Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Clipped, Sep 29, 2022.

  1. Clipped


    Aug 9, 2014
    Sometimes I like to play through variations of my pedal chain. Sometimes I like to play with no pedals at all.

    Is there a pedal that could take an input from the bass and have two switches:
    • One to a pedal loop and then on to the amp.
    • A second directly to the amp.
    Yes, I can shut down all the pedals, but this pedal would be helpful for switching back and forth. I have looked at the details of AB's, switchers, footswitches, etc. I still don't fully understand how they work.

    Thanks in advance!
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  2. tech21nyc

    tech21nyc Commercial User

    Aug 17, 2010
    Manufacturer: Tech 21
    You probably want a bypass loop box. It just bypasses everything in the loop so only your bass is connected to the amp. This way you can preset a combination of effects and switch on and off or keep the effects out of the signal path. This is the cheap route. You could also get something like the Boss ES-8 which is probably overkill. There are a number of units on the market that can perform this task.
  3. gh0st42

    gh0st42 Supporting Member

    Oct 25, 2019
    Yep! There are lots of options for Loop Switcher pedals and blenders that would do exactly this.

    A simple single loop Loop Switcher is basically exactly what you described. input from bass, then a effect loop that is switchable. (Send jack that goes out to your pedal or pedals, and plugs into the first input jack, then a return where the output of your pedal or pedals plugs back into the loop switcher, and then an Output jack that plugs into your amp)

    Then you have the same thing, but with a blend option, that keeps your cleanes if desired and blends in the effects loop to taste.

    Also multiple switchable loop options, and some that will let you switch the order of the different loops on different presets, so your pedals in each loop can be "moved around in the signal chain" from one preset to the next.

    If you have any questions about how they work, let me know! I have owned and tried a bunch over the years!
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  4. RJ


    Aug 17, 2000
    San Francisco
    Off the top of my head, a loop switcher from Saturnworls is probably the cheapest and easiest way to accomplish your goal.

    They make quality stuff and offer great support. Quick too.
  5. Buy a BOSS LS-2 on the cheap.
  6. FronTowardEnemy

    FronTowardEnemy It is better to go unnoticed, than to suck

    Sep 19, 2006
    Chicago Illinois
    I have a more pricey Lehle D-Loop that I used for this reason. It is expensive, but you can program it, and if you lose power it will still pass a signal through to your amp.
  7. GregT


    Jan 29, 2012
    Southwest Missouri
    I agree that Saturnworks is great. eBay or Reverb. I have two of them on my pedalboard and they work flawlessly. They also make a single channel bypass looper. Quality at reasonable prices, and hand wired.
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  8. pbass2


    Jan 25, 2007
    Los Angeles
    I have one of the older versions of this: BigShot EFX - Radial Engineering
    Great unit. Also cool is that you can use it as an instrument switcher (even though it's not intended that way--by connecting your two instruments to the two effects loop Return jacks on each channel.
  9. Mosky Loop Box is available on amazon is the smallest and cheapest I have found and it works perfectly.
  10. EH Switchblade Pro. You can make two different loops and blend your strait sound with the pedals or just pedals or just bass. I love mine.
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  11. Xotic X-BLENDER xb-hero-1-1024x492.jpg
    This is kinda nice...about $180...$150 used, perhaps...

    It's kinda next level with a nice feature set, well made.
  12. TrevorR


    Oct 3, 2015
    Near London, UK
    Exactly the set up I have on my board. I use a Little Lehle loop switcher. Not the cheapest option out there but high quality and totally bomb proof!

    It’s the little white box…looks like they’ve recently done another upgrade to the model… LITTLE LEHLE III
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  13. Jackass76

    Jackass76 Supporting Member

    Dec 18, 2013
    +2 for the Boss LS-2
  14. Clipped


    Aug 9, 2014
    Wow! You guys are terrific. Thanks so much.

    TalkBass never fails.