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Does this exist?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Salamenster, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. Hey, folks

    I play in a jazz/funk band and need to switch between classical jazz and hi fi slap a lot every gig.

    For the classic jazz/old school funk parts I use my P-bass with flats, run trough my completely flat amp (p3110 + p210kc) and DI to the P.A. if necessary.

    For the hi fi/slap parts I like to use my jazz bass with roto's, through the same amp.

    Thing is, the Jazz has a tad less volume output than the P and I like some EQ'ing (treble boost)/compression on the jazz bass ONLY and I'd also like to effortlessly switch between the P and the J.

    So my question, I'm looking for a pedal that does this:

    - A/B with the flick of a switch.
    - A (true) bypassable preamp/EQ with capability to boost the gain a bit (so the P/J are on the same level volumewise).
    - A compressor (not necessary).

    Does this exist?

    I've looked at the sansamp stuff, but they don't seem to have A/B'ing.
  2. Itzayana


    Aug 15, 2012
    Oakland Ca
    Why not use a two channel amp? Or one with A/B masters?
  3. john m

    john m Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2006
    Get a normal A-B switch,

    turn the gain up and down at the amp as needed.

    I'm tired now--- got to go rest my brain.
  4. jumblemind

    jumblemind I also answer to Bryan Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2011
  5. Swift713


    Dec 4, 2006
    Florence, Ma
    Radial bassbone, EBS micro bass, RMI Basswitch, I know there's more I'm forgetting....
  6. MCS4

    MCS4 Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2012
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Seems to me that it would be easier to use a basic A/B switch, and simply stick whatever tone-shaping pedal(s) you want in the chain with the J bass only. That way all you need to do is hit the A/B switch and you're good.

    Even if you find an all-in-one, you'll probably need to adjust the volume/EQ/etc. every time you switch, unless it has wholly separate settings for each "channel."
  7. willbassyeah


    Oct 9, 2011
    Treble boost compression sounds like earthquaker devices the warden comp,
  8. That's the thing, I don't want to touch my amp mid-gig.
  9. yeah, i missed the part about eq/pre when i suggested the ls2. still a great pedal, but for your needs, i would just suggest a generic a/b pedal and then either a bass eq or a preamp you dig, based on what info was provided.
  10. jimmybc91


    Oct 8, 2013
    Los Angeles
    Markbass Super Booster I am sure will do the trick! You have a boost on one side and a 2 knob eq on the other, especially well for getting a slap tone. I would even consider the Markbass Mini Boost.
    Other than that I have heard great stuff about Radal Bassbone and the EBS Microbass.
    You could actually even just get a compressor with an output gain and run it on bypass with the P bass. But that wouldn't solve your need of treble boost (of I may, I hear a much more clarity of highs when I use my Empress Compressor, maybe that can relate to you wanting more treble on your EQ?). I would try it out!
  11. I like the Radial Tonebone Bassbone. But I'd really like it if one of the channels was true bypass.

    I like the idea of getting a normal A/B-switch and putting a EQ-pedal in the Jazz-chain only too.
  12. I'll look into that one, thanks. :hyper:
  13. what is your budget? to simplify, you need channel switching (or a/b), a eq or preamp and compression? i'll just go ahead and throw it out there........compression=ovnilab.com
  14. How does a Boss AB-2 and a Boss LMB-3 Bass Limiter/Enhancer sound? Enhancer is basically a bass- and treble boost (so a mid cut) and it says it's 'made for slap'.

    That combo would cost about €130,- excluding an extra cable. Lies right within my budget.
  15. i just picked up the lmb3, haven't had enough time with it, but found the ovnilab review quite helpful. tip, the enhance knob should be labeled "noise". keep it turned down.

    it seems like the ab2 could be had in a smaller footprint, but i could be wrong because i can't think of one off the top of my head and that may not even be a concern to you at the moment.
  16. i would think (again, i don't know your budget) you could find a boss bass eq used. i did for about $40, iirc.
  17. john m

    john m Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2006
    No matter what the band or my rig sounds like.

    I knew a guy who wouldn't touch the eq on his powered mixer because the guy "set it in the store" when he bought it.
  18. ha! that's funny. i think this guy just doesn't want to fiddle mid set, just wants to get it with one step.
  19. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    True bypass is overrated. You more than likely wouldn't notice a pedal with a high quality buffer sitting in your chain.

    I would think that Radial would advertise the Bassbone as TB if it were. They make a very high quality product so I wouldn't worry too much about it though.

    This is probably the route I would choose, especially if you wanted a compressor or anything else that the Bassbone doesn't have in the chain. Of course, you could also just add the compressor to the chain feeding the Bassbone for the J bass and that would basically give you every one of your requirements.