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Bass Equalizer. Useful?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by lopesraphael, Dec 21, 2013.

  1. What do u guys think about Bass Eq? Useful? Can be substituted by amplifier's eq?

    Is there any cool one to suggest?

    Sorry for evetual spelling mistakes.
  2. Bassmike62

    Bassmike62 GAS resistance is utterly futile... Supporting Member

    It always depends on what you're looking for, but here's something left-fieldish if you're wanting something that can give you the tones you're looking at the tap of the foot... I had a bass EQ pedal for a short while, as well as a few amps with EQss, but no matter how slip-sliding I did, I never got the tone I wanted. So I dropped the issue. Then this summer, I buy the Zoom MS60B, which has tons of things to play with, including EQs (both bass and parametric). That still didn't do it. Then it dawns on me... since I use the 60B for its patches (in my case: clean, slap, reggae, fretless and oldskool), I AM using this pedal as an EQ pedal, with those patches acting as presets. All this for around the same price as a Boss or MXR EQ pedal.

  3. I personally like using a graphic EQ pedal to notch out a few dB between 300-400 Hz to clean up some mud from my Bongo. I prefer this to using the on onboard preamp on the bass or my amp's EQ because the graphic EQ has narrower Q's (the range of frequencies effected by each slider is very small compared to a typical 3 band EQ), and doesn't suck the punch from my lower mids.
    If you're just wanting to experiment with EQ, a used Boss GEB-7 can be found on craigslist any day of the week.
  4. uOpt


    Jul 21, 2008
    Boston, MA, USA
    It can be very useful if you come into a strange room and you need to whack out some specific problem.
  5. Vlad5

    Vlad5 Chronic Knob Twiddling Tone Chaser

    Feb 17, 2011
    New England
  6. ga_edwards


    Sep 8, 2000
    UK, Essex


    The thing about bass frequencies is they have rather long wavelengths that when playing at volume, walls, ceilings etc can interfere with making certain notes leap out or disappear. A parametric eq (if your amp doesn't have one) can be set to home in on these offending frequencies and fix them.
  7. How about using eq to adjust and vary tone?
  8. Eqs can be useful tools for tone shaping and i personally find that less is more ymmv. Using an EQ pedal to cop a particular tone is a valid option for a quick change.

    I have several EQs that see action from time to time like a classic MXR 6 band, Boss Bass 7 band EQ [both the brown and silver] and a Sholtz Instrument EQ but these days my main EQ is the [sfx]AY2 or the 3 band eq in the bassman model on the B2. My amp EQ is essentially flat or used to adjust to the room.
  9. radioface


    May 2, 2013
    Simple answer to your question is, yes, bass EQ is useful.
  10. Thank you.

    I got a pbass which is going to come back from luthier with flats strung. I play in a blues band.

    I do want to know about eq's since i usually play on a GK and actually i'm not perfectly satisfied with my tone.

    I know it'll be completely different with flats but... what do u guys suggest in this case?
  11. ga_edwards


    Sep 8, 2000
    UK, Essex
    I think you need to explain what it is about your tone that you're not satisfied with. It may be that there's other tools that may suit your issue more.