I’ve got to say I haven’t seen a lot of press regarding the first batch of pedals that Mesa/Boogie released, you can check the 4 overdrive pedals out here. None of the main YouTube guys have posted any demos and I’m not even sure if they are available yet but Mesa are following up with a set of 3 EQ pedals, one of which is based on the famous Mesa/Boogie Graphic EQ that was on the front panel of the Mesa Mark II combo, so let’s start with that one.
The Boogie® Five-Band Graphic is the same EQ that sits on the front panel of the Mesa Mark V amp in a standalone unit that can be used in front of your amp or in the effects Loop. It has the same long-throw Sliders for finite adjustment. Both Input and Output level controls are fitted to ensure optimum matching of both your Source and Destination. Slider Controls provide Mesa’s legendary tone-shaping power with +/- 12db of boost or cut at 80Hz, 240Hz, 750Hz, 2.2Khz and 6.6Khz.
The Throttle Box EQ is based on the Throttle Box Distortion pedal previously released and combines the enhanced shaping power of the Boogie Five Band Graphic Equalizer with footswitchable HI/LO performance Modes and easy Top Panel access to the previously internal BOOST feature.
Like the original, this expanded THROTTLE BOX includes two Modes but here they are controlled by a HI/LO footswitch that enables you to have two gain regions to choose from during live performance. There are also dedicated HI LEVEL and LO LEVEL Output controls, allowing you to set the desired volume level for each Gain Mode individually. The EQ can be assigned to either or both of these Gain Mode choices so that it becomes active with the desired Gain Mode selection. In addition, we’ve fitted a MID CUT control that allows global scooping of the mids in addition to whatever you might do with the Graphic sliders. And finally, the internally selectable BOOST switch hidden under the Bottom Plate on the original THROTTLE BOX appears on this EQ version as an easily accessible Top Panel BOOST switch for extra girth and a bit of gain enhancement.
Finally the Flux-Five is also an embellished version of one of the previous drive pedals called the Flux-Drive. Aside from the addition of the five band EQ is the footswitchable HI/LO performance Modes, the LO Gain Mode is the original FLUX-DRIVE and switching to HI will give you a new higher gain version.
The Graphic EQ can be applied to both HI and LO Gain Modes enabling you to have a global EQ curve or it can be applied to either gain Mode separately allowing you to have two “preset” sounds with different EQ shapes and gain signatures to switch between. A HI TRIM pot allows the volume level of HI to be adjusted in relation to the original LO (FLUX-DRIVE) Mode. However you choose to utilize all this potential, the warm rich FLUX-FIVE overdrive is sure to inspire you and bring out your best.