Electro Harmonix Bass Soul Food

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Bass Effects Pedal

  • Bass overdrive and clean boost
  • Controls: Volume, drive, blend, treble and -10 db switch (for active instruments)
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 65 x 110 x 57 mm
  • Runs on 9V battery or 9V power supply (included)
available since February 2015
Item number 355503
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Effect Types Overdrive
$88
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Goes from Volume boost to Full on Overdrive
Fred739 17.09.2015
I was looking for an overdrive pedal for my P Bass. I had been using a Way Huge Electronics Fat Sandwich, which is a guitar distortion pedal and whilst I got interesting sounds with it (heavy saturation), it's not a bass pedal and I was definitely losing some bass frequencies.
The price was definitely an important factor for me. I didn't want to fork out too much. The Blend knob is great and essential for me. It allows you to retain as much or as little of the original bass sound as you like. You can then play with the 'drive' and 'treble' knobs to find the overdrive setting you like (volume knob controls overall output volume). The more you crank the treble, the more the signal is overdriven. The treble also acts like a tone knob I guess. There's a lot of different sounds you can achieve by playing around with different knob configurations, so quite versatile really. The 10db attenuation switch is also handy for active basses, or if you just want to lower the input of your passive bass.
So far, I have only used this at home on my EBS Session 60 combo, so I've yet to try it out on a larger amp & cab. It's definitely a useful and versatile pedal and good value for the price. The include power adapter is of course also handy. I was also considering the Catalina Bread SFT pedal, but that doesn't have a blend knob, so I went with this and so far I'm happy with it.
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The quest has ended...
Anonymous 06.06.2016
I've been looking for a magic pedal giving me the sound in my head... That overdriven gnarr but with a tight bottom... I've tried a lot of so called "bass" overdrives, fuzzes, dists etc... I've built my own DIY pedals etc... and it have always made the lowend sound...well kinda mushy...
But at last I've found what made my day - the Bass Soul Food gives me that gnarly crunsh I need, but keeps my lowend tight - you can blend in with the original signal to your preference...
At last I got the "sound in my head" without carrying a 130kg+ tube rigg on steriods :-D
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It is what it is - useful!
SoundSupport1 23.01.2021
A good little pedal for those who need a light overdrive.

Adds lovely top end grit to the signal, the blend knob stops you losing too much of the bass frequencies. Works brilliantly with a pick and palm muting - adds some nice chunky sparkle to the sound.

A very good sound, well built at a good price. Two issues: the switch pops. Some complain about every time, for me it seems to only be the first time you use the pedal. I always quickly engage it and disengage it after plugging in the pedalboard - after that, no issues.
The other issue is that like a lot of EHX pedals, it?s quite thin sounding. It does need help from a boost somewhere in your signal chain.

Still recommended, but be aware it?s not for everyone.
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significant whine/
Ads2022 19.02.2022
I had this as an 'always on' effect for my 5 string bass. I wanted a little bit of grit. Whilst I found that it was possible to achieve with this pedal, it hollowed out the low end a little too much for my liking.

Furthermore, I noticed a significant high pitched whine that I fault tested back to this pedal. Having upgraded my amp which has an in-built overdrive/distortion circuit, I have since removed it from my pedal board.

It took a while to dial in a tone that I felt happy with and made a difference to my sound too.
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