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    Are there any modeling amps that make a guitar sound like a bass?

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    Find a modeling amp with either an octave effect or a harmonizer that does the sub octave, and dial the effect 100% wet. That's what I do with my Johnson JM150 when I don't have any of my stomp boxes.
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    It's mainly an issue of octave. Once you have the right octave, you can do a ton of stuff to the tone to simulate a bass. But as long as you are up one octave from a bass, it'll never sound like a bass.

    If you want the bass guitar range in a package that has string-to-string tuning like a guitar, get one of the cheap Squier Bass VIs.
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    Anything with a pitch transposer or harmonist can *kinda* sound like a bass, but we are talking maybe 60% at the most. There is no substitute for the real thing. I have used a guitar synth to play bass at gigs before, and that worked well. I used samples of a real fretless, though.
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    Thanks for the ideas, everyone. Yeah, I am not looking for a perfect copy, just something to mess around with basslines.

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    My old Peavey Vyper had a low octave follower
    That doubled your single note lines one octave below

    My VIP has a similar patch I think
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    The Vyper, does it sound like one octave note or a regular note plus an octave?

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    one plus

    a Boss OC3 with just the wet out

    a POG with just the wet out

    one of the other octave pedals with just the wet out


    I think the rumor is that Jack White did Seven Nations Army with an OC3
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    Yeah I have a Peavey VIP 1 that has that effect. I believe you can set the mix of the octave to 100% wet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaxxon View Post
    Thanks for the ideas, everyone. Yeah, I am not looking for a perfect copy, just something to mess around with basslines.
    Spend $50 - 150 on craigslist and just buy a bass

    Even a cheapie will sound far, far better than a good guitar through an amp/effect

    Disposable-grade Ibanez GSR-200's can be made to sound quite killer with an active pickup upgrade, although the necks on them are weak as hell and have lots of flex... stick to lighter strings with stuff like that

    For a surprisingly solid ready to go package, there the maple-board squiers with the black block inlays (I forget the model name)
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    You can get a used sr300 Ibanez for about $150
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    Quote Originally Posted by ehdwuld View Post
    You can get a used sr300 Ibanez for about $150
    That's the move. Just pick up an inexpensive bass set up. I paid $80 for my Washburn AB10 and $59 for my Peavey Micro Bass amp. The set up sounds great for writing, recording and home practice.

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    You can play the bass through a guitar amps clean channel
    Just fine


    I know some gigging bassists that use Marshall and Mesa guitar heads


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    Quote Originally Posted by ehdwuld View Post
    a Boss OC3 with just the wet out
    +1 on the Boss OC3. It does the 'guitar into bass' effect about as well as anything I've heard and can sometimes be had used for a reasonable price.
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    Thank you all, for the info. I ended up getting an Ibanez acoustic elec. short-scale bass. It's small and light, and easy to pick up anytime and play around with. I'm very happy with it.

    Regarding the octave pedals is the wet setting on the pedal or is it the amp that does it?

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    Show a pic of the new bass. I am interested in shorter scale basses lately.
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    The pedal has two outs
    One is original signal and the other is original plus mix of effected signal
    The mix knob can remove the original signal

    The OC3 and the POG and some of the others all are set up this way
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    Ehdwuld, cool, thanks!

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    Thatís the worlds largest ukulele I ever done see.

    I bought a Gretsch G2210 bass when I was in your shoes. But Iím sure that vintage uke will do the trick just as well or better. Least you can play campfires.
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