#1
Aare there any effect pedals every bassist should have? All I have is a Boss DS-1, but thats for guitar
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#2
Boss ODB-3 or if you've got cash a Sans Amp Bass Driver
(I've got the Boss)
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#3
If you don't know what you want, you don't need it.

Don't get pedals because you can. Get them if you have an application for them in music.
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Aare there any effect pedals every bassist should have? All I have is a Boss DS-1, but thats for guitar


Bass pedals.

Some bassists get by without bass pedals. Good for them. Buy what you need.

Compression is always good. As is an EQ pedal.
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Bass pedals.

Some bassists get by without bass pedals. Good for them. Buy what you need.

Compression is always good. As is an EQ pedal.


Compression does what?
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#7
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For once tonight I agree with Jack. If you don't know what you want, you don't need it.

Except for a Fulltone Bass Drive - everyone wants AND needs that.

But seriously, jazzy's right. I might be the only guy to recommend this, but you should pick up a crappy multifx pedal like a Zoom, Digitech, Boss, etc, and tinker with all the effects and presets. You'll then begin to notice what effects you like what what effects you don't. From there, you can start singling out pedals you want.
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Compression does what?


Compression effectively reduces dynamics. For those of us idiots out there, it'll make loud notes softer and soft notes louder to to smooth out your volume level.
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Tuner pedal, wah-wah or auto-wah, some sort of OD or distortion, and a D.I. box. The Sansamp Bass Driver and the MXR M80 are distortion and D.I. boxes so one of them would be a good investment.

Edit: I like what thefitz said. If you're not sure what you like, a multi-fx pedal would be good to play around with.
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Except for a Fulltone Bass Drive - everyone wants AND needs that.

But seriously, jazzy's right. I might be the only guy to recommend this, but you should pick up a crappy multifx pedal like a Zoom, Digitech, Boss, etc, and tinker with all the effects and presets. You'll then begin to notice what effects you like what what effects you don't. From there, you can start singling out pedals you want.


Is a Zoom B-1 multi-effect pedal any good? I'll probably try some pedals next time I go to SamAsh.
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Is a Zoom B-1 multi-effect pedal any good? I'll probably try some pedals next time I go to SamAsh.


I've got the guitar version of it with the Expression Pedal, the B2.1U, and by all accounts, it's not a half bad pedal at all for guitar.

For a multi-effect, and a lost costing one at that, it's not too bad at all.
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#12
OK, its in my price range, and it apparently has a compressor/limiter on it, so I guess I'll try it out.....Is a limiter the same thing as a compressor?
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#13
Yeah, I think so. Sounds pretty good.
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Also, try out some wah pedals. I like dunlops myself, but I'd make sure you get the white one. Avoid the black ones, if possible.
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#15
BBE Sonic Stomp (or its bigger non-pedal cousin the Sonic Maximizer) are a must, from what I've heard. I might be buying one soon.
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If you don't know what you want, you don't need it.


That's true, but some pedals that are handy to have are things like a Tu-2 and maybe some sort of DI box, I always take my Tu-2 and my Dunlop M-80 bass driver/DI to gigs with me, and I always use them. I do have alot other pedals, but they don't come out as much.

In short, if you feel you need one, get a SansAmp or MXR M-80
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#17
Sorry for asking such a noobish question, but where does an effects pedal plug into, the bass or the amp.
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Except for a Fulltone Bass Drive - everyone wants AND needs that.

But seriously, jazzy's right. I might be the only guy to recommend this, but you should pick up a crappy multifx pedal like a Zoom, Digitech, Boss, etc, and tinker with all the effects and presets. You'll then begin to notice what effects you like what what effects you don't. From there, you can start singling out pedals you want.

Fitzy, can you post soundclips of that Fulltone for me? I'm looking to get an entire new pedal board and I'm considering ordering a Fulltone but sadly, none of my local guitar shops stock it. I'd have to order online, and I'd like to know what I'm getting before that.

On topic...uh...I agree with Jazzy and Jack!
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Sorry for asking such a noobish question, but where does an effects pedal plug into, the bass or the amp.


Well, if your amp has an effects loop, it will go into there.

If not, run it so you go Bass---pedal----amp.
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Well, if your amp has an effects loop, it will go into there.

If not, run it so you go Bass---pedal----amp.


Actually, it depends if the effect is pre or post EQ. If the effect is pre EQ, it goes from your bass to your preamp. If it is post EQ, it goes between the preamp and the power amp (in the effects loop).

Where you put a pedal, and thier order has a massive effect on the overall sound. An easy way to put it is if you distort the wah or put wah on the distortion. It may sound stupid, but there are some basic rules to ordering your pedals, and then experiment from there.

EDIT

And Fitzy, as everyone wants a Fulltone, then my statement still stands true.
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Actually, it depends if the effect is pre or post EQ. If the effect is pre EQ, it goes from your bass to your preamp. If it is post EQ, it goes between the preamp and the power amp (in the effects loop).

