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therimidalv
10-29-2008, 08:55 AM
Hey I wondering, it is possible to hook a uke up with guitar pedals right? If yes, then what kind of pedals would sound best for a uke do you think? I'm going to get an accustic electric and was wanting to maybe play with some sounds.

UkEdman90
10-29-2008, 09:37 AM
you can use really any kind of pedals. metal or grunge pedals make the uke sound pretty sweet but for me just a simple eq pedal i like the sound of acoustic! heck thats why i got a uke... some eq pedals come with a flange, tremolo, etc. affect. i have a this little roland amp that KICKS! its pretty loud and has cool little effects
http://www.samash.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_Cube%2030X%201x10%20Guitar%20Combo%20Ampli fer_-1_10052_10002_-49996177_cmCategorySA182890

Misguided Musician
10-29-2008, 10:03 AM
yeah. I love eqs and I also sugges loopers if you want to do a song that has a rythm and solo portion. Aldrine and Jason makes some mind blowing music with pedals.

NukeDOC
10-29-2008, 10:05 AM
if i were you i would get a multi-effects processor and play around with all the different styles you can make from it. but if you plan on playing acoustically, through an amp, i HIGHLY RECOMMEND the LRBaggs para acoustic DI. i have put some guitars and ukuleles with HORRIBLE electronics (and some here know how i feel about those shadow pickups that most ukuleles come with) through that little box and the results were incredible. what i would like to try one of these days is run the uke through the DI box through the effects processor and see how that affects things. hahaha. :rock:

LoMa
10-29-2008, 11:11 AM
Kinda depends what sort of sounds you wanna get from your uku and how much you wanna spend.Also a lot of amps have on-board FX. Pedals have gone up significantly in price recently except for the Danelectro brand.

My favorite pedals for acoustic/electric are:

EQ - can make a HUGE difference in the tone of an acoustic electric!!!!!!!!! If you get only one pedal, I'd get an EQ. The EQ controls on your amp cannot compare in shaping your tone - get an EQ pedal!!!!!!
The very very best is the Boss but costs $100:
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Boss-GE7-Equalizer-Pedal?sku=151324
Here's the $30 Bheringer EQ:
http://www.zzounds.com/item--BEHEQ700

Reverb: You can make your uke sound like you're playing in a big hall or a church, or add just a bit of depth to your tone, or choose spring reverb for that surfer sound. This and and an EQ are my essentials for an A-E instrument. Many amps have on-board reverb though, so you may not need a separate reverb pedal unless you want special reverb FX.
Here's a $30 Behringer that's pretty good:
http://www.zzounds.com/item--BEHDR100
Or a very very good Digitech DigiVerb if you want to spend $100:
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/DigiTech-DigiVerb-Digital-Reverb-Pedal?sku=150822

Delay: repeats back what you just played from a very short slap back echo to quite long delayed repeats. Very cool and versatile effect. It can simply thicken your tone or be used for much more pronounced FX. It can also simulate reverb to a certain extent.
Here's a $30 Behringer pedal that's good for the money:
http://www.zzounds.com/item--BEHDD400
And my favorite from Digitech:
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/DigiTech-DigiDelay-Digital-Delay-Pedal?sku=150821

Distoriton is also a cool effect. You can shoose from mild overdrive to distoriton to fuzz, to all out grunge and metal. A mild setting can add some sustain while still keeping a fairly clean sound.
Danelectro makes some great $15 distortion pedals - very excellent value for the money:
Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Danelectro-D1-Fab-Distortion?sku=151847
Danelectro D-2 Fab Overdrive
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Danelectro-D2-Fab-Overdrive?sku=151848
Danelectro D-3 FAB Metal Effect Pedal (my fave)
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Danelectro-D3-FAB-Metal-Effect-Pedal?sku=151849

My more expensive fave is the $50 Digitech Grunge pedal:
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/DigiTech-Grunge-Distortion-Effects-Pedal?sku=150834
Digitech distortion pedals are excellent with no muddines in my experience.

