I have always been pretty much a cord straight into the amp kind of guy, not going in much for bass effect pedals. Years ago I had a Flanger that I used on 1 song, and I’ve experimented on and off with multi-effects units from Behringer, Line 6 and Zoom, but find these to be more trouble than they are worth. Recently, however, I seemed to have been bitten by the bass effects bug. Fueled initially while experimenting with Piccolo strings and a Octaver on my Zoom B1x multi-effects pedal, I have come to realize that today there are a ton of bass specific effects on the market.
Lately I find myself trolling YouTube and Juan Alderete’s site, PedalsandEffects.com, looking for cool effect demos. While I don’t think I’ll go all out and build a huge pedal board, I am thinking to pick up a few different effects and give them a whirl. In fact, I picked up my first one today, an MXR Bass Chorus Deluxe.
A full on review will come in a later post, but for now I have to say that I am completely enamored with it. It has several knobs to tweak the Chorus effect, plus a button which turns it into a Flanger. So basically it is two effects in one! I’ll definitely be spending some time with it this next week.
Looking ahead I plan to get a Compressor and maybe a Octaver. I haven’t decided yet if I want to delve into the world of Fuzz and Distortion as I currently don’t have much use for that sound, but there are a lot of cool pedals out there I hope to check out. Again, I don’t plan to go crazy here, I just want to get a couple of pedals that I can actually use on a regular basis.
How about you? Any good Bass Effects Pedals you recommend? I’d love to hear from you.