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About EQ Pedals

EQ pedals, or equaliser pedals, are a powerful utility to your tone and many guitarists underestimate them! An EQ pedal is, more often than not, a compact graphic EQ with a set of sliders arranged into pre-determined frequency bands. Each slider can boost or cut its particular frequency by a given amount, allowing for some fairly drastic tonal sculpting.

There are many ways to use an EQ pedal and the pedal's effectiveness depends largely on your other equipment and the EQ pedal's placement within your signal chain. EQ pedals can be great for a solo boost, for balancing the output of different guitars, for 'scooping' your tone (lots of metal tones are heavily scooped) and for plenty of other uses besides these.

Lots of major manufacturers produce EQ pedals. BOSS and MXR make the most popular models but more are available from brands including Mesa Boogie and Electro-Harmonix. Visit your local guitarguitar UK store or check out our entire range here online.

Frequently Asked Questions about EQ Pedals

The 'scooped' sound is a famous heavy guitar sound made popular by Metallica and Pantera as well as most big 90s metal bands. The scooped sound gets its name because of the EQ curve. You literally dial the mids entirely out of the signal, whilst at the same time boosting the treble and the bass all the way up and maxing out the gain, of course. On its own it sounds spectacular. In the context of a band, the scooped sound can be difficult to work with. Nowadays, modern metal players are happy to have some semblance of midrange in their sound.
When it comes to solos, you can afford to dial in some top end. This will give you presence and more harmonic information that lets the solo punch out ahead of your rhythm sound. Experiment with boosting the upper mids and the top end on top of just a general boost of every frequency to give you more output. There is a fine art of tweaking involved here: too much is as bad as too little but focus on the upper mids & treble and don't worry about the bottom end.
Yes, basically. Boost the lower mids and then adjust to taste. Mids may not 'sound' heavy but they are your secret weapon for punching through a mix. Avoid too much bass: it sounds big but can actually make your tone woolly and slow...not what you want! Experiment with little spikes of lower mids and you may find a perfect combination of frequencies for extreme tones.
The BOSS GE-7 is our best-selling EQ pedal and has been consistently for years.