Bass Effects

It isn’t only guitarists who can have fun using stompboxes. Many effects work well with bass guitars, too. Modulation effects and filters are used quite often, but the most popular bass effect is without doubt overdrive. Effects from the echo-group are probably the least used (except if you’re Roger Waters), because of their tendency to mush up the bass sound.

A tastefully distorted bass doesn’t necessarily stick out as distorted – it is often simply perceived as fatter. Some effect boxes will gobble up your important bass frequencies, though, which is why most bassists run a dry DI-signal to the mixer in parallel. The desired tonal balance can then be achieved by mixing the right amount of wet signal into the straight bass tone.

Most specialized bass effects have this signal split already built in, offering a blend (or level) control to set the correct balance between the clean and effected signals. There are some very tasty overdrives, distortions and modulation pedals to be had, that will liven up your bass’ upper frequencies without eating up your bottom-end punch.

Some guitarists – especially the ultra-low tuned Metal crowd – have recently started to explore bass pedals, too, because their different frequency ranges suit their style.

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