EBS BassIQ pedal??

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Camel_spit, Nov 16, 2001.

  1. OK, before I asked about a Boss wah pedal and someone recommended I get an EBS BassIQ pedal instead. Could someone please give me some information about it e.g. features, cost etc.? I want to be sure I am making the right choice.
  2. bass iq is worth the 200+ price tag especially for the fact that its a no brainer envelope filter and will probably be an effect you will never have to replace... unlike boss units. Their website has some info and also some very very funky sound clips: http://www.ebs.bass.se/
  3. I've been A/Bing a load of filters (thanks to all who've contributed info to the filter threads, especially "Mr. filter", Bigfeet).

    I settled on the EBS after playing it several times, I like the simplicity and plug and play. I found a used one at a good price and have been really wearing it out.

    The problem I've found is that when I dig in and pull the strings harder it seems to overload the pedal and I get a distorted, harsh "flap" as the filted opens quickly. This seems to happen mostly in the lower registers, say below D on the A string.

    It sounds fine when I really concentrate on playing evenly, but farts when I hit it a little harder. Is this typical of the EBS IQ, or did I get a dud?
  4. monkeyfinger

    monkeyfinger Moderator Staff Member

    I owned the BassIQ. Basically, it is a well constructed, easy to use pedal with a good modern wah sound. My big complaint is that it is just too sterile sounding. It lacks, (WARNING! Meaningless and Subjective Term Ahead), character.
  5. Yeah, it's not very "juicy" (my favorite subjective term for a good filter), which makes it perfect for me to use in a genre where it's not normally heard.

    lo-z, when you had yours did you notice the tendency to produce a "clipped", harsh signal when you played hard? I'm still trying to figure out if I got a dud or if this sensitivity is common to the pedals.
  6. monkeyfinger

    monkeyfinger Moderator Staff Member

  7. KB


    Jan 13, 2000
    Chapel Hill, NC
    No weird chirps or farts on mine. I bought it new a few months ago. I really like it (mainly due to its size and simplicity). It may not be the "most juicy" filter out there, but its not bad. I only use mine in a couple of my band's songs (I use my 105Q wah more) but I am happy with it. The best thing I like about it is the fact that it doesn't tone suck (unlike EH pedals--which have severe tone suck).

  8. =^..^=


    Jan 25, 2001
    Stuck on a rock !
    I tend to parralell mix mine with a little octave which fattens the sound up quite nicely. Or use it on the "down" setting mixed with a dry signal to create a nice thud at the start of the note depending on how much I dig in.

    Good pedal !
  9. Thanks for the input, folks. Sounds like I got a dud, I'll swap it out tomorrow for a new one. I guess buying used in this case wasn't such a great idea.