Between guitarist and engineer. I currently run my guitar through a ten band EQ and distortion pedal through clean amp. I have trouble finding a balance between my guitarist and engineer side. Guitarist - Wants to set the EQ to accent the lows and highs while cutting the mids in a pretty standard 'V' shape. Sets the gain on med-high and the volume high enough that I'm not losing tone from lack of juice. Result - Recording sounds too bassy. Engineer - