What I usually do before our gigs, is sit back, relax, and enjoy the scene as the sound engineer messes things up for both the band’s guitar players and singer. Tranquility touches my soul, a nirvana unexplainable, because I know I will damage the controls as soon as my turn comes up. And then, as I lay motionless and without any guilt, I am called to the stand. Proudly I rise and paly a chord, either an F# or an Am, I really don’t care, and then I step on my own spaceship’s controls; my bass effect pedals.
Don’t get me wrong; I don’t want to be a guitarist in the guitarist’s place. I just want to play the bass, if you get what I mean. But a man has to have his toys, right? I can’t go on stage without the proper ammunition, can’t I now? And here’s what I mainly use.
Till lately, I have been using my very own, old, scratched, b-stock Toneworks AX1-B by Korg, a unique tool under any bass player’s feet. Mostly, I have used Distortion/Overdrive sounds, a bit of Delay, a bit of Reverb, and I really enjoyed the Chorus effect on that old multieffect pedal board, God bless its soul. It died unexpectedly when it hit ground during a starry night after one gig, hopelessly falling from my car’s front seat.
And then I find myself purchasing a Boss ODB-3 Overdrive, and putting it to the test. Wow! And Yeah! A cool effect pedal for any metal head that happens to be a guitarist, not! Especially designed for bass, it enhances my sound to the max, leaving nothing to chance. Nothing I tell you!
And then I got my Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer, which is kind of an oxymoron, and funny, if you think of it; first I buy a distortion pedal, and then a compression one. Ha, got you there, you thought no one could do that, right? Well, I can. And I can pretty well. You should hear the sound that I produce; it sounds like a decent bass player’s playing, which is fascinating for me to hear, since I aren’t good at all. Only thing is, you have to listen to me. So, at our next gig, please be in the front row with all our groupies, all two of them!
And that’s all the bass effect pedals I use.
Well, till next time, ta ta.