Guitar effects that work great for bass

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by MEKer, Dec 25, 2012.


  1. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

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    Heh heh for another post.....right, chilliwilli?.


    Digitech Grunge for distortion. Does not allow lower notes to get muddy at all.

    Boss BF-2 Flanger

    MXR Phase 90

    They are all simple, apply themselves very well to bass and are accurate in effecting the low end.
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  3. tomnomnom91

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    I agree with the Boss Flanger, and I'd also add the Boss Chorus. Any of the Electro Harmonix muffs are great for bass too.
  4. bigchiefbc

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    Honestly, the great majority work just fine for bass.
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  6. El-Bob

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    +1, and if not, all you have to do is get a decent blend to make them work just fine.
  7. PlussBassist

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    Gromguten - Onkart Gromt.

    Very little low-end loss, nice sounding distortion.
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    nyc big muff, boss ce-3, nobles tr-x
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    green russian big muff, lm308 rat, blackout effectors musket.
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  11. Bassmike62

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    This ^^^.

    If a non bass-dedicated pedal doesn't seem to work well within a chain, it might be related to its chain location.
  12. P-oddz

    P-oddz Supporting Member

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  13. Silver Blues

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    Any Muff, particularly the Ver7 Sovtek-era Muffs. They sound great.

    --Silvie
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  15. ih8law

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    +1 on Boss BF-2 Flanger, which sounds great. I think Jason Newsted used that on some Metallica albums.

    The Boss HM-3 Hyper Metal pedal sounds excellent on bass, and IMO gives the Bass Muff Pi a real run for its money.

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    Also, EHX makes a cool pedal called the Stereo Electric Mistress, which has flanger and chorus effects. It is a simple pedal to use, which is a kind way of saying that it doesn't have many customizeable options, but sometimes simple is better. It sounds good on bass, too. Video demo here.

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    There are several distrotion pedals that you should stay clear of because they absolutely suck out all the bottom end, like the Boss OS-2 (Overdrive/Distortion).

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