Chorus: processes what you play so that you hear a chorus - it thickens your sound with several voices that are almost the same notes as what you just played - that's not a very good description, I know, but that's all I can think of how to describe it. You can also get some fun wild sounds out of a chorus pedal.
Here's the $15 Danelectro Fab Chorus:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Danelectro-Fab-Chorus?sku=151845

Or the Digitech Digital Chrous pedal if you have $80 to spend:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/DigiTech-XMC-Multi-Chorus-Digital-Multi-Voice-Chorus-Pedal?sku=150205
(this has link has sound samples you can hear)

There are lots and lots of FX pedals out there, but these are the ones I've found useful for an A-E instrument.

Have fun!!!!

upskydowncloud
10-29-2008, 11:20 AM
Hey I wondering, it is possible to hook a uke up with guitar pedals right? If yes, then what kind of pedals would sound best for a uke do you think? I'm going to get an accustic electric and was wanting to maybe play with some sounds.

Aldrine uses these pedals (I don't know if he uses them all for his uke or some for guitar though):

Zoom 505II multi effects pedal
Boss DD-3 delay pedal
Boss MT-2 Distortion pedal
Boss FDR-1 '65 deluxe reverb pedal

LoMa
10-29-2008, 11:25 AM
If you have an amp like this with on-board FX, all you need is an EQ pedal:

The Vox DA5 is my favorite mini-amp that can be powered by batteries or AC:
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Vox-DA5-Portable-Amplifier-?sku=482065

Its got 11 controllable effects which include auto wah, compressor, delay, reverb, flanger, phaser, chorus, tremolo, and rotary plus noise reduction. The on-board FX don't have as much tweakability as separate FX pedals, but they'll care of you just fine for most of the time.


OR
I'm generally not real fond of the multi-FX pedals, but the ZOOM A2.1u Acoustic Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal is a very good and even has an obboard drum machine! It includes a decent EQ, very good reverb, and an expression/volume pedal! You can even make your uke sound like a resonator uke!
http://www.zzounds.com/item--ZOMA21U
It's $190 though.

Or only $100 if you get one without the expression pedal:
http://www.zzounds.com/item--ZOMA2

KoloheBoy
10-29-2008, 02:18 PM
Hey I wondering, it is possible to hook a uke up with guitar pedals right? If yes, then what kind of pedals would sound best for a uke do you think? I'm going to get an accustic electric and was wanting to maybe play with some sounds.

WAH is the best heres what it sounds like http://ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6445&page=2

Ukuleleblues
10-29-2008, 02:45 PM
EQ - can make a HUGE difference in the tone of an acoustic electric!!!!!!!!! If you get only one pedal, I'd get an EQ. !!!!


I agree with the EQ pedal first. Danelectro make a $30 eq also. I play though a Eq and Dalelectro Fab Overdrive or use a Digitech RP200 (I think they are now RP250. I like the pedal on the RP cause I can set it to contol the volume. I also use a Morley A/B switch and have switched between uke/Guitar and uke/Baritone and can keep different profiles on the RP for each instrument. On stage I just have to turn down the volume withthe pedal. Switch instruments, switch to the correct profile on the RP and switch to the correct instrument with the morley. I've tried plugging and unplugging and setting the amp etc. to much to do under duress.

Get the EQ you won't be disappointed.

therimidalv
10-29-2008, 04:07 PM
wow thanks a lot guys! yea I was looking for a pedal that was like i was playing a hallway sorta deal. I was originally looking at an 'echo' pedal, so an echo/delay and an EQ pedal might just do the trick right?

SuperSecretBETA
10-29-2008, 04:15 PM
I suggest buying the ukulele first, bringing it to a guitar/music store, and testing the pedals for yourself. Have an employee help you if needed.

Daniel Davis
10-29-2008, 05:04 PM
Coming from a primary guitarist, I'd say a reverb pedal would be great. The Electro Harmonix Holy Grail is delicious. LoMa pretty much hit the nail on the head though.


And Aldrine uses an MT-2? That's freaking hilarious. :rock:

bigploch
08-12-2013, 01:53 PM
I'm generally not real fond of the multi-FX pedals, but the ZOOM A2.1u Acoustic Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal is a very good and even has an obboard drum machine! It includes a decent EQ, very good reverb, and an expression/volume pedal! You can even make your uke sound like a resonator uke!
http://www.zzounds.com/item--ZOMA21U
It's $190 though.

Or only $100 if you get one without the expression pedal:
http://www.zzounds.com/item--ZOMA2

Bought one off of Ebay for $60! Best purchase since an AE Ukulele. Tons of fun and love jamming to the drum machine.