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Just one pedal

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Don Sanders, Nov 23, 2020.

  1. Don Sanders

    Don Sanders

    May 16, 2018
    Winnsboro TX
    I’m thinking about adding a pedal to my sound and I’ve never had one. If you could only have one pedal which one would it be or what would you recommend as a first pedal?
    Thanks for your input
  2. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    If you're not talking about EQ or tuner pedals, I find an octave pedal to be of most use. Added judiciously to a few songs per night really makes an impact. My current favorite is the EHX POG.
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  3. Matt Dean

    Matt Dean Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    SF (North) Bay Area
  4. Don Sanders

    Don Sanders

    May 16, 2018
    Winnsboro TX
    Thanks so much
  5. ClusterFlux

    ClusterFlux Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2018
    Zoom B1 Four.

    It's a multi-effects pedal, which includes a tuner, compressors, preamps, amp sims, cab sims, chorus, flanger, delays, reverbs, looper, drum patterns... It's affordable as well.
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  6. Don Sanders

    Don Sanders

    May 16, 2018
    Winnsboro TX
    Thank you
  7. Pulverizor


    Jun 14, 2018
    New Zealand
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  8. redstrand

    redstrand Supporting Member

    May 18, 2007
    Saint Louis, MO
    Fool For Four Strings
  9. Chamber

    Chamber Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2011
  10. SLPimp

    SLPimp Punk's not dead Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2020
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
    My first bass pedal was a compressor. Boss. Since then I've tried just about all of them and settled on a Seymour Duncan Studio Bass.

    I like the coloration of some comps, and others can act as clean boosts.

    Currently, besides a Broughton HPF, a compressor is all thats on my board.

  11. jdh3000


    May 16, 2016
    If I could choose only one, Empress ParaEq. Helps tame boomines.
  12. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    If you only have 1 pedal it should be a compressor but they're not really any fun. C4 will make you grin. The octaves, envelopes and drives are all pretty good and you can go as nutso as you want or just add a little hair.
    Plus learning the app will keep you engaged and entertained for a long time.
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  13. Gearhead17

    Gearhead17 Supporting Member

    May 4, 2006
    Mount Prospect, IL
    I will 2nd that! A multi-effects pedal is an EXCELLENT place to start! You can learn all about the world of effects while keeping yourself entertained for hours and hours.
  14. marchone

    marchone Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2009
    Depends on what sounds you’re seeking.

    Aside a Sadowsky preamp/DI, a PolyTune and an MXR Power Brick, I’m on an email list for a Broughton Audio Fliptop. But I’m partial to the 60’s Motown thump with flats.

    Both of my basses are passive. See my sig line below.
  15. My deserted island pick is my old Deluxe Memory Man. Delay, chorus, and vibrato on one unit.
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  16. Low8

    Low8 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014

    The Zoom B1 Four and B1X Four are both tremendously cool... sound fantastic... and are an incredibly good value. Man, they did a great job replicating some of the great effects, amps, cabinets and more. It's got everything a bassist could use... and every effect and amp has most of the controls of the real items. For digital effects, they sure sound excellent. Multiple compressors, limiters, EQs, choruses, phasers, octaves, delays, reverbs, distortions, fretless effect, all the classic amps, preamps and cabinets and tons more... just a sick amount to choose from. Up to five effects in a row and you can change the order of them with ease.

    AND it's got a built-in tuner, drum machine and loop pedal. This thing will do anything you can think of except make your playing better. :smug:

    Yeah... just awesome.

    Last edited: Nov 23, 2020
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  17. SpazzTheBassist


    Jun 20, 2006
    I use a Compressor set as a Limiter 100% of the time in any style of music..........anything else depends on what I'm trying to do: for example, I may prioritize a distortion pedal for heavy metal or modern rock but I would never use a distortion pedal for pop, funk, or country.......
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  18. joelns


    Mar 10, 2014
    Started with a volume pedal (Ernie Ball), then a tuner (Boss TU3), then compressor (Ampeg Optocomp), then distortion (Boss DS2), Ditto looper, and now I'm waiting on an MXR Reverb. Now I'm thinking about Chorus. Once you go down this road, it doesn't seem to end. There isn't really such a thing as "just one pedal".
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  19. NorthTexasBass

    NorthTexasBass Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2011
    Dallas / Fort Worth
    Depending on your budget, instead of one of the Zoom pedals, the Line 6 HX Stomp or HX Effects are great. I don't use a ton of effects, but I use the HX Effects as an always on compressor and HPF/LPF, and anything else I would ever use is there when needed.
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  20. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2000
    Southern NJ
    I have as many utility pedals (wireless receiver, tuner, high pass filter / low pass filter, compressor, and DI) as I do actual effect pedals on my board and I could make a good case for any of those being your first pedal, especially an HPF or compressor. But I'll assume you're talking about effects pedals and, for my purposes, it would definitely be a nice overdrive pedal.

    I actually have quite a few overdrives because there are so many different flavors out there and often a specific OD pedal will sound better with some basses than others. However, I limit myself to having two on my board and I have a difficult time taking my EHX Bass Soul Food and my [sfx] Micro Red Dragon off of it. I really like both (I'm in a small but growing minority of TBers who actually like the BSF) but, if I had to pick one of them, I'd say the Micro Red Dragon has a slight edge.
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