4 PEDALS EVERY BASSIST SHOULD HAVE

No matter what you play––or how you play––what you need never changes. A tuner, a compression, an octave, and an overdrive/distortion: these four essentials are must-haves for any bassist, and we’ll show you a few of our favorites. 

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DISTORTION/OD | DARKGLASS B3K

$219.99

With expanded features, the new Darkglass Electronics Microtubes B3K Overdrive V2 improves upon the original while keeping the same core functionality that has made this pedal a favorite for nearly ten years. Folding the Attack Switch functions into the new Tone Knob, adding the ability to tweak and restore the mids, as well as refining the celebrated Grunt switch, take it from Darkglass–the Microtubes B3K is the "perfect blend of brutality and clarity."

Brand:
Darkglass Electronics
Type: Preamp/Overdrive
Controls: Blend, Tone, Level, Drive, Grunt, Mid Boost, 
Power Source: 9VDC
Inputs: 1 1/4"
Outputs: 1 1/4"
Dimensions: 4.45×2.95 in

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Bass Bits

The devil’s in the details, as they say, and when you’ve got a full bass rig to lug around, you know what that means. Sure up the little things with our bass accessories so you can worry less and play more with reliable power supplies and patch cables. 

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Pedaltrain Effects and Pedals / Pedalboards and Power Supplies Pedaltrain NOVO 24 Pedalboard 5 Rails 24x14.5 w/Tour Case
Pedaltrain Effects and Pedals / Pedalboards and Power Supplies Pedaltrain NOVO 24 Pedalboard 5 Rails 24x14.5 w/Tour Case
Pedaltrain Effects and Pedals / Pedalboards and Power Supplies Pedaltrain NOVO 24 Pedalboard 5 Rails 24x14.5 w/Tour Case
Pedaltrain Effects and Pedals / Pedalboards and Power Supplies Pedaltrain NOVO 24 Pedalboard 5 Rails 24x14.5 w/Tour Case

Pedaltrain NOVO 24 Pedalboard 5 Rails 24x14.5 w/Tour Case

$250.00
Pedaltrain Pro FX w/ Soft Case
Pedaltrain Pro FX w/ Soft Case
Pedaltrain Effects and Pedals / Pedalboards and Power Supplies Pedaltrain Pro FX w/ Soft Case
Pedaltrain Pro FX w/ Soft Case
Pedaltrain Pro FX w/ Soft Case

Pedaltrain Pro FX w/ Soft Case

$162.00
Strymon Ojai R30 High Current DC Power Supply Expansion Kit
Strymon Ojai R30 High Current DC Power Supply Expansion Kit
Strymon Ojai R30 High Current DC Power Supply Expansion Kit
Strymon Ojai R30 High Current DC Power Supply Expansion Kit
Strymon Ojai R30 High Current DC Power Supply Expansion Kit

Strymon Ojai R30 High Current DC Power Supply Expansion Kit

$140.00
Strymon Ojai R30 High Current DC Power Supply Expansion Kit
Strymon Ojai R30 High Current DC Power Supply Expansion Kit
Strymon Ojai R30 High Current DC Power Supply Expansion Kit
Strymon Ojai R30 High Current DC Power Supply Expansion Kit
Strymon Ojai R30 High Current DC Power Supply Expansion Kit

Strymon Ojai R30 High Current DC Power Supply Expansion Kit

$118.00

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Mogami Accessories / Cables Mogami Pure Patch 3.5mm TS Mono Cable 3' 3-Pack
Mogami Accessories / Cables Mogami Pure Patch 3.5mm TS Mono Cable 3' 3-Pack

Mogami Pure Patch 3.5mm TS Mono Cable 3' 3-Pack

$22.95
Mogami Pure Patch 3.5mm TS Mono Cable 2' 3-Pack
Mogami Pure Patch 3.5mm TS Mono Cable 2' 3-Pack

Mogami Pure Patch 3.5mm TS Mono Cable 2' 3-Pack

$20.95
Mogami Pure Patch 3.5mm TS Mono Cable 1' 3-Pack
Mogami Pure Patch 3.5mm TS Mono Cable 1' 3-Pack

Mogami Pure Patch 3.5mm TS Mono Cable 1' 3-Pack

$19.95
Mogami Gold Patch Instrument Cable 5
Mogami Gold Patch Instrument Cable 5

Mogami Gold Patch Instrument Cable 5" Angle-Angle

$26.95
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COMPRESSION | KEELEY BASSIST LIMITING AMPLIFIER

$199.00

From Keeley:

The Keeley Bassist Compressor provides true high-fidelity compression and limiting. Be heard and felt using performance compression by Keeley Engineering.

