Effects for a starter...

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Apocalypse, Oct 8, 2001.

  1. Apocalypse

    Apocalypse Guest

    Oct 3, 2001
    Hello, I'm the new guy that got flamed for liking fieldy. Ok well I have a new question, hopefully not as controversial. Since I am new to the bass, I don't know much about anything. I want to start looking into pedals and different effects. Now before I go to a music store and get swindled by a slick salesman, maybe I can get educated here first.

    I would just like to know what kind of effects or pedals are good to get. Also, how much do pedals go for? I know it will vary, and for my first pedal, I don't really want to spend a lot of money. Any suggestions?
  2. beaglesandbass

    beaglesandbass Think first, then post? Staff Member Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    hey Apocalypse, im kinda new to bass also, and i want a pedel type thing too, so any help that anyone could provide would be great


    Sep 26, 2001
    in the sun
    Well since you guys are both new, your probably better off getting a multi effects unit, Boss and DoD makes one. Their low line, but they have a ton of differen't effects you can try. Although I don't know what your spending limit is. prices can range from 150 to thousands, so it's hard to say. I've been playing for about 9 years now and just about 3 years ago was when I got interested in bass effects. So I bought a DOD Bass tec to give me an Idea of what kind of sounds I'm looking for. Now that I figured out what works with my bass playing and setup, I've begun to look for the best company that makes each differn't effect, and I'll assemble what I like on a pedal board. This gives me what I want and nothing I don't. typically Multi effect boards give you about 3 effects you will use all the time and the rest are just a waste of time. just remember don't let effects pedals cloud up your practice time to perfect your bass playing technique. At least to me Effects are just the icing on the cake. you know what it's like to eat a peace of cake too much icing.

    our engineer for our last CD project told me that a few notes played with percision and emotion is much more effective than a bunch of notes with no soul. :)
  4. Ok.. first thing.. you do not want a multi-fx pedal, unless you want a large collection of crappy effects.

    First you'll need to decide for yourself what you wish to accomplish.. what kind of sound do you want, do you want raw, tough sound ? do you want to sweep your tone while doing a solo ?

    once you've decided what you want to accomplish,
    decide what budget you're willing to spend on the effect.

    Next go to some stores, bring your own bass (!), and try the effect box out. Do not go out and buy the very first one you see (!), tell the clerk you want to think it over. then go to another store and try some other's out.

    If there's one pedal you really like.. check which store offers it for the lowest price.

    tip : go this website : http://www.harmony-central.com/Effects/Data/#man
    It has a huge review-database. :)
  5. Apocalypse

    Apocalypse Guest

    Oct 3, 2001
    Hey thanks a lot AllodoX, I checked out that site and it really helped. Thanks again.
  6. AllodoX beat me to it multi effects are real pieces of ****, a good first effect would be a tweakalbe envelope filter I love em, very cool.
  7. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    IMO, a bassist/guitarist/etc. needs to learn how not to overuse effects. Bassists don't really need effects. It is better to get other things (i.e. lessons) before effects. You don't need effects to practice either.
  8. surf_slave

    surf_slave Guest

    Sep 9, 2001
    San Diego, CA

    I was gonna go along with the crowd and say that for beginner getting used to the raw sound of the instrument was a good route. Especially coming from guitar, you'll need to build up clean technique (which is hard work), including but not limited to muting and ghost-noting and slapping and then some. It's those details that make or break a good bass player, not stupid-fast chops or "killer FX".

    But it's hard to resist the EH Bass MicroSynth. (I'm a very bad man.)

    And while you're at it, would you like a hit from my crackpipe? Just a little one? Make ya feel good, and you won't even want to practice...
  9. paz

    paz Inactive

    Jun 26, 2001
    Seaton, Devon, England
    if you do want fx, start with the simple set-up of


    then move onto the other stuff

    envelope filter

    but it really depend on your musical taste and what you want to achieve, boss make decent pedals in all these areas foir not alot of money.
  10. Fishbrain


    Dec 8, 2000
    England, Liverpool
    Endorsing Artist: Warwick Bass and Amp
    I just bought a bass balls electro harmonix, and i love it. i thought I got a really good deal on it because it was marked at £95.99 and I got it for £79.99. but when I went in another shop looking foor a chorus foot switch i saw it for £10 less. I was soooo gutted. but anyway, imo u dont need distortion, it just wont cut thru the mix like overdrive. oh yeah, bbeh was my first single effect i have got bfx 708 aswell which satisfied me until i found out how much it sucked. anybody wanna buy a pedal?
  11. pmkelly

    pmkelly Supporting Member

    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    the only pedals I have anymore are a Morley wah and an EH big muff... I got rid of the rest of 'em, and I really don't know where those two are right now. If you want to look at a multi-effects unit, I would suggest the bass pod... It sounds great, workds great, and has a lot of function for what it is... I would rate it much higher than most other comparable units...

  12. Justin V

    Justin V

    Dec 27, 2000
    Alameda, CA
    I suggest you try out different effects to see what you like. Muti-effects might seem cool, but I've seen horror stories (guitarist accidentely smashed his pieces when he stepped on it too hard).

    I was lucky, my first effect was the Chorus buit into my Peavey amp (now I just need a footswitch). The Boss OD I just bought seems to be a very good pedal also (now it just needs a stupid power supply :mad: )