EQ Pedals (snore... another vs. thread by me)

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by BassGod, Dec 4, 2005.

  1. BassGod


    Jan 21, 2004
    Don't hurt me, I searched.

    Alright, I need a high quality EQ pedal, something that will be able to provide a wide range of tones for fingerstyle, slap, tapping, and pick playing. Versatile enough to be able to dial in anything from metal to jazz (though metal is my main thing). It also has to have the ability to boost the level.

    I've been shopping Musician's Friend (as my local store blows), and have narrowed it down to just three options...

    1. MXR M-108 Ten Band Graphic EQ ($119.99 USD)

    2. Boss EQ-20 Advanced Equalizer ($129.99 USD)

    3. Electro-Harmonix Tube EQ ($189.99 USD)

    Here's the skinny on all three.

    Keep in mind I won't be spending more than the EHX, and even that's a stretch.

    So I need to know anything and everything about these pedals. For example, what are the advantages of tubes in an EQ, if any? If the pickups matter, mine are active EMGs, but I don't know if that makes a difference.

    Anyway, thanks for your help. If I'm spending this much money, I figure I need it! ;)

    Graeme :bassist:
  2. IcedEarthWOM


    Oct 2, 2005
    I'd go with the EQ-20 just for the ability to have multiple memories of EQ plus a manual mode. Unfortunatly you can't scroll through the memories with the other pedal. That said This Post is by someone who had his rewired so contacting him could lead you to solve that problem.

    And even if you don't need multiple memories I'd still go with it because each band has 15db each way.

    The only thing the MXR has over the EQ is that it goes to 16KHz whereas the EQ only goes to 12.5. Though on bass that souldn't do much (any experienced people can speak up if that's wrong).
  3. I'd go with the MXR.
  4. i'd go mxr, has true bypass
  5. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    NE ND
    Boss for flexability.
  6. BassGod


    Jan 21, 2004
    Am I correct in assuming that EQ pedals will work equally as well on bass as they do on guitar? After, both the Boss and MXR are made for guitar (it's down to those two, the EHX is just too expensive).

  7. True

    Boss has two 7-band eq pedals. The GE-7 and the GEB-7. Each pedals has frequencies that are 'important' for each instrument it is 'so-called' suited for... BUT you could just choose the MXR and have 10 bands and all the frequencies you could ever need. The MXR is made for both bass and guitar because the frequencies go really low... (cfr. bass).