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(@cerberus)
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but humor me.

Using guitar pedals (specifically distortion and wah) on a bass- perfectly ok or utter foolishness?

I pity the fool, but also suggest ways he might better himself.


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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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I'm no expert, but it's not a stupid question - questions are only stupid if you know the answer already.....

I would imagine any application - fuzz, wah, distortion...that can be used on a guitar would be OK for bass as well.......otherwise why would a 30W Cube Bass amp have Flanger, Delay, T-Wah, Reverb, Chorus and Gain applications built in?

Logical, Jim.....

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(@cerberus)
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thats what i thought, but arent those effects specifically designed for basses?

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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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you can buy tha same pedals for guitars.....me. I'm technophobic - anything that needs a lead or a battery is superfluous...I'd rather use the modelling effects on the amp.....

A little research, I found out -

Jack Bruce used a fuzz-box and wah pedal....
Felix Pappalardi (mountain) used about 6 different pedals (from a concert photo)....
McCartney has played fuzz-bass.....

Hell, I say go for it...you may start a whole new trend!

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(@paul-donnelly)
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You've really got to try them out. You won't hurt anything, but many guitar effects sound very good on a bass.


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(@rahul)
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Try Digitech BP80.

Bass players say that it makes their bass like dream. :D


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(@danlasley)
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The biggest issue will be frequency range. For example, a Wah may not sweep low enough for you. Or a delay/chorus/flanger may not have a long enough period to eliminate beat frequencies.

But lots of effects may work just fine. Trial and error is the key.

Laz


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(@cerberus)
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Thanks guys, big help.

I pity the fool, but also suggest ways he might better himself.


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(@last-day-living)
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But is it okay to use bass effects on a guitar?


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(@paul-donnelly)
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But is it okay to use bass effects on a guitar?
Yes. Again, it may or may not sound pleasing.


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(@artguitarhendsbee)
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Not sure about the other kind but I've got one of the old green Russian SOVTEK big muff pie distortion pedals and we hooked that up to the base. DFA sound right there . Sometimes guitar pedals sound cooler on bass, sometimes worse, experiment it certainly can,t hurt, It's not liek you will blow a speaker by changing the signal a wee bit lol bass speakers are pretty good for that.


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(@justin_bass-god)
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Yeah the Digitech BP80 is awesome
Listen to Billy Sheehan, he used so many effects (too many though)
Cliff Burton did a whole solo using Distortion and Wah

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(@rahul)
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I loves Mike Dirnt's bass.From what i hear in green day songs , i think he does a lot of slapping...Am i right on this ?

Or he uses various effects ?


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Yeah, a friend of mine has an NYC Big Muff, which he plays bass through. It get's a great Jack Bruce-like tone. However, I once tried my Dunlop Wah with a bass, and the frequency sweep wasn't low evough for the bass. It had very little effect on the tone. So I guess it really depends on the individual pedal.


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(@97reb)
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I like my Boss-ME50 for guitar. I may test it out on Bass just for kicks, but I really may try and get an ME-50B (the bass one) sometime soon. Right now, at home at least, I am running a bass into an A/B then A to a Roland Cubase with some gain and then B to my Ashdown on a clean setting. It sounds good now. If I wanted to use it in a live setting, I'd have to DI the Roland for sure and the Ashdown too in medium and larger size shows.

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