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Most Useful Pedals?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by jdwhitak, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. jdwhitak


    Mar 20, 2012
    Greenwood, IN
    What are the most common pedals to use on bass? Up until last week I had an Empress Compressor and a Rusty Box. While both were very good pedals I've decided to go in a different direction.

    For my style of playing plus the bass and amp I'm using I really don't think I need a compressor. I have a Darkglass Vintage Microtubes on order and I have my trusty Turbo Tuner. Anything else I should consider getting? I'm only looking to have three or four pedals.
  2. avvie


    Oct 12, 2010
    Maui, HI
    If you ever do 80's retro or early Rush you'll need a chorus. Get a cheap one from Ebay because you won't need it very often. I got a Digitech multiVoice X-series for $18. Snipin' the auction! :D

    If you ever want to do a funk thang you should go for an envelope filter. There are LOTS AND LOTS of opinions here about filters.... GFL in choosing one.
  3. avvie


    Oct 12, 2010
    Maui, HI
    BTW, you said "for your style of playing"... it's hard to offer suggestions when we don't know what that is. Just sayin'.
  4. jdwhitak


    Mar 20, 2012
    Greenwood, IN
    Mostly rock, indie, punk and some metal. Every once in a while I'll play some R&B. I have two basses:

    G&L SB-1 w/ Chromes
    G&L M-2000 w/ XL Nickels

    My amp is a Genz-Benz Streamliner 600.

    I thought about getting a Iron Ether Polytope. It sounds like it could do a range of modulation effects. I can't stand Funk so I will not be getting an envelope filter.
  5. My two always-on pedals are the Tech 21 VT Bass, and the Aphex bass Xciter. Love them both.
  6. Another vote for the VT Bass. I love mine. I almost always have it on.
  7. Jawbone


    Jul 15, 2010
    Humboldt County
    Not for me, but a lot of TBrs here say you always need a Octave.
  8. lostinjanuary


    Sep 27, 2011
    Irvine, Ca
    I've been using a Boss dd3 delay and a Mad Professor Blueberry overdrive. That and a volume pedal do pretty well. I would like to get an octave and maybe a tremolo for fun.
  9. JBNeedsBeer

    JBNeedsBeer Supporting Member

    May 13, 2011
    New Brunswick, NJ
    Fuzz, you can never really have enough dirt

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