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Bass Guitar Effects Pedals - The Top 10 Most Desired Bass Guitar Effects Pedals

Updated on November 21, 2013

Introduction To The Top 10 Most Desired Bass Guitar Effects Pedals

Bass Guitar Effects Pedals are one of the best appreciated and loved bass guitar accessories b y most bassists. Although, some of the bass players out there don't really feel they need effects to justify their playing, there's many effects out there that will do many things to at least enhance your sound. Some bass guitar effects bass pedals will make your bass sound thicker, distorted, or more compressed while other time based effects like delay will make you feel a little more experimental with your playing. I found a poll on a very popular community for bassists out there and decided to post the results as the top 10 most desired bass guitar effects pedals out there. These were chosen by the members of this community and felt like sharing with you all out what they were as well as my thoughts on some of them and my mention to some of those that I love but weren't mentioned.

# 1 Electro-Harmonix Bass Big Muff Distortion Pedal

We're talking about the big muff distortion!

# 1 Electro-Harmonix Bass Big Muff Distortion Pedal

The Electro-Harmonix Bass BIg Muff Distortion comes with knobs for volume, tone, sustain

and a small switch for bass boost. It's got a nice fat fuzz sound with a solid treble and transparent bass sound. These are one of the many bass guitar effects pedals used by Christopher Wolstenholme from the rock band trio Muse. The sound is disgusting phat and I'm a huge fan of distortion on bass. The way a distortion pedal should sound on a bass is the perfection reflection on the Electro-Harmonix. A great example of the sound can be preview on many on the debut album from Muse entitled, "Showbiz" and some of "Origin Of Symmetry". The only difference is the fact that Christopher Wolstenholme used the older version back then, but for those of you that love that sweet ass distortion buzz sound on a bass. try not to look any further than this especially with the price so low now. I highly recommend this one!

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Electro-Harmonix Bass Big Muff Distortion Pedal

# 2 Electro-Harmonix Steel Leather Bass Expander

Bass Leather Expanding What?

# 2 Electro-Harmonix Steel Leather Bass Expander

The Electro-Harmonix Steel Leather Bass Expander pretty much has knobs to control the percussive and attack effects on your bass guitar. It 's even hard for me to explain it to you so I decided to get this video by Chris Maute from SOLID (you can view his YouTube channel here : http://www.youtube.com/user/mauteman ) to explain it along with a demonstration of it .

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The Electro-Harmonix Steel Leather Bass Expander

# 3 Behringer Heavy Metal Distortion UM300

Heavy Metal Bassists Alert!

# 3 Behringer Heavy Metal Distortion UM300

The Behringer Heavy Metal Distortion UM300 has an extreme heavy metal distortion sound with knobs to give you a super-thick, tube-like distortion with endless sustain. It also has a dedicated distortion, 3 band EQ and level controls for sound shaping. This is a distortion pedal dedicated to the badass metal bass guitarist and it's used by the bad ass metal bass guitarist. The best thing about this bass guitar effects pedal is the thickness of the distortion and the fact that you can help shape how much you want and how thick or thin. However, I don't know any other bad ass metal bass guitarist that want anything other than thick. When I first heard this pedal I nearly flipped on how great the distortion was with the bass guitar, if you're looking for one of those bass guitar effects pedals that bring a raging thick bass distortion then this is your weapon of bass destruction!

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# 4 Dunlop Crybaby 105Q Bass Wah Pedal

Wah wah wah, but the better kind of crybaby!

# 4 Dunlop Crybaby 105Q Bass Wah Pedal

The Dunlop Crybaby 105Q Bass Wah Pedal is one the easiest to control bass guitar wah pedals out of a lot of bass guitar effects pedals. This is probably one of the best wah pedals out there for a bass guitar and if you're confused as to what pedal is just imagine your bass guitar saying "Wah!!" a lot as you play it. I'm kidding, well sort of! It's not far from the truth though. You probably heard the wah sound a lot when you hear Jimi Hendrix playing his guitar but on bass it's similar but with a thicker feel of course. If you're wondering to yourself how it may sound on a bass guitar then look at the video below to get a good feel as to what it sounds like.

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The Dunlop Crybaby 105Q Bass Wah Pedal

# 5 Ibanez PD7 Phat-Hed Bass Distortion Pedal

A Dirty Kind Of Clean Bass Distortion!

