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BOSS Seven-Band Graphic Equalizer Guitar Pedal (GE-7)
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- Model# GE7
- The Package Height of the Product is 3 inches
- The Package Length of the Product is 6 inches
- The Package Width of the Product is 4 inches
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The GE-7 equalizer pedal offers seven bands of EQ ranging from 100Hz to 6. 4kHz, ideal for guitar sounds, with boost/cut of +/- 15dB per band. This lets you completely control your sound and eliminate unwanted feedback, particularly when connected after a distortion effect.
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The more effective way to use this pedal is to CUT the frequencies that you don't want, and then use the level slider to compensate if you feel like that leaves a noticeable drop in overall volume. If you have a humbucker that is too muddy, cut some of the low frequencies. If you have a single coil that is too harsh, roll off the 3.2k and a little of the 6.4k. If you want either type of pickup to sound a bit punchier, you can add in a little mid range, but be judicious about it. Suddenly you'll find that you are finally hearing that sound you had in your head all along. This pedal might not have the curb appeal that some of the boutique special effects pedals do, but it can play a critical role in your signal chain once you learn how to dial in the right sounds.
Why is this? Well, the Brits design their amps with wide and musical EQ but the overall frequency response is narrow. This has led many British amp manufacturers to include specialized tone shaping buttons on the control panel because they are well aware that British EQ isn't as dramatic as American guitarists want it to be. There is nothing wrong with this by any means - it's just an overall characteristic of British amplifiers.
Secondly, any tube amp loves to be pushed with boost and dirt pedals to get extra crispy overdrive from the clean channel - since distortion channels on tube amps have a tendency to compress and limit the output slightly. This pedal is more than capable of providing that boost. +15dB seems to be right amount to push clean to dirty, or dirty to overdrive, or overdrive to distortion.
LIVE PERFORMANCE: If you're in a rock band that plays small venues like bars and clubs, you've probably noticed that most bands have overwhelming bass/midrange noise (100~500Hz) that drowns out the vocals and clarity of the drums or any instrument for that matter. Applying EQ to your signal chain will allow you to clean up your tone by cutting some unnecessary low-end from the picture and boosting your high-end for better clarity.
RECORDING DIRECT-IN: If you're using this pedal with a DI box or simply plugging directly into your audio interface for virtual reamping, you'll be able to get a more balanced signal if you want to darken your Strat or brighten your Les Paul.
WHY 4 STARS? Yes, the noise. It's not bothersome by any means, but if you're recording with a mic'd amp or direct in, you will absolutely need a noise suppressor. I use my GE-7 with the BOSS NS-2, and the NS-2 completely removes the white noise generated from the GE-7. The result is an amazing, clean boosting EQ.
IF YOU'RE ON THE FENCE... go ahead and get this thing. You won't regret it. It's not just for Tone Snobs, it can really make cheap gear sound way better, and take great gear to the next level.
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If you like the sound of a "half-cocked wah pedal" you can get it with the GE-7; if you want just clean boost with a little bit more treble for a solo you can do that as well, perhaps pushing an amp into gentle overdrive as you do so. If you feel a bit of prejudice against a pedal that is basically a tone control (as in a hi-fi graphic EQ), try to imagine the possibilities for live playing or simply for capturing a sound that's in your head, or even just wildly experimenting to find ways of turning single-coil pickups into fake humbuckers (soundwise at least) or the other way around. So is it something we all must buy? Well, no.
There are other pedals that are equally capable, such as the GE-7 equivalent from Behringer. The GE-7 is built like a tank, the Behringer not so much. If you're not stomping on it dozens of times while playing a set then the Behringer will do the job as well as this will. The Behringer also runs on a proper 9v supply, whereas Boss pedals can operate on 12v. with the voltage taken down to 9v internally. This works okay with a Harley Benton PSU feeding it 9v.
The GE-7 also has a built in buffer, as most if not all Boss pedals do. A big deal is made of "true bypass" as though "true" is a virtue. Anybody that knows about cable capacitance and the loss of top end signal will be glad to have a buffer at the start of a signal chain (which is where the GE-7 will typically sit) would be glad to have a Boss buffer provided there "for free". So it's also saving you from buying a separate buffer device for your growing monster FX board!
So it won't make any mesmerising sounds that keep you playing, but may just allow you to find that killer tone that does the same.
Get a 9v adaptor for constant use batteries are only good for a couple of hours.