GFX-707, so I'm going to try to get a bass sound out of it.
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#13
well i have a digitec whammy and it can get the job done i guess, but let me ask this question, Why arent you playing as the guitarist??? it seems strange.
#14
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Let me ask this question, Why aren't you playing as the guitarist??? it seems strange.

Yeah, it kinda is.

I guess it's because my friend (the one starting the band) is really good at guitar. I've been playing for about 7/8 months, and he's been playing for more like 7/8 years.

Either way, it doesn't really bother me that much. I've wanted to play bass anyway.
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#15
So I've been re-evaluating my "Octave Pedal vs Bass" question.

I've learned that an octave pedal can never really replace a bass; it just creates different sounds.

I think I might consider buying a cheap bass instead.
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#16
just try craigslist for a cheap ass bass, you will be able to get one for the same price as a pedal
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#17
+1 to the Micro POG suggestions. I love mine. You can't fool those things...tracks perfectly, even on chords.
#18
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Your amp will be fine. I dont know if it produce what you will want over all...but it might be good for the funzies. I would recommend the Boss OC-3 cause it has a bitchin distortion on it! But I would try before you buy and try as many as you can get your hands on.

What the Hell is wrong with you??
If you're going for an octave pedal, I highly recommned the Roger Mayer Octavia.
#19
Quote by Jimbleton
just try craigslist for a cheap ass bass, you will be able to get one for the same price as a pedal

True, and depending on the pedal, you could actually get a very nice bass.

My only problem is the amp. I've heard mixed things about playing a bass guitar through a guitar amp. Some people say it would be fine, others say it will destroy it.

The thing is, even when buying a cheap bass, having to buy an amp along with it really begins to raise the price. Is there a safe way to play a bass through a guitar amp?
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#20
Honestly, just spend the extra 40 bucks, and find a cheap Squire P-Bass on Kijiji, or craigslist. I owned an old Yamaha bass and played it out of my guitar amp, and never had any tone issues with it.
#21
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I owned an old Yamaha bass and played it out of my guitar amp, and never had any tone issues with it.

I'm not worried about the tone, since it would really just be for practice anyway, but rather the amp itself.

I have 2 amps: a Crate GX-30M and a Crate GX-15R. The 15R is my primary guitar practice amp (which I like a lot, actually) while my 30M doesn't get a lot of use.

Not sure if my 30M would be a safe "bass" amp though.
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