Adding an EQ to your pedal chain will be one of the best decisions you ever made for your pedal board and luckily, we’ve got loads of EQ pedals for you to choose from here at Andertons Music Co!
Firstly, we should point you in the direction of our ultimate guide to EQ pedals where you’ll find all the information you need on which EQ pedal to buy.
Let’s define what EQ actually stands for. When referenced, EQ means Equalizer or Equalization. It’s actually a scientific term that defines the spectrum of sound. It defines where certain sounds and frequencies sit on a universal spectrum.
You’ll probably be familiar with the three basic EQ terms which are Bass, Mids and Treble.
In music an equalizer is used to alter the frequency response of an audio system (or amplifier or speaker etc.) using linear filters. These simple filters can alter the sound of a song or your guitar in this case.
If you’d like a simple example of how it works, play a song that you know well through your hi-fi system or car radio. If you make drastic adjustments to the bass or treble you’ll immediately be able to hear what these filters change in the sound.
This same principle applies to guitar on its own.
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EQ Pedal FAQs
What does an EQ Pedal do?
An EQ pedal is a tone-shaping tool that can be used to improve the sound of your guitar rig. Often featuring multiple sliders that let you precisely boost or cut certain frequencies in your signal, you can use an EQ pedal to ultimately fine-tune your tone.
What’s the difference between a Graphic and Parametric EQ Pedal?
A graphic EQ pedal features a number of sliders that allow you to boost or cut fixed frequencies. The more frequency ‘bands’ that a graphic EQ pedal has, the greater control it will offer. A parametric EQ pedal is slightly different and is more akin to a mixing desk channel. Often equipped with knobs rather than sliders; parametric EQ pedals let you sweep for centre frequencies to boost or cut.
Where does an EQ Pedal go in my signal chain?
EQ pedals are typically used after distortion or overdrive stompboxes. This method allows you to fine-tune their sounds by boosting or cutting certain frequencies. Many players will also use EQ pedals in their amp’s effects loop for a similar reason, to affect the sound of the preamp stage before it is amplified by the power section.