There are several reasons why you should consider an equalizer pedal or EQ pedal as it’s known in the industry.
The EQ pedal helps musicians define, shape, and mould their sound to achieve exactly what they hear in their head and thanks to an EQ this has become easier to do.
If you have the knowledge and use it correctly, the EQ pedal can be one of the most important tools in your collection.
So, what exactly is an EQ or equalizer pedal?
In simple terms, it is a pedal that allows you to craft the frequency range of your sound by cutting or boosting specific frequencies.
The audio frequencies that we hear around us sit across a wide spectrum, of which the human ear can hear between 20Hz to 20kHz.
In the most basic terms, an EQ pedal allows you to cut (decrease) or boost (increase) the frequencies already inherent in your guitar tone.
Do I need a standalone EQ?
You might ask why you still need a standalone EQ pedal if your amp already has EQ controls and so do your pedals.
Well, a standalone EQ pedal gives you more control over your sound in a way that a lot of pedals or amps just don’t.
If your guitar sound is booming in one venue, you can dial down the bass, if you aren’t cutting through the mix you can accentuate the mids.
As we said earlier, a standalone EQ pedal allows you to fine-tune what you want to sound like and put more control in your hands.
And there’s plenty of choice with some of the best brands in the world of guitar offering a top range of EQ pedals including Fender, MXR, J Rockett Audio, and Boss.
So, what do you need to look out for when choosing an EQ pedal?
A good EQ pedal can be a superstar for your sound. So, the first thing you need to ask is what type of EQ you want parametric or graphic.
The majority of EQs are actually graphic, which means they have fixed bands of audio that can be cut or boosted. You can also get advanced pedals that allow you to set these bands yourself, and some have a single parametric band, usually mids.
Next, you need to think about how many bands you have control over. On normal graphic equalizer pedals, you typically have between 6 and 10 bands.
Multiple band EQs differ in that they all give you different aspects of control. The fewer the bands, the wider the spectrum they control. This means a 10-band EQ will give you laser precision whereas a 3-band EQ is more of a general sound.
Thirdly, you might want to consider what other features the EQ has, and this will differ for everyone depending on the sounds they are trying to create.
If you are thinking about getting the best EQ pedal, whether it’s a bass equalizer pedal, a compressor EQ pedal, or an acoustic guitar EQ pedal, then give the team at Art of Guitar a call and they can help run through what’s best for your guitar and your sound.