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Subtle Effect for "Jamgrass" Band?

Discussion in 'Bluegrass [DB]' started by neddyrow, Nov 14, 2019.

  1. neddyrow

    neddyrow Captain of Team Orange Jacket Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2011
    Cortland, NY
    i have been subbing for a mostly old tyme fiddle band. they are a bunch of dead head type guys and we also play a bunch of old and in the way, grateful dead, and spacey originals....i know....it's a lot to imagine.

    anyway, the guys all have pedals where they click on during a few jam songs when we play late-night sets. they are curious as what i can do to add a little "weird" to my sound. i have done nothing ever in this department when it comes to effects. also, as DB players, i'm sure it's hard to find something that works for us. is there even a demand for this? :)

    any help on pedals that you would suggest to add a little something to my bass sound during a space jam would be appreciated. and profiled :)
  2. neddyrow

    neddyrow Captain of Team Orange Jacket Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2011
    Cortland, NY
  3. sevenyearsdown

    sevenyearsdown Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Sanborn, NY
    I have a cheap tape delay that sounds great with bass guitar. If I get a minute this weekend I'll hook it up to my UB and see what happens. Report back.
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  4. unbrokenchain

    unbrokenchain Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2011
    Black Mountain, NC
    Bowing right next to the bridge makes some really cool effects for situations like that imo
  5. Keith Rawlings

    Keith Rawlings Supporting Member

    Aug 3, 2019
    Try an octave pedal - something like the cheap Boss ones. They sound almost evil on the UB and it’s killer for a jam band.
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  6. dhergert

    dhergert Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2018
    Blue Zone, California
    Wind some aluminum foil lightly through the strings near the front side of the bridge. Knock yourself out :).

    Oh, did it have to be electric? :cool:
  7. Just go crazy, and throw on an envelope filter or autowah-type effect
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  8. bherman

    bherman Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Grand Junction, CO
    I play in a newgrass band that does some similar jam stuff. I have a chorus pedal and an octave pedal. Chorus is great for spacey stuff. Octave pedal (mostly octave up, but a bit of octaave down is cool too) better for solos.
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  9. TideSwing

    TideSwing Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2014
    An MXR Phase 90 sounds like it would work well for that style.
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  10. HateyMcAmp

    HateyMcAmp Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    Denver, Colorado
    I use an octave pedal with my loud, electric, jammy band. It kills and my bandmates love it. Just make sure you have the cabinet / FOH sub to handle it!
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  11. nFinnyD


    Oct 31, 2017
    I love my Canyon delay on both electric and acoustic bass and guitar as it has soooo many options in one small pedal(like loop, shimmer, octave, etc) I’ve also used a fuzz and envelope filter and enjoyed those! You could try a wah, rotary, or similar. A looper if you guys play to a click or have really good rhythm.

    Or out Head them all and bring a small hand percussion setup!!
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  12. HG1180


    Aug 11, 2019
    Rehoboth Beach DE
    You should try out some Reverb and maybe if you wanna go really crazy try out Ring modulation and Phaser Effects, I would recommend The EHX Ring Thing for Ring Mod, Not too sure about phaser effects, I don’t really use them but I know the value of them for what you sound like you’re trying to achieve, and as for reverb I cannot recommend the Fender Marine Layer Reverb enough, it is the best sounding reverb I have ever played, period!
    Well good luck finding some new sounds!
  13. james condino

    james condino Spruce dork Supporting Member Commercial User

    Sep 30, 2007
    asheville, nc
    Earthquaker Spatial Delivery is my current favorite for the space jams....

    Pedalboard effect suggestions in the Bluegrass forum; this one may qualify for a TB first!
  14. Reiska

    Reiska Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2014
    Helsinki, Finland
    No. :cool:

    ( To be honest, I`ve heard some of that used by great players in free impro context. It can work really well )
  15. My three-pedal board for bass guitar is POG (octave), chorus, phaser. If I put the upright through that and play with the bow, it sounds like the hounds of hell. I was in one outfit that loved me playing that way. Currently I don't have any customers for it.
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  16. smokinjoe


    Jul 1, 2009
    Columbus, OH
    A lot depends on what effects the lead instruments are using. You probably don't want the same as them. If they are using the classic Jerry auto-wah sound, I would try a time based effect like a chorus or phaser. Get one that lets you mix in your dry signal, so everything doesn't turn to mud.

    If, on the other hand, they are using a delay effect, an envelope filter might be just right.
  17. No FX advice, but... what’s the band name? I’m in Ithaca, and I’d love to catch a show sometime! :)
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