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MXR M108 10-Band Graphic EQ
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MXR M108 10-Band Graphic EQ
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« The best graphic EQ in pedal form.  »

Publié le 05/17/11 à 23:28
- 10 bands of EQ

- Sliders for volume and gain (pre, post)

- Top mounted jacks

- LED lit sliders!

- Powered by 18v adapter

- Solid enclosure (heavy!)



UTILIZATION

If you know what you are doing in terms of EQ, this one is a piece of cake to set up. If not, I'd advise working with each band individually until you get a good handle on what they do. Ten bands gives you a pretty thorough level of control over your tone. Personally, I think parametric EQs can be more useful, but most guitarists seem to want a graphic one.

The level and gain sliders make the 108 ideal for use as a boost. You can dial in as much volume as desired, while the EQ can be used to maintain a transparent signal or introduce a mid-hump.

The LED lit sliders is a really cool feature, and makes adjustments on a dark stage quite a bit easier.

The 18v adapter is a little annoying. There aren't a whole lot of power supplies that will cover 18v, and carrying around an extra adapter isn't what I want to be doing.

Seems to be very well built, but I did notice certain LEDs started to fade eventually.

Do resist the urge to run this in a V or smiley shape. Yes, it can sound brutal in your bedroom. But without the mids, your guitar is not going to cut through a mix.

SOUND QUALITY

About as good as you are going to get in pedal form. Dead silent, none of the noise that accompanies cheaper pedals like the boss GE7. It does what its supposed to do. The full 10 bands gives you a tremendous amount of control, and really extends the sounds you can push your setup to attain.

To control the tone of your guitar going into the amp, run it in front of the amp. It can be pretty powerful after a dirt pedal. Used as a boost, you are obviously going to want to run it in front of the amp. To shape the overall tone of the amp itself, run it in the effects loop.

Didn't really have any issues with the sound quality.

OVERALL OPINION

If you are looking for a graphic EQ in pedal form, this is the one to get. Plenty of bands, solid constructions, volume and gain control, noiseless, and LED lit. A substantial list of features, all of them useful.

That said, I've noticed that graphic EQs tend to be overhyped among guitarists. I know that the shapes can look cool, but in most cases, the problem can be resolved within the guitar and amp EQ. If not, a parametric EQ can usually be more useful. Some favorites of mine include the BJFE Sea Blue EQ and the Fromel Shape EQ.
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