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Equalizer Pedals

What should I keep in mind when choosing an equalizer?

In a simplified way, we can say that an equalizer modifies the gain but in specific frequency ranges. What they do is increase or decrease the volume of the low, medium and high frequencies, and this helps us correct problems in the tone and / or improve the sound of our instrument.

Normally for the latter it is usually placed at the beginning of the pedal chain. If what you want is to correct a specific problem, such as an excessive hiss, or boomines in the low frequency range, many use it at the end of the chain or just in the place that generates that specific problem.

When choosing our equalizer pedal, the first thing we have to ask ourselves is what we want to achieve. Improve the bass response? Remove an excessive shapr treble? Correct hum?

Once the “what for” is defined, the main thing to consider is the number of bands. The bands are the number of divisions of the frequencies and generally in the market we will find from the simplest ones with only three bands (bass, middle and treble) to 10, which divide the spectrum into more frequencies. If we only want to enhance or attenuate in a general way, the 3-band ones are enough, if we want to correct a specific problem, the more bands the better.

It is also important to look at how much the bands boosted or cut, measured in decibels. The enhancement or attenuation will be more pronounced in the simpler (and therefore usually cheaper) models and, conversely, the more complex (and therefore usually more expensive) are more accurate.

Finally, there are the "extras”. There are many pedals that, in addition to the basic function that we have already described above, are usually accompanied by a general volume that we can use as a booster (signal intensifiers that improve the level of the signal that comes from the guitar to the amplifier). There are also those that come with presets and those that come with more controls to shape the sound, such as the Q factor, which is a frequency filter control that allows us to more precisely adjust how much and where exactly we want to attenuate or boost.

In this section you will find our assortment of equalizer pedals from the best brands on the market, from inexpensive pedals for beginners to mid-range pedals to limited-production boutique-style pedals of the best quality on the market.