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Looking for recommendations, best pedal/s for a good slap back

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Bobby M, Sep 21, 2017.


  1. Bobby M

    Bobby M

    May 2, 2017
    I have flats on my '81 BC Rich Eagle I use in my punk band, but I'd like to get a good Rockabilly sound for other projects I have on the go.

    Getting a closer sound to a stand up on my bass via effects would be killer

    I may buy or build depending, but could use some advice.

    Cheers!
     
  2. Flippy

    Flippy

    Jun 9, 2017
    Europe
    Not sure about any fx that would help you achieve this sound, but plucking closer to the neck or even plucking over the fretboard will help you achieve upright tone.
     
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  3. Michael Schreiber

    Michael Schreiber Commercial User

    Oct 14, 2014
    Kassel / Germany
    www.frau-kapitaen.com
    Does your bass have a mute? If not, try placing a hairband around the nut, to dampen the strings a bit.

    It also helps striking the strings not with the fingertips but with the flesh of the thumb; for orientation I place my index finger on the A-string, my middle finger on the G-string, then playing the E-string with the thumb very gently. Similarly for playing the A-string. This helps me damping the attack and getting a smooth bass sound, quite close to an upright.

    If that doesn't help, also try different knob settings on your bass (tone) and EQ. IMHO, it might help to reduce the treble and high-mid content.

    Much success and much fun! \m/
     
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  4. Bobby M

    Bobby M

    May 2, 2017
    Thanks, I tried this for an hour or so tonight, it gets me some of the thump and clank which is great, I guess I was trying to see if I could get an effect pedal that gave me a delay that sounds like a duplicate note right after the initial pluck which I know there are good guitar pedals for for guitars
     
  5. Bobby M

    Bobby M

    May 2, 2017
    Appreciate the advice! I play mostly with a pick, so maybe it's time to broaden the skill set and practice striking more with my hands
     
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  6. Flippy

    Flippy

    Jun 9, 2017
    Europe
    I know Boss had an Acoustic Simulator pedal. perhpas this would help too?
     
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  7. Bobby M

    Bobby M

    May 2, 2017
    I'll check it out, I looked at a few other threads here and I also want to check out the MXR Carbon Copy.

    With the flats on this rig I feel like I can get the tones through my rig and adjusting playing style, but I'm trying to generate a second note just behind the pluck

    If I manage it I should up a sound clip, since I feel like I'm doing a poor job explaining it

    Really appreciate the tips everyone, it's fun to try on new techniques :bookworm:

    Cheers!
     
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  8. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast

    Jul 16, 2005
    Belfast, UK
    They're called delay pedals and they work on bass.
     
  9. If you listen closely, there usually isn't any slapback delay on slap bass. Mostly.

    If it can be made to sound good without muddying up the mix, I'm all for it.


    Try the Way Huge AquaPus, pretty famous for its slap back ability.


    As for making a slab sound similar to an upright, there are numerous threads loaded with great advice using nothing more than technique. Doesn't hurt to use EQ and acoustic simulators — use whatever tools will get the job done!

    The biggest tool to use is your brain — think like an upright player. No Rocco Tower Of Power riffin...
     
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  10. BooshBass

    BooshBass

    Sep 2, 2013
    Chicago, IL
    If you just want like a 1 time feedback slapback delay, I guess the question is do you want it to sound super clean or kind of old and vintage. Also how much $$ do you want to spend.

    A lot of people have something against Boss, but I think the DD-7 is a great delay and you can definitely get a super clean digital slapback delay with that no problem, it has various different timing settings for super quick delays or super long delays, and a feedback knob that you could easily set to limit the feedback to one. Any digital delay pedal that is more expensive will also easily do that - for example the Eventide Timefactor which is pretty much one of the best delays out there.

    If you want it to be older or vintage sounding, I use a Mooer Ana Echo for that, its supposed to be a clone of the Boss DM-2, a super classic and pretty prized delay according to some. You could easily get a slapback with that too probably, but that's not what I use it for. I'm sure any other vintage delay will do that too, but real vintage delays could get a lot more pricey.

    I'd go with the Boss DD-7. And the ridicule ensues...
     
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  11. Bobby M

    Bobby M

    May 2, 2017
    Yah, I was more hoping some1 may recommend a delay pedal that dials the "slap back echo" sound for bass based on personal experience

    Thanks for replying :)
     
  12. Bobby M

    Bobby M

    May 2, 2017
    Thanks, Vintage FTW for me, appreciate the feedback, I'll check the Mooer out
     
  13. Bobby M

    Bobby M

    May 2, 2017
    Awesome thank you for the advice!
     
  14. BooshBass

    BooshBass

    Sep 2, 2013
    Chicago, IL
    I got to play with a DM-2 once, my buddy's dad has one. To me the Mooer just sounds like you went in a time machine to 1984, bought a DM-2 brand new, and brought it back to 2017. The DM-2 I played sounded vintage, because its 30 years old. The Mooer sounds like a brand new pedal that was designed in 1984. It's a good pedal if you can get past the negative perception of Chinese pedals, which I don't personally have.
     
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  15. That Coyote

    That Coyote Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2017
    Nemisis. Great for slapback and much more.
     
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  16. Bobby M

    Bobby M

    May 2, 2017
    That looks amazing!! trying to rent one to test, thanks!!
     
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  17. Igotsoul4u

    Igotsoul4u

    Nov 3, 2011
    Princeton
    My favorite slap back comes from my Wampler Tape Echo. As for an upright sound. I use my thumb while using my palm to mute the strings as needed. It's kind of a reggae technique.
     
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  18. When it comes to delay I’m always going back to the Carbon Copy.

    I have heard that the Ibanez/Maxon ad80 is great for slapback.
     
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