I want to get some effects but which ones? There are too many!!

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by teenagebass69, Jul 4, 2003.

  1. I want some bass pedals for effects but there are just too many out there. I want to know which ones are the most essential or the coolest to have. Price doesnt really matter. I just wanna know "pedals" not multi effects or anything. THANX!
  2. alexclaber

    alexclaber Commercial User

    Jun 19, 2001
    Brighton, UK
    Director - Barefaced Ltd

    Original Mutron, original MXR Phase 90, original Whammy. Fulltone Bassdrive. Any Lovetone pedal. Any Zvex pedal. Roland Jet Phaser. The list goes on and on...

    Are you sure you don't care about price?

  3. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I'll second that! ;)
  4. Only


    Sep 8, 2002
    Warrensburg, MO
    Check out Arion pedals. that way you can check out lots of sounds for not lots of cash. Super cheap, and all the ones I've used sound pretty good...Not awesome, but definitely worth the $25 a pedal I've dropped.

    As far as essential, I'll agree with Bruce and Alex...For coolest? I really dig octave pedals. And warm fuzzy distortion is groovy, too.
  5. CS Bass

    CS Bass

    Feb 18, 2003
    Get a multieffects
  6. alexclaber

    alexclaber Commercial User

    Jun 19, 2001
    Brighton, UK
    Director - Barefaced Ltd
    Pick up a secondhand Digitech BP-8 off ebay. Much better sound quality and versatility than cheap single pedals and you'll get to experiment with all sorts of sounds. Pretty decent tube preamp and compressor in it too.

  7. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    I've never personally used the Digitech BP-8, so I won't comment on it. I agree with the suggestion of a multi-effects pedal, though. Single effects get real expensive real fast, and you can get a Zoom 708-II multi-effects for a nice price if you're patient and know where to look. It's got good enough sound that until you're willing to cough up gobs of money for Boss and DOD single effects, you'll continue to use it for a long time.
  8. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Not really an "effect" pedal, per se.....but a SansAmp Bass Driver will make your little Fender rig sound at least twice as good as it does now.

    Plus, unlike an effect, you can use it for every song you play.
  9. don juan pablo

    don juan pablo

    Jun 21, 2003
    you might wanna look into the behringer bass v-amp it's a quality multi effects pedal for a good price plus it's got 16(not sure on that #) amp/cab models and alot of effects. and all that for $130 or so.
  10. CS Bass

    CS Bass

    Feb 18, 2003
    I think anything between your bass and power amp is an effect, but I may be wrong.
  11. K-Frog


    Feb 6, 2002
    Camden, AR, USA
    I wouldn't think you would need any effect until you know what type of sound you want to reproduce.

    You can then be more specific in trying to get the best compessor, distortion, wah, or whatever.
  12. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    By that definition, such devices as a preamp, a compressor, a tuner, or a graphic equalizer would be an "effect." I can't see it.

    To me, the difference is between shaping what is already present in your signal and adding something that is totally foreign, or identifiably beyond what is there naturally.

    e.g. - a BBE Sonic Maximizer isn't identifiable in the sound. A phaser is.