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Unread 06-30-2003, 11:29 AM   #1
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Ok, I want to buy some bass pedals. Any suggestions???

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Unread 06-30-2003, 12:56 PM   #2
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Why do you want to buy some bass pedals? If you're wanting them just to say you've got some pedals then I think you'll be sorely disappointed. A clean bass sound is usually what's called for in many songs. You might hear a bit of overdrive in some songs, but most of that is from the amp in most cases. So...what are you wanting to use these for? What style of music?
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Unread 06-30-2003, 01:39 PM   #3
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Only bass pedals i could justify use for are...

Chorus (rare)
Compression (most common. can be used to provide slight overdrive sound, pumping, breathing. also used just to regulate volume eg. fingerplaying to slap)
Distortion (rare) obvious

like Brent said most songs only require clean sound. But what did you have in mind?
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Unread 06-30-2003, 01:43 PM   #4
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I agree with Brent on this one. Before your spend $100 on any one given pedal, you need to think about why you want it. I have a two pedals myself, an MXR M-80 preamp with distortion and an Ibanez SB-7 bass synth/wah. I actually use both of them, but I wouldn't really get much use out of, say, a flanger. The M-80 is a great tone-shaping tool and it sounds great when I run DI through it.
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Unread 06-30-2003, 06:16 PM   #5
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I've heard great things about the M-80. I have the SansAmp Bass Driver DI, which is essentially the same thing but more expensive. Got mine before the MXR came out, though... Either of those boxes would be a nice addition for anyone. They'll both give you some overdrive (almost to the point of being distortion) and also a ton of tone shaping options. Not to mention the fact that they're really handy when you're plugging directly into a PA because you can make it sound like you're using a bass amp.
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Unread 07-01-2003, 02:16 PM   #6
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Yeah, I want to buy one to actually use it. I play all types of music. Someone suggested the Bass Drive by Fulltone.
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Unread 07-01-2003, 03:15 PM   #7
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Well obviously you want to use it, but *why* do you want it? What are you looking for? Why are you not satisfied with the clean sound you have already?
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Unread 07-02-2003, 05:07 PM   #8
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Because I want some cool sounds.
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Unread 07-02-2003, 08:25 PM   #9
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Oh brother...
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Unread 07-02-2003, 10:26 PM   #10
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Let me tell you, there's nothing a band hates more than an effects-happy bassist. They can be used tastefully, yes, but for most applications you won't need much. I have a huge expensive bass effects pedal and I mostly use it for amp modeling. You'll probably never use wacky effects, and if you do it'll probably be only once or twice.
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Unread 07-02-2003, 10:39 PM   #11
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I got the Zoom BFX708 and the only thing I use it for anymore is to tune my bass. It was fun to mess around with for a while but not for how much I paid for it. You live and you learn I guess.
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I have the Zoom 606 II Bass Pedal and I recommend it.

My main uses are: (once you get sick of flanging at every practice break lol)

1. Tuning -- nothing more useful than pressing it with your foot and being able to tune and not have everyone hear or have to plug in to a seperate unit.

2. Compression -- very nice to have if a song has say, some slap and some finger picking. Also, I notice that even on a clean effect, the pedal cleans up and makes the bass tone more clear and distinct.

3. Chorus for fretless -- has a nice chorus that I mostly use for my fretless.

My take is this: Get a cheaper pedal (like the Zoom 606 II Bass) and use it for compression tuning and the ODD effect. But bass really needs to be clean most of the time. I really only use about 5 effects max during real playing. The others are just for messing on etc. However, I highly recommend the zoom 606 II.
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Unread 07-03-2003, 09:33 AM   #13
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I'm the owner of a Digitech BP-8 and for the most part I can say it's all I could ever want in a pedal, but is a bit excessive. For the most part I use it as my EQ/Amp Simulator. Honestly, I see no real problem with buying an effects pedal as long as you still try to improve you playing skills instead of trying to make the strangest noises possible. Most effects pedals are usefull. All of the folowing can be used(and quite often) and sound great in music(if done correctly of course) Flanger, Chorus, Distortion, Wah, and Phaser.


Honestly, it depends on what type usic you play. If you play punk music you're not going to want a flanger. If you play jazzz, you don't need distortion.

I hope this rambling has somehow helped you

BTW, my BP-8 is on sale for a good price
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Unread 07-03-2003, 01:47 PM   #14
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BTW, my pedal is a Boss GT-6B.
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Unread 07-03-2003, 01:54 PM   #15
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I would buy a good pedal tuner first (I've got a Boss TU-2, and even though I said I would never buy one, I find it is one of the best purchases I've ever made). The ability to mute your signal while tuning, and always having a decent tuner in line makes things alot easier.

The next thing I would buy (or around the same time) is a decent direct box. Look at the ones aimed at bass, like the Tech 21 or the MXR, but also look at some other boxes (Country Man, Radial, Avalon, etc.).

Once you get your "core" sound settled look at effects. I sometimes use a fuzz (EHX Big Muff Pi), a phaser (Akai Intelliphase), and an octave pedal at the moment. I've had several other boxes (a pedal compressor, an envelope filter, and a chorus) also. How much have I actually used these effects? Not much. With the band I play with most, straight bass sounds are all I need. When I play with a smaller, more "progressive" group, I can get away with a little more.

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