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Using guitar effects

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Lowner, Jul 15, 2005.

  1. Lowner


    May 14, 2005
    Over Here
    This guyI work with is a bass player , too and he told me he uses guitar effects instead of bass effects because they are cheaper. Dosent this harm the effects since they are not built to handle the signal from a bass?
  2. It wont HARM the effects...you DO run the risk of losing a LOT of low end on some effects...

    delay, reverb, tremolo, and other modulation effects are pretty reliable when it comes to retaining the bottom, but when you get into overdrive and distortion, wahs, some filters...you will start losing the low end in your signal...

    you can fix this tho!

    boss ls-2: blend dry signal w/ the effect
    multiple amp setup: clean amp, effected amp
    loooper loop box w/ blend knob: (see boss ls-2)

    But no, it will not harm the pedal...try running your bass through a tubescreamer (using a boss ls-2 for dry blend) for some good old fashioned overdrive...
  3. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
  4. B.S. on rack FX, pedals might be another issue. But then again when have you seen a pedal actually list the frequency range? :)
    And no it won't harm the effects, it just won't pass the whole signal.