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    Default 3 band eq on pedals

    For those of you that have dirt pedals that have a 3 band ie, low, mid, high, do you set the pedal's eq similar to what your amp eq is set or do you set it differently?
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    Default Re: 3 band eq on pedals

    The amp EQ and pedal EQ don't really have anything to do with each other. I'd recommend you set your amp EQ first so that it sounds nice with the pedal off. Without a great base tone to work with, it's going to be a PITA to get a nice sound out of any pedal.

    After that's working, then you tweak the pedal so that it does what you want. (Eg - lead boost often ups the mids).
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    Default Re: 3 band eq on pedals

    Thats how I have it and figured, amp is set to my liking. Got thinking the other nite when I was playing if the pedal and amp settings would be fighting each other or not. But since they are independent of each other, then moving on. Thank you GS
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    Default Re: 3 band eq on pedals

    I dig the active controls on the Duncan pedals, which seem to have a lot more impact than passive ones. I set my 805 different for each type of guitar. Less bass, less mids, treble about noon.
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    Default Re: 3 band eq on pedals

    Ignore the markers on the knobs and just turn them until it sounds right to your ear.

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    Default Re: 3 band eq on pedals

    The EQ on my pedals that have them, in my case only overdrives, are completely different from my amp.

    I use the amp get a tone I like without any pedals and then use the pedals for more dirt and EQ shifts, depending on what I need.

    The two overdrives have different purposes.
    The amp is my slightly overdriven sound, the 805 my solo boost, and the Tumnus Deluxe the medium gain drive that I use for rhythm.

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    Default Re: 3 band eq on pedals

    It depends on the pedal. Some are condiments while others emulate amps and don't layer well with your amps distortion. Like a Marshall Guvnor is a Marshall in pedal form and I had to use the clean channel on my amp and EQ the amp flat while using the pedal's controls to shape the sound. Otherwise something like a tube screamer is more of a condiment and will blend with your amps distortion and only requires a small amount of tweaking on the amp.

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