#1
so as the title says, i want an EQ/Tone shaper for like 70$ and under, i dont need anything too huge, maybe like 6 band or something, a 10 would be great if i can get it for that low :/
id prefer not to get used, i want it mainly cuz i have an Epi JR. Halfstack. i do have an ME-20 which has basic EQ, but id like more
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#2
If you don't need footswitch functionality then I'd heartily recommend buying a used rackmount equalizer off of eBay from a reputable brand. I had a Dod 32-band one that was only $40 and dead-quiet. It performed as well or better than an MXR 10-band for less money, with more bands to boot. Just food for thought.
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#3
Are you new to EQs? Like do you just wanna try one out with your sound and see what you think? or are you set in having one in your set-up for full-time use. If it's the first one, I'd say just **** around with the Behringer EQ, i think it's like a 7 band or something but it's like 30 dollars. but also what the person above said
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well, ive never had an actual EQ pedal or rackmount, and im just getting a band together with a buddy so we'll be practicing and doing some small gigs and what not, so the rackmount sounds good, but A: i have no i dea where to get one, and B: can i trust a used one?
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If you don't need footswitch functionality then I'd heartily recommend buying a used rackmount equalizer off of eBay from a reputable brand. I had a Dod 32-band one that was only $40 and dead-quiet. It performed as well or better than an MXR 10-band for less money, with more bands to boot. Just food for thought.



I agree that i rackmount model is better for the long term, but if you are new to EQ's I would recommend one with less bands. the more bands, the more complicated it will get. each adjustment would be a pretty big tweak to your tone, and it can get complicated. sometimes its just better to keep it simple.

i think an MXR 6 band would be around your budget, look into one of those.
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well, ive never had an actual EQ pedal or rackmount, and im just getting a band together with a buddy so we'll be practicing and doing some small gigs and what not, so the rackmount sounds good, but A: i have no i dea where to get one, and B: can i trust a used one?


eBay. You can usually trust a used one so long as you ask the seller a few questions and get the right answers (unless they're already answered in the auction listing), eg "Is it fully operational? Are there any problems AT ALL with it? Are any pots noisy?" etc. So long as the answer to all of those is good you ought to be fine.

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I agree that i rackmount model is better for the long term, but if you are new to EQ's I would recommend one with less bands. the more bands, the more complicated it will get. each adjustment would be a pretty big tweak to your tone, and it can get complicated. sometimes its just better to keep it simple.

i think an MXR 6 band would be around your budget, look into one of those.


The first EQ I had was one with 32 bands. Although what you are saying somewhat makes sense I would also argue that having more bands at your disposal is only marginally more complicated than having, say, 8. All the bands do one of two things - cut or boost, it's just that there's more of them. I am of the school of thought that having more precise control over tone early on makes you better equipped to use an EQ in any more serious, traditional sort of context (eg live sound, recording, etc). It's also worth mentioning that a $30 EQ pedal might have missed some pretty important frequencies that a 1/3 octave EQ would have covered.

Just my $.02
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Quote by trashedlostfdup
I agree that i rackmount model is better for the long term, but if you are new to EQ's I would recommend one with less bands. the more bands, the more complicated it will get. each adjustment would be a pretty big tweak to your tone, and it can get complicated. sometimes its just better to keep it simple.

I used to use a 32 band EQ all the time. I found that all you had to do was grab 3 or four bands at once to get it close and then hone in on individual frequencies to take account for errant frequencies in the hall you were playing in. Not really harder to use than a 10 band but so much more useful.
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eBay. You can usually trust a used one so long as you ask the seller a few questions and get the right answers (unless they're already answered in the auction listing), eg "Is it fully operational? Are there any problems AT ALL with it? Are any pots noisy?" etc. So long as the answer to all of those is good you ought to be fine.

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The first EQ I had was one with 32 bands. Although what you are saying somewhat makes sense I would also argue that having more bands at your disposal is only marginally more complicated than having, say, 8. All the bands do one of two things - cut or boost, it's just that there's more of them. I am of the school of thought that having more precise control over tone early on makes you better equipped to use an EQ in any more serious, traditional sort of context (eg live sound, recording, etc). It's also worth mentioning that a $30 EQ pedal might have missed some pretty important frequencies that a 1/3 octave EQ would have covered.

