2 band EQ or 3 band EQ

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Rafterman, Oct 25, 2001.

  1. 2-band EQ

    9 vote(s)
  2. 3-band EQ

    71 vote(s)
  1. Rafterman

    Rafterman Guest

    Nov 29, 2000
    Los Angeles, CA.
    which do you guys prefer? and why?
  2. Actually i prefer a 4-band EQ.. which is a 3-band with sweepable mids.

    and why ? well.. you can do more accurate EQ'ing :)

    i personally think the pickup balance is also part of the EQ, because it is very vital for the tone-shaping.. so.. actually i prefer a 5-band EQ :D
  3. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    3 band, absolutely - because one day I think I'll actually use the mid control.

    More than 3 bands of EQ gets too confusing, I usually make quick changes between song (sometimes during) and if I had yet another knob to fiddle with, I'd be in serious trouble. I CAN somtimes chew gum while changing sounds.

    I like the mid control because it's nice to be able to dial in the extra cut if needed. It gives me greater control. I really do rarely use it though. When I'm jamming it probably gets fiddled with the most.
  4. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Bass, Treble and semi- or full parametric mids, which still is a 3-band EQ, btw.
  5. rickreyn


    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    On my Cirrus, boosting or cutting the mids has a profound affect on the sound. I stay at the midpoint on all three, and normally boost or cut the mids and treble, and boost the bass to taste.
  6. I guess it depends on how much tonal variety you need onboard. Also, a few two bands (Music Man, Aguilar) offer boost-only, so boosting both bands is almost like a mid cut.
  7. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    3 band all the way. Of course, if I was to find a bass that I really liked, I wouldn't not buy it if it had a 2 band--as long as it sounded good.;)
  8. Ari Schor

    Ari Schor

    Mar 3, 2000
    three way, no doubt. I need to be able to control my mids from my bass, instead of stepping back mid-song.
  9. I guess I will have to be in the minority and say two band, for the reason stated above. I don't really look for too much tonal variation onboard. Also, sometimes my guitar player will pick up the bass and mess with it and change the EQ settings. Then I'll pick it up and it'll sound all weird and I'll have to put everything back to center.

    I find that during live performances, I only use the blend control--I'm not thinking enough about EQ to risk messing it up.
  10. 3 band sweepable mids, love those.
  11. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    I have basses with 3, 2, 1 and none. Like 'em all.
  12. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    I own passive, active parametric mid only with passive tone, bass/treble, bass/switchable mid/treble, and bass/semiparametric mid/treble.

    I prefer the 3 band with semiparametric mid.
  13. Has anyone ever seen a graphic eq on a bass? That would be a definate feature on the bass freak show.
  14. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Most acoustic electrics have a 3 band graphic EQ on them.
  15. Yes but what about an electric bass with a 7-band graphic EQ on the face where the knobs would normally be, that would be weird.
  16. FeTiS

    FeTiS Guest

    my current bass only has 2 knobs: volume, and tone. so, ya. but, my amp has a 3 band, which is gooder. i also have my Boss 7 band graphic equalizer, which is pretty sweet
  17. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    So the Boss is even more gooder than the amp? I wonder what the goodest of all is?
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  19. alembicbones


    Nov 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA
    With regards to this thread, I prefer the 3 band with a parametric shift on the mids.

    However, my favorite on board tone shaping devices are the low pass filter and Q switch.

  20. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Ovation used to have a bass with slider type EQ.

    Not quite as nifty as the Electra with interchangeable onboard effects modules.

    Anyone remember the Ken Smith basses with the built-in Mutron?