#1
I was wondering if you could use a guitar effects pedal, NOT a bass guitar effect pedal, just a guitar effect pedal.. for a bass. Never tried it before, and i don't know what the sound will be like.
#2
which one? you can with any, but about half of them sound bad.
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^you are being generous Humanity.

There have been tonnes of threads on this so I would advise using the search bar. Many guitar effects will kill the low end with a few exceptions.
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true that. some sound ok, but for the most part they can't handle the lower frequencies.
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Depends on the effect. Guitar distortion kills the low end and is usually uncommon. The biggest exception would be a Russian Metal Muff pedal, for some reason that get a nice lead bass solo tone. I use a guitar EQ pedal to make my bass sound more "AHHH" and I add distortion to get a good bass solo tone. I've tried the Russian Muff and I think it's ok but I prefer the Boss ODB-3, it's gets the same fuzzy sound and it doesn't kill the low end if I ever want to sound like Motorhead.

Effects like chorus, reverb, delay aren't really guitar/bass specific. To get a BASS sound you need a bass EQ, distortion, compressor but I like to be creative so I don't always follow that.
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The biggest exception would be a Russian Metal Muff pedal, for some reason that get a nice lead bass solo tone.


it's only an exception in usage by bassists. the thing kills a lot of your low end. maybe less than some guitar distortions, but still, it does
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I don't believe timing effects (i.e delays, flangers, phasers, etc.) would cause any problems with cutting out low end frequincies, but wah/distortion pedals that are made for guitars will make low end frequincies almost non existant
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I don't believe timing effects (i.e delays, flangers, phasers, etc.) would cause any problems with cutting out low end frequincies, but wah/distortion pedals that are made for guitars will make low end frequincies almost non existant



thats true
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it's only an exception in usage by bassists. the thing kills a lot of your low end. maybe less than some guitar distortions, but still, it does


The Metal Muff isn't about getting a dirty bass sound, it's for getting a nice sustaining tone for bass solos that cuts through the mix real well.
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oh wait, russian metal muff? I thought you said russian big muff. I didn't even know they made a russian metal muff. I don't actually know of any bassists using a metal muff (russian or american). that's not to say it won't work, I've just never heard of it.
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oh wait, russian metal muff? I thought you said russian big muff. I didn't even know they made a russian metal muff. I don't actually know of any bassists using a metal muff (russian or american). that's not to say it won't work, I've just never heard of it.


My bad, I meant Big Muff.
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OK, I understand what you mean now. of course their great for solos, just not much else in a band setting
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I don't believe timing effects (i.e delays, flangers, phasers, etc.) would cause any problems with cutting out low end frequencies, but wah/distortion pedals that are made for guitars will make low end frequencies almost non existant

Yes, this is pretty true. However, there are still bass versions of these pedals, even a few delay and reverb pedals. And it is usually suggestible to get the bass versions, since they are designed to capture the bass frequency in a way that sounds best with bass.

Of course, if you can get a good sound out of a guitar pedal, then you can get a good sound out of a guitar pedal.
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Yes, this is pretty true. However, there are still bass versions of these pedals, even a few delay and reverb pedals. And it is usually suggestible to get the bass versions, since they are designed to capture the bass frequency in a way that sounds best with bass.

Of course, if you can get a good sound out of a guitar pedal, then you can get a good sound out of a guitar pedal.


I have recently found out about a company called Barge Concepts who do a blender pedal for a very good price. If you are serious about your effects rig, want to use guitar effects or otherwise want a clean signal under effects, I would recommend taking a look.
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