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waldie101
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lead tone

Post by waldie101 » Fri Oct 16, 2015 8:31 am

have been messing with rhythm tone forever, finally got the EQ about right for what I am looking for.

Starting to attack leads. Recorded this and just EQ'd it the same as the rhythm chain that i used, as a starting point.

Thoughts?

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Do I need to scrap the lead (rhythm clone) chain and go in and EQ it differently and just play with it in the mix? If so, what sort of stuff do I need to focus on? Basically what I'm asking is, knowing what I now know about EQing rhythm guitars (good enough for now i think) how are leads similar and different ? (eq wise, ignoring effects like delay, reverb, ect) Are leads more like a vocal track?
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Re: lead tone

Post by waldie101 » Sat Oct 17, 2015 4:27 am

anyone?
GUITARS:
-'01 Gibson LP Classic Smoke Flame-top
-Schecter Syn Custom-S Black/white
AMPS:
-2012 Marshall JVM 205H no mods, stock footswitch
CABS:
-Marshall Vintage 1960B
OTHER:
-NS-2 Noise Suppressor, CT-6 Tuner, CS-3 Comp/Sustainer, SD-1 OD, Heil talkbox, Crybaby wah, MXR Carbon Copy FX delay, RV-5 Reverb, Hum Eliminator


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Re: lead tone

Post by Mats A » Sat Oct 17, 2015 8:40 am

I mostly use the same tone for rythm as for leads. Since i use the volume control on the guitar i mostly have that on about 7 when playing rythm and then turn it up for leads. I might also use a booster or an overdrive pedal like the Majik Box Rocket Fuel.


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Re: lead tone

Post by waldie101 » Sat Oct 17, 2015 6:35 pm

Mats A wrote:I mostly use the same tone for rythm as for leads. Since i use the volume control on the guitar i mostly have that on about 7 when playing rythm and then turn it up for leads. I might also use a booster or an overdrive pedal like the Majik Box Rocket Fuel.


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Yea thanks....Im am happy with the sound I am getting down on the track. I am more concerned with adjustments after its into Reaper, ect.
GUITARS:
-'01 Gibson LP Classic Smoke Flame-top
-Schecter Syn Custom-S Black/white
AMPS:
-2012 Marshall JVM 205H no mods, stock footswitch
CABS:
-Marshall Vintage 1960B
OTHER:
-NS-2 Noise Suppressor, CT-6 Tuner, CS-3 Comp/Sustainer, SD-1 OD, Heil talkbox, Crybaby wah, MXR Carbon Copy FX delay, RV-5 Reverb, Hum Eliminator


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Re: lead tone

Post by Mats A » Sat Oct 17, 2015 6:38 pm

For recording i might change the tone if the track needs it.


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Re: lead tone

Post by Tonemeister » Thu Nov 05, 2015 8:43 pm

I normally EQ my rhythm guitar with relatively week upper mids (they are nice and strong on my amp though)... the reason for that is that I want the vocals to sit there in the mix which I tend to mix with stronger upper mids. Generally speaking the Lead guitar will play a lick when there is no vocals, and in turn actually takes the place of the vocals... therefore I EQ Leads with strong upper mids. For me, the EQ on Lead tracks is more closely resembling that of the vocals then that of the rhyrhtm guitar. Otherwise all your guitar tracks will sound them same instead of the Lead standing out.
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