The Bassist Compressor is built around the exotic and extremely high fidelity THAT Corp. 4320. Think of it as very affordable studio-grade compressor in stomp box format! It uses high performance Voltage Controlled Amplifiers, on board true-RMS detector, and ultra high performance op-amps to bring you the very best quality. VCA compressors give you precise control. Therefore they are directly suited to bass guitars. The Keeley Bassist Compressor is both musical and very transparent. Where our older compressors were based on the CA3080 or the LM13700 and are perfect for single coil guitars, the new Keeley Bassist Compressor has no problems with active pre-amps and line level input signals! Not only can the Keeley Bassist handle astonishingly large signals, it has an incredible bandwidth of over 20 KHz and incredibly low noise. No detail in your bass guitar's tone will be lost. The Keeley Bassist will be a sound investment in your tone, you now have rack-mount quality at your feet.

Compression and Threshold

When bass players use the Keeley Bassist Compressor they will be greeted with a sound that is more easily amplified and heard. Using the effect as a limiting amplifier saves your speakers from clipping and distortion. Set the Threshold to look for peaks in your signal and limit distortion from your amplifier or damage to your speakers. Simply watch the Threshold Indicator light to see what type of playing you want to limit, it's that easy! Next set the Compression Ratio Control to determine how much squash you want when the signal is above Threshold. Set Compression all of the way down for no (1:1) compression and use the Gain control as a boost! Set Compression all of the way up for an above-Threshold hard-knee limiter.

A typical soft compressor setting would be 2:1 above threshold. A good starting ratio for the Compression control may be 4:1 as it generally sounds good with bass guitar. A ratio of 5:1 or 6:1 will sound great for slap or funk-style playing. For synth-bass try 10:1 Compression.

Attack and Release

There is a certain figure that just sounds good as far as compression goes; and that's 125 dB/second. With feed forward compressors that use this type of true-RMS detector you use a single time constant parameter. The timing capacitor gives you attack and release times that are adaptive to your playing level or the signal input to the compressor. Bottom line: Attack and Release times vary on program content. Attack times are generally speaking, about 100 times faster than release times.

  • Attack Time: typically 15ms for 10dB, 5ms for 20dB, 3ms for 30dB
  • Release Time: typically 8ms for 1dB, 40ms for 5dB, 80ms for 10dB, 160ms for 20dB, 240ms for 30dB
Specs:
  • Voltage Input: 9.6V
  • Current Draw: 15mA
  • Input Impedance 1 Meg ohm
  • Output Impedance: 100 ohm
  • Output Voltage Gain: +30dB Boost
  • Bandwidth > 20kHz
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.1%
  • Noise: -95dBV
  • Threshold Indicator: Dual LED
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OCTAVE | MXR SUB OCTAVE BASS FUZZ

$199.99

The Sub Octave Bass Fuzz dishes out thunderous low end with earth-shaking fuzz. To create this sonic behemoth, MXR’s engineers combined the Growl section of the Bass Octave Deluxe with a long-forgotten fuzz circuit. With three separate output level controls for the fuzz, sub octave, and dry signals, you can create your own recipe of subterranean tones without sacrificing any of your instrument’s natural sound. Further versatility comes in the form of the fuzz section’s tone controls and two switchable voices—warm and compressed or bright and aggressive—along with the Mid Level control, which allows you to give your dry signal some more punch in the midrange.

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To branch out from the big four, shop our complete collection of bass effects and build the rig that’s best for you. 

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Fuzzrocious Pedals Effects and Pedals / Overdrive and Boost Fuzzrociousn Med/High Overdrive Black/Orange (CME Exclusive) USED
Fuzzrocious Pedals Effects and Pedals / Overdrive and Boost Fuzzrociousn Med/High Overdrive Black/Orange (CME Exclusive) USED
Fuzzrocious Pedals Effects and Pedals / Overdrive and Boost Fuzzrociousn Med/High Overdrive Black/Orange (CME Exclusive) USED

Fuzzrociousn Med/High Overdrive Black/Orange (CME Exclusive) USED

$145.00
Fuzzrocious Pedals Effects and Pedals / Distortion Fuzzrocious Cat Tail Distortion w/ Latching Feedback Mod Black/Orange (CME Exclusive) USED
Fuzzrocious Pedals Effects and Pedals / Distortion Fuzzrocious Cat Tail Distortion w/ Latching Feedback Mod Black/Orange (CME Exclusive) USED
Fuzzrocious Pedals Effects and Pedals / Distortion Fuzzrocious Cat Tail Distortion w/ Latching Feedback Mod Black/Orange (CME Exclusive) USED

Fuzzrocious Cat Tail Distortion w/ Latching Feedback Mod Black/Orange (CME Exclusive) USED