# 5 Ibanez PD7 Phat-Hed Bass Distortion Pedal

The Ibanez PD7 Phat-Hed Bass Distortion Pedal has 3 pre-amp styled voicings, an attack control switch as well as drive, low, high, and level knobs. This is one of the bass guitar effects pedals that are highly recommended for players of the grunge scene. According to a review I read it's got dirty even when it's clean and yet when it's low end is dirty it's dirty. Maybe this isn't a metalhead 's choice of a bass guitar pedal and even for someone that was skeptical about a Ibanez effects pedal, I have to say it's got an amazing sound. Below I have posted a video from YouTube from the Gear Wire Youtube channel demonstrating the Ibanez PD7 Phat-Hed Bass Distortion Pedal.

Check it out!

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The Ibanez PD7 Phat-Hed Bass Distortion Pedal Module

# 6 Electro-Harmonix Bassballs (Nano) Envelope/Distorion Pedal

Except this isn't about getting to homerun it's all about staying on the basses!

# 6 Electro-Harmonix Bassballs (Nano) Envelope/Distorion Pedal

The Electro-Harmonix Bassballs (Nano) Envelope/Distorion Pedal one of these bass guitar effects pedals that brings a twist to funk. It basically has a combo for wah and distortion. It can easily be used for guitar also but it's more designed for bass guitars. It's pretty much twin tuned filters that make it sound like a wah and then you can add some distortion. I think this is a perfect candidate for those that love to play the funk and below i have posted a video for demonstration by the Electro Harmonix guys themselves.

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The Electro-Harmonix Bassballs (Nano) Envelope/Distorion Pedal

# 7 DigiTech BP80 Bass Multi-Effect Pedal

Multi-Effect Pedals, but better for synth sounds!

# 7 DigiTech BP80 Bass Multi-Effect Pedal

The DigiTech BP80 Bass Multi-Effect Pedal has about 40 factory presets and about 40 user ones for you to customize yourself. I'm always iffy about multi effects pedals, especially from Digitech (unless of course it's the synth sounds). The synth sounds are great on this pedal and that's as much as I can give credit to. I'm not so much into the other stuff here. That's me being honest but again a lot of people actually went ahead and chose this multi-effect pedal for a purpose. My guess is the price and the synth effects that this pedal comes with it.

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# 8 MXR M182 El Grande Bass Fuzz Pedal

El Grande Bass Fuzz, To Translate The Big Bass Fuzz!

# 8 MXR M182 El Grande Bass Fuzz Pedal

The MXR M182 El Grande Bass Fuzz Pedal features volume, tone, and fuzz controls. It gives the bass guitar the great amount of fuzz it needs. Low priced and if you're one of those people that love a pedal that is dedicated to fuzz for your bass guitar, then this is your best bet. Of course here I'm speaking for those in a tight budget as well. Remember, this is not a distortion pedal! It's all about the fuzz baby, from a company over 30 years of experience on bass guitar effects pedals why not try this out?

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MXR M182 El Grande Bass Fuzz Pedal

# 9 DigiTech XBW Bass Synth Wah Effects Pedal

Synth Wah wah wah wah!

# 9 DigiTech XBW Bass Synth Wah Effects Pedal

The DigiTech XBW Bass Synth Wah Effects Pedal makes a lot of people cringe because of the digitech brand name. It's known that when it comes to digitech they have a pretty bad rep with some people when it comes to effects pedals. However, I think many people just don't get it. Digitech is more of a synth effects type of company in my opinion any of their pedals that have a digital type effect makes these guys reign very superior. It's all in taste of course. I used this pedal a few times but I don't use it alone though. I use it with some distortion pedals and it sounds amazing. If you mix something like this with a distortion pedal you'll get a dirty bass analog synth type of sound. I would at least try it this out for those skeptics out there. This pedal can be modified in so many ways it's not even funny. I can why people have pick this pedal as one of the most desired bass effects pedals.

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The DigiTech XBW Bass Synth Wah Effects Pedal

# 10 BOSS GT10B Bass Effects Processor Pedals

One of The Grand Multi-Effects Pedals!

# 10 BOSS GT10B Bass Effects Processor Pedals

The BOSS GT10B Bass Effects Processor Pedals was meant to be saved for last. I'm never fond of multi effects bass pedals, but when it's Boss and it's this particular bass effects pedal. The features on this one makes it one of the best bass guitar effects pedals out there. There's everything from chorus, distortion, synth, buzz, etc. You can also program these foot pedals to a preset for live purposes. Below I have posted a YouTube video to let it do the talking. (Sorry I couldn't get a translated in english version on it)

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Conclusion

What it all comes down to?

Of course, these I just listed after the top 10 according to the poll on the community of bass players, are one of my favorites and also kinda rare, but there's plenty out I believe this article didn't even touch one of the best delay effects pedals out there for bass guitars or much of chorus. Which I guess it's okay for now soon enough I'll post an article based on the best bass guitar effects pedals on my top list. For now, feel free to dwell into heavy research on this article for these bass guitar effects pedals that were mentioned. I'm sure there's something here for everyone. Thank you for reading this article.

