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Wow I take back all the bad things I said about Graphic EQs

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by bassplayer1494, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. I started using a boss Graphic EQ pedal that my guitarist had lying around at band practice. He doesn't use it and I was always against them. But the other night I hooked it up for sh**s and giggles and started tweaking the knobs and wow! It really put the punch back into my tone! I couldn't believe how much of a difference it made. I forget the model of it but it really made a huge difference and I am very pleased with my tone now.
  2. JCooper

    JCooper ...meep. Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    I'd love to know which one, been contemplating this myself...
    Does a good/decent one have to be expensive?
  3. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    I too have been curious about this myself. The boss ones always sort of intrigued me. I have quite a bit EQ'ing option going on on my board as is. But I'd still like to know the model you're trying. I see a lot of bassist use them.
  4. Grissle


    May 17, 2009
    Graphics are nice, but parametrics are very cool too. Especially for compensating different room acoustics. I try not to use them for tone shaping but more for problem solving personally.
  5. NoxNoctus

    NoxNoctus The Crushinator

    May 9, 2004
    Annapolis, MD
    I have an MXR 6 Band in my chain. Gives me so much more oomph where I need it
  6. huckleberry1


    Jul 1, 2013
    Mesquite, Texas
    I use a Boss GEB-7
  7. I think it was the GE-B7.
  8. DirtyDuke

    DirtyDuke Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 13, 2012
    guelph ontario
    Partner Southampton Pedals, Partner CCP
    I had both a parametric eq and a graphic on my board for a spell but needed the space so i took them off.

    I added a 31 band to my rack. Love being able to adjust individual frequencies for each bass or each room. Not sure I could go back to parametric eqs
  9. JCooper

    JCooper ...meep. Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    Duke, I've been looking at 31-band eqs, which one do you use? Are there any features you've found more useable than others(LPF/HPF etc.)?
  10. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    I use this graphic eq and I love it:

  11. M0ses


    Sep 11, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Any EQ is only as good as the person using it.
  12. hbarcat

    hbarcat Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Rochelle, Illinois
    I rely on my graphic EQ to make sure the bass "sits in the mix" properly at live shows. My amp head has extensive EQ'ing so I don't need a pedal for it, but in my experience, a pedal is just as good, as long as you know how to use it and understand how instruments interact with each other at different frequencies. Ideally, you'd be able to individually EQ the guitars, drums, vocals and other instruments to complement each other, but bass is probably the most important since "boominess" and "muddiness" of room sound are in the meat of the electric bass range.