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Bass specific pedals?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Larz48, Mar 30, 2009.

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  1. Larz48


    Aug 18, 2007
    I use a Zoom B2 to play through and just bought a Boss chorus to goof around with. So, do we as bass players HAVE to use bass designed pedals only or can we also use guitar effects? I know some who use the "other" pedals but I didn't know if it would eventually hurt your amp or not. I'm sure bass only pedals are designed for a reason but I'm curious like George as to using the others.:confused:
  2. i currently use an overdrive pedal designed for guitar....

    the problem with non specific bass pedals is you usually end up losing some low end in the signal chain

    but to answer your question yes you can use guitar pedals for bass....some just happen to work better than others
  3. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
  4. Larz48


    Aug 18, 2007
    Yeah, I did not perform a search....So what.
  5. Joe Gress

    Joe Gress

    Dec 22, 2005
    Pueblo, CO
    They'll blow up your head. Stick to your zoom.
  6. Joe Gress

    Joe Gress

    Dec 22, 2005
    Pueblo, CO
    From the FAQ:

    Do guitar pedals work with bass? Can I damage them this way?

    Guitar pedals will function with a bass, but the quality of the resulting sound will vary. Experiment! No harm will come of it.
  7. Chris Ramlar

    Chris Ramlar

    Feb 8, 2006
    Calm down, there is a lot of info in the forum already no need for a new thread, and seriously no offense intended your question is a little noobie =S
  8. musicelectronix


    Jul 8, 2007
    Hüstın, TX
    Lead Designer, Zeibek Boutique Pedals
  9. tomhanzo


    Apr 20, 2008
    West Virginia
    lol your a donating member. You should know better ;)
  10. whoatherechunk


    Apr 4, 2008
    i just love how the crappiest threads get the most attention.
  11. Joe Gress

    Joe Gress

    Dec 22, 2005
    Pueblo, CO
    So craptastic is entertaining.
  12. Nikoubis


    May 3, 2007
    Athens, Greece
    That's almost sig worthy.
  13. rratajski

    rratajski Commercial User

    Jul 1, 2008
    Mount Laurel, NJ

    ha ha ha
  14. almost? lol
  15. sean.1986


    Feb 24, 2009
    Essex, England
    I have an EHX Doctor Q and bass sounds crap through it.
  16. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Almost? No, that's very sig worthy! Yeah, performing a search is the best way to go for basic questions, but I get really irritated with everyone always answering questions with "do a search." Most of the time it's guys who like to see their name all over TB without putting any effort into it. Either answer the question or don't, that's what I say.

    Anyway, the only pedals you really have to worry about being bass-specific are distortion pedals. Most other pedals will work fine on bass. And even guitar distortion pedals will work fine if you split the signal and run one signal clean and the other effected, or use an effects loop with a blend control.

    Now see...was that so hard? :D
  17. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    I've got nothing, but wanted in here anyway. Any problem with that?
  18. sean.1986


    Feb 24, 2009
    Essex, England
    I wanted to search something before but one of the words was only 3 letters long and it didn't include it in the search. It was crucial to the search too. Lame.

    Of course I have no pics with which to back up this claim...
  19. Joe Gress

    Joe Gress

    Dec 22, 2005
    Pueblo, CO
    ^Google will search TB for you you know.
  20. sean.1986


    Feb 24, 2009
    Essex, England
    Google will search any site. Just put site:mywebsite.com after the search terms.

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