EQ pedals? Anything better than the MXR 10-band?

LaXu

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I'm thinking that having an EQ pedal would be useful at times and it seems the MXR 10-band is the best choice. However, what I've messed with recording programs, parametric EQs seem very cool but I've never seen any of those in pedal format. I think Carl Martin had one but it seemed a bit limited. Are there any "boutique" EQ pedals?

I've never used an EQ pedal so I'm interested in the following things:
1) What EQ pedal do you use? Why did you choose it? How would you compare it to other ones?
2) What do you use the EQ pedal for? In what part of the signal chain?

I'm thinking of using one either as a clean boost with optional toneshaping (currently using a Digitech Bad Monkey as a boost, but sometimes just a clean boost might be useful) and possibly to take out high end fizz that can become apparent at higher gain settings. Will an EQ pedal work for these purposes?
 

58lespaulman

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IMO, I think the Boss GE-7 is the best I've tried. I use it in my rig and wouldn't do without it. Listen to the crunch from the guitars in our downloads. It works great with a Marshall. Latley I've been using the Boss EQ, and the Burriss Boostier and wamo, you have instint crunch..

Shane Pasqualla
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grego7

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I have a sniper mod boss ge-7, and I have figured out that it is the best pedal (for me) to use as a clean boost in an effects loop. Plus, you have the added tweakability in case you do want to boost or cut certain frequencies for your solo tone. But it will not add any (unwanted) gain.
 

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From what I remember about the pedal pre-mod is that it had more hiss, and just seemed noisier overall when in use. Now even with the master slider very high, the pedal seems silent. Plus now it's a cool flat black color! ha ha
 

grego7

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Here is the website. You can buy a new, already mod'd pedal for $155, send in a GE-7 (usually ~$60 on ebay) for him to mod for I believe $55, or get a DIY kit for $25.
 

Moe45673

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Boss EQ-20 (stock). 10 bands +1 level knob, super silent operation, highly responsive bands, and 9 memory plus 1 manual positions for the sliders.

I highly recommend the analogman mod for the eq-20. Doesn't change the tone of the pedal, just what different footswitches do.
 

1kidc

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I really like the mxr - especially on dark stages where you can see the led sliders... It is WAY quieter than the stock ge-7! Also the jacks are on the "rear" of the pedal which allows me very easy access to plug in my cable since it is first in my pedalboard chain.

I would like to try that sea blue though...
 

drolling

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Originally posted by jcshirke
BJF Sea-Blue EQ
+2. As splatt says, a very different take on equalization. No sliders, but a surprising amount of control w/just two tone pots. My buddy called it "subtle", but what I think he meant is you can't get a bad sound out of it no matter where you set the dials.

I've used it all over the signal chain (tho' usualy at the beginning or end), with both my electric & electro-acoustic rigs. Wish I had two of them.
 

Mooncusser

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Hello there,

Just to answer your question, I have tried the boss and the mxr.
I stuck with the MXR, will not get rid of it.
It is EXTREMELY dynamic, well built, and as some up above stated; the entrie unit is LED'd for stage use.
I have tried many others, but in my opinon...for the money, get the MXR.
By the way...this is only my opinion here.
I always send the eq in last in the chain to control the global entirety of my set up.

Good luck!!!
Best regards, Mass
 

tot_Ou_tard

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I'm also looking for a high quality EQ.

People always mention Sea Blue & Morning Dew. Are these parametric EQ's?
What does parametric mean? I assume that it means that you can adjust the center frequency and width of the curve (is this called Q?) that one can either boost ot cut.

Why do people like these EQ's? How do they differ from the Carl Martin, Boss-20, and the MXR. Any opinions on the Presonus 3EQ?

I'd be using this at home so I have no particular preference for a pedal over a rack unit. I'm not good enough to play out, but I have an excellent ear and love good tone.

I do not want to spend over ~$200 and $100 is better.
Thanks
 

Mooncusser

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you can ask some of the folks here about the morning dew and sea blue, as I have not tried these...I assume they are more botique than the boss and MXR.
I am very much the type of player you are.....mostly at home and no pro, but I like good tone to.
I have enough faith in the MXR to HIGHLY recommend it though, being that I am very, very picky about my tone. You get total control over your tone with the MXR, and for the money it costs...in my own opinion only.
I really did try out a bunch before settling on the MXR by the way.
Keep on doing your homework on the EQ's, but be sure to keep the MXR in the back of your mind.
Good luck, Mass
 

Enjoyer

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I have a Morning Dew and it has really changed the way I view EQ.
A truly fantastic pedal that now resides at the front of my ever-changing (well, since finding this forum) chain.
I am also very interested in the Sea Blue EQ and will eventually pick one up. It is on my list of must try pedals, but since obtaining the MD it moved down a bit.
 

58lespaulman

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You know I will not go out of the house without my Morning Dew EQ, it makes any amp sound better. I have been going to a jam session and taking my TIMMY, MDEQ, and Diamond Compressor, and Vox V848 Wah, and I'm set. But the Really important pedals are the MDEQ, and TIMMY, or TIM, and Diamond Comp. The MDEQ has changed my way of thinking, I have the Sniper Mod GE-7, and it doesn't get used that much anymore.

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Moe45673

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you are right about what a parametric eq is. The MDEQ and SBEQ are not parametric, they are shelving eqs.

the right knob is a high shelf, the left knob is a low shelf, and the middle knob is not a shelf, but a mid frequency (I think about 600 Hz)
 

drolling

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Enjoyer said:
I have a Morning Dew and it has really changed the way I view EQ.
A truly fantastic pedal that now resides at the front of my ever-changing (well, since finding this forum) chain.
HAH! Yeah.. I try to steer clear of the guitar and amps & cabs forums, as I can barely afford to hang around here in the FX section...
Enjoyer said:
I am also very interested in the Sea Blue EQ and will eventually pick one up.
If you're diggin' Brian's pedal, you'll go totally kookoo over the SBEQ. It adds that certain 'je ne sais quoi' to any rig. Mine's presently doing double-duty on my electric & electro-acoustic boards- I'll get another one, eventually.
 

Luke V

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The Morning Dew is a very smooth sounging pedal. I really like it.
 




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