Originally Posted by T Gobbs
That might be true for clean sounds, but totally unworkable on acoustics or high-gain electrics.
I've seen distorted guitar described as equivalent to white noise. It sucks up all the available frequencies below 2k, and you have to EQ the fuck out of it to get anything else in that range to be audible.
I'm hardly a mixologist, but I always HPF anything below about 150 Hz and put in a pretty deep scoop around 500 Hz. Do those things, and the bass guitar magically shows up in your mix. I don't scoop as much in the 800-1000 Hz range as some folks, as I think it's more important to arrange things so that the distorted rhythm guitars are mostly in a different octave than the vocals or lead guitars. However, I *will* cut out quite a bit around 250 Hz on lead guitars, so the rhythm *thunk* comes through. I also dial down the leads at around 5k and give the rhythms a slight boost there so that they "frame" the leads.