What's the deal with effects and pedals? (Also: sound in general)

I was also considering an active bass (American Ultra Jazz Bass), but it would be about $300 cheaper to get the Am Pro II Jazz plus the Tech 21 preamp/DI box . . . :wink:

So many decisions, so little time . . . :thinking:

Cheers
Joe

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my advice Joe would be to try to imagine how you would use this gear. for example, for me, there would be no reason to choose an active bass. but maybe it’s not the same for you. the approach is different.

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I’m just interested in the “preamp” aspect . . . stronger signal, being able to experiment with different tones, etc. Laurent. :slight_smile: . . . Josh and I were talking about this, and he felt that the weakest part of the Squier basses were the electronics. There is a company that makes a generic preamp to convert passive “Jazz basses” (including Squiers ) to active ones, but I didn’t want to go that route.

I also wanted to upgrade to the latest Fender MIA Jazz Bass with the improved neck, rolled edges, sculpted heel plate, and Hi-Mass bridge.

Just a “bucket list” sort of thing, and killing two birds with one stone . . . :slight_smile:

Cheers
Joe

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in my opinion the “problem” with the electronics of a Squier is not the lack of a preamp, it’s more about the quality of the pickups :grin: (about this particular point : I’m not a big fan of Fender pickups neither ; but Squier pickups are worst :slight_smile: )

an onboard preamp is great if you want/need to control your tone anytime while playing. that’s it.

and about the difference between a Squier and a MIA Fender … yeah, there will be a difference, I guarantee.

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by the way @Jazzbass19 maybe you could consider a pickup set for your Squier. let’s say a ToneRider set if you don’t want to spend much, for example.

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Yes, thank you Laurent, I did consider upgrading the pickups :slight_smile: . . . and this led to the preamp I mentioned above, but I decided to just get it all in one package! Over 2 years ago, I bought the Squier because I wasn’t sure how far I wanted to go with playing bass, and I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a MIA bass.

I’ve made a lot of progress thanks to Josh and the B2B course, and to all the friends I’ve made here on these Forums . . . so now I’m sure!

You could put a V8 in a Volkswagen, but it would be easier to buy a Camaro :grin:

Cheers
Joe

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The Am Pro II gets a lot of good reviews. The II version pickup seems a bit better on the mids compared with the I. The pick-ups on those Am Pro models are really good and have quite a strong signal. Personally I would go with the Am Pro II because it’s basically the Ultra without a pre-amp.

If you wanna play with different tones then go for the Am Pro II + preamp pedal imho.

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That’s the plan, @Paul . . . :+1:

The Ultra Jazz Bass (active bass) is also interesting because it has a compound neck radius from 10" to 15", meaning it gets “flatter” the further up you go on the fretboard . . :slight_smile:

Cheers
Joe

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Oh yeah forgot about the neck. The neck radius is also different on the I serie. I think I tried the ultra in the local shop but I was already sold on the passive P-bass.

Good luck with your plan!

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Interested in the UAFX pedals, but struggling to find any bass demos. Would love to hear it on bass just to make sure it doesn’t do anything weird.

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personnally I don’t like this, but again it’s all about personnal preferences

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Yeah, I hear you… I haven’t been able to find much with respect to bass demos either, but as I am mainly/only interested in the modulation pedal (Astra) and since most (all?) modulation pedals pretty much work on bass as they do on guitar, I am prepared to take a calculated risk. At the end of the day, even if they do something “weird” to your sound, maybe it is something you find interesting/pleasing!?! I guess it is often very personal if you like a certain pedal’s output…

There is a tiny little demo of the flanger in the Astra with bass in this video (at about the 6:50 mark) - hardly comprehensive by any stretch of that word, but at least a little teaser:

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I’m sure you are right. A blend/mix knob or a switch to omit low frequency would give me more comfort as you could ensure the low-end isn’t lost. But I’m sure it will be fine. Sounds awesome on the guitar demos.

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no

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This is actually pretty cool from Thomann:
https://www.thomann.de/nl/stompenberg_devices.html
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