#1
Well the title says it all. How do you feel about them? Personally, if you switch between clean and distortion like me, then I would prefer separate EQ's. I really want the ENGL Fireball 100. But it has a shared EQ, so I'm always a little leery of things like that. What do you think?
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#2
Buy an EQ for in the FX loop. That should work. EQ one channel on the amp, and the other on the pedal
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#3
Not a fan of shared EQs at all. I don't see myself ever buying an amp with shared EQ, unless I'm filthy rich and can afford to have one amp for distortion and another for clean. I don't see that happening.
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#4
They do limit the amp a bit, but that doesn't necessarily mean you can't get good tones from all the channels. The Mesa Mark III has a shared EQ for all 3 channels, but you can still dial them in to get good tones from all 3. Plus with the graphic EQ (if it has one, it was optional on the Mark III) you can get more variety.
#5
IMO Shared EQ's are more of a studio thing... or if you care less about your clean / low gain sounds then it doesn't really matter.

You could run like a G-major/pod/multi-fx/pedals through the clean channel and just dial in the lead channel to your liking.

The other guitarist in my band plays a fireball 60 and uses a boss GT-6 for cleans/mid gain sounds. Its bypassed on the high gain stuff and it sounds pretty decent.
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#6
My 5150 has a shared EQ. I don't really like it, I'd rather have separate EQ's. That said, like littlephil said, I can still get really good tones on the clean channel and on the lead channel.
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#7
A shared EQ doesn't matter too much if the amp is designed to sound good on multiple channels.

If not, you can always tweak the amp's circuit to get a different tone.
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#8
If I want to alter the EQ between channels I have an EQ out front and one in the loop all MIDI'd together. I have no problem with a shared EQ, it gives me a base point of commonality across the board that I can tweak with my other EQ's if I want to. It's no biggy.
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#9
I'm not bothered, a good amp should sound relatively balanced anyway. To my ears atleast.
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#10
I have a one channel amp. :|

But usually I'm okay with it, I can imagine if I were to use a two channel amp I'd prefer separate EQs just for variety's sake. I find that in a band situation I'm constantly tweaking my EQ, so if I had to do that twice with only one EQ, I dunno, I probably wouldn't like it.

Ideally I'd have like...a Two Rock amp for my cleans and a Carvin Legacy for my crunch and lead tones or something...but I don't have like...loads of money.
#11
I had a fireball a while back, and the shared eq wasnt a problem at all for me. Honestly, I have my eqs set more or less the same on all 4 of my invaders channels. It's a little give and take, but if you know what you like and how to get that sound it's not a problem at all.
#12
With my main amp (shared EQ), the first two channels are very similar; one just has a gain control and the other is fixed. Imagine an AC30 running 6L6's and you'll get close to what it sounds like. I have never wished for separate EQ between those two channels. The third channel however is very different because it kicks in two extra stages of gain (both sides of a 12AX7) and sounds similar to an old Mesa Mark. I sometimes think that a separate EQ for the third channel would be nice but I cope ok, I just adjust it with the rack. I'd much rather my amp with one EQ than a Bugera even if it had 27 EQ's.
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#13
depends on the amp
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#14
I personaly like independent EQ's but depending on the amp a shared EQ can sound as good.
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#17
I'd rather have an amp that does one thing very well than an amp that does 7 things really half-assed.

Shared EQ is fine. Just EQ in your clean sound and the distortion will take care of itself.
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#18
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I'd rather have an amp that does one thing very well than an amp that does 7 things really half-assed.

Shared EQ is fine. Just EQ in your clean sound and the distortion will take care of itself.


There are plenty that do both very well.
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#19
I don't believe you. Never found a multi-channel amp that actually matched a single channel sonically without looking like a ****ing computer on the inside.

Except perhaps the SLO, but I don't like it's drive.
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#20
Yeah on a $1000+ amp, I would expect separate EQ's. I don't know why they only put one EQ on an amp anyways. The separate EQ in the FX loop does sound like a good idea. Hmm, I think ill have to try that.
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