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Newby Question: I want to simulate a bass guitar with my acoustic guitar. What pedal?

Discussion in 'Bass' started by 5282jt, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. 5282jt

    5282jt Guest

    I want to simulate a bass guitar with my acoustic guitar to add into recordings. What pedals etc will accomplish this? I am looking for simplicity and would rather not spend a whole lot, cause I ain't got much $
    I haven't even tried using this multi track recorder yet. I'm 61 years old and tech stuff scares heck outa me!
    But i've written a lot of songs through the years and would like to put together a decent tape.

    Thanks,
    Chuck
     
  2. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    You could use a octaver pedall, that transposes the note down an octave, but pitch-shifting a full octave doesn't sound very natural and can be kinda slow to process..
    I wouldn't want to muddy up my nice pure acoustic music with a weird sounding bass that a pitch-shifter would provide.

    Honestly, I think you'll be much happier finding a cheap used bass somewhere. And you're probably in for a $100 or more either way you go.

    Good luck.
     
  3. Jeemy

    Jeemy Well-Known Member

    Yeah, buy a bass. A used Yamaha, Washburn, Ibanez will be fine, get a beatup one, strip the strings, clean the fretboard and polish the frets with 0000 wire wool. Put masking tape either side of the frets when you do the frets perpendicular to the grain, and just give the grain a gentle rub, parallel to the strings. Check the electrics, resolder and fit new pots if necessary. Shield the interior of the electric cavity with tinfoil, glue it down. Put it all back together and you'll have something infinitely better than an octaver pedal. Or borrow one in exchange for giving it a cleanup and new strings.
     
  4. 5282jt

    5282jt Guest

    Jeemy. I'm taking your advice. I found a Hofner acoustic/Elec bass for $75.00 locally

    I'm picking it up on Wednesday!
    THANKS ALL!
     
  5. Jeemy

    Jeemy Well-Known Member

    Kick ass. Post samples. CLEAN IT.
     
  6. 5282jt

    5282jt Guest

    OOPS! I said Hofner.
    It's a Hohner eab65 acoustic/electric bass.
    I'll post pics when I get it and after I clean it up. :)
     
  7. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    Oh Yeah! I think you'll be MUCH happier than any pedal, and you got a great deal too! Congrats.
     
  8. Jeemy

    Jeemy Well-Known Member

    Go to Ibanezrules.com and look at his tech section. It gives detailed advice with pics on how to clean a guitar, except you obviously won't be taking the neck off. $75 sounds like a great deal, dependent on year these Hofners can be really great. An electroacoustic bass will be fantastic for acoustic music - it will certainly add a much more unique dimension to your arrangements than an octaver would have. So happy for you!
     

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