Bitten By The Bass Effects Bug

MXR Bass ChorusI 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,, 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.