Can you use guitar pedals for bass?

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by Dave 3567, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. Dave 3567

    Dave 3567 Member

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    Starting playing bass in a band, wanting to know if I can transfer some of my pedals to bass as well. Will it harm anything? The worst thing I can imagine happening is that it sounds bad.

    Thoughts?

    I have a JHS double barrel, and all american, nova delay and a philosphers tone compressor.

    thanks.

    dave
     
  2. henryjurstin13

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    Bass won't damage pedals. Try em all with yer bass!!! My bass rig has consisted of plenty of guitar pedals like an Ibanez TS9DX, MXR evh phase 90, Emma Discumbobulator, boss dd20, Voodoo Sparkle Drive, Fulltone FatBoost, Voodoo Micro Vibe, etc...

    Get at those pedals with the low notes!!!
     
  3. Dave 3567

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    haha awesome!

    Thank you sir!
     
  4. BoyWearingVans

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    A lot of guys like to split their signal, so that you are always getting your pure bass tone blended in. This way, the bottom doesnt drop out when you turn on a fuzz or wah.

    there are those cool looking yin yang blender pedals.... someone wanna chime in with the name of that pedal?
     
  5. Waxhead

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    You should get on www.talkbass.com forum for specialist bass advice :)
    All bass players over there.

    As others have said sure you can use guitar pedals for bass BUT.......
    Be aware that many guitar OD pedals are infamous for ripping the bottom end out of basses - which is last thing you want on a bass.
    Lots of guitar pedals do that but not all plus the effect of many on a bass is only minor.

    Best bass effects for me are auto wah & chorus and there's many good specialist bass pedals around now too
     
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    The X-Blender will arguably make any dirt pedal work with bass - it has more bells and whistles than the comparable Boss LS-2, but they are all worthwhile and usable features. Highly recommended.
     
  8. in_sherman

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    if the xblender looks good to you check out the badger schism. want
     
  9. Waxhead

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    $220 for this baby that is simply not needed imo if you buy good non tone sucking pedals to begin with.
    And its cheaper to buy a dirt pedal that doesn't rip out bass bottom end.
    There's plenty around - ask the guys on www.talkbass.com :)
     
  10. LouRossi

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    A lot of the popular pedal compressors distort/overload on the E & A strings so keep that in mind...
     

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