MXR 10 Band EQ Question??

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  1. MarshallDog

    MarshallDog Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    To start with I've never used an EQ. I dont really care to use one to shape my tone as I am good with it. My questions is can one be used to get a good volume boost without changing/altering the tone of the guitar/amp?

    If yes, can it be placed in front of the amp on the pedal board and where would it best be placed? My guess, after the tuner and wah pedal but before any OD and affect pedals??

    Thanks,

    MD
     
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    I actually have an MXR 10 band in slot 1 on my board. Yes, it can be used to goose the front end of an amp, and you can additionally use the EQ sliders to mimic a Tube Screamer. In front of an amp that is right on the edge of breakup, it has enough gain (using the technical definition of the word, meaning voltage increase) to push the amp well into distortion by slamming the front end hard.
     
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    I don´t have one, but i am thinking of getting one, today i use a Spark Boost as Clean Boost
     
  4. Lance Chambers

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    This says it all! :h5:
     
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  5. john hammond

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    whatever you try out, check for hiss.
    theyll do all sorts of things tonally, but they all hiss.
    whenever i see someone asking about eq's , i always think ' boss pq3b,'
    its for bass , not guitar. ( works real good on guitar)
    its not a slider type, its got 4 knobs
    its parametric, and superior.
    less floor noise too.
     
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    I have the 10 band MXR, and have only ever used it in the loop. There, it has worked extremely well for a clean boost, and for shaping tones on certain amps a bit better. I have never used one in front, but would probably use one (if I did) as last in the chain, before the input of the amp, to avoid overdriving anything else in the path. If I am using it in the loop, as a clean boost- I put it last for the same reason. Now, I'm curious, I'm going to try it in front of an amp.
     
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    Try it in multiple positions. I use mine to fine-tune the signal that hits my overdrive and dirt pedals, which is also handy when switching between guitars with different outputs and tonal characteristics.
     
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  8. The Dose of Harmony

    The Dose of Harmony Well-Known Member

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    Every rig its different, you need to figure out the position yourself !

    In my personal experience only one pedal adds no color its the Keely pro compressor thats the only pedal that keeps my tone pure .

    I own the Mxr 10 and love that pedal i only use cut around 500 hz and maybe jusr a hair to increase the signal, it adds some color you can notice that by putting everything on zero only turn it on and you will se that changes your tone.

    I feel that an eq its essential but if you dont know how to use it will work against you
     
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    I like the MXR 10 band for certain little things but the one thing I've never cared for is using it in front of the amp, much prefer it in the loop...I feel like you're changing the actual tone of the guitar itself (pickups and all) up front whereas in the loop it's more like just altering the tone of the amp (and whatever else is in the loop). But I suppose if you're experimenting with it only as a flat curve/volume boost, up front would be fine. Like someone mentioned - trial and error!
     
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    I have one, it has a separate volume and gain slider, it only works for volume boost if you have very low gain. What I think works better is the Mad Professor Underdrive, read up on it and decide if it's right for you, I got mine half price used and I think it works well. You basically set youre lead tone and volume on your amp then set your rhythm tone and volume on the Underdrive.
     
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    Exotic EP Booster...one knob...click...sounds killer! It does add a little color but, click...sounds killer!
     
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    EHX Grapic Fuzz will work in both positions, has an envelope filter and an adjustable output level and fuzz gain. Works great and is quiet.
     
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    mickeydg5 Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    I love shaping my tone. That is how you profile/model someone or something elses sound.

    It also adds to experience and shaping your own sound.
     
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    Is there a decent quality knockoff available? Preferably with battery operation possible, I don't like power-supply-only pedals
     
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    The cheapest I've seen in the BOSS sized pedals is a Behringer eq700 equalizer. Cheap as you like. About £20 in the UK. But cheap in all other aspects too I suspect.
    All plastic, 7 band, level slider too.
    Buyer beware.

    But, Joshua Heath Scott (JHS) seems to like their range of obvious BOSS knockoffs, and has made a sort of homage video.

     
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    I need to check this pedal out!!
     
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    MarshallDog Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    So I have been checking the Xotic EP Booster out. I think it may be just what Im looking for.

    Any other opinions on this pedal from user?? Im just looking for a boost pedal that does not affect tone or as little as possible.
     
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    I run my mxr 10 band eq in front of the amp’s because that is how I run the pair of origin’s, the coloring it does is welcome in my tone shaping, the boost function seems to be more so on the Dsl40c’s than the origin’s, but I now don’t use a clean boost with it!
    Cheers Mitch
     
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    MarshallDog Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    @Mitchell Pearrow If you had a pedal board, would you put it First or Last.
     
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