From all the available effect pedals for guitar, the EQ pedal (or Equalizer) is probably the most depreciated and underestimated. “ What is worth having another equalizer if I have the Bass, Mid, and Treble settings on my amp ? That’s enough no ? “ … A Good EQ thought, could save you a lot of time in your quest to reach the ultimate sound. It’s an essential element to add what’s missing, and remove what’s in it too much.. or even to fix the soup coming out of your effect chain.
The Equalizer, a matter of position?
Before all, where do we plug the EQ pedal inEQ an effect chain ? A wise person would say you’d need one after each other effect EQ to ” readjust ” the leaps between the sound. Let’s not be so dramatic, leaving an Equalizer at the end of your effect chain, just before the combinated effects (refer yourself to our article on effect categories), will be sufficient to refine the frequencies of your final sound.
How to set your sound with an EQ Pedal
To start, all the knobs have to be set on 0. To work with an EQ Pedal, Equalizerit’s willing to isolate from the already established sound the frequency you want to increase or decrease in particular. The first frequencies to set, are the basses. It’s what consistue the foundation of the signal, and what refers to the final amplitude of your sound. Use it to carve some parts of your sound, but utilisez not so much to avoid having your guitar ring like an empty tin can. The Trebles come in second, they constitute the “ crispy part “ of the sound specter.This grain a little crunchy and high pitched will be the hardest to set properly because it will highly depend on the strength you put in your picking technic. In the end, the Mids, or middles, will be separate into two categories : the low-mids and high-mids, will be the cornerstone of your EQualization. Giving all its relief to the already installed bass frequencies, it will also refine to the maximum the clarity of your guitar sound. The low-mids helps you set the warmth of your sound while the high-mids, the precision.
The EQ pedals often offers 8 different knobs to set the many frequencies making up the sound. The two last buttons, available on some pedals, will be used as a noisegate and an additional volume setting.
Don’t hesitate to try many settings until you find what fits the most to your idea of the perfect sound. The EQ, in the end, is a powerful effect that might affect drastically the result of a record or a live performance.
Otherwise, there’s not only the EQ that can affect so much the sound you perceive. We often forget a very important parameter: the position of the amp.