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pedal expedition

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by c-ba55, Aug 14, 2005.

  1. I have been wanting another bass sound for solos. I was thinking of an EQ pedal, because I could set it with a little clean boost, and surely find some EQ-setting well-suited to soloing. Bass-cut or something. I went to store #1 and tried the Boss GEB-7, which worked out pretty great. With everything flat, turn it on, turn it off, it sounded the same. That's a basic thing, but a lot of pedal-makers would get it wrong. Then, messing around with the EQ, it's very powerful. You can get these pedals used for like $40, so it's a strong contender. I also tried a Radial ToneBone, which is a tube distortion with lots of parameters. I'm personally not in need of that right now.

    Went to GC and that was ridiculous. They have all these effects set up, including the MXR M-80 I wanted to try, but no bass amp. Getting a bass amp over there and finding a way to plug it in without setting off alarms was beyond the abilities of several staffers. They didn't want me to play through the guitar amps, because I would "blow them up." Finally, this gets done, I start playing with the pedal, and one of the buttons is broken. Jesus! They have one more in stock, and let me use that one. Nice pedal. I think I will end up getting it. It offers two potential sounds for my situation, EQ/boost & EQ/boost/distortion. Also, it's a DI and would be a backup in case of my rig failing. The distortion is strong and sharp, but can be blended to taste. I was able to find some sounds I think will work quite nicely. In the GC environment, I couldn't fully appreciate the noise gate, but I imagine that'll be a nice feature.

    While I was there, I ran into a friend and he told me to check out the Aphex Punch Factory. I get them to hook that up, and wow. Best compressor I've ever used. (It also has a DI, which is why he turned me on to it) You can set it really high and it doesn't sound overcompressed, just fatter and fatter. That would be another way to go, since the goal is really to make the solo step out front, and to have a little sustain to work with. What is an optical compressor? I'll have to look that up.

    Went to store #3 and tried the sansamp. Didn't really like it for my purposes. With EQ flat, there was no boost possible, and the overdrive was too compressed for me to want to solo with (or something). I liked the idea of the programmable sansamp, to get potentially three sounds, but really I'm not into subtle effects. I could see the use of the sansamp to turn a bland bass sound into a cool one, for general use. But I already really like the basic sound I have, for supportive bass playing.

    MXR M-80 is like $125 new, and only maybe goes down to $100 used. I'll see if they want to sell me the broken one, and I can probably just replace the button. If they go low enough on that, I'll do it, otherwise might as well just get a new one. They probably can just send back broken gear though. I don't get too much new gear, but in this case it makes some sense.
  2. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    That's cool, and I do know what you mean about the setup without a bassamp. Though I got a cool bassist behind the counter to tear the displays apart and run leads to the bass amp that wasn't too far away... but who's the idiot who bolts a whammy to the second shelf? How the hell are you supposed to use that thing, so he got me one off the shelf, opened it up, brand new and let me try. I felt bad that I really didn't intend to buy right away, and had to sneak out of the store so I wouldn't really upset him.

    Still haven't tried the Aphex although it really sounds like what I need in a pedal.
  3. I have always had good luck with the GC in concord CA they let me take crap off the shelves and use them in the bass "tank" always like to know what this pedal will sound like out of a full stack :smug: but I did watch and hear a few horror stories of kids turning on mesa heads without a load and the magical smoke appeard. damn kids screw everything and than walk away :scowl: but they do have a pretty good bass section. although they are getting away from a 1/4 of a 12 ft wall of warwicks and now have a crap load of basses that just suck.
    alot of squires.
  4. syciprider

    syciprider Banned

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire
    GC I went to last week, the bass amp was broken so the whole Digitech and Boss display was unusable. Same thing, they handed me pedals OOTB to try over at the bass section.

    I have an MXR 80. It used to do post OD/dist EQ for me. But now that I have two amps, I only use it as an A and B box until my loooper gets here. All my effects run to my Behringer and my clean signal goes to my SWR.