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bass pedals

PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 7:54 am
by multisounds
Hello all bass players,

Hey folks, the company "Boss" makes bass pedals I heard. Has anyone ever used a bass pedal at all?? Or is it some kind of gadget gimmick so that it doesn't leave us 4 strings players out?? LOL.

There are 2 pedals that I think is worth looking into:

1/Bass overdrive-never heard it in my life before??
2/Bass chorus-also never heard it in my life before either?

Do they work with a double bass??? How good are they? Please shed some light if you have tried them or any other types before.

cheers
multi

Re: bass pedals

PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 11:29 am
by Bournio
Bass overdrive would be feedback hell with a Double bass!

But I've used them, it can be set up to get a sorta Chris Squire sound without bi-amping your bass.

I guess someones used bass chorus, dunno who though!

Re: bass pedals

PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 1:37 pm
by CashWiley
I used to use an OD and flanger for a couple pieces in the 80s when I was first starting out. I dropped them later on and just used straight volume and finger strength once I had built it up, all the tone I needed.

Re: bass pedals

PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 3:11 pm
by Ed Boyd
I think bass sounds crappy when you start using grease. When I played bass I just used a Fender P-Bass with a good set of strings through a big amp with a lot of headroom.

Personally I like Ampeg. Signal processing in my opinion takes away from a good bass sound. But I'm an old guy.

Re: bass pedals

PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 4:29 pm
by allanlummox
Image

Envelope Filter!

Re: bass pedals

PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 4:54 pm
by Ed Boyd
That is really cool for funk but I thought this was a blues forum. :lol:

Re: bass pedals

PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 5:00 pm
by allanlummox
Oh yea blues. Maybe I should learn something about it someday.

Re: bass pedals

PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 11:07 pm
by Bournio
Aye... maybe I'll discover stuff about the blues... I thougth it wasnt meant to be a discriminating style?!

Re: bass pedals

PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 11:23 pm
by allanlummox
Nah, it's a strictly defined, sharply bounded musical style and if ya get Funky, you must be doing it wrong.

Re: bass pedals

PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 12:24 am
by Bournio
Oh bugger, of course! I forgot about that mr Lummox!
I shall prevent myself becoming funky, jivey or electronic! (though i've already failed)

Re: bass pedals

PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 12:25 am
by Ed Boyd
allanlummox wrote:Nah, it's a strictly defined, sharply bounded musical style and if ya get Funky, you must be doing it wrong.

Now you are talking. The Blues preservation societies will be proud. :lol:

Re: bass pedals

PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 3:22 am
by multisounds
Envelope Filter


Hi Allan,

Nice funky picture! :D But what the hell is an "envelope filter". Does it "beef up" the sound or something like that???

cheers
multi

Re: bass pedals

PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 3:28 am
by multisounds
Bass overdrive would be feedback hell with a Double bass!


Hi Bou,

Right, I didn't consider the potential nightmare of uncontrolable feedback when OD is used with double bass-I'd be so petrified with that on stage. But with electric bass it might be ok like you suggested and get that "hard core" raging tone to rock their socks off!

But I've never seen jazz or for that matter blues bassists use any pedels-not by memory anyway.

cheers
multi

Re: bass pedals

PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 3:33 am
by multisounds
used straight volume and finger strength


Hi Cash,

Perhaps you're right after all. Nothing like good old technique at the fingers to acvhieve the tone. But however, would you agree that some of these pedals could give you that echoee sound for greater musical pleasure when using an effect??

cheers
multi

Re: bass pedals

PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 3:47 am
by multisounds
That is really cool for funk but I thought this was a blues forum.


Hi Ed and Allan,

WHAT?? You think us bass players are a bunch of simpletons??? Let me tell you a true story. There was a band who went on tour here in Australia without a bass player (because they couldn't find the right bass player in time) with just guitar, drums, flute, vocals and xalaphone (however you spell it)-it was a jazz/blues ensemble. They played at different towns almost once a week for 3 months. And at the end of it, the critics slammed them hard and basically said "get a bass player". However, to be fair, they said the sound they had was "adequate", but not "aesthetically fulfilling".

So yes, this is a blues forum, but we should cover all genres otherwise it'll become too one dimentional. And so yes, bass players get alot of flack and seen as "non-important" or just "taggers" who make money by going through the motions. But don't tour without a bass player or you'll be totally up shizzz creek! :D

cheers
multi