07-22-2013 04:50 PM
I've just got a bass and a practice amp - no pedals. If I were to get a pedal, which would be the one to get first? One that would be sure to get used, and not just sit soon forgotten. Another way to say it, would be if you could use just one pedal, which would it be.
Cost isn't too much of a factor, but less expensive is better. As long as it stil lgives good results.
07-22-2013 05:39 PM
07-22-2013 07:48 PM
If you've already got one of those, get something like a Sansamp BDDI that combines a direct box, amp sim and active EQ.
Those two can be used with any rig and genre of music. After that things start to get more specialized. Octavers, compressors, chorus and auto-wah are good for some styles and useless for others.
07-25-2013 05:22 AM
i go back and forth between using pedals (delay, overdrive, microvibe) to using no pedals and just concentrating on what i'm playing.
07-27-2013 05:47 AM - edited 07-27-2013 05:47 AM
I'd go with a chorus or up-octave box. Both/either will help to thicken up your sound.
07-27-2013 05:55 AM
I bought a Zoom B3 when they first came out. It is the first multiple use pedal that I have actually liked. It has a tuner, loop station, DI out, 99 amp modelers and a whole heap of effects, some good, some kinda crappy. Overall though, it emptied out my pedal board to the point that I use it, and my wireless, and that is my whole board.
07-28-2013 05:46 AM
- Compressor, pedal or other,
- Overdrive that doesn't eat your tone,
Most of the time none of them/just a tad compressor. The others on occasion. Overdrive just to get some "shimmer", not to fart...
To emulate a fat bass synth, just use your fretless through AutoWah-Octaver-Chorus. Rather Joe Zawinul-ish...
07-28-2013 10:47 AM
Useless except for the odd special effect, which most people don't want to hear anyway.
Save up for a powerful amplifer and a good cab.
The only little box you would ever need is perhaps a good DI.
08-11-2013 08:33 AM
08-14-2013 06:42 AM
Depends what's built in your amp. If you have a compressor built in you don't need a pedal but that would be my #1 suggestion if your amp doesn't have one. Next I would recommend an EQ pedal if your amp doesn't have switchable EQ (like the graphic EQ my Ampeg AVT-3 has). Since my amp has switchable EQ I just use a compressor pedal. So my amp is tuned (main EQ and volume) for fingerstyle and when I want to slap/pop I turn on my compressor and the graphic EQ to change the tone and limit the volume spikes.
08-19-2013 06:26 AM
Tuner and volume pedal, that's all I use. But I don't do any crazy effects. If I want to overdrive, I just push harder.
08-21-2013 01:44 PM
I like having three presets on my Sansamp BDDI. Switch between a "normal" tone, slap-ish, and drive instantly. Not as quiet as I'd like, though.
A compressor is nice to have, and I've been using the BYOC optical compressor with some good results.
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