Where you put a pedal, and thier order has a massive effect on the overall sound. An easy way to put it is if you distort the wah or put wah on the distortion. It may sound stupid, but there are some basic rules to ordering your pedals, and then experiment from there.


Yes, but some amps don't have an effects loop. And not everyone follows the basic rules to ordering pedals, because they prefer a certain sound. A person should be allowed to choose where they put their pedals.
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Yes, but some amps don't have an effects loop. And not everyone follows the basic rules to ordering pedals, because they prefer a certain sound. A person should be allowed to choose where they put their pedals.


Notice how I said then experiement. There are of course no hard fast rules, but the 'standard' layout has been used for years with sucess. It allows the pedals to work together in a way so as to minimise noise and to allow the effects to combine in a more natural and tone friendly way.

Of course, feel free to put them where the hell you want, but a bit of research should give a good base layout to work with.
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Aare there any effect pedals every bassist should have? All I have is a Boss DS-1, but thats for guitar

Digitech Bass Whammy
Boss CE-5 Chorus Ensemble
Boss BF-2 Flanger
Boss DD-5 Delay
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Fulltone Bass Driver
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Boss CE-5 Chorus Ensemble
Boss BF-2 Flanger
Boss DD-5 Delay
Guyatone VTX tube tremelo
Fulltone Bass Driver
a compressor


Why so many specific pedals, and I'd say at the most two of the above are the best of their kind (Fulltone and possibly the whammy, though I'm no expert on whammys).

I still stick by my original statement, if you don;t know you want a pedal, you don't need it. Of course, we can recommend different brands and styles of pedals to pick out the best of each kind, but there is really no need for pedals at all for bass. I'm a bit of an effect junkie (but then, I GAS for everything bass related), but when I play, I rarely feel the need to use effects all the time (hence my currently small collection).

If he's asking what pedals should I get, with no clue as to a sound he wants, there is no need to ask. If you come in saying I'm looking for a fuzzpedal, money is no object, we can point him in the direction of the Wooly Mammoth, so on and so forth.
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Boss BF-2 Flanger
Boss DD-5 Delay
Guyatone VTX tube tremelo
Fulltone Bass Driver
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I noticed that 5 of those pedals are from Justin Chancellor's pedalboard.
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That's true, but some pedals that are handy to have are things like a Tu-2 and maybe some sort of DI box


surely if you don't know what a DI does, you wouldn't ever use it.


same with a tuner. lol
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#27
Is the Boss TU-2 tuner even worth the $100? I mean it's a lot more convenient to be able to tune without unplugging and ****, but that's expensive for a tuner...
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Yes, but some amps don't have an effects loop. And not everyone follows the basic rules to ordering pedals, because they prefer a certain sound. A person should be allowed to choose where they put their pedals.

I only have a crappy 15 wat practice amp so it dosen't have an effects loop.

So basicly what your saying is it goes
Bass - Pedal - Amp.
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I only have a crappy 15 wat practice amp so it dosen't have an effects loop.

So basicly what your saying is it goes
Bass - Pedal - Amp.


Yep. What we were discussing was the ordring of different effects.

And TBH, if you have a crap amp, the difference of pre/post EQ for the pedals that need it will hardly be noticable.
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To bring this thread back up, I would have to say that an amazing pedal that everyone should have is a chorus. A decent one gives a totally new tone to your sound. Also a compressor is great.

But the real reason I posted was to ask, those of you who have a bass wah pedal, is it really worth it? Do you get a lot of use out of it? I'd really like one but I feel like I'd just be wasting my money. I'm not the type of bassist to do a lot of solos, so could I apply it well in the background?
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Would this- http://www.music123.com/Gallien-Krueger-Backline-110-Combo-482538-i1145823.Music123
be considered a good amp? btw I got the multi-effect pedal i posted the other day.
What does a chorus pedal do?


Firstly, wtf is that about the amp?

Sencondly, chorus pedals make it sound like there are many people playing the same thing.It makes your sound alot richer and fuller. You need to hear one to fully understand.
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Firstly, wtf is that about the amp?

Sencondly, chorus pedals make it sound like there are many people playing the same thing.It makes your sound alot richer and fuller. You need to hear one to fully understand.

If you go to Digitech's website, they have demos of different settings of all of their individual bass pedals (including chorus) that are really interesting and helpful.
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If you go to Digitech's website, they have demos of different settings of all of their individual bass pedals (including chorus) that are really interesting and helpful.

I can't find the chorus pedal for bass
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I use a Boss CEB-3 Chorus pedal. Like they said before, it gives you a much fuller sound, because it slightly delays it, making it sound like several people are playing the same thing. The nice thing about the Boss pedal, and I don't know if this is common or not, is that it can filter out the low tones so that your sound doesn't get muddied up. They give you a great punch in solos or choruses.