#1
im a new bass gutair player and i wanted to know if i should get a distortion pedal for it, to play punk-rock songs lik for istance blink-182 & sum 41
#2
No, you won't; 90% of basslines are played clean. If you were playing Tool or Muse I'd say you should get one.

It's probably worth saying at this point though that generally if you have to ask if you need an effect, then you don't.
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#3
your not going to need one, it just depends on how bad you want one. You can get them pretty cheap but I wouldnt waste the money on one unless your in a band and trying to make your own tone
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If you were playing Dream Theater or Tool or Muse I'd say you should get one.

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#5
bass with distortion is one of the coolest things i've heard...check out pulling teeth by cliff burton, excellent bass
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dont play blink 182 or sum 41 play some real music


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dont play blink 182 or sum 41 play some real music


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also blink182 isn't punk..their good,just not punk
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also blink182 isn't punk..their good,just not punk

well there pop punk
#10
As said before, the vast majority of bass is played clean. Learning with distortion often covers up sloppy playing, so hinders your playing in the long run.
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However, it often encourages sloppy playing, as the distortion covers up the small mistakes. Very few bassists run a distortion for more than a few little section, and often, distortion sounds horrible in the context of a song. It has to be done very well to sound good for more than a few little sections (e.g. In "For Whom The Bell Tolls, the only distorted part is the intro riff.)
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#13
'Around The World - Red Hot Chili Peppers'

Listen to the intro for that, then come back and tell us if you need one or not.
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'Around The World - Red Hot Chili Peppers'

Listen to the intro for that, then come back and tell us if you need one or not.


Yes, because being able to replicate the tone for one intro is truely a need for a pedal...

In fact, I have the same pedal Flea uses for that, and hate it with a passion.

Nobody ever needs a distorton for bass. However, once you become a competant player with a good ear for tone, one may be worthwile purchase to expand sonic possibilities.

Before then, it will just turn a bass into a funny noise generator.
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