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Old 01-10-2011, 02:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default bass guitar pedal for metal

i'm searching for a pedal for my bass guitar but i don't know what's a good one for it. i want to play metal so i'm asking youre advice

my bass is a Hartke SB-15 bass guitar

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Old 01-10-2011, 02:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by quincy View Post
i'm searching for a pedal for my bass guitar nut i don't know what's a good one for it. i want to play metal so i'm asking youre advice
What kind of tone are you going for? Do you want low and smooth? Tight and punchy? Distorted? Complete Sh*t (a la Fieldy from KoRn...)?

Also, what kind of bass and rig are you playing on?

In the end, you want to pick a pedal based on your existing equipment and you need to have a basic iddea of what you want to sound like. In my experiences, bass pedals are overrated. If you have a good rig that's built to sound how you want to sound, you shouldn't need one. But if you do want to use some effects, I would go with a nice digital processor, it will give you more options and will normally cost less than analog pedals.
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Old 01-12-2011, 01:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
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another thing to keep in mind in regards to distortion and playing metal (regardless of the effect you chose). the old adage proves especially true - less is more.

if you crank your distortion it's just going to muddy up your sound, especially if you're trying to play something fast or technical. it's great if you just want fuzzy low-end Sabbath style metal but more often than not people want more definition than mud.
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Old 01-12-2011, 12:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Check out Electro Harmonix bass pedals. There **** is gold. Personally I would use a Big Muff Pie. I use one with my guitar and occasionally with my friends bass though a cheap fender solid state amp and its sounds beastly.
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