$170.00
Fuzzrocious Pedals Effects and Pedals / Fuzz Fuzzrocious Grey Stache Muff Fuzz with Octave Jawn Mod CME Exclusive Black/Orange
Fuzzrocious Pedals Effects and Pedals / Fuzz Fuzzrocious Grey Stache Muff Fuzz with Octave Jawn Mod CME Exclusive Black/Orange
Fuzzrocious Pedals Effects and Pedals / Fuzz Fuzzrocious Grey Stache Muff Fuzz with Octave Jawn Mod CME Exclusive Black/Orange
Fuzzrocious Pedals Effects and Pedals / Fuzz Fuzzrocious Grey Stache Muff Fuzz with Octave Jawn Mod CME Exclusive Black/Orange

Fuzzrocious Grey Stache Muff Fuzz with Octave Jawn Mod CME Exclusive Black/Orange

$230.00
Tech 21 Effects and Pedals / Bass Pedals Tech 21 SansAmp Geddy Lee YYZ Signature Bass Pre-Amp Pedal
Tech 21 Effects and Pedals / Bass Pedals Tech 21 SansAmp Geddy Lee YYZ Signature Bass Pre-Amp Pedal
Tech 21 Effects and Pedals / Bass Pedals Tech 21 SansAmp Geddy Lee YYZ Signature Bass Pre-Amp Pedal

Tech 21 SansAmp Geddy Lee YYZ Signature Bass Pre-Amp Pedal

$199.00
Tech 21 Effects and Pedals / Overdrive and Boost Tech 21 SansAmp PSA 2.0 Pre-Amp Pedal
Tech 21 Effects and Pedals / Overdrive and Boost Tech 21 SansAmp PSA 2.0 Pre-Amp Pedal
Tech 21 SansAmp PSA 2.0 Pre-Amp Pedal

Tech 21 SansAmp PSA 2.0 Pre-Amp Pedal

$399.00
Tech 21 Effects and Pedals / Overdrive and Boost Tech 21 SansAmp DP-3X dUg Pinnick Signature Bass Pre-Amp Pedal
Tech 21 Effects and Pedals / Overdrive and Boost Tech 21 SansAmp DP-3X dUg Pinnick Signature Bass Pre-Amp Pedal
Tech 21 SansAmp DP-3X dUg Pinnick Signature Bass Pre-Amp Pedal

Tech 21 SansAmp DP-3X dUg Pinnick Signature Bass Pre-Amp Pedal

$299.00
Tech 21 Effects and Pedals / Overdrive and Boost Tech 21 Steve Harris SH1 Signature Bass Pre-Amp Pedal
Tech 21 Effects and Pedals / Overdrive and Boost Tech 21 Steve Harris SH1 Signature Bass Pre-Amp Pedal
Tech 21 Steve Harris SH1 Signature Bass Pre-Amp Pedal

Tech 21 Steve Harris SH1 Signature Bass Pre-Amp Pedal

$299.00
Tech 21 Effects and Pedals / Multi-Effect Unit Tech 21 SansAmp Paul Landers PL1 Signature Fly Rig Multi-Effect Pedal
Tech 21 Effects and Pedals / Multi-Effect Unit Tech 21 SansAmp Paul Landers PL1 Signature Fly Rig Multi-Effect Pedal
Tech 21 Effects and Pedals / Multi-Effect Unit Tech 21 SansAmp Paul Landers PL1 Signature Fly Rig Multi-Effect Pedal

Tech 21 SansAmp Paul Landers PL1 Signature Fly Rig Multi-Effect Pedal

$329.00
Tech 21 Effects and Pedals / Overdrive and Boost Tech 21 SansAmp Fly Rig 5 v2 Multi-Effect Pedal
Tech 21 Effects and Pedals / Overdrive and Boost Tech 21 SansAmp Fly Rig 5 v2 Multi-Effect Pedal
Tech 21 Effects and Pedals / Overdrive and Boost Tech 21 SansAmp Fly Rig 5 v2 Multi-Effect Pedal

Tech 21 SansAmp Fly Rig 5 v2 Multi-Effect Pedal

$299.00
MXR Effects and Pedals / Bass Pedals MXR M281 Thump Bass Preamp
MXR Effects and Pedals / Bass Pedals MXR M281 Thump Bass Preamp
MXR Effects and Pedals / Bass Pedals MXR M281 Thump Bass Preamp

MXR M281 Thump Bass Preamp

$120.00
MXR M-83 Bass Chorus Deluxe
MXR M-83 Bass Chorus Deluxe
MXR M-83 Bass Chorus Deluxe
MXR Effects and Pedals / Chorus and Vibrato MXR M-83 Bass Chorus Deluxe

MXR M-83 Bass Chorus Deluxe

$125.00
Aguilar Effects and Pedals / Bass Pedals Aguilar DB 925 Micro bass Preamp
Aguilar Effects and Pedals / Bass Pedals Aguilar DB 925 Micro bass Preamp
Aguilar DB 925 Micro bass Preamp

Aguilar DB 925 Micro bass Preamp

$149.00

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