How To Make Your Guitar Solos CUT Using EQ!

EQ is a tool – like a hammer, it can also be wielded as a weapon, or mishandled to cause more harm than good. This is probably why most amps only have 3 very broad EQ knobs – you can’t do too much damage to your tone with just those (I see you there, scooping your mids, STOP IT!).

I remember coming home with my first distortion pedal – you know the one, 3 band EQ with sweepable mid frequency, tons of gain, it’s a meme now… anyway, at 13 years old, I had NO clue what I was doing in the EQ department, so I never got it to sound any good. I still have no clue what I’m doing, but now I have a website!

I’m kidding of course – EQ for guitarists isn’t as involved as it might seem, and in this video, I’m gonna show you how to use an EQ pedal to make your guitar heard over the rest of the band in a dense mix when you go for that solo, rather than being a flurry of fingers with no sound. These principles can be applied to just about any type of EQ, and aren’t limited to the Boss EQ-200 I used in the video, but that one does happen to rule.

Do you use EQ in your rig? How do you use it, and what frequencies do you like to boost and/or cut?

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