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Reccomend me some pedals

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by MJPerry, Nov 16, 2006.


  1. MJPerry

    MJPerry

    Nov 16, 2006
    London
    At the moment I have an Epiphone Thunderbird IV through a Crate BT50.

    I like the tone, but I have a hard attack and I don't like the clunk I get. I want the cleanest and most compressed tone possible, I'm thinking of Reverb, Chorus and Compression Pedals, and maybe a good distortion one, because the distortion channel on my amp sounds like crap.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. Andy V.

    Andy V.

    Nov 5, 2006
    Rio
    Well, I'll suggest models and brands, but I think this stuff is very personal.

    Reverb - Boss RV-3
    Chorus - T.C. Electronics Chorus/Flanger / Boss CE-2B
    Compression - Keeley Comp / Demeter Compulator / EHX Black Finger / Aphex Punch Factory

    I'm pretty sure a MXR M-80 will help you too: preamp/DI/Distortion/EQ

    For a dedicated distortion pedal, Fulltone Bass Driver

    You'll have to try them yourself.
     
  3. ThumbyAche

    ThumbyAche Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2005
    Pacific NW
    I found a pedal that I think works awesome for bass. Sometimes I'm reluctant to try "Guitar" pedals for bass as I have had some bad experiences with effects on the lower frequencies, like chorus for example. My EBS unichorus couldn't handle alot of the lowend frequencies and had this low volume annoying fuzz. Well, my Retro-Sonic Phaser is my favorite pedal and can be super funky or used for a great Rock bass effect. I LOVE IT! I would highly recommend that pedal. You can hear it (for guitar) at pedalgeek.com but make no mistake this could easily say "Bass Phaser" on it as it works awesome for bass.
     
  4. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    For the cleanest tone possible, you seriously need a better amp. No pedals in the world will give you a "cleaner" sound through a 50W practice amp. Some people will argue and say that a Sansamp (SABDDI) or an "exciter" by Aphex or BBE will make a lesser amp sound clearer or more powerful, but if you're actually interested in good clean tone, IMO your money is better spent on a better amp.

    I'm curious about wanting the "most compressed tone possible". Only Tony Levin and a few other specialized players would make that request. What is it (tonally, functionally) about compression that you are trying to achieve?
     
  5. JanusZarate

    JanusZarate Low End Avenger

    Feb 21, 2006
    Petaluma, CA, USA
    Run! He's awake, and he heard the word "compression"!

    :bag:
     
  6. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    I'm being nice, so settle yer britches.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. JanusZarate

    JanusZarate Low End Avenger

    Feb 21, 2006
    Petaluma, CA, USA
    He's right, actually. Good tone starts at the amp. Besides being underpowered for loud situations, your amp has little headroom at 50W, which easily explains why you won't get the cleanest tone possible. Using an "enhancer" or preamp pedal of some sort will make some noticeable difference, but the rules change completely when you get a better amp; you might find those "enhancer" pedals to be much less useful when you try out a better amp, and then you'll wonder why you spent your money on those pedals in the first place.

    Now, plenty of people with large amps use enhancer pedals, but it's usually to compliment their tone, not change it completely.

    The "ideal" compression varies from bass player to bass player, so +1 to his question.
     
  8. The BurgerMeister

    The BurgerMeister musician.

    Apr 13, 2006
    Big Bear, CA

    HA!!!

    :D
     
  9. nad

    nad 60 Cycle Humdinger

    Sep 22, 2005
    Gross!

    Seriously though, use the money for a better amp, especially since you want the best clean tone as possible. If you really do want some effects, get a cheap multi-effect unit to see what you like, that's the best bang:buck for now until you get a decent setup.
     
  10. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    I guess I just find it funny that damn near every pedal you suggested is worth more than his amp.
     
  11. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    What is all this hoopla about having a good clean tone before venturing into effects? That's like saying you need to be in peak physical shape to try out for the Olympics.
     
  12. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Thank God somebody finally recognizes that we effects "specialists" are like Olympians! :D
     
  13. If I were limited to only one pedal, it would have to be the Small Stone Phase Shifter.
     

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