Best of 2020: The Top 10 Reader Favorite Bass Pedals & Effects
This year we saw a huge number of pedals released. Here are the top 10 reader favorite pedals we covered in 2020.
TC Electronic’s TonePrint technology allows users flexibility in their pedals by beaming presets and tweaking parameters. So far it’s been available for most of their pedal types, but now they’ve created the Plethora X5 pedal board that centers around the technology.
Darkglass Electronics has added a new gadget to its product lineup with the Element. The utility pedal is a headphone amp and cabinet simulator that offers solutions for playing, rehearsing, or studying music.
Building on their line of Geddy Lee signature models, Tech 21 unveiled the Sansamp DI-2112 at the 2020 Winter NAMM Show. The pedal combines features from GED-2112 rackmount and the SanAmp YYZ.
MXR unveiled the Thump bass preamp at this year’s Winter NAMM Show. Based on the Echoplex preamp, the compact green pedal features a three-band EQ with a mid-frequency knob.
TC Electronic has expanded its line of Ditto looper pedals with the Ditto+. The new generation of looper expands the Ditto’s simple format with new features like 99 loop slots, 60 minutes of record time, and an Extend Loop mode.
The vintage Seamoon Funk Machine has been reborn through a new company called Seamoon FX founded by session ace Neil Jason. The new pedal was the passion project for Jason, who used the original on many records.
Orange Amplification has announced a new device called the Bass Butler, which they call an entire bi-amp bass rig in a pedal.
Barefaced Audio is primarily a company that builds bass and guitar cabs, but they’ve just unveiled their first effects pedal. The Machinist was dreamed up after Rage Against The Machine bassist Tim Commerford contacted Barefaced to try out a cab.
Boss’s octave pedals have been the standard in the bass world, and now they’re updating their OC series with the OC-5. The new iteration of the pedal introduces a new Vintage mode, polyphonic enhancements, and an octave-up feature for extended range.
Aguilar Amplification has introduced its first micro pedal with the DB 925 Bass Preamp. Inspired by their DB 924, the new unit is al all-FET preamp with bass and treble boost controls.