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Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by dbase, Nov 25, 2017.
I cant see any advantage for using effect pedals for playing bass... except maybe for tuning.
All depends on the sound you want. I use a pedal on one song, because it's on the set list, and need it.
Smart to post it here...
What song is that?
. Time is Running Out by Muse.
The fuzz kinda IS the bass part.
Ok .. I can see that, I mean hear that. Thanks.
I very recently allowed pedals into my life. I was "anti" pedals 15 years ago. Much like the pick, I have become more open minded as I age. I used to be a pick hater too.
These days I play with a pick about half the time and today I unboxed my 7th pedal.
All of that being said, if you don't need them you don't need them. Do (or don't do) what works for you.
I started using pedals early on only to sell the majority of them off and become a meat and potatos bassist who plugged directly into an amp.
I've recently started experimenting with pedals again, and I now have two "always on" pedals and several others that I will use regularly throughout a set.
Go back a couple decades and people would have looked at you sideways for "wasting" money on a pedal tuner for the stage.
I am not a pedal user (tuner only guy), but for some stuff they can be great
just one example
Pino's octaver sound rules
Whether it's the fuzz tone on The Beatles' "Think For Yourself", or the phaser on the O'Jays' "For the Love of Money", effects on bass have been around for a long, long time.
I am a dinosaur - somebody is diggin' at my bones!
You are a dinosaur and so am I. lol
Usually bass,cable then amp.
Two guitar players with effects on stage is enough for me.
Latest setup is a TC amp with 3 memory channels which I use
and yes one channel is setup for a Fuzz sound, the sound that had caught my
ear as a teenager.
I think in a cover band, there are times you may be able to get away with skipping effects, even if the original had one. A chorus pedal would be nice for nailing The Police, but the average listener may not miss it. But cover Muse without fuzz, or certain Chili Pepper tunes without autowah, and something is going to be missing even to the casual listener.
In an original band, the only limit is your imagination. One of my bands is keys/bass/drums, and using dirt pedals helps me fill in the sonic space a guitar would usually fill. Also, many of the tunes are bass-centric, and coloring my tone with various effects helps draw attention to the bass. In another band I play with, there are two horns, guitar, keys, drums, and bass. In that band, there are plenty of timbres to keep things interesting, and I rarely step on a pedal.
Effects are ultimately another tool in the toolkit with which to serve the music.
I do agree that with most music you really don't need anything but your tone settings and fingers/pick.
I never had used any effects until I started writing my own stuff, grungy metal. Still haven't actually purchased a real pedal, just using in the box stuff in a DAW.
On my first album (instrumental), I toyed around with fuzz, phaser, chorus and reverb simulations. Getting different sounds from it inspires different writing and playing, going places I hadn't thought of before.
If you're comfortable with what you have, then be happy that you don't GAS for the next big thing in pedals, just one less thing to fiddle with
I don't mean to get into a big discussion on effects, but what unit do you use to get that Muse bass sound? I've never been able to nail it.
Then don’t use them. See, that’s not so hard and you aren’t actually obligated to tell anyone.
Gotta love the passive aggressive, let’s start some $#%¥, but not break the rules by posting this intentionally divisive thread outside of the effects forum.
Pfft... I got yer dinosaur rite cheer:
FWIW - I use a chorus pedal on the upright too.
Yes Lenny.. remember the Vox fuzz buster? my only experience with bass pedals was a compressor which i used once and returned. your right about guitar players. they use enough pedals for the entire band
very well stated..thanks
What is ironic is many of the tones being chased by pedalheads today are the result of the limitations of early sound reproduction/recording equipment. I’m far too lazy to further complicate my bass experience and since i’m on the short end of the life stick it would really serve no useful purpose beyond taking time away from things i’d rather be spending that time on.
If pedals are your thing, more power to you, but like our dino OP my only stompbox is a tuner i also use as a mute between sets.