vibrato

Within this low E lies a world of expression.

As bass players, let’s slow down for a moment and think about what makes every note so special.

As bass players, we spend most of our time building lines and phrases one note at a time, each one followed by the next—or by strategically placed silence. The notes we play don’t live in a vacuum, though; they define the shifting harmony in the context of the other instruments, establish the rhythmic pulse with the drummer, and work together with other notes to create the emotional heft and physical feel of the music.

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The All-Pedal Microdose is a mind-altering experience, but it’s not for the faint of heart.

Endless sounds and tweakability, from subtle to brain-melting.

Expensive. Probably too much firepower for most users.

$325

All-Pedal Microdose
allpedal.com

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Authentic Uni-Vibe-style modulations and slicing overdrive offer tastes of Hendrix, Gilmour, and weirder variations on those dirty, wobbly themes.

Cool and easy-to-use routing and preset options. Rich modulations. Bright tone signature could be an advantage for players with darker-sounding rigs.

Toppy qualities might not be the best fit for some brighter rigs.

$299

Eventide Riptide
eventideaudio.com

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I’ve been on a streamlining kick lately. Where stompboxes are concerned, that trend has manifested itself in all kinds of odd exercises, like forcing myself to use no more pedals than will fit in a lunchbox, or on a roof shingle. It’s hard to say what these exercises reveal about my mental state. But I’ve realized one thing: I don’t think I can shrink my pedal rig to much less than a boost, a vibrato, and a delay.

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