Bass Guitar Pedals Guide

Bass pedals can add an abundance of tones and textures, from supporting country tunes to creating growling beasts suitable for heavier genres – making them a must-have part of any guitarist’s rig.

Overdrive, fuzz and distortion pedals add an unmistakably edgy tone that cuts through dense mixes. Time-based effects such as delay and reverb can add ambience while time delays or reverb can create spatial effects which add ambience and movement.


The Epic Overdrive features two overdrive circuits with distinct tones, both using rare vintage yellow band 1S2473 clipping diodes that have become staples among late 70s/early 80s era Japanese manufacturers’ pedals. These diodes create an extremely subtle, less harsh drive tone while still adding plenty of punch to your sound, with DRY control providing plenty of options from classic Klon-type tones all the way through transparent boost sounds – plus everything in between!

Adaptive circuitry in the Epic Overdrive allows its’mid-forward’ tone to fade back gradually as you reduce volume on your guitar, revealing your clean tone as soon as you roll back volume on your instrument. This truly revolutionary feature makes the Epic Overdrive far more flexible than any other overdrive pedal, without ever losing character, dynamics or transparency that made its predecessors so acclaimed. Both drive circuits can also be configured via DIP switches for even greater customization; setting them for either symmetrical or asymmetrical clipping; 808 or 09 specifications as well as normal or high gain operation – each drive circuit can also be set via DIP switches for further configuration flexibility!


Distortion pedals can transform your clean sound into an all-out assault of distortion, adding subtle or aggressive metal roars depending on their setting. Use them sparingly or turn up their volume for full metal shreds!

Distortion pedals often include multiple controls to allow users to customize their tone, including gain (distortion level), distortion knob and output volume settings. Some pedals even offer an optional tone control so you can customize frequency response of your distorted signal, such as brightening it for lead licks and solos or darkening it for thick rhythm sounds.

Most guitarists possess at least one distortion pedal in their arsenal as it is one of the most versatile and useful guitar effects. Paired with a high-gain amp, distortion pedals offer a vast array of tones from gritty and crunchy to creamy and smooth.

There is an assortment of distortion pedals on the market, from classic Pro Co RAT2s to Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pis. Each pedal offers distinctive tones and characteristics; so experimentation should be undertaken in order to select an ideal pedal for your music production workflow.

One great way to expand your sonic palette is to combine a distortion pedal with an overdrive pedal. Both types of pedal are intended to add gain, though in different ways. When used together, they allow musicians to add subtle boosts of gain without oversaturating their signal – an advantage especially useful for studio musicians looking for subtle layers of color without going overboard with it.


Wah is an exceptional pedal that gives you precise control of your tone unlike many other effects can. It acts like a filter effect without simply pushing up and down on its pedal; there are specific parameters you can alter to alter what the wah does and find your own unique sound without buying all new pedals!

There are plenty of different wahs available, but our favorite is the Jim Dunlop GCB95 Dynamic Wah. It offers high-quality pedal action along with tonal manipulation features like setting frequency range and Q (Qith) of its filter filter.

The GCB95 also comes equipped with a Mode control that enables you to select which way the wah sweeps, providing additional flexibility when desired to achieve desired sounds or avoid feedback issues.

One of the greatest assets of wah is how much character it adds to your playing. A wah makes your guitar sound almost human-like when strumming or plucking; creating that distinctively animated crying sound. Wah pedals can also add great spice and flare to funk and psychedelic rock music styles; giving your tone that extra edge!

Electro Harmonix’s EC-500 Crying Tone pedal is an affordable solution to those in search of an effective wah. Without moving parts, its durability and reliability are unsurpassed; while its easy design enables users to use it by pressing down on its body or placing their foot on it. Two blue trimmer controls that you can tweak with either a flathead or Phillips screwdriver allow you to thin out tone or increase gain while turning clockwise will darken it and vice versa.


Reverb is one of the most iconic effects in music, adding ambience and creating audible echos that echo back through sound trails. We encounter it daily – in our homes and halls as well as concert venues and stadiums where we play concerts or stadium events – making its presence constant and unpredictable. Reverb can range from subtle enhancements to extreme transformations – an amount can add subtle details or transform completely the mood and environment around you.

Environmental noise has an enormous effect on musical instruments and vocalists; however, many factors can be controlled to achieve desired reverberations. Reverb is usually added during post-production mixing processes but dedicated pedals make real time additions possible as well.

There are various kinds of reverb pedals on the market, ranging from all-analog true spring units to digital rackmount and desktop models. Digital pedals tend to be the more popular choice among guitarists due to their easy operation and small size; many come equipped with preset types as well as knobs to allow users to shape their sounds further.

Advanced reverb pedals often boast an impressive selection of options for customizing and dialing in reverberation, including multiple types of spatial simulations, gated reverb (which shortens tail after initial reflections), non-linear reverb (where it swells before tailing off), non-linear reverb (where the reverb swells before tailing off), non-linear reverb (where it gradually increases before eventually tapering off), etc. They offer great control over tone shaping control of their reverb, making them especially handy for live performances which require rapid switching between types and settings quickly!