Gold Supporting Member
- Feb 25, 2011
Yes, you're totally right about EQ. That's been my experience as well. But between amp and EQ pedal, I definitely think some differences are possible to compensate for. Yet adding an EQ pedal to get a bigger low-end sound for jazz from my Phoenix just simply didn't work. Seems like the body-style differences would be small enough to compensate for, but I should try it before I assume it would work!As the user of an equalizer as my only always on pedal, I urge caution in thinking about what equalization can and cannot do. The equalizer sits between the guitar and amp I use mine for tone shaping and to minimize the dreaded mud. An equalizer doesn’t add anything that’s not coming from the guitar to begin with. It divides the full frequency spectrum of the guitar into overlapping bands which can be boosted or suppressed. That’s it. An equalizer can’t add harmonics that aren’t present in the input signal. It can’t make a Gretsch sound like a Les Paul or a Telecaster sound like a Gretsch. It can get you somewhat closer, maybe close enough in a noisy bar, but that’s the limit.
Sustain is different. Resonant guitars get their resonance from transduction of energy from the strings into vibrational energy in the guitar body. Since energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it must come from somewhere. Energy transferred to the guitar body can’t add to sustain. Guitars with the greatest sustain are necessarily the least resonant. It makes sense when you think about it. There’s a pedal that gives the illusion of sustain, a compressor, which borrows energy from the attack to add back as the note fades. This isn’t the same thing as sustain from the guitar but it’s close enough after two or three drinks and unnoticeable after four.