Recommend me one must have pedal ?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Pimmsley, Dec 2, 2012.


  1. Pimmsley

    Pimmsley

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    Been out of the :scowl: effects loop for about 5-10 years..
    Love to get one new toy to play with,
    sorry if this has been done to death but...

    Recommend me one must have pedal ? Is it Bassballs ?
  2. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

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    If you're playing country music...no. My "must have" pedal has always been some type of compressor.

    Riis
  3. Bassist4Eris

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    If this thread attracts 100 posts, I bet you get at least 95 different answers.

    I believe the Bassballs is an envelope filter with built-in distortion. That's probably not so widely useful to everyone, but I see from your profile that you play jam band music, and such a pedal could be fun/interesting/useful in such a context.

    A mild overdrive is often useful. Compression is great, but so subtle it's not likely to give you the "fun" factor you'd want in a first pedal. Chorus is nice for sweetening things up.

    You may want to consider a multi. That will give you the opportunity to play around with many types of effects and figure out what you like and don't like.
  4. MostlyBass

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  6. RickenBoogie

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  7. knumbskull

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    My most used effect is a light overdrive/dirty boost for loud sections or to fill out guitar solos. I use a Rat Tail for this (which is only about a 100th of the pedal's capabilities!) but there are loads of other options...
  8. St Drogo

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    You're asking for a "must have pedal", which makes me think about something practical, like a compressor, preamp or tuner. But if you just want a new toy to play with, you might be happier with something more quirky and fun. I generally like EHX stuff for that funfactor.

    Also, if you just want to screw around with a new pedal, perhaps you'd like one that you can actually "play" with. Like a looper, or maybe a whammy. Or even a wah. I find that pedals like those really open up more ideas and can be very rewarding to play around with.

    But if you want a satisfying new sound, you can't go wrong with a good fuzz/distortion pedal. IMHO.
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  10. NYCbassist

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    Sadowsky Pre-Amp
  11. bassdude51

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    If ya got money burning a hole in your pocket and you want a new bass related "toy", get something meaningful. A nice leather strap, or new strings, new pickups, tuner or bridge up-grade, fancy volume and tone knobs.......whatever.

    Bass players don't need pedals and guitar players use them to mask their poor playing skills.

    Yeah...........IMHO.
  12. bassteban

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    Tuner, compressor or drive/boost/OD. That said, I do not believe there is a * must-have* pedal. Bikes need pedals-bass, not so very much.
  13. VeganThump

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    +1

    But I would have to agree with a light overdrive as well, pork loin perhaps? Also, MXR is going to be releasing their bass chorus pedal soon, it has a switchable flanger option as well! Ill be buying that as soon as it's available. ::hyper::
  14. Chamber

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    A must-have for me is mild overdrive.... Pork Loin :)
  15. Pimmsley

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    ha ha... all good comments... ok my profile is shaky at best, so I play in a 3 piece Jazz /funk (drums, hammond, me) and jam in a prog rock kinda thing... but am a fretless nut so.. yes compression and chorus is already something I play with...
    playing for 20 years you can get bored with just a fingerboard, those and yes a TUNER lol... unless you are tuning to the keys.. in that case my ear is my best friend... otherwise post gig beatings ;) must get sleep (early a.m. here)

    keep em coming ! thanks guys !
  16. knumbskull

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    Hmm well, if you're already using chorus and compression, how about some kind of tube-y preamp?
  17. VeganThump

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    I bet a phase 90 with a pork loin and a fretless would sound yummy!
  18. Pimmsley

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    that's good advice... I rediscovered the joy of spending time adjusting and setting up my basses, after neglecting them for years I wondered why they were playing like cr@p, until I took a closer look... poor babies... all serviced and re-strung, adjusted and cleaned... I even had to tend to the elctronics in some of them (scratchy pots, dying jacks) gaffa instead of stap pins :rollno:, now it's all go go go, practicing again, and gigs are around the corner... Joy !
  19. Pimmsley

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    tube pre sounds good... and I must go hear this pork loin !!! Does it come in a soda ?
  20. Pimmsley

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    coool... yes I forgot about the old Boss DD-3, I always wanted one of those to do the 'Jaco' sample and hold thing... is there a better sounding and more flexable delay now you guys love ?
  21. Big Brother

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    This is all you need to duplicate any tone on any bass:

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    It's true, I read it in the technique forum. :hyper:

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