Ever since I started my mixing journey, one rule was, is and will be with me. And that is: always trust your ear rather than visual.” This rule is my energy and everything. I am not saying that I am a master of the art of mixing.
What if I say? Every day my learning hits at its limit. Yes, that is what is going inside my DAW and brain. From that perspective, here, I will share the mighty ways of EQ an electric guitar sound.
After sharing my techniques, I will tell you about some EQ mixing mistakes at the end. So, stick with my article before booming your monitors.
First step: Build your guitar tone before the recording
This is the most crucial thing, according to my experience. I know most of the tutorial doesn’t cover this essential thing because they have a presumption on that. So, they jump to the main factor.
Since the goal of my writing is to give a complete overview of EQ, I am pretty sure following this first step can help you a lot. How? If you build your guitar tone at the beginning stage, then the next phase will be more precise.
For example, some of the producers suggest that -apply the Eq during your recording time. They believe that this sort of technique is the right thing to hide mistakes. I don’t think it’s an excellent way to protect mistakes since I applied this at my earlier learning time.
So, how do you hide your mistakes? Don’t hide; instead, avoid the errors. To prevent errors, I can help you by showing some techniques. These techniques are not rocket science, it all about preparation
Getting ready means you have to select your guitar first, then choosing the right pickup is another essential factor. When all these three things are done, it’s time to work on amp selection. Before selecting the right amp, you have to have prior knowledge about tonal characteristics.
Based on the tone selection, you will apply the guitar playing technique next. I will recommend you to use a perfect guitar placement in this case. For example, if you play near the neck, you will get a warm sound. On the other hand, if you require a brighter sound, then play from the bridge.
Like the playing technique, you need to work on MIC placement and choice. These sorts of preparations will make your future work smoother. Now, what is the next step after this?
Second step: Record the guitar part and shape the sound
In the second stage, first, you will record the guitar part; and then it’s time to develop the total guitar sound. To form the music, one needs to follow some steps. And they are:
Remove the unpleasant sound and room resonance:
After recording your guitar sound, your next step is to clear the obnoxious sound and room resonance. To complete this process, you need to trim down the lower end flab. It’s better to keep the measure 80HZ during EQ.
When the process is done, apply the high pass filter at that time. Then you will understand how the guitar sounds. If it does not work, then experiment on different HZ. This will help you to fix your expected noise. Please don’t follow my exact instructions. Instead, apply your test. Sometimes Gain (Db) and Bandwidth (oct) work great. For your convenience, I have attached a picture of Rea Eq ( a feature of Reaper)
Clear the muddiness and keep that under 300 to 500HZ:
Next is cutting the muddiness from your multiple guitar tracks. Usually, two or three guitar sounds sometimes create the ear environment muddy. To make this combined sound better, Prefer to apply 300-500HZ energy.
Between this energy, you can later bloom the sound of each guitar. It entirely depends on your ear. I can only suggest you use the previously mentioned energy. Plus, there is another tip for you. And that is: use separate EQ to make them sound more clear by adjusting the EQ knob. In this case, always trust your ear.
Apply Low Pass Filter:
A crucial task you should do after the third task is; use a low pass filter. Generally, the electric guitar has lower than 60HZ frequency. If the rate is higher than the measurement, then there will be some unpleasant noise or room resonance.
So, in this case, my suggestion is to apply a low pass filter. This will make the riff or chord progression smoother.
Here I have attached a low pass filter picture for you; Maybe this can help you to decide the measurement. Again i will say: trust your ear. It’s not like that; you have used my recommendation. You can use your techniques.
And that is the end of how to Eq an electric guitar. Now it’s time to write about the next section—the most common mistakes a beginner producer makes during mixing.
Common mistakes while using the EQ:
- Most of the producers don’t cut the fat off in low mids.
- Using the EQ in Solo
- Depending more on static EQ than Dynamic EQ.
- Producers tend to overuse of EQ to avoid resonance.
- Many producers apply top-end in every track.
These are the most common mistakes a newbie producer makes. I made the same mistakes during my learning. Over time, I learned how to figure that out. So, seek help from Youtube after each error. This will make you a pro.
From my mixing experience, I have shared what I have learned through these years. There must be something better. Or, some producers are still doing great jobs to educate the newcomers. So based on that perspective, I want to conclude that; Electric guitar EQ is not a piece of cake. You have to learn it through practice and observation. Therefore, listen to a lot of music. Try to find where the game is played. This way, you can improve your mixing. If you can make a perfect mix, then the master version will be the best creation of you.