The Steel Leather from electro-harmonix provides your bass a sound that will punch through any mix. It enhances your picking and plucking of notes on the bass guitar, giving the notes a sharp attack that will easily cut through. Use the two knobs to adjust the amount of effect from subtle attack to a total emphasis of the attack. The louder you play, the more Steel Leather expands and emphasizes the attack. But on quiet notes, there may be no expansion at all. This means you can use Steel Leather to sharpen attacks simply by playing louder.
Effect Level dialResponse dialPowered by 9V battery or optional AC power supply (not included)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I play a fretless 5-string bass and I was looking for a pedal that would help keep my bass from getting lost in the mix. I wanted something that could accent my attack so it would sound like a fretted bass, but with the expressive freedom of a fretless. This may seem counterintuitive, but I want to make my setup versatile enough to play anything from jazz to metal.
Right out of the box I cranked the response hoping to get increased attack on every note. That resulted in a lot of distortion; it sounded like a fuzz pedal that only worked on the high frequencies. It took me a couple of days to figure out how to tweak the settings to a sound that resembled a pick on a fretted bass, rather than some screeching sound that threatened to blow a tweeter. Be mindful of where you have the effect level knob set. If you're going to slap, I'd recommend staying below 50% (by the way, this pedal is a PERFECT way to get a great slap tone on a fretless).
I got this pedal to try and get a more pick like sound on some songs my band plays and it does the job pretty well as I am a finger player. You do have to be a little careful on the upper registrar strings as it can get a bit loud so you have to ease up on your attack on the smaller strings. Quite pleased with it although I only use it on a few songs it does make the song. On the lower registrar or bottom stings of the bass this thing really shines!
Took me a bit of time to dial it in but once done it is great effect , it has a permanent spot on my board
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