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Best of 2013: The Top 10 Reader Favorite Bass Pedals & Effects

Editor’s Note: For the last week of year, we’re sharing the best of No Treble for 2013, based on readership. Be sure to check back each day until January 1st for the most popular features, lessons, videos, bassists and more.

Some bassists love them, some don’t. But pedals and effects news this year was as big as any on No Treble.

Here are the 10 most popular pedal and effects stories on No Treble in 2013, based on readership.

TC Electronic Announces Ditto Looper Pedal

1. TC Electronic Ditto Looper

TC Electronic is getting back to the basics with the Ditto Looper, a looping pedal that keeps things simple with only a footswitch and a level control. The Ditto allows for five minutes of looping with unlimited overdubs to create full arrangements. All the magic is in the footswitch…

Tech 21 Introduces VT Bass DI Pedal and Rackmount Preamps

2. Tech 21 VT Bass DI Pedal

Tech 21 has expanded their Character VT Series with the VT Bass DI, available in pedal and rackmount versions. Both versions are based on the original VT Bass and VT Bass Deluxe, which are designed to give familiar sounds from the early ’60s up through modern day crunch via the “Character” knob…

Providence Effects Announces the Dual Bass Station Preamp

3. Providence Effects Dual Bass Station Preamp

Providence Effects has announced the new Dual Bass Station, a bass preamplifier in pedal form with dual inputs and EQ channels. The pedal’s channels have separate inputs and are toggled with a footswitch, allowing for switching between two basses…

Digitech Announces JamMan Express XT Looping Pedal

4. Digitech JamMan Express XT Looping Pedal

Digitech has expanded their looping pedal lineup with introduction of the JamMan Express XT, a pared down pedal built for simplicity. The pedal sports one knob for adjusting the loop level with a footswitch for controlling the looping process…

Moog Introduces Five New Minifooger Effects Pedals

5. Moog’s Five New Minifooger Effects Pedals

Moog has unveiled the Minifooger family of effects pedals designed for use with bass and electric guitar. The compact stompboxes are housed in cast aluminum enclosures and feature completely analog signal paths, true bypass, optional battery power, and an expression input for adjusting parameters on the fly…

Iron Ether Introduces Subterranea Synth/Octave Pedal

6. Iron Ether Subterranea Synth/Octave Pedal

Iron Ether’s newest pedal is a multi-timbral analog synthesizer and octave pedal. The handmade “Subterranea” pedal features three synthesized voices that track the input pitch, two of which have selectable waveforms and a third that has its own unique sound and lowpass filter…

Creation Audio Labs Introduces The Funkulator Bass Pedal

7. Creation Audio Labs Funkulator Bass Pedal

Creation Audio Labs has introduced the Funkulator Bass Pedal, an EQ tone shaper designed with old school funk in mind. The pedal is built for simplicity with a single EQ knob that controls a variable upper mid frequency scoop with a gentle hi and low boost…

Pigtronix Introduces Three New Bass Effects Pedals

8. Pigtronix Bass Fat Drive, Philosopher Bass Compressor and Bass Envelope Phaser Pedals

Pigtronix debuted three new bass-centric effects pedals at NAMM this year: the Bass Fat Drive, the Philosopher Bass Compressor, and the Bass Envelope Phaser. Each is a tweaked version of one their existing products that have been fine-tuned for bassists…

Zoom Announces MultiStomp MS-60B Bass Pedal at NAMM

9. Zoom MultiStomp MS-60B Bass Pedal

Zoom unveiled the MultiStomp MS-60B at NAMM this year. The stompbox features over fifty types of effects and six amp models in a standard-sized pedal. The MS-60B comes with 30 preset patches with room to create up to 50 original patches…

Dunlop Releases MXR M83 Bass Chorus Deluxe

10. Dunlop MXR M83 Bass Chorus Deluxe

Dunlop’s new chorus pedal is described by the company as “powered by pure analog bucket-brigade technology”. The MXR Bass Chorus Deluxe includes top-mounted Flanger and X-Over buttons with LED status indicators…