New Gear Review: Mesa/Boogie-Three New Guitar Pedals


The Boogie® Throttle Box EQ™, Five-Band Graphic EQ and Flux-Five™ are the newest pedals added to Mesa/Boogie’s line of guitar pedals. The original Throttle Box™ gain/distortion pedal adds a five-band graphic equalizer—the same tone shaping power and hand-built quality as the graphic EQs found in Mesa’s high-end amplifiers. The five frequency bands each with +/- 12dB boost/cut are: 80Hz, 240Hz, 750Hz, 2.2kHz and 6.6kHz. There is also a global Mid Cut control in addition to EQ.

Also new is a standalone pedal version called the Boogie® Five-Band Graphic™ EQ with input and output gain controls with +6dB or -40dB. This is the Mesa/Boogie on-board graphic EQ from their amp contained in a pedal. Try the Flux-Five™, a variant of the original Flux-Drive™ overdrive but rethought with the addition of Mesa/Boogie’s five-band graphic and foot-switchable, Hi/Lo performance modes. The additional Hi Mode with Trim control is new in this Flux-Five version.

The three pedals each sell for under $300 MAP.

Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs, and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine.