Bass pedals give you a creative way to personalize your sound. As you consider the type of bass effects you want, keep your role a rhythm player in mind. To help make sure your tone stays phenomenal, LAWK STAR Guitars offers a selection off bass effects pedals by makers such as: Catalinbread, Earthquaker Devices, MXR, Pigtronix, T-Rex Pedals, Tech 21 and Boss.
How to Choose the Right Bass Effects Pedal
Multi-Effects, Dedicated Effect Pedals and Rackmounts: A multi-effects bass pedal has several effects in a single unit. A dedicated effects pedal only creates one effect. In general, dedicated effects pedals produce better quality effects. However, bassists use multi-effect pedals to experiment with new sounds.
Rackmounts do the same thing as bass effects pedals, but come in rack-mountable cases.
Bass Effects Types: The best effects pedal to choose depends on the sound you want to produce. The following is an overview of what you can expect from some popular bass pedal types:
- Distortion: Adds gain and overtones to the bass’ signal. There are three types of bass distortion pedals: distortion, overdrive and fuzz.
- Overdrive: Mimics the sound of an overdriven amp.
- Compression: Compresses the signal to even out quite and loud notes, and provides more sustain.
- Envelope filter: Gives a classic funky, squawky sound.
- Delay: Repeats a signal to give your playing added depth.
- Reverb: Similar to a delay pedal, but produces echoes that gradually fade.
- Chorus: Produces an overtone layering effect with a small signal delay.
- Phaser: Similar to chorus pedals, but creates a spinning effect by modulating the signal with troughs and peaks.
- Flanger: Similar to a phaser, but doubles the sound signal for a sweeping effect.
As you shop for a bass effects pedal, look for those designed specifically for your instrument. LAWK STAR offers a selection of boutique bass effects pedals and is happy to help pair you with the right one.