At Art of Guitar, we believe that bass pedals are a crucial component of any musician's setup, providing even more possibilities for sound creativity. Some even consider them a 'must-have' item in a drummer's collection. The use of pedals for bass guitar has been around for some time, but it was the hiring of famous bassist Larry Graham by Sly Stone that brought bass pedals to the forefront of music history. Graham, a former guitarist, pioneered the use of effects pedals for bass, becoming hugely influential with his innovative 'thumping-plucking' style of playing. He maximized the use of bass pedals on Sly and the Family Stone's iconic set at the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival, using fuzz pedals, wah pedals, and phase shifters to great effect.
As Graham has demonstrated, the bassist's role in a song is elemental, and can be the part that loops endlessly in your head long after the music ends. Think of Paul McCartney's hypnotic "Come Together" riff. However, to achieve that level of impact, a good multi-effect bass pedal is essential. Investing in multi-effects bass pedals and bass tuning pedals has many benefits, including the delivery of multi-effect sounds in a single unit. These pedals help to add an additional layer of tone and dimension to your playing, and can cut through the mix on stage, add depth and variety, and amplify your sound, making it come alive in a different way. Manufacturers have enhanced the playing experience by creating many dedicated bass effects pedals available today.
If you're interested in investing in a bass pedal, speak to one of our experts at Art of Guitar, who will guide you through the various types of pedals to help you find the perfect one. To get you started, we have a selection of bass pedals available to purchase through our online shop or in-person at one of our stores in Dubai.
Our MarkBass pedals, for instance, are a powerful tool designed for bassists to have complete control of the Bass Multiamp. The MarkBass multiamp pedalboard is a sturdy, ultra-compact unit that provides two modes of operation: Program Change and Control Change. It also allows users to access a tuner and tap delay functions to add an optional expression pedal.
MXR is another brand that has been supplying bass pedals for a long time, offering everything from modulation, compression, distortions, fuzz pedals, and more. Their pedals have been used by musicians worldwide and are still a favourite for bassists of all abilities. You can't go wrong with an MXR preamp or MXR Bass Envelope filter. Their first pedal, the Phase 90, hit the market nearly 50 years ago and is still one of the best-selling effects pedals around.
Whether you're searching for a double bass pedal, a bass compressor pedal, or a bass octave pedal, Art of Guitar has got you covered. We can help you find just the right pedal for your sound.