Anyone use an EQ pedal as a boost?

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  1. tjinca1

    tjinca1 Member

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    I've never tried a boost or treble booster, but I have a Boss 7 band EQ laying around and I'm wondering if it would be similar to a boost or treble boost pedal. I would think it could be since you can boost the treble and the volume by tapping it.

    Or do the boosts do something different than raising volume and adding treble (or mids or bass or whatever you want with an eq)?
     
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    I use the RC Booster as an EQ/Boost
     
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    i use an eq for a solo boost. have for years. i usually have it in my effects loop or after any dirt pedals. this way i can shape the "solo" tone as needed, and have a nice amount of control over the amount of added volume.

    i usually reserve front end boosting duties to my overdrive pedals.
     
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    MXR 10 Band works great but has some hiss you have to eq out.
     
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    +1.

    I've been doing the same with a Maxon EQ for a few years, but not in the loop. It's right after my dirt pedals.
     
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    I think a nice mid boost can be better than using an OD pedal in some situations ... less is more.
     
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    I use an mxr ten band for boost
     
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    I used to use a Boss GE-7 as a solo boost. It was literally just a volume boost, great feature if you are looking for that. I could get much more volume without adding much gain. Worked great for me when I needed it.
     
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    never had hiss with mine
     
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    I use my Source Audio Programmable EQ sometimes for that... particularly useful as you can adjust the volume for each of the 4 pre-sets, thus allowing you to guage how much boost there is and to save them.
     
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    I used to use a Dano Fish & Chips as a boost. Worked fine, really.
     
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    :agree

    Works great for me as well. I use it as a secondary boost with more gain. My regular boost is just a boost.
     
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    As many have said an EQ can work great as a boost. I used to use a 7 band EQ set with a low mid bump for solos. Currently, I use a Barb EQ in the Marshall setting with a bit of a volume and mid boost to push my amp into crunchier territory, or get more of a British tone out of my Jouster.

    Most clean boosts just boost the signal and maybe add a bit of shimmer or fatness. An EQ should be able to sound like some of them, but maybe not all. As far as treble boosts go, they are usually a different beast. Most treble boosters that I'm aware of are closer to mild fuzz with a lot of bass cut, so that when you use them as a boost they boost the treble frequencies more. They are usually not used as much for just a volume boost, but to really push an amp, or another dirt pedal, while adding some dirt of their own and keeping things tight sounding.
     
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    I use an MXR EQ as a clean booster often for solos - great pedal & dead quiet.
    But if you got a GE-7 they are not nearly as good imo so don't know how it would perform.
    They are noisy which is one reason I don't like em. Try it and see for yourself
     
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    i use a monte allums modded ge7 as a boost. it is very quiet, powerful and works very well for this.
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    nice looking pedal, what kind of finish is that?
     
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    A few months ago I was really looking for a midboost to fit my taste and ended up realizing I could only get this with an EQ pedal. Since then I have owned a Boss PQ4, which was great and now I am using a Fromel. I find the Fromel a bit easier to dial in, less extreme though if you need that and it has less volume (considered a unity EQ, but can get a slight boost if you want to).
     
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    Tom Morello also uses an EQ as a lead boost.... i'm amazed at how many sounds that guy can get with so few pedals... Just his JCM800 for dirt, and the EQ for lead boosts

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