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Always-On vs. Selective Use

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Angel Switch, Feb 10, 2014.

  1. To Enhance Tone

    69 vote(s)
  2. For More Obvious Effects

    62 vote(s)
  3. I Consistently Do All Of The Above

    134 vote(s)
  1. I'm curious. When I use my pedals, they're just about always on. MXR Bass Compressor, Fulltone OCD, and Sansamp BDDI. They are each huge parts of my tone. But looking through threads, I often forget that I appear to be one of few who views pedals like this. Most of you/us use them sparingly or only on certain songs, especially with effects like flangers, choruses, delays, fuzzes, etc. So I'm wondering, how many of you use your pedals to define your sound/tonality, and how many just use them for more obvious traditional effect styles?
  2. I have one I never turn off. Everybody is different though.
  3. MCS4

    MCS4 Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2012
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    I have eight pedals on my board and none of them are always on. I run a very clean, hi-fi tone 90% of the time but like to kick on various shades of dirt or a bit of modulation now and then to emphasize a part.

    However, it seems to me that always-on preamps and dirt pedals are incredibly common on these forums, so you may have just seen an uncharacteristic run of posts.
  4. AlexBassMP


    Feb 5, 2014
    When I play with my metal band I've always the compressor on and sometimes I add a chorus and reverb. Sometimes I add a litttle bit of overdrive for getting a more hard sound...We're working on new songs for the new record and , for the moment , the overdrive is always on...For our new stuff the bass overdrive is part of the overall bass tone.

    In my cover band I use a clean MXR DI+ simulation which beefs up the clean sound of my passive basses.

    Sometimes I just plug the bass straight to the amp...I like to use fx but I don't want to be dependent on them..
  5. Volpe25


    May 5, 2012
    As a general rule, when playing in a band type setting, the only pedals I would leave on would be an EQ and Compression and then use the effects needed for certain songs. But when playing solo stuff I have a reverb that's constantly on and at the end of the chain. It's not enough to change the tone and it's not too audible when playing in the low register but really enhances and adds depth to the high
  6. I don't have one specific pedal that's always on but I don't ever play clean so there's always at least one on, usually 3 or 4.
  7. BioDriver

    BioDriver A Cinderella story

    Aug 29, 2008
    The only pedal that stays on is my compressor. Everything else goes on when the need arises.
  8. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    I use two boards. One is small, and has 2 "always on" pedals- a compressor and eq. The 2nd board is optional, but has all the fun stuff, synths, filters, octaves, even an arpeggiator and delay. There is no right answer, just use what you like.
  9. waveman

    waveman Supporting Member

    Sep 25, 2008
    Only use effect for specific sounds. I usually do not have an always on effect.
  10. bigsnaketex


    Dec 29, 2011
    Down South
    I only use my compressor, reverb and delay at all times. . . and just a little reverb and delay to fill out the tone for my ear. There are many others that are used - but only as the song dictates. I surely don't need my POG on at all times!!
  11. winterburn69


    Jan 27, 2008
    It all depends what I'm playing. I've found since I got my Boss CS-2 it's usually on, but not always. Might also so be a honeymoon phase, I've only had it a few weeks. My Fulltone Bass-Drive Mosfet also gets LOTS of use, but once again, not always.
  12. andrew


    May 20, 2000
    Vancouver BC/Pacific Northwest
    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar Amplification, Spector, Regenerate Guitar Works, Tech 21 NYC
    I always use pedals as always on tone shapers too.

    I used to stack a few different distortion and/or eq to create my tone but now I'm down to just the Brimstone XD-1 on its own for my main project.
  13. Ditto. My Diamond Comp never shuts off, and the rest vary - some are on a lot, and others for just a song or two here and there.
  14. jimmybc91


    Oct 8, 2013
    Los Angeles
    I have 3 pedals always on: SFX Microthumpinator, Empress Compressor, EBS Valvedrive.
    and 8 effects I use momentarily in songs. I voted "I consistelely do all the above." Not sure how consitent this is though, 3 vs 8...haha But to clarify I am not tap dancing during the whole gig or anything.
  15. BenWhoPlaysBass


    Jun 7, 2013
    I have a compressor that always stays on, a pedal for light overdrive, a russian big muff for over-the-top fuzz, a wah and a 10-band eq. Those go on/off depending on what I'm playing.
  16. eveilleu


    Oct 30, 2013
    Montreal, Qc
    Similar setup here,
    micro thrumpinator, B7K (slitly dirty) and pwnzor always on.

    Then I have 4 that I punch on or off (octave, od, fuzz and filter).
  17. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he lóòks

    Dec 7, 2010
    22 ft below sea level
    Some compression and just a tad of overdrive and/or fuzz is all I ask from a pedal.
  18. EQ, compressor and reverb always on. Chorus & Tremelo for fretless most but not all of the time. Other effects as needed though I almost never combine two or more elective effects.
  19. Flabass

    Flabass Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    St. Petersburg
    I don't use pedals.
  20. jimmybc91


    Oct 8, 2013
    Los Angeles
    Nice! I always wanted the Pwnzor but I couldn't get my hands on it..=/