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Graphic EQ question

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Luca1979, May 19, 2011.

  1. Luca1979

    Luca1979 Member

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    The story is, Mesa Boogie Mark amps were offered with or without a 5-band graphic EQ at the time (it was an option).

    I once had an EQ-loaded one once and I remember the EQ was crucial to get the tones I wanted.

    Now I have the chance to buy another one, it's great but it doesn't have the onboard EQ.

    My question is: will putting a good EQ pedal in the fx loop have the same identical effect and quality in shaping the sound as having the on-board EQ ?

    Please tell me what do you think, thanks!
     
  2. torquil

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    The crucial aspect is to have an EQ located downstream in the signal chain from where preamp distortion arises. So I'd say yes, it will have a very similar effect.

    Not identical of course, since the circuit will be slightly altered and it will be a different EQ. You can use any EQ, not necessarily a five-band one. You can even use a parametric EQ (which I prefer).

    EDIT: That said, I wouldn't buy an amp that necessitated any additional external equipment to get a good sound, myself. But YMMV.
     
  3. wizard333

    wizard333 Member

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    *cough* Dumbleator *cough*
     
  4. frank4001

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    One one gig I play a Dano, a strat and an old Goya with a D'Armond in the sound hole. Depending on the amp I can adjust the Goya to sound the way I need it. It can also be a nice clean boost. Usefull in both high and low volume situations. If you're playing some places for the first time it might be good to have one with you.

    I don't always use it but an EQ pedal but it has come in handy over the years...
     
  5. Luca1979

    Luca1979 Member

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    Thanks for the replies, any other comments appreciated!
     
  6. teleharmonium

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    I would suggest getting an Empress or other good parametric EQ instead of a graphic. Graphics tend to be noisy, except for expensive inductor based studio EQs that are in the graphic format but are otherwise different animals.
     
  7. GAT

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    I would buy that TC EQ rack in the Emporium. Not mine, but it is studio quality and can store different presets.
     

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