daveq Posted June 7, 2004 Report Share Posted June 7, 2004 I play what some people would call "Metal" style music. I like to play Satriani, a little Vai (where possible), Lynch, ... Metal has really morphed over the years so I don't know if those still classify as metal or not. Anyway, I use a bit of a scoop on my EQ's. Nothing too drastic but it's definitely a scoop shape. I recently built a guitar (the tiger that's in the "in progress" section) that has a EMG-VMC control in it. I originally thought - cool - I'll use that to cut some mid freq's and get a better scoop sound. What I actually found is that I like boosting the mid's with it. It's not really possible to tell exactly which freq's I'm boosting with it but I think I'm somewhere near 1KHz, maybe 2KHz? The result is a great distortion sound that really screams and sounds nice and crisp. I also noticed that Seymour Duncan's "Live Wire Heavy Metal" has the mid freq's boosted also. I've never tried it or heard it but I see that they are paying special attention to the mids on that pickup. So, how do the mid freq's relate with a hard metal'ish sound? If I adjust my EQ (in the effects loop) to boost the mids and leave the high and low normal, I get a tin can type sound. It seems that if I do the same at the pickup end of things (before the preamp), it actually sounds pretty damn good. Is it because my amplifier's preamp has an easier time saturating the signal with the mid's boosted? Sorry for the lengthy message. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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