The Mu-Tron III: “Without it, there ain’t no Bootsy”

Bootsy collins pointing at the Mu-Tron III
(Image credit: Getty)

If there’s one effect pedal that can give you that instant funk-bass sound, it’s unquestionably the envelope filter. The first, and still widely considered the best, is the Musitronics Mu-Tron III.

Can you imagine Flea’s Sir Psycho Sexy without the dripping funk squelch produced by the dying batteries in his Mu-Tron III? Or Parliament Funkadelic without Bootsy’s filter-laden bass guitar antics? Bootsy Collins himself is alleged to have said that "without that Mu-Tron, there ain’t no Bootsy." Come, as we delve into the cosmic spill that is the Musitronics Mu-Tron III.

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.