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    Hi! i dont really know anything about effects but what do i get to add distortion and reverb to electric ukulele? like what pedals or amp? thanks!

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    Depends on your goals. You can get started with something as simple as a Roland MicroCube amp which has several different kinds of distortion models as well as basic delay and reverb effects. There are similar options by the likes of Line6 and others. A trip to a local guitar shop would probably be useful.
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    I'll "second" Jim's response !! I have a Roland Cube "Street" that is very portable and can operate on either batteries or AC power; it has a mic input as well as an instrument input with a nice reverb and several selectable "modeled" amp settings, a couple of which feature a good edgy distortion. I haven't actually used it with a uke yet, but I'll bet it would serve you well!

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    There is a company called Plus Pedal.

    They have two very cool F/X pedals. One is their Plus Pedal:
    The PLUS Pedal is more than just a stomp-box – it is a vast extension of your instrument that bridges the gap between rhythm and lead parts, and lets all musicians explore completely new territories.
    Besides being a powerful arrangement and compositional tool, The PLUS Pedal can also be used for creating interesting and unique sound effects that would otherwise be impossible to achieve in real-time.
    Whether you are a composer, solo performer, sound designer or part of a band – the ability to instantly turn any melodic sound produced by your instrument into a layer of continuous sound will completely change the way you approach music.


    Their other pedal is Plasma Pedal.

    The PLASMA PEDAL is a revolutionary approach within the realm of overdrive and distortion, as it is a new and previously unexplored method of achieving signal clipping. Instead of using LED circuits, transistors or vacuum tubes to produce overdrive, the PLASMA PEDAL transforms your instrument’s live signal into a series of continuous high-voltage discharges within a xenon-filled tube.
    In essence – you are playing a bolt of electricity, and the electrical discharges produced by your instrument are instantly converted back into an analog audio signal, producing a quick, responsive, and extremely heavy distortion with TONS of unique character!


    Very cool stuff. Check it out: https://www.gamechangeraudio.com/pluspedal/

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    +1 for the Roland Micro Cube amp.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    I have a Vox Mini Amp which has all these effects and more built into it. Good enough for what I do.

    One thing to realize is that in order to get full distortion, it will hardly be enough to just use a regular uke with nylon strings and a saddle pickup. Sure, it will probably pick up some distortion, but not as much as you'll get with steel strings and a magnetic pickup, like on an electric guitar. There are some ukes like that on the market, e.g. Risa or Vorson/Clearwater, to name just a couple. These are built exactly like an electric guitar.

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    I have a Roland Cube30x bought on eBay some years back for my son's effort on guitar. It has a sackful of sounds and works fine with electric ukes. Best is with the steel string Clearwater (Vorson in USA) but the nylon string ukes sound pretty crazy too. Roland has a big selection in the Cube range but many other guitar amps offer an array of effects. Since 9 out of 10 people trying to learn guitar don't last more than a year, there are lots of second hand amps available.

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    As Jim asks, what are your goals?

    For reverb, there are a few different types: spring, plate, room, hall, etc. as well as additional features such as shimmer and slapback. Each has its own character and is better suited to certain sounds.

    For boost/overdrive/distortion/fuzz, I recommend trying a few light overdrives first and seeing if any of them can accomplish the sound you desire. If you want more distortion, try a heavier overdrive before moving into the realm of distortion and fuzz effects.

    I'd be glad to make some specific recommendations, but first: What kind of ukulele are you amplifying, what is your effects budget, and what kind of sound are you trying to create?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisakanon View Post
    Hi! i dont really know anything about effects but what do i get to add distortion and reverb to electric ukulele? like what pedals or amp? thanks!
    Pretty much the same way you would for guitar.
    Plugged in, guitars and ukuleles behave more or less the same.
    Obviously being a nylon-strung and piezo pickup instrument does make it a bit different, but nothing you can't get around with tweaking settings.

    Vox and Roland amps, like many have stated, offer these effects built-in.
    There are individual effects pedals as well as multi-effects pedals around that can achieve the same.

    Over the years, I've owned both Roland and Vox portable amps.
    Lately, I find that Vox performs a bit better than Roland - my personal favourite being the Vox SoundBox Mini
    http://www.voxamps.com/soundboxmini



    If you'd rather go down the pedal route, a nice inexpensive option is the Mooer Pogo effects pedal:
    http://mooeraudio.com/?product/201409191196.html

    It does distortion of many types, reverb and other effects, and also has a drum-beat machine built in.

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    Check this Kala article featuring Marlowe. She uses ZVEX effects pedal.

    Kala recently had the opportunity to partner with artist MARLOWE and ZVEX Effects. Demoing on her 2KOA-TG, the Box of Metal pedal is the heaviest sounding pedal in the ZVEX lineup. The sweet sounds of the Koa ukulele are transformed with a massive amount of distortion, making an excellent complementary instrument to any rock cover band!

    https://kalabrand.com/blogs/tech-and...th-her-ukulele
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    I also have a Kala Soprano KA-ASOV-S Spruce and Ovangkol which I named "Blood, Sweat, & Tears"
    And another soprano by Kanilea. The Islander AS-4 Acacia that I call "Little Bear"
    KLOS Carbon Fiber Tenor Deluxe Acoustic/Electric Ukulele - no name yet

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