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moosers's review

By moosers, 21/02/2010
The Electro-Harmonix Bassballs USA is an envelope follower pedal, designed for use with both bass guitar and electric guitar. I've only used the pedal with bass guitar, so I won't be speaking about it's use with electric guitar here. The pedal has 1/4" TRS jacks for input and output and can be powered by a nine volt power supply. It isn't rackable as it is a stomp box.

UTILIZATION

Using the Electro-Harmonix Bassballs USA is very simple, as it only has a few parameters to control, and they're really the only ones you need on this as the pedal kind of does its thing by itself. The pedal has a large knob for setting the sensitivity, and a switch for adding a bit of distortion, and that's all you've got here. The sensitivity will make a big difference if you set it to three or nine o'clock. The distortion isn't all that heavy, but will definitely add some low overdrive to your sound. A manual isn't necessary unless you're having a technical problem, which it most likely won't be able to help you with anyway...

SOUND QUALITY

The Electro-Harmonix Bassballs USA is perfect for getting some simple, consistent, filtering going on in your bass rig. While I'm primarily a guitarist, I've played with a bass player who had this, and is definitely added a cool vibe whenever we would use it in this studio. I'm sure that it works very well with electric guitar as well, but like I said earlier I never tried it out so I can't say so fur sure. If you'd like some simple filter/wah type tones for your bass rig, the Baseballs is most likely what you're looking for.

OVERALL OPINION

Because the tone of the Electro-Harmonix Bassballs USA is so cool, I don't even mind having very little control over it. It isn't the sort of pedal that I would use all of the time, or even a fraction of the time, but when it does prove to useful it can really shine. The price is very reasonable, but they no longer make this version of the Baseballs, so you'll have to seek out a used one, which won't be hard to do. In general I'm not a big fan of effects on bass guitar, but the Electro-Harmonix Bassballs USA is definitely an exception.
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Electro-Harmonix Bass Balls

By MGR/Anonymous, 25/06/2001
I wanted to add some new sounds to my bass playing.
I paid $25 for used one. It's the 80's US original.


unique sound great for funk.
doesn't cut low-end.
i love both distorted and clean envelope filter modes.


there is little noise coming from the unit.


solidly made of steel. no problems with the unit even it's about 20 years old.


it was one of my best music deals.

I play acid jazz music and some funk stuff, too. I use Fender Jazz Bass V and Ampeg B100R combo.
The unit works perfectly for me. It's even useful for guitar.
If it was lost stolen I would definitely buy another one.



This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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Electro-Harmonix Bass Balls

By MGR/Zac, 26/12/2001
?? not to much, less than 100$

This thing is a great pedal. It is not really much of a wah, but its got its own unique sound thats kind of funky. It goes great with funk and i like the way it sounds in latin too. If you are looking for a wah, don't get it. If you are looking for just a cool sound get it. I love the way it sounds with the distortion on. It is so simple to use it did not even have a manual.

The only thing I don't like is that this pedal sounds really bad when you try and use a manual wah over it when you put the distortion on. If you keep the distortion off and wah over it, it sounds neat.

No comment. This is as sturdy as they come.

This is a cool pedal but not much of a wah no majaor problems or dislikes here.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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greini's review

By greini, 27/07/2007
Effect 100% analog, filter + overdrive (very pushed)
Not ditable
1 In, 1 Out, 1 Power .....
1 Sensitivity knob, 1 mini Disto Switch On-Off, 1 On-Off Switch Effect

USE

It is simple and clear, easy to use.

SOUND QUALITY

I use a bass or electric bass, always works is impressive .... an old but still NEWS effect.
Besides, I realize that it is in the cover of the electric bass .... this is significant: I think it's over .... it is the most crazy! !dropoff Window !dropoff Window My 2 friends love saxophonists (1 or 2 pieces .... after the surprise is pass ...)

NOTICE GLOBAL

Used purchased 55 euros, I rachterais course, I tried the Ibanez SB7, so nice, but less radical, the BassBalls is anything but discreet use as Super Glue .. . sparingly!
Veritable bypass .... my faith .... He eats when even some of her when I do not use it between two pieces, I prefer to remove the ... . but good!

Voil I think I have given my background ... think for that price, no inquitude, no risk, the same way, there is the possibility to change two parameters, there are trims in the box .... I believe that site name is lower ...
Grooves good! !dropoff Window !dropoff Window !dropoff Window

Revoil me after a few months the BassBalls works perfectly well, she is all evenings .... variety (funky stuff, disco ...) and jazz (jazz when djant ..... even the purists probably turn my back ....), so why Revoil me ????
Ben because I contributed a few changes this purpose:
1: I dplac the switch Disto, I put the foot via a DPDT ... a hole about 8 mm, a little welding and presto! This makes two sounds at the bottom in addition to the activation of the effect with or without distortion.

2: I pos 2 knobs that contrlent dornavant 2 filters .... 100000 sonorits diffrentes ... well we exploit the box!

It's easy carry, care must be all the same disassemble a lot of stuff .... so gaffe!

I intend to keep it the same if I'm not a tent EBS Iq .... see ...

Bye.
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Electro-Harmonix BassBalls (Original & Reissue) tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Electro-Harmonix
  • Model:BassBalls (Original & Reissue)
  • Series:BassBalls
  • Category:Bass Wah-Wahs/Auto Wah-Wahs/Filters
  • Added in our database on: 04/21/2003

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