Quote Originally Posted by jacksonplayer View Post
The point about gear choices over EQ is valid...to a point. If you have a Bob Rock budget, it's fine to record 10 different amps and spends eons monkeying around with mic positioning. However, if the problem being solved is simply to carve out space for the bass at 500hz and the vocals at 1k, well, the channel EQ does that just fine as long as the tone is in the neighborhood.

The larger point is that there is no amount of EQ that can save a shitty guitar sound.
Yeah, it would be nice to have the budget to spend a week moving a U87 around a room looking for just the right tone, but I'm working with bands that have much smaller budgets and don't appreciate spending all this time fucking around. The main takeaway is to aim for a good guitar tone and use EQ to correct, not to shape.