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Whirlwind Bass Ten & other EQ pedals

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by HeavyJazz, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. HeavyJazz

    HeavyJazz Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2013
    The classic 10-band graphic EQ in a way is a little retro. Ampeg, Hartke and Ashdown have all stuck with them on various heads, but in the pedal world I have to believe the argument against them is primarily space related. Enter the Whirlwind Bass Ten - a massive 18v, sizely unapologetic pedal that in spite of eating up precious pedalboard space it delivers more than the EQ stage of my actual bass head.

    My question to the group: Is this to some degree a one of a kind bit of gear or are there some diamond in the rough EQs out there I've missed? I'm fully aware of the more generic 9v EQs (MXR, Boss), but when you hear this thing it's just an entirely different class. If there were a smaller one available with the same build quality and headroom I'd consider a switch, but having used this one it's a tough act to beat.

    Share you adventures, surprises and let downs amongst the tone-tweaking world of EQ.
  2. caeman

    caeman The Root Master

    Sep 17, 2008
    The EQ is the unsung hero of the effects world. It is the ultimate tone tweaker. The old graphic EQ is still as current in its importance for those that desire to doctor their tone in such a way.

    The MXR M-108 is 18v and a bit smaller than the Bass Ten. Alternately, there are several good parametric EQs a more normal pedal size.
  3. pbass6811

    pbass6811 Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2008
    Indy, IN
    I'm curious about this as well. I'm putting together my pedalboard and the Bass Ten is on my list. I did just discover the Mooer Graphic B, which if the Bass Ten is Goliath, then the Mooer Graphic B would be David...'s smaller brother! The Mooer pedal is, obviously, WAAY smaller, but it's a 5 band EQ and the frequencies are different. So, yeah...anyone have a Bass Ten in their lineup?

    I really just wish MXR would make a bass-specific graphic EQ...:bag:
  4. caeman

    caeman The Root Master

    Sep 17, 2008
    Check out the Joyo EQ. The frequencies it offers are perfect for bass.
  5. Bob C

    Bob C

    Mar 26, 2000
    Duluth, MN
    Even though the Whirlwind has been out for a year or two or three, I just discovered it. I posted on another older TB thread about - It looks really nice, but why is it way more expensive than the MXR?

    Also, I don't see the big deal about precious pedal board real estate. You want more pedals - you need a bigger board.
  6. caeman

    caeman The Root Master

    Sep 17, 2008
    MXR M-108, $120
    EQ Bands: 31.25, 61.5, 125, 250, 500, 1k, 2k, 4k, 8k, 16k
    Gain, Volume

    Whirlwind Perfect Ten, $200
    EQ Bands: 31, 63, 125, 500, 1k, 2k, 4k, 8k, 16k

    Potentially the same product designer in Tony Gambacurta.

    The price difference might be the "Constant Q" marketing speak/tech that Whirlwind uses. The Whirlwind is significantly larger than the MXR. Neither is advertised specifically for bass.

    The frequency band selections are wrong for bass. Once you've reached the 4k slider, you've gone beyond the notes that most bassists will ever use. The Joyo EQ I have has the following EQ bands: 100, 200, 400, 800, 1.6k, 3.2k.

    With a 4-string bass, once you reach 2k, you've gone beyond the bass fret board. The G string (G2) is about 98 Hz. The harmonics would be the only issue, but with the wide spread of the bands on the MXR and Whirlwind, you could never target those upper harmonics accurately.

    So maybe the perfect BASS 10-band graphic EQ would have bands 100 apart, from 100 to 1k.

    Or just go with a parametric EQ.
  7. HeavyJazz

    HeavyJazz Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2013
    Actually the Whirlwind 'is' specifically designed for bass. They have a Perfect Ten as well specifically designed for a guitar. But Caeman's correct - the bands are different for each though I tend to favor the lower numbers hit on the Whirlwind. As to why one may be "better" than the other... You could drive a car over the Whirlwind and it wouldn't break any of the sliders because of the way the steel around it is raised. It also has a silent on/off switch which doesn't click or 'ping' on and off like the MXRs. Both have their place...
  8. N.F.A.


    Jun 25, 2009
    In a blue funk
    Are you talking about the pedal that is marketed as a guitar eq pedal? Their prices sure are right!
  9. caeman

    caeman The Root Master

    Sep 17, 2008
    Yes, it is marketed as a guitar EQ. But, it loses no perceptible low end.
  10. N.F.A.


    Jun 25, 2009
    In a blue funk
    I may spring for one of those. Can't go wrong at that price. Do you recommend any of their other pedals for bass?
  11. caeman

    caeman The Root Master

    Sep 17, 2008
    In my experience, and the reading of other's experiences, the Joyo pedals are a Good Thing (tm). Solid, metal cases that won't break when you step on them. The switches seemed to be of good quality. They sound like the various effects are versions of. I know that some people will disparage them for me mass-produced asian clones, but pretty much every effect nowadays is a clone of some predecessor. For the price, it is worth the risk.

