Throw away that Maxon, it degrades the tone and is probably the source of that "honk". Get a high quality clean boost instead, should work much better. Even better than a booster - a quality compressor pedal usually does the best job.
The EQ is not a solution, it shifts the phase of individual freqs and thus degrades the tone, unless it's a $3k+ linear phase EQ like this: https://www.ebay.com/itm/WEISS-EQ1-LP-D ... Sw8zNa4Mrg
Another option to think about - get a Triple XXX amp, it needs no extra pedals at all and has a more powerful active EQ. It's a souped-up Ultra basically. I've been using it for a decade or so and will never need another amp, I tried many but they all sound inferior in comparison, even Mesa or Marshalls couldn't touch it
Usually easy to find them used for rather small money.