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Best effect pedals for classic rock

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by tbird998, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. tbird998


    Mar 18, 2013
    what effect pedals do you think is the best for classic rock? just asking :bassist:
  2. CTC564

    CTC564 Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 7, 2011
    Toms River,NJ
    Depends...probably nothing

    Unless you get into some 70's progressive rock, then maybe chorus or flanger
  3. smeet

    smeet Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2006
    Woodland Hills, CA
    I'm currently playing in a Pink Floyd tribute, and for that I have: octave divider, overdrive, fuzz, tremolo, envelope filter, volume pedal, phaser, and delay.

    Not typical for classic rock, but it works really well for us, since we are a 4-piece trying to sound like Floyd on record I have to be able to cover a variety of sounds. I have generally played with no effects though, and that works just fine also.
  4. Swift713


    Dec 4, 2006
    Florence, Ma
    Depending on your rig, maybe overdrive or some kind of amp emulator.
  5. Darknut


    Apr 4, 2009
    If there are 2 guitar players in the band I would prob go light on effect pedals or none at all

    If its there is only 1 Guitar & I would say sky's the limits ... I'm in a classic rock trio (musically) & the 4 effects I use the most are Overdrive, Chorus, Flanger & a Micro Pog set for upper octave only.
    I have a few other effects but they are only used on certain songs that we don't always play.

    You can get a really a fat wall of sound behind the lead breaks with a micro pog set for upper octave & a dirt pedal blended with the dry signal.
  6. I'm in a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute, and I only need to use three pedals - a Boss TU-2 tuner, Boss LMB-3 Limiter, and a Boss GEB-7 bass EQ, which I use as a clean boost for times when I need extra volume. The music requires clean playing with no effects. Other bands' music have different requirements.
  7. omie

    omie Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2011
    Tom Petty has some of the cleanest, tame bass in all of rock n roll.

    I just recently joined a classic rock cover band and I would suggest an OD... VT bass and sft are extremely versatile.

    My greatest pleasure is trying to cop different bass tones one song to the next... Including petty's ultra clean tameness. :D
  8. Rhegedor


    Mar 1, 2013
    I play In a classic Rock band to, I use a compressor and very light distortion once in a while on heavier songs, but that's pretty weird to use a distortion pedal for most classic rock
  9. Very true, and I'm always fighting the temptation to overplay. The bass lines are as simple and clean as it gets, and it fits Petty's music perfectly.
  10. makanudo


    Dec 26, 2008
    darkglass vintage microtubes?
  11. Laurent

    Laurent Supporting Member

    May 21, 2008
    Napa, California
    +1 on probably nothing

    A boost, an overdirve, a compressor.
  12. Meddle


    Jul 27, 2009
    Something that copies the preamp section of an Acoustic 360. Maybe some sort of tape echo sim that you use for one break in one song out of an entire set (and still get dirty looks).
  13. Darknut


    Apr 4, 2009
    The quick cure for over playing is singing while your playing :)
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  14. tbird998


    Mar 18, 2013
    Thanks for the tips! Well i'm playing a trio and i'm also singing and i love the whole thing about effect pedals.
  15. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    If you had to have something I think it would be a VT Bass
  16. mam1862

    mam1862 Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2008
    Northfield, Ohio
    I use a compressor and chorus a lot and an envelope filter when needed.
  17. mcm


    Oct 2, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    I say nothing but love a wah
  18. I'd say your most common effects for classic rock (aside from none, since nearly all classic rock songs have very clean basses) are:

    - Fuzz/OD for that Black Sabbath/overdriven SVT sound
    - Phasor - it'll sound like the bass in "Stranglehold"
    - Wah or envelope filter- if the OD or fuzz is placed before it, you can fake a whole lot of Bootsy/P-funk sounds
  19. :cool:
  20. some sort of a MILD O.D. will work if your amp is not capable...all the recordings in classic rock have some sort of O.D. weather it's the amp overdriving,the speakers being pushed or clipping of the recording etc...none of the recordings are truly "clean"...other than that you really don't "need" anything..with that said,effects most commonly heard in classic rock: phase\flange,chorus,envelope filter\wah,delay...not knowing your song list it's hard to answer your question..are there any specific songs you do where there is a effect your not sure of ?...we could probably help further...

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