What is everyone using for EQ pedal (or rack mount)?

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  1. teletail

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    I'm looking for an EQ pedal (would consider rack mount) to fatten up the sound a little on leads and give me a little more control overall. Just curios what everyone is using for EQ.

    Any other advice would be much appreciated.
     
  2. W.L.Weller

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    Caveat: I don't own an EQ pedal.

    That being said, I did get to borrow this one from a friend, and when I get an EQ, it's going to be this one:

    https://empresseffects.com/products/paraeq

    I like parametric EQ more than graphic, and I like knobs more than sliders, especially for something I'm literally stepping on.
     
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  3. Paul in Colorado

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    I've heard good things about the Source Audio SA170 Programmable EQ. I just use the knobs on my amp, except for my Mesa Boogie Studio .22+ which has a GEQ on the front panel.
     
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    Dano Fish and Chips
     
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    I started with a Dano Fish & Chips and then added a MXR 6-band. Yes, two EQ pedals on my board for years. Now I have graduated to a tilt EQ using the VFE Pinball. I have never had a pedalboard without an EQ. You need to understand tilt type EQ, before venturing into this area, but the results are utterly fantastic.
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    Good ol boss GE7. 15db of clean boost, plus boosting the high mids just a bit to cut through more for solos.
     
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    I’ve had a GE-7 (w/sniper mod) on my board for well over a decade. It’s a solid pedal and works as well as ,or better than, all the fancy clean boosts I’ve had.
     
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    Maxon GE601 if you want something transparent and musical - it changes the sound of the guitar without imposing any noticable character, the guitar just sounds different but not obviously pushed.

    I also have a Biyang GE-7 and Mooer G, these both have a sound signature when you push the mids but with the Maxon it's more like: "What have you done to the guitar sound?" rather than "That's a nice mid boost sound there."
     
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    Another Boss GE-7 user.
     
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    Thanks to everyone for their input. I'll be sure to check these suggestions out!
     
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    I really like the Fromel Shape EQ. 7131E2FC-6FD3-4030-80C2-DC682F23FC08.png TMB controls plus you can adjust mid-frequency range. Also has a buffer
     
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    When I plan on using external EQ, I use the parametric EQ in my Ibanez UE405. Single band but wide variable Q, good boost (or cut) ..

    It’s a PQ9 incorporated with other goodies
     
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    On my acoustic board, three Danelectro Fish 'n' Chips are plugged into an ABCD switch box. My main instrument, a dread, goes straight into the ABCD box and gets EQed via the PA. Then I use the EQ pedals on the other three channels to adjust those three instruments so they'll sound right without having to touch the PA's EQ.

    That way I can switch instruments without having to re-EQ anything. Makes pub gigs a lot simpler.
     
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    +1 on the GE-7 for electric.
     
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    mxr 10 band.would like to try the mooer.based on the diamond i believe.
     
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    I like the Rack graphic EQ's because they have more sliders, which lets you better control the EQ curve. I don't like how the 5/7/10 band EQ's work, they seem to space the frequencies a bit too far IME. Take the GE-7 for example. 100hz, 200hz, 400hz, 800hz, 1.6khz, 3.2khz, 6.4khz. What if I want to increase the fundamental on the low 'E' string? Doesn't go low enough 110hz, is the fundamental on the A string.. Now, say I wanted to dial in some 600hz to boost the resonant frequency on my guitar, or 2.2khz, because I like how that frequency sounds. 4khz, 5khz high frequencies? I can't dial in that stuff with the 7 band. I can maybe try to 'fudge' it but it's really not the same sound. Now take a 32 band rack EQ. The frequency spacing between sliders is very tight, which makes for much more tweakable EQ curves. I have the Yamaha pictured below, and I also like the fact the noise floor is EXTREMELY LOW on these since they're studio/recording grade. IME, with stompbox graphic EQ's is they tend to add quite a bit of noise once you start boosting frequencies, especially the higher frequencies. The obvious downfall with rack gear is the increased space, but you can typically get some fantastic units for cheap, since many people have gone the stompbox route. Most of my rack gear I got for like $40-60 which is comparable to a cheap-o stompbox.

    I also really like parametric EQ's. They let you dial in the exact frequency(s) you want to boost, and you can dial in how wide/narrow the hump/dip you're creating is. Definitely useful for fattening a guitar up or boosting the resonant frequency for huge sustain and musical feedback potential.
     

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    I use the above mentioned Source Audio Programmable EQ, and I use it for boosting and fattening the guitar sound. It´s main advantage is that you can save four different settings; you might want to have different settings for different guitars or just different ways of boosting and soundshaping. I find it very useful.
     
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    Source Audio Programmable EQ. True bypass, MIDI addressable.
     
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    I have an Ibanez PQL single band full parametric. Bought it new in 1985, used it ever since
     
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