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Bass eq pedal

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Bassistcali, Feb 17, 2014.

  1. Bassistcali


    Nov 10, 2013
    I found a boss GEB-7 for 40 bucks. Is it worth it? What can I do with it?
  2. HolmeBass

    HolmeBass Supporting Member

    Jan 18, 2007
    Charlottesville, VA
    It's worth it if you want one, a decent price for that kind of pedal. You can use it a number of ways:
    - If you use 2 different basses, EQ and level match one to the other so you don't have to change amp EQ when you switch basses.
    - You can EQ for a different tone, like a dub tone or a slap tone.
    - You can use it as a tone-sculpted boost; boost the mids and overall volume for soloing, for example.

    Many other ways to use an eq pedal too, only your imagination limits the possible uses.
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  4. BFunk

    BFunk Gold Supporting Member

    EQ pedals can be very handy in conjunction with distortion.
  5. Bassistcali


    Nov 10, 2013
    I use a lot of distortion actually.. How can they
  6. groooooove

    groooooove Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    don't bother!

    you have EQ on your amp. is that not enough? is there a specific freq. range that needs tweaking?

    a lot of EQ can make good rigs sound awful. less is more... and the more knobs or sliders you have available, the more youll end up using.
  7. BFunk

    BFunk Gold Supporting Member

    I would start by placing it after distortion. That is often the most useful application. You can use it to shape the distortion effect to your taste. Add or subtract bass and highs, or change the mid character

    You could also try it before distortion. In this case, it is usually used to make the distortion more sensitive to certain frequency ranges. Say you don't want the low notes to distort as much as mids, then reduce the lows a bit. A little goes a long way. This is most useful with mild overdrive IMO.

    And don't buy into the bs you should only have one eq. Use as many as you need/like. Just be aware of the pluses and minuses. As always: USE YOUR EARS!!
  8. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    At that price buy it ...
  9. Helluvatim


    Sep 24, 2006
    New Jersey
    Great EQ pedal, I used it to boost volume and bottom end under a guitar solo, it is somewhat noisy, I ditched it if favor of a DOD 7 band bass eq
  10. BFunk

    BFunk Gold Supporting Member

    Yeah, it is noisy by today's standards. But that is ok for shaping distortion. :)
  11. AlexBassMP


    Feb 5, 2014
    I've never used one of these (I use my 9 band eq from my bass head ) , but it's usefull to have a different sound at your feet...
  12. Bassistcali


    Nov 10, 2013
    Woah...I got it and with my big muff it makes the fuzz and dist sound clearer and way better... Even on a clean signal it sounds great... Your right about the one eq- IMO its more effective in tone shaping than my amp head
  13. tbplayer59


    Jan 20, 2013
    I'm going to jump in here with a question I've been wondering about. Is an EQ pedal essentially a preamp with tone shaping? Would an EQ pedal with an active bass be overkill?

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