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Guitar effects that work great for bass

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by MEKer, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    May 30, 2006
    Heh heh for another post.....right, chilliwilli?.

    Digitech Grunge for distortion. Does not allow lower notes to get muddy at all.

    Boss BF-2 Flanger

    MXR Phase 90

    They are all simple, apply themselves very well to bass and are accurate in effecting the low end.
  2. Duke21


    Nov 14, 2010
    Narvik, Norway
    Bad Monkey
    Tube screamer
    Turbo Rat
    Fender blender
    Fender phaser
    Møller OD
    Sansamp Oxford
  3. tomnomnom91


    Dec 23, 2012
    I agree with the Boss Flanger, and I'd also add the Boss Chorus. Any of the Electro Harmonix muffs are great for bass too.
  4. bigchiefbc

    bigchiefbc Supporting Member

    Oct 9, 2006
    Rhode Island, USA
    Honestly, the great majority work just fine for bass.
  5. El-Bob

    El-Bob Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    Hamilton, ON
    +1, and if not, all you have to do is get a decent blend to make them work just fine.
  6. PlussBassist


    Nov 14, 2011
    Gromguten - Onkart Gromt.

    Very little low-end loss, nice sounding distortion.
  7. nyc big muff, boss ce-3, nobles tr-x
  8. spaz21387


    Feb 25, 2008
    Portland oregon
    green russian big muff, lm308 rat, blackout effectors musket.
  9. crapusername


    Sep 26, 2005
    North Kent.UK
    endorsing artist: Dean guitars, Marshall , Rotosound strings
    Boss hm2
  10. Bassmike62

    Bassmike62 GAS resistance is utterly futile... Supporting Member

    This ^^^.

    If a non bass-dedicated pedal doesn't seem to work well within a chain, it might be related to its chain location.
  11. P-oddz

    P-oddz Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2009
    Milwaukee, WI
    Zvex Distortron
  12. Any Muff, particularly the Ver7 Sovtek-era Muffs. They sound great.

  13. DOD FX-20C phaser
  14. ih8law


    Aug 8, 2009
    Houston, TX
    +1 on Boss BF-2 Flanger, which sounds great. I think Jason Newsted used that on some Metallica albums.

    The Boss HM-3 Hyper Metal pedal sounds excellent on bass, and IMO gives the Bass Muff Pi a real run for its money.


    Also, EHX makes a cool pedal called the Stereo Electric Mistress, which has flanger and chorus effects. It is a simple pedal to use, which is a kind way of saying that it doesn't have many customizeable options, but sometimes simple is better. It sounds good on bass, too. Video demo here.


    There are several distrotion pedals that you should stay clear of because they absolutely suck out all the bottom end, like the Boss OS-2 (Overdrive/Distortion).