#1
So I've heard people say that guitar pedals sound great with a bass and I've also heard that guitar amps sound great with a bass...
But I know that a bass will absolutley destroy a bass amp because of the low frequencies, so what will happen to guitar pedals?
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#2
Nothing bad would happen to the pedal, but it wouldn't sound very good (mostly with distortions, ODs and fuzzes) because they're designed to work best with the higher frequencies. With most modulation pedals like flanger and chorus and others they're not 'tuned' to set frequencies, so work just as well with both guitar and bass.
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#3
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Nothing bad would happen to the pedal, but it wouldn't sound very good (mostly with distortions, ODs and fuzzes) because they're designed to work best with the higher frequencies. With most modulation pedals like flanger and chorus and others they're not 'tuned' to set frequencies, so work just as well with both guitar and bass.

I think a Boss DS1 sounds great with bass and it is about the most generic guitar distortion out there, but yeah, some pedals will absolutely suck the life out of you.
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#4
Some distortion sounds really good on a bass, some sounds really bad.
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#5
I use a guitar distortion, a Behringer (puts up flame shield, I know im ashamed lol) Ultra Metal pedal specifically to cut my low end out and sound like a guitar, just for some parts of some random progressive, alternative stuff I do. I've used guitar distortion in combination with other effects too, but I have to say, you have to really be looking for that particular sound, otherwise guitar distortion types of pedals will really **** with your tone
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#6
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I think a Boss DS1 sounds great with bass and it is about the most generic guitar distortion out there.


Of course there are exceptions, the DS-1 being one of them. I have to admit, it does sound particularly good with bass.
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#7
Thanks penguin. I meant to say a bass will destry a guitar cab (or combo amp)

What about pedals?
Everyone is talking about tone, i know what they sound like, I just want to know how safe it is for the pedal
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#8
You know, I don't want to pay 100+ for a pedal that is destroyed in the first few days
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#9
the pedal will not be destroyed by a bass signal.

a distortion won't be super effective tonally though.
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#10
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You know, I don't want to pay 100+ for a pedal that is destroyed in the first few days

No damage will be done to a guitar pedal if you play through it with a bass.
#11
I actually run with a DS-1 (with an eq to cut some of the treble, it's pretty bright) and Big Muff Pi on my pedal board. They don't LOVE the low the notes on my B string tonally, but they've survived for about a year and a half, and all i've had to do is change batteries.

Analogue delays don't sound bad either, but i really can't find a need for one to be honest.

That being said, I've killed 2 guitar amps at my school because the band director couldn't tell the difference, and plugged me into the wrong amp =/
#12
Most modulation pedals actually do just fine with bass, with little to no tone suck. Really the only pedals that need to be specific are the ones that are affected by what frequency is being played, like octavers or choruses. (well, that and the ones with guitar EQ's and/or low-cut filters like distortions and wahs)
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#13
Keep in mind though as soon as you start mixing tweeter/horns with fuzz, distortion or overdrive it's a recipe for disaster
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