The 7 Best Graphic Equalizer Pedals
Since the initial publication of this wiki in October of 2016, we've made 12 edits to this page. 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 picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best graphic equalizer pedal on Amazon.
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
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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).