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5 ways to use an Equalizer pedal for better tone ( +1 bonus)

Equalizer (EQ) pedals are maybe the most useful tools in a signal chain. It can make a bad sounding amp to sound good. It can simulate the “radio effect”. It can manipulate some other effects to react differently.

Here’s 5+1 ways,


 

1 – Classic tone shaping

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If you have a vintage sounding amplifier and you want make it sound modern, you can use an EQ pedal right after the amplifier (in the FX-loop if you’re using a real-world amplifier). Cut the mids (around 500Hz to 1000Hz) few dBs. Bump up the low-mids (100-200Hz) and high-mids (1000-4000Hz) few dBs. Voila. You have a modern sounding amplifier.

If you need a vintage sounding amplifier while you have modern one, then you do the opposite ↩︎ Bump up the mids, cut the low-mids and high-mids.


2 – As a booster pedal for solos

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If you have a low output guitar like a stratocaster and you want to have some high gain tones then you need a booster pedal or an overdrive pedal to boost you signal. OR you can use an EQ pedal in front of your amplifier. Push the volume slider up (and don’t touch nothing else) of your EQ pedal until you satisfied with your high gain tone. You have a transparent booster pedal.

 
 
 


3 – For tight, djent, modern, low-tuned high gain tones

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If you’re a metal head you may have heard the term “DJENT”. And if you have a low-tuned or 7/8/9 string guitar you’re probably trying to achieve tones of Periphery and/or Meshuggah 🤘🏻.

Fear not. There’s an easy way. You can use an EQ pedal in front of your amplifier to get similar tones. Just lower the frequencies gradually to the left starting from 800Hz. Lesser the bass going into the amplifier, djentier the tone. Don’t forget to use a noise gate.


4 – For retaining tone after drive pedals

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Overdrive pedals are really useful tools for adding some “dirt” to the tone. But they suck some of the very high and low frequencies because of their architecture. If you put an EQ pedal right after your favorite overdrive, you can take those frequencies back. Just push 120Hz, 2kHz and 6kHz up a little bit. You’re back on the original tone of your guitar.

 
 
 


5 – For manipulating AutoWah pedal to suit different styles

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You can use AutoWah pedal in many different styles. Funk, reggae, rock, disco… you name it. They all sound different of course therefore you may think that you need different wah pedals. Nope, let me explain.

Autowah pedal works based on your input. It reacts the amount of level of incoming guitar signal. Your signal triggers the WAH effect.

Different guitar strings produce different volumes. Thicker strings are generally louder than the thinner ones. If your style requires WAH effect on the thinner strings (funk, disco) then you may not be able to trigger AutoWah effectively. You need to manipulate AutoWah with an EQ pedal. Just put an EQ pedal right before AutoWah. Push the mids and highs until you’re satisfied with the WAH effect on the thinner strings.


Bonus 6 – Lo-fi “Radio” effect

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Put an EQ pedal after the amplifier. Take down the highs and lows. You got a radio effect 📻. Use it in and out from time to time to increase the impact of your songs.

 

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Tuner ・ What, Why, How, Which?

Tuner What, Why, How, Which?

Let me answer the missing questions first.

Who ・ Everyone should use a tuner to tune their instruments.
When ・ All the time. 

What is a tuner?

A tuner is a device used by musicians and technicians to measure the pitch of a musical instrument to adjust or correct the input signal to the desired pitch. It basically shows how far you are from the nearest musical note.

Why should you use one?

Whether you are practicing yourself or playing live with a band, your instrument must be in tune with other instruments in order to sound in harmony and musical. If you’re not in tune with others even if you play the right notes on the fretboard you won’t be playing the right song. You are playing something different.

How to tune?

Tuning means adjusting the pitch (tension) of every string on your instrument to a reference point (reference frequency). Reference points of musical notes can be seen here Note Frequencies.

While tuning, you will see a needle that shows your current distance to the reference pitch. You have to tighten or loose your strings accordingly. When done, start over at least 2 times for all the strings. If you have a floating bridge like a Floyd Rose, you may need to do this a few more times and this is perfectly normal.

 

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Which tuning suits best?

There are plenty of tuning styles in the guitar world. Almost all of the guitars pre-set to “E Standard” before you buy them because it’s the standard tuning.

But there are alternative tunings too and you heard them in a lot of records.

Here’s the most used tunings. These tunings are named after the note of the thickest (lowest) string.

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