Refine Guitar Mids with an EQ Pedal

Good day, and welcome to a different Dojo. This time I need to shine some mild on a secret to nice tone: midrange! I’ll be approaching this from the entrance finish of the recording course of, utilizing an EQ pedal, however these concepts might be simply utilized additional downstream in your DAW through the use of outboard EQs, or EQ plugins. I encourage you to report your experiments so you possibly can hear them and consider the variations. The Dojo is now open.

Let’s outline midrange, loosely. Midrange frequencies are wide-ranging and are sometimes divided into three sub-categories: low-mids, mids, and high-mids. Principally, it’s between 200 Hz and 4 kHz. That’s big! It spans the vary the human ear is most delicate to in frequency (although we will hear roughly from 20 Hz to twenty kHz). So, the place precisely do the low-mids begin and the high-mids finish? What are the crossover frequency factors between every band? These questions are finest debated over beer and pizza and can contain the EQ’s circuit design, like the place the middle frequencies are for every band and the way slender or broad every band is (aka the Q). For comparability, consider the colour spectrum after which go and ask a gaggle of painters when pink absolutely transitions into orange after which to yellow, and also you’ll get the concept.


For the standard-tuned guitar, I’ve discovered frequencies between 400 Hz and a pair of.6k Hz are adjusted probably the most typically and the place most of my tone sculpting takes place.

We should always all be deeply accustomed to the inherent timbral traits of single-coil (tremendous articulate and responsive) and humbucker (full-bodied and highly effective) pickups. Sooner or later, you’ve probably wished that your humbucker-loaded guitars might sound extra like your single-coil guitars and vice versa. What if a easy 5- to 7-band EQ pedal might get us nearer to dialing within the tone we’re searching for and provide extra flexibility in the long term? That’s precisely why there are such a lot of several types of EQ pedals available on the market—every created precisely for these sorts of functions.

For the standard-tuned guitar, I’ve discovered frequencies between 400 Hz and a pair of.6k Hz are adjusted probably the most typically, and the place most of my tone sculpting takes place.

Why not simply use my amp? The mids in basic tube amp circuit designs are blunt devices and don’t provide the surgical precision of a multiband EQ. In actual fact, many basic Fender amps (tweed Deluxe, Princeton, and Deluxe) are utterly devoid of a mid management. One exception is the hallowed 1959 4×10 Bassman, with its mid frequency centered round 500 Hz. A Marshall plexi’s mid knob is centered round 800 Hz.

Earlier than we begin focusing in on midrange frequencies, chances are you’ll be questioning about probably the most clearly audible vary of the guitar. The low E (open sixth string) is 82.41 Hz and the best fretted notice on a Gibson Les Paul (twenty second fret of 1st string) is round 1174.66 Hz. However there’s additionally an insane quantity of frequencies above 1.2 kHz that actually outline the guitar’s readability, presence, articulation, and sense of “air.” They’re immensely vital. Play your guitar and shave off all the things above 1.2k Hz and also you’ll instantly hear what I’m speaking about.

Let’s rapidly form some tone. I’m going to make my Telecaster’s bridge pickup sound as shut as doable to my Les Paul’s bridge pickup and vice versa. (Photograph 1) exhibits I adjusted 400 Hz (+11 dB), 800 Hz (+8 dB), 2 kHz (+6 dB), and 4 kHz (+8 dB). This gave me the fatness and articulation of my Les Paul’s bridge pickup and sounded actually shut. To get my Les Paul’s bridge pickup to sound extra like my Tele’s [Photo 2], I adjusted 400 Hz (-7 dB), 800 Hz (-4 dB), 1.6 kHz (-3 dB), 2 kHz (-6 dB), 2.5 kHz (+7 dB), and 4 kHz (+5 dB). This gave me the spank and chime of my Tele’s bridge pickup. Bonus: I like to scale back 400 Hz to 800 Hz when taking part in rhythm on my Les Paul’s neck pickup anyway. It actually cleans out the underside finish litter that by no means sits proper within the combine.

Listed here are some further ideas for EQ pedal experimentation:

• Humbuckers have extra low-mid info than single coils (300 Hz to 900 Hz).

• Single-coils have far more high-mids (2 kHz to 4.5 kHz).
• To extend decide articulation (1 kHz to 2 kHz).

• To cut back muddiness (250 Hz to 350 Hz).

• To decreasing harshness (2.3 kHz to 2.7 kHz).

Till subsequent time, Namaste!