Just my $.02


i completely agree with you, all it depends on level of expreiance. the next EQ i buy will be a 32 band, which will be for recording. some people arent like me (and maybe you Jiggity) and just want to keep things simple and not want to tweak around with it as much.

also if you are just doing small gigs with a cheaper amp, it might not be worth having a rack unit while a small pedal with less bands would be more convienent for hauling.
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#11
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If you don't need footswitch functionality then I'd heartily recommend buying a used rackmount equalizer off of eBay from a reputable brand. I had a Dod 32-band one that was only $40 and dead-quiet. It performed as well or better than an MXR 10-band for less money, with more bands to boot. Just food for thought.


I didn't know DOD made a 32 band EQ.
I've got a DOD 31 Band EQ. Bought if for, if I remember correctly 35, or 40 dollars.
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I agree that i rackmount model is better for the long term, but if you are new to EQ's I would recommend one with less bands. the more bands, the more complicated it will get. each adjustment would be a pretty big tweak to your tone, and it can get complicated. sometimes its just better to keep it simple.

i think an MXR 6 band would be around your budget, look into one of those.

Not meaning to thread jack but I'm also looking for an EQ in that price range and I'm interested in getting a rack started. Anyone know of a good rack mount EQ for guitar or are they all pretty similar? Also, it would be nice to have one with footswitch or midi capabilities. Anyone know of any?
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#13
i cant find any used rackmount EQ's that ship to Canada for a decent price
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Not meaning to thread jack but I'm also looking for an EQ in that price range and I'm interested in getting a rack started. Anyone know of a good rack mount EQ for guitar or are they all pretty similar? Also, it would be nice to have one with footswitch or midi capabilities. Anyone know of any?

MIDI capabilites and footswitch will raise the price a bit.
And, I thought that MIDI had to be digital? Meaning, good luck finding a used one for less than 70 bucks.

I never use a footswitch on mine. I just have it on all the time.
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MIDI capabilites and footswitch will raise the price a bit.
And, I thought that MIDI had to be digital? Meaning, good luck finding a used one for less than 70 bucks.

I never use a footswitch on mine. I just have it on all the time.

Yeah, I figured it would bump the price up but in the long term I think it would be worth it for me. I'd actually prefer a footswitch to MIDI. Know of any that take a footswitch?
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Yeah, I figured it would bump the price up but in the long term I think it would be worth it for me. I'd actually prefer a footswitch to MIDI. Know of any that take a footswitch?


It all depends on what you find.
If you're going new though, Id suggest asking someone more knowledgable with new EQs.
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I agree that i rackmount model is better for the long term, but if you are new to EQ's I would recommend one with less bands. the more bands, the more complicated it will get. each adjustment would be a pretty big tweak to your tone, and it can get complicated. sometimes its just better to keep it simple.
Nah, if you have more bands, each band is a smaller adjustment to your tone. It's definitely more complicated, but it's not really harder. Just takes a bit more time.
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One thing to note about rack EQ's is that they usually do NOT come with a foot switchable bypass. Some do come with a panel switch allowing them to be set for bypass. I have the BBE 31 band EQ it has a panel mounted true hardwire bypass switch. I paid $87 shipped from musicians friend. Right now they are moving them out the door at $59 plus shipping. I have not found anything wrong with it. It works quite well sitting in my loop.
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One thing to note about rack EQ's is that they usually do NOT come with a foot switchable bypass. Some do come with a panel switch allowing them to be set for bypass. I have the BBE 31 band EQ it has a panel mounted true hardwire bypass switch. I paid $87 shipped from musicians friend. Right now they are moving them out the door at $59 plus shipping. I have not found anything wrong with it. It works quite well sitting in my loop.

That's easily remedied with a a true bypass looper. Although they're pretty expensive to buy they can be made for around $15-$20 and it's about the simplest pedal you can make. I looked up all the parts it would cost to make a 5 channel one and it was around $60 but IMO that's worth it because that's 5 things on your rack you can true bypass. Plus, a 5 channel is twice that much to outright buy. I know this is getting away from the whole budget consciousness thing but just a thought.
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