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Mostly useless but fun effect pedal?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by FretNoMore, Dec 15, 2013.

  1. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    I feel the need for something fun, maybe a Christmas present to myself ... what's your suggestion for a mostly useless but fun noise making pedal? I know of Earthquaker Devices; they have some weirdness in the form of the Rainbow Machine, Organizer and Arpanoid - do you have some other brands and pedals you want to nominate?
  2. tomhanzo


    Apr 20, 2008
    West Virginia
    Boss PS-3 is cool.
  3. For what I'm playing lately delay is useless, but still very fun at home.
  4. Hah! Good topic.

    Wah. I don't find it very useful but it's fun to play around with.
  5. Bassmike62

    Bassmike62 GAS resistance is utterly futile... Supporting Member

    Loopers. I've had the RC-3 and the JamMan Solo. Love playing them home, absolutely useless for me in the band I'm playing now.
  6. WaldoNova

    WaldoNova Having fun yet? Supporting Member

    Jun 14, 2009
    Hawthorne, NY
    Subdecay Noisebox and TAFM Year of 4545 qualified for this when I had them. Fun at home no use in my band situations.
  7. This definitely depends on your band situation or lack thereof -- almost anything can be usable in some context.

    Get an EHX Tube Zipper: it's a dirt + envelope filter that has an enormous range of tones, going from mild overdrive to self-oscillation to quacky strangeness.
  8. Adamixoye

    Adamixoye A PT Pro is cool for worship, right?

    Apr 9, 2012
    Occasional Beta Tester for Confusion Studios, Singular Sound, and Source Audio
    Anything synth. Behringer BSY600 or Digitech Bass Synth Wah for cheap examples.

    My next choice would be something like an Eventide unit, which has both usable and, IMO, unusable but fun tones. I'm thinking of the Pitchfactor in particular, but obviously the H9 would cover the same ground.
  9. kohntarkosz

    kohntarkosz Banned

    Oct 29, 2013
    Edinburgh - Scotland
    The Rainbow Machine is a re-hash of the Boss RPS-10. That pitch-shifting delay effect was built into those wee half-rack Boss units from the '80s. Gibby Haynes used one a lot. They are far cheaper than Rainbow Machines usually.
  10. grygrx

    grygrx Lookout! Here comes the Fuzz! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 24, 2003
    Columbia, MO
    I have more than a few effects fitting this... I'll throw out the
    LAL Misty Cave. I love it... but I really have no idea how to utilize it yet.


  11. zwkoch

    zwkoch You can't do that on bass enthusiast Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2012
    Twin Cities, MN
    +1 to the Synth. I would add bit crushers and ring modulators to that mix. Fun in the basement, but......
  12. Shanannigan

    Shanannigan Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    The Bomber effect in the Zoom B3 is pretty amusing. It creates the sound of a bomb, with no variation no matter what you play. It's amusing, and definitely useless.
    neuman likes this.
  13. JBTucci


    Oct 27, 2008
    I just got a minifooger ring mod and i'm trying to work it into a song. I had to try it and it sounds awesome - just don't know how much I'll actually use it.
  14. adamsmatthewj


    May 4, 2013
    This is a bad topic for me, I'll pretty much figure out a way to sneak ANYTHING in and use it lol!

    My current fav "prob shouldn't do that" pedal is my Malekko Trem. I turn both the "speed" and "depth" knobs all the way up, and stack it after my OC-2. The most fun sound EVER. Sounds like a stinkin funky helicopter!!
  15. nshuman


    Sep 4, 2012
    Montreal, Qc, Canada
    Partner - CCP Pedals
  16. ffutterman

    ffutterman Talentless Bass Enthusiast

    May 7, 2010
    I think they're discontinued, but the Ravish Sitar pedal can be pretty interesting. They occasionally pop up on eBay or Craigslist in the $400-ish range.

  17. IncX


    Jul 23, 2007
    i have a dBA Robot, its a bit crusher ... and outside of my originals band, i can imagine there would be no use for it.

    also +1 to subdecay noisebox... even i cant use that in my originals band, but it sure it a lot of fun making "mew mew mew" sounds.

    and oh, try a Boss Synth or that Digitech one ... you can pretend your bass is a laser gun and you can 'pew pew pew' your bandmates during rehearsals. the gag gets old though.
  18. You need to get yourself a Source Audio Bass Envelope Filter with a Hot Hand 3. I wouldn't say it's mostly useless, but it's definitely not an "always on pedal". It's very fun to play with and you can go from a "more usable" envelope to some experimental stuff with the Hot Hand. Great pedal!
  19. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    I just played with a guitarist yesterday who uses one (prog rock). It indeed does the job as advertised, instant sitar.