Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighers discover the delights of going unplugged on their 2005 double album, In Your Honor. While he is primarily an electric guitarist, Grohl explains that an acoustic guitar has always been his main writing tool. “Most of our songs, from ‘Everlong’ to ‘Monkey Wrench,’ “ he says, “were written on acoustic. I would bring the demos into the rehearsal space and then we’d plug in and dirty them up.”
Today I am thrilled to announce a new channel of Guitar World called Acoustic Nation. AN, as I like to call it for short, will focus not only on the traditional use of acoustic guitar, banjo, fiddle, ukulele, mandolin, acoustic bass and a few more for good measure. It will also deliver a fresh take on how acoustic instruments are being used RIGHT NOW.
In this post we’ll look at EQ - the history of its development as a sound modifier and its use in an acoustic guitar context. Originally, equalizers were designed to smooth out frequency response anomalies anywhere in an audio chain, whether it be a microphone (or pickup), a recording device like a vinyl disc-cutting machine or tape recorder, or a loudspeaker system. Other simple types of EQ are still being used as “tone controls,” the most common being the passive treble cut tone control found in guitars and tube amps.
In 2010, Matthew Kohnle and Jason Socci (previously of DAYBED) secluded themselves in a cabin outside of Asheville, NC. With acoustic guitars in hand, they gave themselves a single mission: write and record. Three years later we can enjoy the fruits of their labor, Cabin Music; the duo’s first LP under the moniker of Brundlefly and the Swede.