Electric Guitar Tutorial: What To Boost And Cut

This week’s tutorial is another exciting installment in our “Fundamental Series”. The fundamental frequencies of an electric guitar; understanding these fundamental frequencies can be a key factor in bettering your engineer skills. 

Electric guitar can be a powerful sounding instrument with a vast amount of depth & harmonics. Electric guitar has the ability to play a lead role and/or be a pivotal part of structuring the rhythm & chord progression. Guitar by itself can take up a lot of frequency space; however, adding distortion & electricity to a guitar adds brand new harmonics & frequencies to the mix & it can take up quite a bit of areas on the frequency spectrum. 

In this video, we discuss a detailed analysis of the fundamental frequencies of an electric guitar. We will talk about & demonstrate what specific boosted frequencies will help an electric guitar bite & have an aggressive edge. We also take a look at different frequencies that should be cut to avoid muddiness, overcrowding, & unwanted buildup throughout your mix.

As with any aspect of music, the type, brand, & style of an electric guitar & song vary with frequencies; however, these key elements will point you in the right direction of an energetic sounding electric guitar. Your listeners & fans will enjoy the clean edge these techniques bring to your electric guitar without sounding muddy or thin.

Follow along as professional engineer Eric “Realistic” Michael gives you a step-by-step guide on choosing the right frequencies to boost & cut for an electric guitar.


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Realistic is a Music Producer and Engineer located in the Twin Cities. He started out playing guitar and piano in 2003 and has been producing and recording music since 2004. He produces Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop, & Dance music. 


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