Best bass effects pedals: 8 of the best pedals for every type of bassist

Close up of Boss OC-5 octave pedal
(Image credit: Boss)

Curious about how effects pedals can improve your bass sound? Well, you've come to the right place. In this guide we're going to reveal the best bass effects pedals which are pretty much mandatory for any tone-loving bass player, and how they contribute to your sound.

Imagine your signature sound is like a delicious tomato pasta sauce. It's a given that you’ve already got some beautifully bright red, sun-ripened, soft tomatoes, but they alone aren't going to give you the fullness of flavour that you're after. You need to add onions to thicken the sauce, garlic to sustain the flavour, perhaps some chillies to add some heat plus anchovies to add depth. Plus, plenty of seasoning to get those tastebuds salivating.

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Simon Fellows

When Simon's childhood classical guitar teacher boasted he 'enjoyed a challenge', the poor man had no idea how much he'd underestimated the scale of the task ahead. Despite Simon's lack of talent, the experience did spark a lifelong passion for music. His classical guitar was discarded for an electric, then a room full of electrics before Simon discovered the joys of keys. Against all odds, Simon somehow managed to blag a career as a fashion journalist, but he's now more suitably employed writing for Guitar World and MusicRadar. When not writing or playing, he can be found terrifying himself on his mountain bike.