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The 13 Best Bass Effects Pedals According to Sweetwater

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by jwilson67, May 15, 2017.

  1. jwilson67


    Jun 2, 2015
    San Dimas, CA
  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo Regular Human Bartender Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Well they at least got most of the Darkglass lineup in there! The Hoof is great too, but I don't understand why they didn't choose the JHS Muffuletta which is the best Muff that Sweetwater sells.
  3. It actually is a pretty decent list. I did go with Civil War by Stomp Under Foot instead of the EQD Hoof and I am not sure I did the right thing. In fact, muff clones may just not be for me.

    All of that DG stuff is top-notch, so is the Space (although for that dough why not H9?), but it is pricey. Good for the sales engineers!
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  4. jwilson67


    Jun 2, 2015
    San Dimas, CA
    You need to review the comps on the Zoom B3n! Get someone to lend one to you. ;)
  5. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    "three of our bass-playing Sales Engineers"

    I still can't get past the term "Sales Engineer"

    nice list, but it was compiled by 3 salespeople at SW that happen to play bass

    OTOH, it's better than a list compiled by guitar players, LOL

    I just wish it was more unbiased.
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  6. P-oddz

    P-oddz Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2009
    Milwaukee, WI
    Bad list, IMO.
    On a list of 13, two of the "best" bass effects are envelope filters? Don't stretch yourself too far, guys.

    Also, not to base everything on the TalkBass world, but a number of those pedals I've never even seen discussed over here. Wouldn't a "best of" list include more pedals that are at least on people's boards, and that players are talking about? Or just what "Jeff from sales" likes to play when he moonlights under his moniker "The Jeffster" in his cover band "The Cherry Pop-Tarts" on Saturday nights?

    As you can see, I don't have a strong opinion on this one. ;)
  7. Snaxster


    Nov 29, 2008
    “Bass effects pedals have played an important role on many of our favorite rock and metal cuts…”

    Right, but not in any other musical genres. Sorry, Bootsy Baby.


    It was tough to choose, but I culled this list of 13 from the pedals I own:
    • 3Leaf Audio The Enabler
    • Arcane Analog NKT213 Buzzaround Tribute
    • Badger Effects Schism XV
    • Bearfoot FX Blueberry Bass Overdrive
    • Diamond Pedals Memory Lane
    • Empress Effects Compressor
    • FEA Labs DE-CL
    • Field Effects Small Hadron Collider
    • Fulltone Bass-Drive ver. 1 or 2
    • Fuzzrocious Broke Dick Peanut Gallery ver. 2
    • Menatone Kar Krash
    • Mu-Tron III (original)
    • Strymon Flint
    Oh, but wait... 9 of those 13 are not in production, and a further one of them is available from the maker exclusively. Not of commercial interest to a retailer, then, so they can't be "the best". (I tried not to comment, but I couldn't.)
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  8. Grahams Groove

    Grahams Groove If it feels heavy, it's heavy. Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    Boulder, CO
  9. boomertech

    boomertech Frank Appleton Commercial User

    Apr 8, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    Designer/Owner of FEA Labs
    I worked for a company years ago that had a consultant group come in to recommend ways to improve the work environment and employee productivity. One of their suggestions was to give everyone important sounding job titles. My title changed from "Engineer" to "Manufacturing Engineer" and our technicians job titles went from "Technician" to "Technical Test Specialist". Not one of us got a raise tho.:laugh:

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  10. jwilson67


    Jun 2, 2015
    San Dimas, CA
    You know what would have really improved the work environment? Taking that money they gave to the consulting group and given employee bonuses.
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  11. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    Currently got over 20 pedals. And owned close to twice as many more at one time or another.

    Not one is on Sweetwater's list.

    For some odd reason I feel kinda good about that. ;)
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  12. opivy3056

    opivy3056 stardust in a light beam Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2004
    San Diego
    I'm a bartender, sometimes I'll tell people I'm a Beverage Hospitality Advising Specialist
  13. veryvery


    May 23, 2016
    Interesting list. I've never even heard of some of those pedals, have never played with any of them, and for some probably never will ($300 for a compressor?).

    Still, the DigiTech Luxe caught my eye, in part because it says it works particularly well on fretless. It sounds like its something like the TC Mimiq Doubler (except not in stereo). Has anyone here tried the Luxe?
    Last edited: May 16, 2017
  14. Eh... no... I have only owned the EHX BMS and I sold it cuz I got the reworked deep impact and the octavius squeezer which both out that thing to shame. Plus the best envelope filter period is the subdecay dlx. You can't eff with that thing. And I own a ton of filters. I disagree with a lot of that list but none of them are garbage. They just aren't my favorites.
  15. socialleper

    socialleper Bringer of doom and top shelf beer Supporting Member

    May 31, 2009
    Canyon Country, CA
    I have a mild interest in the Hoof and Alpha\Omega. I don't really like modulation pedals so most of these aren't that interesting to me.
  16. boomertech

    boomertech Frank Appleton Commercial User

    Apr 8, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    Designer/Owner of FEA Labs
    Sweetwater prices:




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  17. jwr


    Jun 28, 2010
    Overland Park, KS
    I know where you can get an awesome compressor. See the man above. ;)
  18. boomertech

    boomertech Frank Appleton Commercial User

    Apr 8, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    Designer/Owner of FEA Labs
    I think you are thinking of bongomania, he is the TB compressor reviewer.;)

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  19. veryvery


    May 23, 2016
    Oh, don't get me wrong--I'm aware that there are more expensive pedals, and I have no doubt they are phenomenal. They're just above what I can afford. I meant no disrespect to anyone, and I'm sorry if I came across that way.
  20. Mathilda

    Mathilda Inactive

    Mar 31, 2017
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