Bass Guitar Effects

Bass Guitar Effects Pedals

There are literally hundreds of Bass Guitar Effects Pedals and Multi-Effects pedals / processors out there for Bass players to choose from – single effects pedals, multi-effects pedal boards, and “modeling” effects technology (which are extremely popular). With all this to choose from – I will only cover a few of the most common effects on this webpage. Bass Effects Pedals are covered in the first half of this page, and Multi-Effects pedals are covered in the second half of the page (scroll down). The best thing a bassist can do is to go to the local music store and test all the bass effects pedals that they can before settling on buying one (or two, or three, and so on). Many of the pedals shown are older versions, but still the standard.

 

Bass Guitar Effects Pedals

Here are some examples of some Effects Pedals (just a few, there are thousands) – The example pedals below are only shown to give you an idea what a particular effect would sound like. Newer models are always coming out and usually available with additional features, etc.

 

1. Digital Delay – Listen to a Sample Here!

Over 5 seconds of delay time, tap tempo without external footswitch, and reverse mode make the Boss DD-6 Digital Delay Effects Pedal one of the most versatile and interesting guitar effects you’ll ever rely on. First-of-its-kind Warp mode generates radical delay effects instantly. Mode, level, feedback, and delay time controls.

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2. Chorus – Listen to a Sample Here!

The versatile Boss CH-1 SUPER Chorus produces the swirling chorus sounds heard on many rock, jazz, country, funk, and other popular music recordings.

Bass players – check out the Boss CEB-3 Chorus pedal, same great sounds, but made especially for the bass…

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3. Flanger Listen to a Sample Here!

The Boss BF-3 Flanger gives bassists an updated version of the classic Boss flanger with the thickest stereo flanging sounds ever. Two new modes (Ultra and Gate/Pan) create flanging with incredible depth- plus slicer-type effects and sounds that seem to swirl around you.

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4. Digital Reverb

The Boss RV-5 Digital Reverb gives you six high-quality reverb modes on a par with rackmount processors costing many times as much. First-of-its-kind Modulate mode detunes the reverb sound for added spaciousness. Spring reverb emulation offers realistic spring reverb sounds. Gate reverb taken from high-end Roland studio gear. Level, tone, time, and mode controls.

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5. Distortion Listen to a Sample Here!

From screaming loud to whisper soft, the Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal can faithfully reproduce the dynamics of your playing style. Level and distortion controls give you complete command of the amount of signal processing. Tone knob lets you tailor EQ right on the unit. The Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal is a tough stomp box that can take whatever your boot can dish out.

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6. Tremelo Listen to a Sample Here!

The classic Boss TR-2 Tremolo Pedal creates real vintage tremolo guitar sounds and variations. Built-in wave knob lets you alter the LFO waveform from triangle to square for a wider range of tremolo variations. Rate knob is a sweepable high-speed LFO control, allowing the Boss TR-2 greater control over tremolo speed.

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Bass Multi-Effects

Here are some examples of Bass Guitar Multi-Effects Units

There are many Bass Multi-Effects boards to choose from. Before purchasing any multi-effects unit, you should go try one out first to make sure its exactly what you want (need, expect, etc).Click on a picture for more information.

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Notes on Buying Bass Effects Pedals vs. Bass Multi-Effects Pedals (what’s the difference?).

Why buy one Chorus pedal for $70-$100 when you can buy a Multi-Effects pedal (with 20 different effects) for under $300? If money was the only reason – then a Multi-Effects pedal would be the best choice. But it’s not as simple as it sounds. Most single bass guitar effects pedals sound so good because there are more features (controls, settings, etc) that give them their unique sound. Although these days many of the Multi-Effects pedals can also sound great. With Multi-Effects Pedals you are getting tons of different effects, you may not be able to get the same sounds that come from single effects pedals (the settings on multi-effects pedals may not allow you to produce the same sounds as single effects pedals – but some do, you just have to find the right ones).

You must also remember that Amplifier manufacturers are also including multi-effects built right into the amplifiers now (instead of the standard “Reverb” they are also adding effects to increase the value of the amp). Be cautious about purchasing amplifiers that have effects built in – they may sound great, or they may sound really “cheezy” (it just depends on the manufacturer). Modeling amplifiers will include effects as well – these effects can actually sound pretty incredible if you find the right amplifier.

The choices are pretty much “unlimited” so the best advice I can give you would be to experiment – go to your local music store and test out some bass guitar effects pedals and multi-effects units (do some comparing of your own). Let your ears make the final decision!

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