For the years I've been around heavy music and the metal scene back in Portland, one thing rules above all. Heavy riff-age. Down tuning has become more and more common in the heavy music. Hell, Drop D is the basically the common vernacular of metal music. I've been using multiple tunings even a drop G tuning with a bass string for years now. One thing I do see less of, is the usage of the Treble Cut tone knob that is on basically every passive guitar. I do use it here and there and I have my secret tricks with it, but it seems to be in less use these days, compared to the days before dirty boxes.
After searching the internet for some easy cure to my Drop G cheapo guitar with muddy pick-ups. (Even more accentuated by the low tuning.) I came across a wiring that was standard on a lot of G & L guitars and Reverend guitars. A BASS CUT TONE POT! This was the answer, and super easy and cheap to do. Seems like a really good option with all my guitars. I usually just use a master, or global tone pot for the treble cut, so why not put a bass cut for the other tone pot on my Les Paul styled guitar? I don't like resetting my EQ for every different guitar I use on stage, and this gives me a lot of control to make my guitar dialed in. Also, as many know, especially in a studio, bass on a guitar can just add a lot of clutter in the mix. When I down tune in a band setting, I'm encroaching on the kick and bass territory. And I lose some of my definition. Instead of using a boost pedal to push some other high-end or mid, I can simply cut the low-end and get a similar effect.
|Wring #1 The Simple Bass Cut Tone Pot|
|Wiring #2 Another Variation|
|Les Paul wiring with Neck Volume, Bridge Volume, Master Treble cut, and Master Bass Cut.|
Hope that helps some people. It's brought new life to a few cheap guitars with bad pickups and it's improved the versatility of my nicer guitars. I'm feeling like this should be the new tone law for guitar makers.