    Specifically for bass that seemed to personally work fine was the digital delay and flanger. Have't personally tired the rest with bass.
  12. pbass6811

    pbass6811 Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2008
    Indy, IN
    Your actually talking about the Perfect Ten. The Bass Ten goes 20, 40, 80, 160, 320, 600, 900, 1.3k, 1.8k, 3K, So it seems like it would, obviously, be more useful for bass.

    The MXR 6 band is at 100, 200, 400, 800, 1.6k, 3.2k-seems like that would be more useful for bass than the MXR 10-band.

    The Mooer Graphic B goes 62.5, 125, 500, 1k, 4k-if you're saying that 2k is the limit for bass, then it's got at least 1 band that isn't really helping, BUT, for $88, the Mooer EQ might be worth trying out...

    edit: I just re-read your post and, apparently, the MXR 6 band GEQ has the same frequency centers as the Joyo pedal that you're using...
  13. WillieB

    WillieB Battling Bass Guitar Bulimia since 1975 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2010
    Columbus Ohio
    whirlwind Bass Ten is an EQ pedal I picked up after selling my Boss GEB-7 and refusing to buy the MXR ten. I've had a real hard time finding the right EQ pedal for bass. I've even used parametric EQ's and parametric EQ pedals.

    But the Whirlwind is now my all time favorite addition after my bass, amp , and speakers.

    is it more expensive then the geb-7 or mxr 10 YES .... to me its worth every dime.

    I will now run either micro heads ( flat , no eq ) , or rack mount power and totally control my preamp tone settings from this EQ. I'm even building a mini board for it to place on top of a mic stand out front so I don't have to turn around and tweak the preamp settings.

    love it.
    Linnin likes this.
  14. HeavyJazz

    HeavyJazz Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2013
    I've been doing the same thing - leaving my head's EQ flat and just using the WBT. The cheaper alternatives don't cut it to that level.
  15. pushifier

    pushifier dB basses

    Jan 8, 2009
    just bought this Whirlwind bass eq. And I am really happy with it. I use a lot effects and this thing makes them shine. Always had some little harzness in my sound, you can teak the eq and its goNe! Finaly! Should have bought this thing long time ago.
    Another cool thing is that this eq add some load of head room. It's Amazing the difference when it turn it ofF.
    I have Got this eq infront of my fea compressor and They like eachother haha. My sound came a live so to speak. Beeefy and phat with a lot of articulation without that harsness. It shineS. Must have this pedal and dead quiet!
  16. ga_edwards


    Sep 8, 2000
    UK, Essex
    I picked up Caline CP-24 10 band eq. Only 9v, (which is more pedalboard friendly IMO) but same control as the MXR 10 band pedal, and cheap as chips. Works fine for me.
  17. EQ can be great when used properly, and terrible when used wrong. I personally prefer to use the frequency range of pre amps and cabs to my advantage. For example I don't need to buy an eq to cut down frequencies below 40hz between my compressor and my ampeg cab (which is sealed) I already get that effect. EQing out really high frequency noise can definetly make your fuzz, overdrives, and distortions sound better. But I deal with that by using the speaker sims on the tech 21 pedals(which sorta works like slapping a hpf and a lpf on it) So I do use "EQ" on both the highs and lows but I don't dial in EQ. I've had ampeg heads, the boss bass EQ, and a old oeavey max pre that had this style of EQ, and I wasn't a fan of any of them.
  19. alexander_gbass


    May 5, 2012
    i use the mxr 10 band.. mainly in the studio for more precise sound shaping
  20. tercesyrev

    tercesyrev Supporting Member

    Oct 12, 2006
    Chicago, IL
    Resurrecting this thread ... for anyone interested: the WBT eq IS worth every penny and the little extra real estate it takes on the board. Dead quiet as Ed mentions in his review which is key. The "constant Q" technology (too long to explain - see their website) allows precision eq'ing with little or no affect on other

    Built like a tank and looks impressive lit up. It really comes in handy when switching instruments which is one of the primary reasons I use it. Just a quick adjustment and wha la. It really does a great job eliminating any unwanted tonal characteristics of a bass, or just as importantly emphasizing desired ones, with out altering everything else. It is truly precision equipment.

    I forked over $200+ thinking I could try it like so many other pedals and then return it before the trial period ended. After 20 minutes of using it and experiencing its performance, the thought of returning never again crossed my mind. Best eq pedal I've ever used. Used in an effects loop, it would improve just about any amp.

    Try one!