Electro-Harmonix have had a pretty hot run with their line of instrument-emulating '9' pedals - think back to the Key9, Synth9 and Mel9 - so it only makes sense that the effects dons would go the whole hog and release a bass-themed variant. Everybody, meet the EHX Bass9 Bass Machine.
Obviously this one doesn't need much of an explanation: it's a pedal that makes your guitar sound like a bass. However, instead of functioning as a standard octave pedal, the Bass9 offers a whole range of nine different low end sounds, covering everything from Precision and Fretless to Moog and TB303 sounds.
- Precision Bass - you know this one.
- Longhorn - modeled on the squawky baritone sound of the Danelectro Longhorn.
- Fretless - great for jazz.
- Synth - styled on the infamous rumble of the Moog Taurus.
- Virtual - lets the user adjust the bass’s body density and neck length for a variety of bass sounds.
- Bowed - perfect for Bach.
- Split Bass - allows for guitarists to play bass on the lower strings (all notes below F#3) and chords or melody with the higher strings.
- 3:03 - Acid house, baby. Does the TB303 squelch - need I say more?
- Flip-flop - Based on the EHX Octave Multiplexer, reminiscent of a '70s sub-octave generator that tracks without glitching.
The design of the pedal features two volume knobs - one dry, one to control the Bass9 effect volume - as well as two control knobs to adjust your parameters. This one looks pretty sweet, and I can definitely imagine a lot of people getting some sweet use out of it - hope we see it in Australia soon!
Read more about the EHX Bass9 Bass Machine via the Electro-Harmonix website.