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Recommend me a (preferably inexpensive) USA-made graphic EQ pedal

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by El Tele Lobo, Nov 23, 2020.

  1. joe_cpwe

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    I'm waiting for a used Danelecto Fish N Chips to show up from Guitar Center. Many EQs are true bypass, the Dano has a buffer. I specifically wanted that as I'm putting in the FX loop in the new 4 cable method setup on my board.

    Gives me gain, EQ and a buffer in that cable run now.
     
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    Most “made in USA” pedals (at least for the bigger players) means the final assembly is USA. The parts are Chinese and the board fab and population is most likely done in China. Sometimes Taiwan. Power supplies are probably bought from Chinese suppliers and rebranded and tested. The enclosures and screen printing can go either way.
     
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    I mentioned it in last week's EQ thread, and that IMO the frequencies that MB chose will probably work better for some guitarists, maybe with the exception of the slider for 6.6KHz, but yeah, definitely not inexpensive.

    If the MB 5-band replicates what's in the Mark series of amps, then the high cost is possibly (at least partially) due to it using inductors, whereas most graphic EQs simply use what are called 'gyrators'.

    IMO, that's a lot of coin for just 5 fixed bands. I'd personally be looking at the WMD Utility Parametric EQ, or the Tech 21 Q\Strip first (both are cheaper), even if they might not be MIA. That said, I think the WMD stuff is actually at least assembled in Colorado...
     
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    Look. I know you guys like a challenge...
     
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    scottser Friend of Leo's

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    That's a great insight into an EQ pedal. My favourite tricks with a ge7 is to add some mids back to a blackface style amp, or even add some tubescreamer tones to an OD pedal.
    I get it about the imprecise nature of the sliders but that's why the tone knob is your friend.
     
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    I'm pretty sure MXR stuff is assembled in the US. The 6 band EQ at $90 and 'assembled in the US' is probably about as close as you'll get to satisfying both requirements.


    I used a Dan-O Fish N Chips for years. People shouldn't sleep on this pedal...it is great for the money. They don't have the sturdiest construction which could be a deterrant for people who gig a lot or otherwise have a lot of wear and tear on their gear.
     
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    Personally, I think most people have an easier time connecting with graphic EQs, because you can physically "see" the character of the sound and adjust as you hear it. Parametric EQs allow for better fine tuning, but take some messing around to figure out. I prefer graphic EQs, but the Wampler is really a great pedal.

    My personally board goes: Peterson Tuner > Boss SD-1 > Wampler EQ > Phase 90. Only 4 pedals, and it's good enough to be one of them. Boss EQ is a close second to the Wampler, though.
     
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    VFE Rocket is a great eq, usa made and for the price, its a steal relative to the quality.

    edit: oh nevermind you want a graphic.
     
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    I will give it a look, thank you!
     
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    Behringer has one for $28 and free shipping on Sweetwater (and similar retailers). It’s not made in USA, but it does use all ethically sourced components.
     
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    Not made in the US, not exactly cheap, but the best eq pedal for sure.

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    Boss GE-7. I had mine modded by Xact Tone Solutions. They target the mid ranges that are specific to the guitar. Very effective.
     
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    Up to you but, they are more of a hassle than what they're worth. It can become more of a frustration than a pleaser.
     
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    Every time I use it I wonder why it isn’t automatic. What a wonderful little piece indeed.
     
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    Great video on essential pedals from Tim Pierce. Comments about GE7 start at ~2:16.
     
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    Very nice. I picked one of these up used when I found it for cheap (it smelled like cigar smoke, which luckily wasn't deep and surprisingly disappeared with a simple spray and wipe) to try it out since I heard so many good things about it and having to bring a separate 18v power source for my MXR 10 band gets old especially when you're planning on only using two or three pedals

    Couldn't be happier with it, I've played with it fairly frequently for about 6 months now and it has surivived semi-regular travel and plenty of stomping so far
     
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  18. El Tele Lobo

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    Can you elaborate?
     
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    I have a Boss GE-7, which I bought on Craigslist a few years ago. I rarely used it, though, because it was a little noisy, and over the years of sitting around, it got a little dirty inside, too. Aarrrgh.

    Eventually, rather than just writing it off, I sent it to Alchemy Audio, where, for 50-something bucks, they replaced a couple components and cleaned it up beautifully. Wow — it’s like having a new pedal! But even better, having a good EQ pedal is like getting some new guitars! It’s really remarkable how many ways this little box can enhance the sound of an instrument.
     
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