What pedals would be good to have around?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Arpeggiator, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. by this i mean what pedal would be to good to have around just incase of a situation? i will be starting my uni course in september and have been wondering if there are any "nessecary" pedals/FX that would be good to increase my versatility as a player? since i would like to play in a few different bands to broaden my playing styles whilst i am there.

    to me these stick out:

    octave pedal seems to crop up a lot

    all help appreciated, cheers
  2. any of these would be fine:

  3. Fishyfan


    Jul 8, 2009
    If you want an easily noticeable tone changer, then look at a Fuzz/Distortion/OD. It all depends on what you want. If I had to worry about size, I would look into the EHX Nano series.
  4. OptimusPrime


    Mar 30, 2008
    Those types of pedals you want to look into, are the only ones I have on my board.

    Overdrive - EBS ValveDrive
    Octave - EHX MicroPOG
    Flanger - MXR
  5. its not so much just a tone change, just want to be equipped, i mean would a multi effect unit serve a better for this perpose or would it be better to have a few seperate units in a chain? the OD/dist. seems to be the most used for reasons stated. cheers for help (or not help in spacelordmothers case :p)
  6. EBS have intrested me (mainly since they have samples on there site,) i am liking the octobass alot and the multidrive has some good sounds from what i have heard.
  7. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    It all depends on what you need. For me, I need an envelope filter, my wah pedal, and octave, but honestly not dirt.

    Some guys need 5 dirt pedals, and no filter, wah, etc.

    5 basic needs, IMO.
    wah/whammy pedal

    IMO, YMMV, etc.
  8. cool i am look for opinions, since every will think diffrently i can then narrow it down to what i think i will need
  9. neatobassman


    Jul 16, 2005
    Antelope CA
    Overdrive, Delay and Envelope filter.

    I have never had a chorus and never needed one. lol.
  10. Fishyfan


    Jul 8, 2009
    A Multi would probably do you more service than anything else. The Line6 POD X3 would give you alot.
  11. Simon Langley

    Simon Langley

    Jun 19, 2007
    Chico, CA

    *What the f#@k? Way to pirate a thread but who cares. What is that monstrosity?

    *To answer the OP's question I think the only pedal a bass player needs is a good pedal tuner and maybe a preamp/DI. I prefer a Korg Pitchblack and either a MXR M-80 or Sansamp bass DI. Something with an XLR so when the soundman flops down a Behringer DI in front of you because he can't figure out how to EQ or deal with the signal level from your amp's DI you can give him a better option. Maybe even a SD Paranormal DI but I have never tried one.

    *Two effects I keep around for my own amusement are and MXR Bass Octave Deluxe and Bass Auto Q. Tons of fun and have no practical application in any gig I have ever had.
  12. newbold


    Sep 21, 2008
  13. Bassman203


    Mar 29, 2008
    Fuzz> Filter> Octave> Delay
  14. kevteop


    Feb 12, 2008
    York, UK
    You should definitely have a Boss OC-2. You're not a proper bass player if you haven't got an OC-2.

    After that it's all just gravy.
  15. newbold


    Sep 21, 2008
    octave pre-fuzz
  16. derelicte


    Dec 25, 2007
    if i had to rank pedals in terms of usefulness for me, i'd go with:

    1.) compressor/sustain
    2.) od/dirt
    3.) eq pedal
    4.) delay/reverb
    5.) volume pedal
  17. SpamBot


    Dec 25, 2008
    St. Paul, MN
    I like individual pedals as much as the next guy, but if you're buying "In case of a situation", get a good multi effect unit and learn how to use it well. It won't be nearly as good at individual effects, but if you can dial it in you will be able to get whatever you NEED.
  18. TheMutt

    TheMutt Guest

    Apr 28, 2007
    Multi-Effect +1
    If it's a "just in case" type thing, get a multi effect pedal. Should you find that the particular style/tone/genre suits you, you can always upgrade to individual stomp boxes later.
  19. warwick.hoy


    Aug 20, 2006
    Spokane, WA.
    Beta Tester: Source Audio.
    I'd just go with the Tuner and a Preamp/DI suggestion. If you want to broaden your styles take the time to work on your technique and learn how to be versatile that way. Playing in different positions, switching from fingerstyle to pickstyle. Nail that first or at least have those breakthroughs, then move onto FX.

    FX are great; but for me; at least on the bass, they didn't even become of interest until I knew I wasn't using them as a cop out, or to cover up any lacking in my playing.
  20. warwick.hoy


    Aug 20, 2006
    Spokane, WA.
    Beta Tester: Source Audio.
    I guess I should mention that it depends on what styles you want to play. Electronica, D'n'B, Dub could use anything and everything you can throw at it,...filter, synth, octave, gated fuzz jump out. For straight up rock a good clean tone and perhaps a clean boost,...or distortion. More extreme rock,....Muff fuzzes,....and a bunch more that aren't coming to mind.

    I'd almost wait until you find out what the scene is like when you arrive at school,...someone there is bound to need cash for extracurriculars and has a collection of pedals.