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      John Albu 2 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87102

      Ibanez PD7?! That pedal sounds like a fart. (Even worse than BOSS-ODB3, which I'm kinda surprised that is not mentioned here).

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      rationalideas 3 years ago

      There are only 2 things I want. One is a peddle that makes my electric bass sound like a stand up bass with a bow. The other is a peddle that will drop the tuning a full tone. Ya, the last one is because our singer is getting old, but tuning 3 strings down then up on stage is time consuming and not audience friendly

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I jumped early, if you haven't loaded the interface software and really

      worked with the Digitech BP355. (w/o using the preset models) which

      sound like kids did it, you are missing out on $199.99 worth of magic.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Source Audio effects! the bass distortion pro is simply the greatest bass effects pedal of all time. it's more of a multi effcts synth w/ an eq and 3 presets. combined with the 105'q and the danelectro FAB delay (one of the best delays I've used with bass... it was $10 on ebay). if you play slap and are into trippy sounds this is a wicked combo.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      all those sound bad except the whah

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Sansamp belongs to this list (i don't like it), but it is very popular.

      Why there is no Ebs pedals?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Clearly missing the BOSS OD-3 and the Darkglass Electronics B3K

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      you really forget the ZOOM B3

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      HowAboutThis 4 years ago

      Good information. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Where's the Darkglass B3K? The Sansamp VT Bass and VT Deluxe? And what about the evergreen OC-2 from boss?? And a behringer distortion?! Are you serious?! This top 10 really needs a review...

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      sidewalk-star 5 years ago

      Great list. I hadn't heard of some of these before but I've been looking for some insight into the different pedals out there, so will definitely check some of these out.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Sorry, but I do not like this list. Dunlop Crybaby 105Q Bass Wah Pedal? Are you sure? Why not Digitech Bass Whammy?! this is one of the most wanted bass pedal ever made. Behringer Heavy Metal Distortion UM300 is ultra unreliable and very bad pedal. boss odb 3 is much better choice. I missed MXR Bass D.I.+ or SansAmp Bass Driver DI too. Boss dd-3 is also very popular among progressive/post rock bass players. Furthermore Ibanez never made good pedals and almost all DigiTech Multi-Effect Pedals below 150$ are for kids.

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      DamianC LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Dude, you're absolutely right, but it's an old old lens and I plan to update it soon. So I promise that I'll go update it with my new knowledge.

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      DamianC LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Yeah man I know honestly.. this was done in like 2008 or 2009 and over time I've come to the conclusion that you're right and I'm going to update this list soon. Cut me some slack it's an old ass lens lol.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You kinda lost me at Behringer. No-one plays a behringer because they want too, they are unreliable, bad sounding clones. Also, how could you have that and a BP90 on, yet not have the AKAI Deep Impact!? Any bass player after a bass synth has that pedal in his/her G.A.S List, but it's not on yours?

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      DamianC LM 5 years ago

      @mattstonedeaf: Pretty dope! I'll go and check it out!

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      DamianC LM 5 years ago

      @Bassist73: Oh yeah I love that one too! I used it with my old band mates!

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      DamianC LM 5 years ago

      @Southernemma: That dude has one of the best sounds on his bass. Did you know that he actually changes his strings every single time before performing one of his songs I forgot which one.

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      mattstonedeaf 5 years ago

      Great Post but there are some uber cool stuff out there to see. Ive just landed a job for a company in England as Im a bass player and its to help them design some stuff for bass. Fresh and New cos Im designing it of course but you should check the site out here http://www.stonedeaffx.com well worth a look if you're into your pedals.

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      Bassist73 5 years ago

      Great lens. I have the older Line 6 Bass XT Live. They discontinued that model and brought out a newer series, but I prefer the old style better with the big plastic pedals rather than the newer steel switches. Hope mine never dies!

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      Southernemma 5 years ago

      Nice lens! I use the Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi (Russian) with my bass and it has a killer sound. I've yet to try the bass version, but the Russian Big Muff Pi is great. Christopher Wolstenholme from Muse uses it as well.

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      finalfantasyxvi 5 years ago

      Cool stuff.

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      Adam6180 6 years ago

      Great lens!

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      DamianC LM 8 years ago

      No yeah tell me about it. I made this poll based on results I saw. I was surprised too. Very soon though I will write an article based on my personal top!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I'm surprised you didn't mention any choruses or flangers, as those have always had more use for me than any of the other pedals you mentioned above... I do have to say that big muff pedal is pretty cool...