The 7 Best Graphic Equalizer Pedals

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This wiki has been updated 15 times since it was first published in October of 2016. Capable of boosting or lowering certain frequencies, these graphic equalizer pedals give guitarists control over the tone and quality of their sound. We've included models ideally suited to professional gigging musicians, along with some reasonably priced options for the amateur strummers out there, ranked by their frequency ranges, signal-to-noise ratio, and any extra features. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best graphic equalizer pedal on Amazon.

7. Behringer EQ700 Ultimate

6. MXR M109S

5. J. Rockett Audio Rockaway Archer

4. Source Audio SA170

3. Electro-Harmonix Fuzz

2. Boss GE-7

1. MXR M108S

Special Honors

Mesa/Boogie 5-Band While five bands don't offer the kind of flexibility many guitarists desire, this model provides users with an exceptionally durable build and a reliable true bypass switching system, as well as control over the levels of both input and output. It also doesn't hurt that it's designed and built in California by seasoned technicians. mesahollywood.com

Editor's Notes

July 29, 2019:

With an update to the MXR in our previous number one position now allowing the pedal to offer dual outputs, there was little chance that another option would unseat it. MXR also updated their smaller offering with the same new low-noise circuitry and aluminum housing, but that little pedal is stuck at number six due to a lack of volume or gain controls. The Electro-Harmonix model crept up a spot to number three on the strength of its build quality and flexibility, even if it does take up a lot of space on a board.

Notably, you may find that there are some small, inexpensive options on the market that did not break into the ranking we've curated. While many of these boast similar superficial specs to much more expensive models, the test of time simply isn't there, and there's no reason to think a cut-rate pedal won't start developing noise as the corners cut on its circuitry begin to make themselves known. The only exception to this is perhaps the Behringer option at number seven, which has been around long enough to prove its worth despite its low cost (though users should expect a tiny amount of hiss).


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Last updated on August 02, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).


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