Bass Pedals You Need

Music equipment isn’t cheap, and pedalboards add even more expense. A bass multi effects pedal can help reduce pedal clutter by cutting down on how many pedals you need and keeping your rig looking tidier overall.

The Strymon El Capistan dTape Echo bass delay pedal provides fullness in tone while transitioning seamlessly from clean to out-of-tune tape effect, including tremolo function.


An effective overdrive pedal can do wonders for your bass tone, whether by adding slight crunch or creating an all-out fuzz sound. From little boosts that add subtle valve amp-style crunch, to searing high gain distortion/fuzz units – some even cover both ends of the spectrum in one unit for amazing versatility!

Overdrive/Distortion pedals can be an essential addition to any bassist’s pedal board, particularly those playing metal, hard rock and other genres where high-gain distortion is common. But they can also add some extra grit and saturation for funk or blues bass lines. When purchasing one of these pedals it is important to find one with good controls that works well with your guitar type and style of music.

Finding an overdrive pedal that meets all your needs can be difficult, with so many available on the market. Here are a few essentials all great overdrive and distortion pedals must have:

Gain control – this knob on most overdrive pedals determines how much of an effect is applied to your signal by the pedal. Often it should be set somewhere around midway; depending on what kind of overdrive effect you want though you may require additional or decreased adjustments as per desired results.

EQ – Equalization controls are an integral component of any overdrive/distortion pedal and determine how your signal will sound after activating the effect. Most pedals offer two knobs: treble and bass for fine-tuning to meet individual preferences – you can use these features to tailor the pedal exactly to meet your requirements, making the most out of its effects!

Some pedals offer additional features, like a “clean” control that enables users to blend in a pre-set EQ clean signal – this feature can be especially helpful for bass players. Other pedals feature level knobs which control overall volume when an effect is engaged; finally some offer tone controls which alters the tone of any distortion signal produced – these tweaks may make all the difference in terms of tone quality!


Although it may seem unusual to include delay and reverb pedals in a bass player’s pedalboard, these effects are very useful for bassists. Used correctly, these effects can create an impressive sense of space or depth that helps their instrument fit more naturally within a mix than dominating it.

Delay pedals offer an abundance of sounds that range from short repeats to ambient soundscapes, creating everything from complex rhythmic structures and texture-adding bass lines, to mimicking synth textures without needing an actual keyboard player on hand. Reverb can add enormous, atmospheric or delicate effects for added ambiance or just to add something new and different into your bass playing – perfect if you don’t already possess an array of synths! Reverb also serves a useful purpose when trying out different synth sounds or simply trying something different out.

Chorus pedals can add depth and texture to your bass tone by splitting your signal and running a slightly detuned and delayed version alongside the original signal, creating shimmery, pulsing effects which can be as subtle or intense as desired. They’re an excellent way to add movement and depth, particularly for jazz players.

Octave pedals are another popular bass pedal that can give your playing an original and unforgettable sound, setting you apart from the pack. These pedals enable users to play lower notes while maintaining original pitch – ideal for anything from rock to jazz and are very straightforward and simple to use; both the EBSOctaBass and AguilarOctamizer offer exceptional tone without getting in the way.

Preamp/DI pedals are essential tools for any bassist, as they allow them to bypass their amp and send their signal directly to a mixing board or recording device, making life much simpler for sound engineers while keeping your signal consistent from gig to gig. There are various preamp/DI pedals on the market; make sure you find one with features and tones that best meet your needs.


Compression may not offer the loud distortion and lush chorus effects associated with more advanced bass pedals, but it remains one of the most essential pedals for any bassist. While beginners and even experienced bass players may overlook it at first, a quality compression pedal helps dampen volume peaks created when playing short and punchy notes like slap bass; additionally it tightens up low end frequencies, creating that BOOM that sometimes gets lost on stages without ideal PA systems.

Compression works by using a process known as’sonic squeezing’ to decrease the difference between louder and soft bass sounds, creating that produced, professional quality many bassists seek. Although its primary function may be compression, compressors also act as tone shaping tools; amplifying high frequencies while attenuating lower ones for an amplified and defined tone that many bassists desire.

Most compressors provide you with a variety of controls to allow you to fine-tune the effect you desire. Common options include threshold, attack and release controls; more advanced pedals might offer wet/dry blend settings so you can set how much of the original signal has been compressed.

Every compression bass pedal features an attack control to adjust how quickly it responds to an input signal. This feature is especially important as, during playing sessions, we tend to seek an instantaneous feedback and feel from our pedal, but for gigging or recording purposes this might not always be required; alternatively you could benefit from having more subtle control of its attack level.

Some pedals feature additional features that may come in handy for bassists in mixed environments – for example a presence control that lets you adjust how much treble is amplified in compressed signals, providing bassists with an effective way to lower treble while still getting all of its benefits. Others such as BCC Custard Factory compressor offer wet/dry blend options which offer all of these benefits but only when needed – which are great features when not necessarily needed continuously.


Every bassist knows that great tone begins with solid foundation. That’s why having a preamp/di pedal can be invaluable when creating and shaping your signal before going into PAs or recording interfaces. These typically feature gain, level and EQ capabilities to give it that extra bit of polish before going front of house or into pedalboards.

These pedals act like mini amps in a box, converting your line-level high-impedance signal into a balanced low-impedance one to work with various amps and create better sounds from pedal chains. Additionally, these devices may provide boost for solos or enable volume swell effects for further use.

There are various kinds of buffers on the market. While some are passive, others come equipped with built-in buffers that minimize high frequency loss to ensure strong signal integrity even when using numerous pedals at once. Some models even come equipped with either low or high impedance models to best meet your pedal’s individual requirements (e.g. EB passive mono volume pedal).

Loopers can also be incredibly useful pedals for practicing bass lines in songs and hearing how they will develop over time. Looping can provide invaluable feedback about how bass lines will work within songs as you quickly record them and replay them again and again, providing invaluable insight into their viability in musical settings and possible modifications over time.

Are you searching for ways to add variety and depth to your bass lines? One way is with an octave pedal. These instruments allow two instruments to harmonize by shifting pitch up or down. This can create some interesting sounds; check out which pedals make the cut!

A compressor pedal is an essential piece of gear for bassists, as it prevents your amp from distorting during loud moments in a set. Additionally, you can use it creatively by creating fade-ins or by mixing in some dry signal when using overdrive/distortion pedals like Darkglass Super Symmetry that won’t affect tone negatively.