One effect for fretless bass

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by matthewfoote, Sep 1, 2005.

  1. If you could have one and only one effects pedal for your fretless bass what would it be.

    When I thought about it I was really torn between reverb and delay, but decided on reverb.

    What effect would you choose and out of interest what make and model.

  2. I'm torn between reverb and chorus

    Reverb: EHX Holy Grail
    Chorus: Danelectro Cool Cat
  3. i think i'd take a small stone phaser. i like a light phaser on an fretless, just makes me happy.
  4. How does overdriven/distorted fretless bass sound?
    any songs out there to listen to this?
  5. Prahainspring


    Oct 22, 2002
    New Jersey
    +1. I've been borrowing an older version of the MXR phase 90 (it doesn't have the block lettering) and I thoroughly enjoy it.
  6. Fo' Shizzle

    Fo' Shizzle

    Aug 28, 2003
    Chorus with the rate slowed way down. It's the only patch I use with the fretless.
  7. johans

    johans G.U.I - Groovin' under influence

    Oct 28, 2004
    the Bay Area, CA
    reverb: Boss RV-5
    delay: Boss Giga-Delay DD-20
  8. sloppysubs


    Nov 24, 2002
    Swansboro, NC

    early failure
  9. Ian Perge

    Ian Perge Supporting Member

    May 11, 2001
    Evansville, Indiana
    Tony Franklin on Derek Sherinian's "Planet X" album is a great place to start. :D

    As for a one-and-only fretless effect, chorus all the way.
  10. Pino Paladino-like chorus.
  11. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    I think Delay is a good call, just because it can also help you practice your intonation.
  12. Tedintheshed

    Tedintheshed Banned

    Oct 8, 2004
    Columbus, Ohio

  13. Octave! Havent tried one, but imagining how the two sound on their own makes me think that togeather it would be pretty damn cool. Anyone have experience with this? Phaser and chorus would be pretty neat as well for more of a psychadelic sound.
  14. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
  15. mgmadian


    Feb 4, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Chorus for me...
  16. Ian Perge

    Ian Perge Supporting Member

    May 11, 2001
    Evansville, Indiana
    TLev seemed to think so when he recorded "Sledgehammer". :smug:
  17. relayer66


    Oct 10, 2002
    Miura, Japan
    I would definitely go with the chorus first. Jaco used a chorus with his fretless all the time and it sounded amazing.
  18. I tried out an H2O in the store last week.

    The analog chorus is one of the best around (IMHO). Very warm, quiet, and (I think) it can go stereo. Everything you'd expect from a NOS BBD chip.

    The digital delay is voiced to act like an old analog delay--each repeat has some highs taken off, so each repeat decays enough to avoid the "infinite number of cloned notes" sound that the '80's were so infamous for. I only wish it would go "over the top" with repeats feeding back over one another for twenty minutes or so, like an old Pink Floyd album.

    Also, the delay has a short/long time switch. Long goes up to one second. Short time with lots of repeats gives a great small room reverb. Slap back delay is really good, too.

    Best thing is that both effects are in the same box. Great bang for the buck at $165. :bassist:

    But I just bought an MXR M-80 yesterday.... :hyper:
  19. keb


    Mar 30, 2004
  20. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    My TRI-AC.

    Super heavy distortion on my Pedulla is a thing of beauty.

    (that sounded dirty.)