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What Pedals do you use on every Gig/Rehearsal and for what types of music?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Baird6869, Sep 11, 2013.

  1. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon. Supporting Member

    Just curious as many TBers have huge pedalboards and lots of effects, but does everyone really use all of their effects often?

    What pedals do you really use a ton and for what type of music?

    Personally, I use my Tech 21 Chorus for almost everything. For soloing, most slow tunes and over clean guitars. Probably on for 50% of the time on gigs.

    I also use my Programmable BDDI for grit on heavier stuff, for boost when needed and for a cool slap sound (3 presets are all used).

    Lastly, I use my MXR Bass Auto-Q for all funk tunes and RHCP type stuff.

    My MXR Bass Octave Deluxe is used every gig, but very sparingly and my Radial Boost is used only when I switch to a passive backup bass (rarely).
  2. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    I have played rock, blues, jazz, country for 35 years and have never used effects of any kind.
  3. JonnyAngle

    JonnyAngle Dropping Acid Pedal Etching .com Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 24, 2008
    Maple Grove, MN
    You win!
  4. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon. Supporting Member

    Thanks for the input on the Effects forum.

    Anyone else?
  5. jazzbo58

    jazzbo58 Bassist for My Man Godbey Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2001
    New Orleans, LA USA
    The only pedal I use on every gig is my Diamond Bass Compressor.

  6. Very useful. I use all of my effects pretty much every time I play.
  7. I was in a Post Hardcore noisy type band for a long time and used my Whammy pedal a lot along with a Rat Tail and a delay.

    Now I'm in a different band that is more like an art rock/indie/heavy math thing and use a Whammy my Rat Tail a Green Muff clone, a Grey Stache and reverb and delay. I get to stretch out a wee bit more and am kinda the "sound design" guy in this band.

    Its fun.
  8. zwkoch

    zwkoch You can't do that on bass enthusiast Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2012
    Twin Cities, MN
    I have my PWNZOR on all the time, my B7K 50% of the time. Other effects come and go depending on how many other instruments are layered at one time. I usually only turn on my modulations and time based effects when I am the only rhythm instrument playing. Otherwise, it really doesn't come through and impact the listener's experience of the song.
  9. BigBassBob


    Jul 17, 2005
    Wales, UK
    That's quite similar to what I do; Pwnzor on all the time with B7K for when our lead solos or when I need an overdriven tone.

    For me I have four must-haves:

    Sonic Research Turbo Tuner,
    [sfx] MicroThumpinator,
    3 Leaf PWNZOR,
    Darkglass B7K.

    These come to every gig and rehearsal I do. The bare essentials in my humble opinion.

    I use a Proton v.2 for when I want things to get funky and a sixth space for whatever takes my fancy.
  10. arginator


    Feb 28, 2009
    Upstate NY
    My VT Bass is always on. I love the tone I can get from it, which my Genz Benz GBE 600 just can't get on its own.
  11. troy mcclure

    troy mcclure Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2007
    Central Florida
    My tuner... a GFS korg blackout knock off....
  12. My Boss TU-2 is ALWAYS in-line but only on once in a while.
  13. Adamixoye

    Adamixoye A PT Pro is cool for worship, right?

    Apr 9, 2012
    Occasional Beta Tester for Confusion Studios, Singular Sound, and Source Audio
    My compressor (MXR M87) is on pretty much all the time. My B7K is on about 90% of the time. My Pitchfactor and Supersynth get occasional use (on bass, my Pitchfactor is a huge part of my guitar playing). My other pedals are more "toys," used only in practice and/or sparingly (for bass; some of these same ones get more use on guitar).
  14. My VT bass and MXR M87 compressor are always on. Only two pedals I have at this stage and I'm playing Metal.
  15. flatfender

    flatfender Ad eundum quo nemo ante iit Supporting Member

    Just down to a ms60b right now. Using the 160 compression, the noise gate (for the Jazz) and the SVT amp simulator. All 3 always on.

    Thinking about adding a VT DI to replace the SVT patch though.

    Never been much for anything else in the chain
  16. cableguy


    Jun 4, 2009
    North Bend, WA
    My BDDI always.....
  17. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Every gig we play I'll use:
    Boss OC-2 for one song
    Chorus (Zoom B3 or TCE Corona) for a few sections of a few songs
    Flange (Zoom B3 or Boss BF-2) for a few sections of a few songs
    Dirt (B3K or ParaDriver) you guessed it...for a few sections of a few songs
    Empress Comp has been always on lately

    Current board is: OC-2 > B3 > Empress Comp > ParaDriver

    I like to use effects to give me different flavors when I want it. "My" tone is just my hands playing my bass going into an amp for the most part. It's pretty gritty/growly already
  18. Green russian muff 25% of the time. Clean the rest.
  19. Mingworm


    Aug 10, 2013
    Shanghai, CN
    A tuner, a Boss DD5 Digital Delay, and the Big Muff Pi. The Pi has a wet out that goes to a bass amp and a dry out that goes to a guitar amp (set to high gain).

    My band is just bass guitar and drums, so the Pi's dual function as a signal splitter was a big selling point.

    This was recorded live in the studio (except the vocal effects)
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  20. I always take my full board and usually find a chance to use all the effects. I play in several bands ranging from C&W, Blues, Rock and Jazz.
    I do have a jazz standards trio and take my Zoom B2.1u.