MXR M-108 Ten Band EQ:
- 12db of serious cut or boost
- hardwire bypass
- input gain and output volume sliders
- gain and volume slider LEDs blink to indicate signal clipping
- illuminated sliders for onstage carving
- glow-in-the-dark graphics
- 18-volt operation for twice the headroom of most eq pedals
- indestructible, die-cast zinc housing
In this segment of MXR In-Depth, we take closer look at the M-108 MXR Ten Band EQ pedal. Guitar and Bass players alike revere this under-appreciated utilitarian pedal; it’s a staple in every musician’s toolbox. Everyone uses an EQ of some sort, whether it’s in their amp, mixer, or pedal board. The reason? Control. That is what the Ten Band EQ pedal is all about. Want to custom tailor your tone? Adjust for room acoustics? Give yourself a distinctive sounding boost to your solos? The Ten Band EQ provides quick, easy and precise control over ten frequencies to adjust your tone, with volume and gain options to adjust your level.
How it works:
There are ten EQ sliders for a wide range of tonal control selected at the most musical frequency centers. You can individually cut or boost each frequency to shape your tone. With + or – 12db you can get 4x the output or 4x the reduction at the selected frequency. In addition to the EQ sliders, there is a gain slider that controls the signal level going into the pedal, and a volume slider that controls the overall effect volume for ultimate control of your signal. All sliders feature a glowing LED, which will blink if the signal is clipping.
How to use it:
The Ten Band EQ is very easy to use, as the sliders are a graphic representation of the pedal’s frequency response. Here are a few settings to help you get on your way, but the best way to use this pedal is to keep experimenting and tweaking until you find your own unique sound.
To see this thing in action, check out our demo video below.
Read the Guitar Player Magazine Review that gave it the Editor’s Pick Award.
And finally, here are a list of artists that use the Ten Band EQ.
Justin Meldal-Johnsen – IMA Robot
Dave Bakash – Sum 41
Lee Sklar – Studio Veteran
Lyle Workman – Sting
Tim Skold – Marilyn Manson
Sam Rivers – Limp Bizkit
Mark Browne – Melissa Etheridge, L.A. Studio ace
Jesse Tobias – Morrissey
Corey Beaulieu – Trivium
Matt Heafy – Trivium
Paul Gray – Slipknot
Gilby Clark – Supernova
Scott Ian – Anthrax
Damon Johnson – Alice Cooper
Jeff Hanneman – Slayer
Hunter Burgan – AFI
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez – Mars Volta
Chris Chasse – Rise Against
Jimbo from Reverend Horton Heat uses it on his Stand-up Bass.
” I threw my rackmount EQ away! ” ”I’ve got so much tone control I’ve gotta nail everything to the floor “