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

$199.99

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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Voodoo Lab Pedal Power Mondo
Voodoo Lab Pedal Power Mondo
Voodoo Lab Pedal Power Mondo

Voodoo Lab Pedal Power Mondo

$250.00
Gator Power 12 Power Supply
Gator Power 12 Power Supply
Gator Power 12 Power Supply

Gator Power 12 Power Supply

$179.99
Pedaltrain Nano Max w/ Soft Case
Pedaltrain Nano Max w/ Soft Case
Pedaltrain Nano Max w/ Soft Case
Pedaltrain Nano Max w/ Soft Case
Pedaltrain Nano Max w/ Soft Case

Pedaltrain Nano Max w/ Soft Case

$95.00
Gator Power 5 Power Supply
Gator Power 5 Power Supply
Gator Power 5 Power Supply

Gator Power 5 Power Supply

$99.99

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Dunlop DCP06SI MXR Patch Cable 6
Dunlop DCP06SI MXR Patch Cable 6

Dunlop DCP06SI MXR Patch Cable 6"

$7.99
BOSS BCK-6 Solderless Pedalboard Cable Kit
BOSS BCK-6 Solderless Pedalboard Cable Kit

BOSS BCK-6 Solderless Pedalboard Cable Kit

$45.00
IK Multimedia iLine Mobile Music Cable Kit
IK Multimedia iLine Mobile Music Cable Kit
IK Multimedia iLine Mobile Music Cable Kit
IK Multimedia iLine Mobile Music Cable Kit

IK Multimedia iLine Mobile Music Cable Kit

$59.99
MXR 6
MXR 6

MXR 6" Patch Cable Dual Right Angle

$5.99
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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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Panda Audio Future Impact v3 Bass/Guitar Synth Pedal
Panda Audio Future Impact v3 Bass/Guitar Synth Pedal

Panda Audio Future Impact v3 Bass/Guitar Synth Pedal

$399.00
JAM Pedals Lucydreamer Bass Overdrive v2
JAM Pedals Lucydreamer Bass Overdrive v2
JAM Pedals Lucydreamer Bass Overdrive v2

JAM Pedals Lucydreamer Bass Overdrive v2

$229.00
JAM Pedals Rattler Bass Distortion v2
JAM Pedals Rattler Bass Distortion v2
JAM Pedals Rattler Bass Distortion v2

JAM Pedals Rattler Bass Distortion v2

$229.00
JAM Pedals Dynassor Bass Compressor v2
JAM Pedals Dynassor Bass Compressor v2
JAM Pedals Dynassor Bass Compressor v2

JAM Pedals Dynassor Bass Compressor v2

$199.00
Gallien-Krueger PLEX 4-Band Active Bass Preamp Pedal
Gallien-Krueger PLEX 4-Band Active Bass Preamp Pedal
Gallien-Krueger PLEX 4-Band Active Bass Preamp Pedal
Gallien-Krueger PLEX 4-Band Active Bass Preamp Pedal

Gallien-Krueger PLEX 4-Band Active Bass Preamp Pedal

$250.00
Diamond Bass Comp Optical Compressor w/EQ
Diamond Bass Comp Optical Compressor w/EQ
Diamond Bass Comp Optical Compressor w/EQ
Diamond Bass Comp Optical Compressor w/EQ
Diamond Bass Comp Optical Compressor w/EQ

Diamond Bass Comp Optical Compressor w/EQ

$270.00
Darkglass Aggressively Distorted Advanced Machine
Darkglass Aggressively Distorted Advanced Machine
Darkglass Aggressively Distorted Advanced Machine

Darkglass Aggressively Distorted Advanced Machine

$499.00
Electro-Harmonix Bass Mono Synth w/(2) RockBoard Flat Patch Cables Bundle
Electro-Harmonix Bass Mono Synth w/(2) RockBoard Flat Patch Cables Bundle

Electro-Harmonix Bass Mono Synth w/(2) RockBoard Flat Patch Cables Bundle

$123.50
Xotic Bass RC Booster V2 w/(2) RockBoard Flat Patch Cables Bundle
Xotic Bass RC Booster V2 w/(2) RockBoard Flat Patch Cables Bundle

Xotic Bass RC Booster V2 w/(2) RockBoard Flat Patch Cables Bundle

$168.00
Electro-Harmonix BASS9 Bass Machine
Electro-Harmonix BASS9 Bass Machine
Electro-Harmonix BASS9 Bass Machine

Electro-Harmonix BASS9 Bass Machine

$189.00
Xotic Bass RC Booster V2
Xotic Bass RC Booster V2
Xotic Bass RC Booster V2

Xotic Bass RC Booster V2

$137.00
Fuzzrociousn King Med/High Overdrive w/Momentary Feedback CME Exclusive Black/Orange
Fuzzrociousn King Med/High Overdrive w/Momentary Feedback CME Exclusive Black/Orange
Fuzzrociousn King Med/High Overdrive w/Momentary Feedback CME Exclusive Black/Orange
Fuzzrociousn King Med/High Overdrive w/Momentary Feedback CME Exclusive Black/Orange

Fuzzrociousn King Med/High Overdrive w/Momentary Feedback CME Exclusive Black/Orange

$200.00

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