Why are there bass specific effects pedals?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by bobalu, Oct 24, 2004.

  1. bobalu


    Oct 1, 2004
    above the 49th
    Sorry about the "newbie" question here, but why are some effects pedals offered as bass specific (ie: a bass version of a guitar pedal effect)? Is it simply the frequency range that's an issue? Do regular guitar effects pedals just not sound that great with them.
  2. xyllion

    xyllion Commercial User

    Jan 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Owner, Looperlative Audio Products
    You might find a few guitar effects out there actually make you happy. In general, the bass effects are designed to sound good with a bass and will tend to be superior to guitar effects. However, there may be exceptions and your ear is the best judge of that.
  3. genderblind

    genderblind Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2004
    One main concept with bass fx is that the processing involved does not affect the fundamental frequency of the notes that you play, so your bass will still hold down the foundation of the music. That being said, of course lots of guitar and other processors sound great on a bass, depending on the sound you are after...