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3 Boss Guitar Pedals

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Fudbutter, Dec 21, 2018.

  1. Fudbutter


    Dec 21, 2018
    Guitarist here filling on bass for awhile

    I have a Boss BC-3 that holds three pedals. Easy to carry around and fits Boss 3 pedals, one plug. Since I never use most of my Boss pedals (there's way better stuff for guitar out there), I thought that it might be fun (and convenient) to put 3 of these in the case and use them for bass. Got the idea from reading this board.

    Wanna help me choose? If you do, pick three and the order and I’ll try all combos you folks suggest. This is for a MIM JB into an amp. Music will be pop, oldies and dance (although I prefer fusion and prog).

    Here’s the choices:

    NS-2 Noise Suppressor (wish this worked on my sister-in-law)
    AW-2 Auto Wah
    OC-2 Octave
    HR-2 Harmonist
    PQ-4 Parametric Equalizer
    EH-2 Enhancer
    CS-3 Compressor
    GE-7 Equalizer
    RV-3 Reverb/Delay (does one or combo)
    BF-2 Flanger
    DD-5 Delay
    CE-5 Chorus
    ST-2 Power Stack
    MT-2 Metal Zone
    PW-2 Power Driver
    OD-2 Turbo Overdrive
    DS-1 Distortion
    RC-1 Looper (no memory)

    Thanks in advance for any input
  2. Jebberz

    Jebberz Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2012
    Quebec city
    Personally, I would use OC-2 Octave - OD-2 Turbo Overdrive - AW-2 Auto Wah, as I like the funky sound you can get with an octaver, an overdrive and an auto wah. But it depends on the style of music you play.
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  3. acleex38


    Jul 28, 2006
    Based on personal experience with some of those specific pedals and online reviews of the others (on bass), you have a really great bass pedal board - just not for oldies.

    Octave>Chorus>Delay, Flanger or Looper or any combo would be easy, killer choices for me. I don't know how they'll work in the band-setting you've described.
  4. Karlo.kc


    Dec 16, 2008
    1) OC-2
    2) BF-2
    3) DD-5
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  5. Oc-2>sell some to get a bass specific Boss dirt>chorus
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  6. Fudbutter


    Dec 21, 2018
    Great start!
    running upstairs now to try these

    keep 'em coming !
  7. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    Your choices should reflect the set list and which other instruments are in the band.
    I would make completely different choices for a 4 piece with no keys vs a 6 piece with keys.
  8. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    OC2 -> DS-1 -> CE-5

    And I would mod the DS-1 for less low end cutoff.
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  9. Frodolicious

    Frodolicious Supporting Member

    May 29, 2018
    Omaha, NE
    MT-2 --> DD-5 --> CE-5
  10. vvvmmm


    Dec 6, 2016
    CS2-whatever distortion you like best, or the OD2-OC2

    I'd put the CS2 there to use as a boost as much as a compressor. I know nothing of Boss dirt, so yer choice (I do believe I've read the MT2 has usable EQ). I find octave pedals useful on bass as both an effect, and (carefully set) as a tone thing; I like 'em after the dirt for that reason.
  11. FugaziBomb


    Jun 5, 2017
    OD-2 Turbo Overdrive, AW-2 Auto Wah, and for a wild card, buy an LS-2 Line Selector so you can do a wet/dry blend. Then, depending on the gig and your needs, you could load out any two boss pedals plus the LS-2 and be confident your low end will stay intact regardless of the effect units you choose.
  12. TNCreature

    TNCreature Jinkies! Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2010
    Philadelphia Burbs
    Compressor, EQ, Chorus
  13. 1nterest1ng


    Apr 9, 2018
    OC-2 > CS-3 > GE-7/RV-3/Mod of your choice.
  14. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    OC-2 Octave
    CS-3 Compressor
    and…DD-5 Delay

    Suggest: CS-3 > OC-2 > DD-5

    That would make for a very potent lineup for an electric bass.
  15. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    The OC-2 might come in handy if you need to emulate synth bass on any of the dance material. Chorus is nice if you're doing any 80s, but I've never tried the CE-5. What I know I really like is the BF-2, which can sound similar to chorus. Since you prefer fusion and prog, here's a reference point you may enjoy: think Scott Thunes' tone in mid to late-80s Zappa.
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  16. Swimming Bird

    Swimming Bird

    Apr 18, 2006
    Wheaton MD
    The OC-2 is killer on bass. The BF-2 has a great rep (see: Tool)...

    It depends what era of dance and all, but I would experiment with the OC-2, AW-2, BF-2, RV-3, CS-3 and all the dirt in various combos to see what works for your set. Octave - dirt - AW-3 will get you some synth sounds if dialed in right.
  17. oldcatfish


    Jan 8, 2011
    --Ok, I'll play...
    (1) OC-2, CS-3, and PQ-4, or...
    (2) CS-3, PQ-4, and GE-7.
    In the second option, I'd use the GE-7 as an on/off eq/boost for song sections where I want the bass to cut through a bit more.
  18. Robertron


    Feb 12, 2010
    NewYork, NY
    For your purpose I'd choose
    CS-3 > OC-2 > CE-5
  19. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    OC-2 > BF-2 > CE-5

    I've used all of those at some point or another, they're classic pedals that sound fantastic on bass.
  20. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Mostly harmless Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    Nice collection! Is Metal Zone > Metal Zone > Metal Zone an option?
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