newbie to effects

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by hyperlitem, Aug 8, 2003.

  1. hyperlitem

    hyperlitem Guest

    Jul 25, 2001
    Indianapolis, IN
    Ok let me start out by saying ive been a member of this website for 3 years and never been into the effects forum. Ive always blown off effects and figured a good amp and bass will do it. I finally got my dream setup so i decided to add a distortion pedal and maybe a compressor or sumthing. I know alot about effects but never been a fan of them. Right now i have a stingray4 and a spectort going into ampeg b4r (new yahhhh). I play punk/hard rock/emo kind of stuff. Ive played for 8 years so skill wise im alright, i just wanna play around with sum different sounds live. Does anyone have any ideas for me to try. Im thinkin sum sort of distortion like a sans amp, but do they have enough cut?? I heard timmy c ( one of my idols) uses the marshall guvnor pedal. ALso if sumone could suggest a compressor, or even if thats a good idea. thanks.
  2. i used to like having lots of effects but i have to admit i have scaled down to the bass and amp approach. it sounds like you are playing heavier music. if that is the case i would recommend a less is more approach. unless you are having serious peaking problems i wouldn't bother with a compressor, they can adversely affect tone. i don't have one but i hear the big muff is good distortion pedal for bass. a chorus/flanger effect always sounds cool, although it can muddy up the sound in a band situation. the only effect i always take with me is some kind of EQ, especially if i am just using the combo amp, it can really improve the sound.

    hope this helped!
  3. RicPlaya


    Apr 22, 2003
    The Mitten
    A good multi effects pedal would work nicely. You can chose from a ton of effects and amp models which produce different tones. Some of these pedals have it all with eq, compressor, tuner, drum machines you name it. I'm in a cover band and I have an inexpensive pedal and it works great because I can make my bass sound like almost anybodys out there. Some pedals have the ability to download pre-sets from different bassists into your pedal, I like them a lot they are very cool.
  4. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    Compressors are a great idea (IMHO of course). I would go with one of the rack-mount ones (like Alesis, Dbx etc.) over a stomp box (Boss et al). As far as distortions, I don't think that Timmy C uses the Guv'nor any more. I would recommend doing a search on distortion because there are lots and lots of threads on it and everyone has their own preferences.