How to cut through without treble...
Hey guys, just a sort of philosophical question here:
I can't stand round wounds, I hate the way it sounds when I use a ton of treble(despite being a massive John Entwistle fan), and I don't like to use distortion because I'm always afraid of blowing my amp. Im a very melody-oriented player, but I can never hear myself in a band setting.
Is there another way to cut through the mix that I haven't though of??
Work on the mid-range rather than the treble.
The 2 main factors are a powerful amp (not to play loud but to get decent headroom and therefore, dynamics in your tone) and proper EQuing of bass and guitar(s).
Typically both bassists and guitarists use too much lows.
Add some mids. Adding treble always seemed too brittle sounding to me.
Try adding around 400 if that does not work for you then bring it back down and start slowly adding around 800.
Share your results.
You don't want to cut through, that's for surgeons, you want to PUNCH thrpugh. That's playing with the mids. Bass wave's on the right track start around 400 and monkey around from there. Subtracting some lows can help too.
I just now tried boosting 400 by about 7dB and 1.3k by about 3dB, and it WORKED! Despite using a mostly mahogany bass(Ibanez) strung with Pyramids, I cut through fine and I might actually be able to CUT treble now if the (guitard) wants to make his sound more bright.
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