What Pedals do you use on every Gig/Rehearsal and for what types of music?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Baird6869, Sep 11, 2013.


  1. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

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    Just curious as many TBers have huge pedalboards and lots of effects, but does everyone really use all of their effects often?

    What pedals do you really use a ton and for what type of music?

    Personally, I use my Tech 21 Chorus for almost everything. For soloing, most slow tunes and over clean guitars. Probably on for 50% of the time on gigs.

    I also use my Programmable BDDI for grit on heavier stuff, for boost when needed and for a cool slap sound (3 presets are all used).

    Lastly, I use my MXR Bass Auto-Q for all funk tunes and RHCP type stuff.

    My MXR Bass Octave Deluxe is used every gig, but very sparingly and my Radial Boost is used only when I switch to a passive backup bass (rarely).
  2. Kmonk

    Kmonk

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    I have played rock, blues, jazz, country for 35 years and have never used effects of any kind.
  3. JonnyAngle

    JonnyAngle

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    You win!
  4. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the input on the Effects forum.

    Anyone else?
  5. jazzbo58

    jazzbo58 Bassist for The Patrick Godbey Band Supporting Member

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    The only pedal I use on every gig is my Diamond Bass Compressor.

    Cheers,
    Jim
  6. CHILDISHGAMBINO

    CHILDISHGAMBINO

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    Very useful. I use all of my effects pretty much every time I play.
  7. skulletwhip

    skulletwhip

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    I was in a Post Hardcore noisy type band for a long time and used my Whammy pedal a lot along with a Rat Tail and a delay.

    Now I'm in a different band that is more like an art rock/indie/heavy math thing and use a Whammy my Rat Tail a Green Muff clone, a Grey Stache and reverb and delay. I get to stretch out a wee bit more and am kinda the "sound design" guy in this band.

    Its fun.
  8. zwkoch

    zwkoch You can't do that on bass enthusiast Gold Supporting Member

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    I have my PWNZOR on all the time, my B7K 50% of the time. Other effects come and go depending on how many other instruments are layered at one time. I usually only turn on my modulations and time based effects when I am the only rhythm instrument playing. Otherwise, it really doesn't come through and impact the listener's experience of the song.
  9. BigBassBob

    BigBassBob

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    That's quite similar to what I do; Pwnzor on all the time with B7K for when our lead solos or when I need an overdriven tone.

    For me I have four must-haves:

    Sonic Research Turbo Tuner,
    [sfx] MicroThumpinator,
    3 Leaf PWNZOR,
    Darkglass B7K.

    These come to every gig and rehearsal I do. The bare essentials in my humble opinion.

    I use a Proton v.2 for when I want things to get funky and a sixth space for whatever takes my fancy.
  10. arginator

    arginator Supporting Member

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    My VT Bass is always on. I love the tone I can get from it, which my Genz Benz GBE 600 just can't get on its own.
  11. troy mcclure

    troy mcclure Supporting Member

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    My tuner... a GFS korg blackout knock off....
  12. wighat

    wighat

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    My Boss TU-2 is ALWAYS in-line but only on once in a while.
  13. Adamixoye

    Adamixoye A PT Pro is cool for worship, right? Supporting Member

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    My compressor (MXR M87) is on pretty much all the time. My B7K is on about 90% of the time. My Pitchfactor and Supersynth get occasional use (on bass, my Pitchfactor is a huge part of my guitar playing). My other pedals are more "toys," used only in practice and/or sparingly (for bass; some of these same ones get more use on guitar).
  14. tom once dead

    tom once dead

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    My VT bass and MXR M87 compressor are always on. Only two pedals I have at this stage and I'm playing Metal.
  15. flatfender

    flatfender Ad eundum quo nemo ante iit Supporting Member

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    Just down to a ms60b right now. Using the 160 compression, the noise gate (for the Jazz) and the SVT amp simulator. All 3 always on.

    Thinking about adding a VT DI to replace the SVT patch though.

    Never been much for anything else in the chain
  16. cableguy

    cableguy

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    My BDDI always.....
  17. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    Every gig we play I'll use:
    Boss OC-2 for one song
    Chorus (Zoom B3 or TCE Corona) for a few sections of a few songs
    Flange (Zoom B3 or Boss BF-2) for a few sections of a few songs
    Dirt (B3K or ParaDriver) you guessed it...for a few sections of a few songs
    Empress Comp has been always on lately

    Current board is: OC-2 > B3 > Empress Comp > ParaDriver

    I like to use effects to give me different flavors when I want it. "My" tone is just my hands playing my bass going into an amp for the most part. It's pretty gritty/growly already
  18. andysick

    andysick Supporting Member

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    Green russian muff 25% of the time. Clean the rest.
  19. Mingworm

    Mingworm

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    A tuner, a Boss DD5 Digital Delay, and the Big Muff Pi. The Pi has a wet out that goes to a bass amp and a dry out that goes to a guitar amp (set to high gain).

    My band is just bass guitar and drums, so the Pi's dual function as a signal splitter was a big selling point.

    This was recorded live in the studio (except the vocal effects)
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  20. bassbrad

    bassbrad

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    I always take my full board and usually find a chance to use all the effects. I play in several bands ranging from C&W, Blues, Rock and Jazz.
    I do have a jazz standards trio and take my Zoom B2.1u.

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