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Multi Effect Bass Pedal

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by EamusCatuli, Oct 26, 2017.

  1. EamusCatuli


    Mar 18, 2009
    I'm now playing in a trio (indie with a little heavier edge, a la White Stripes) and the bass role is a lot more front and center than with four or more. I'd like to add some diversity. I have an overdrive pedal but that's obviously limited. I'd rather not create my own pedal board because I don't want to haul the thing around. I see Sam Ash has a Boss unit that looks interesting -- anyone have experience with this? Anyone have a better suggestion in a similar price point (~$200)?

    Boss ME-20B Bass Multi-Effects Pedal | SamAsh

  2. RickenCliff


    Aug 6, 2012
    St. Louis
    Pick yourself up a Zoom MS60b. Things a swiss army knife of effects, especially after the firmware update back in July. 120 or so effects, I want to say, give or take a few. Too many options to keep track of, should be more than enough to help you fill out your sound
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  3. EamusCatuli


    Mar 18, 2009
    Did the firmware update solve this? (I found it on a Guitar Center review that was a little older.)

    "Also know that the switching between sounds is very limited. You have to label them A,B,C etc. and it will follow that and loop around. If you use the same sequence of effects for every song that's perfect. But otherwise it's a pain. Say you just want to go Chorus, distortion, chorus on song one. It will toggle back and forth if Chorus is A and distortion is B. Perfect. But what if you have C, D, and E sounds that you need for the next song? Then your A and B won't loop - it will run right into C,D, and E. "
  4. Jebberz

    Jebberz Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2012
    Quebec city
    At this price range, I'D go with the zoom B3n (actually on my gas list)
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  5. Agosix

    Agosix Supporting Member

    May 7, 2013
    Woodhaven NY
    Boss GT 1b or Zoom B3n both at same price point.
  6. blliB


    Mar 5, 2017
    I use a Digitech BP90. About 100$. 50 programmable & 50 factory set effects. You can use any of the 50 programmable slots to function as a single effect or a chain of effects. Not built like a tank, but let’s you play with hundreds of different effects combos for cheap. Has worked flawlessly for 6 plus months so far. Only drawback I’ve found, no looper
  7. Zon master

    Zon master

    May 10, 2017
    If you get a chance to demo a unit that would be most helpful. As others have stated, the Boss GT-1B or the Zoom B3n at this price point are cool. Both units are an improvement over the previous models, though l'd lean towards the Boss. They are both good starting points for getting familiar with multifx units if you're new to them. You can also learn a lot from those specific multifx forums
  8. ChubbyJerk

    ChubbyJerk Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2011
    Chicago, IL
    These are hands down the two best at under $200 right now. Great sounds. Great interfaces. Good balance of size and live usability. I own both. Haven't decided which I'm keeping. Happy with them.

    The MS60b is a nightmare in the programming and usability department, unfortunately. IMO. The DigiTech is also extremely lacking in those areas, relative to the B3n and GT-1b.

    All imo, ymmv, etc.
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  9. Novarocker


    Oct 12, 2015
    That's where my vote goes. Love mine to death.

    However, I truly recommend saving up a bit more and just get the Boss MS-3. Will be able to do anything you want include be your entire board, and if you decide to build a board in the future you're way ahead of the game. Oh and switching between patches (which is a semi nightmare on most other multi pedals) is easier than pie.

    You'll thank me later if you didn't already know about this one. I'm debating swapping my whole board for one.
  10. Digitech BP355 has worked like a tank for 4 years for me. Great sounds if you work on your own.
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  11. I’m keeping both!
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  12. AlexBassMP


    Feb 5, 2014
    +1 on Boss GT1-B or Zoom B3N
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  13. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    I have the Boss ME-50B, a somewhat more tricked-out version of the ME-20B. I think the ME-50B shines in ease-of-use, but I also think the newer Zoom units blow it out of the water for sound quality. Considering that the ME-20B doesn't appear to have the same ease-of-use as the ME-50B, I will go with the crowd and recommend checking out Zoom's offerings.
  14. i2k


    Oct 31, 2000
    Don't waste your time, order zoom b3n
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  15. leonardvanh


    Nov 2, 2017
    is it possible to download GT1B patches onto the GT1 pedal?
  16. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    You know, I never really knew exactly what this was. I always just thought it was an effects switcher. But it's actually got effects INSIDE of it too doesn't it?! Im reading the manual on it now to see more about it. It's kinda cool. Always wondered why these were so expensive.

    Anyone here actually use one of these??
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  17. EamusCatuli


    Mar 18, 2009
    Based on feeback here and on demo videos, reviews, etc., I went with the Boss GT-1B. Purchased in-store at Guitar Center for $199 + $20 for a non-Boss power supply (Boss wants $35 for theirs). Side note: GC sells a generic power supply so keep that in mind when looking for power options -- GC didn't offer that over their 800 number when I called.

    Will provide more feedback when I have some, however I did notice with some of the more "ethereal" effects that quick playing tends to clip short the output of the effect. I'm not sure how often I would use these effects (organ, angelic, anything with extra long reverb/echo, etc.) and if I do, I don't know that I'll play anything with fast, staccato rhythms, which seems to affect the efficacy of the effect (that's a mouthful). Also I would say around 30% of the effects have little discernible change to the bass's sound (certain amp effects, styles, some slap, etc.) -- it's a difference when immediately compared to the clean sound but it's subtle enough I'm not sure it's worth using. The remaining have a notable impact (heavy distortion, synth, funk, chorus).

    One more note, I saw feedback saying there was not an option for clean playthrough. In fact there are two -- a clean patch, and using the tuner un-muted. The clean patch is truly clean, so that's the best option -- the tuner lights flash brightly while you're playing which would be distracting.

    It's my first multi-effect pedal so this is a learning experience. I would love to see a tutorial video on how to program and move things around -- the manual is big and fairly technical, and I'll slog through it. But if there's something out there showing how to use this thing to it's best potential, I'd love to know.

    Appreciate all the comments, folks.
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    I guess I have 360 effects lol
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  19. No it isn’t. The products are basically identical except for the list of effects, amps and cabs. You would need to find a way to copy the bass firmware onto the guitar unit first.
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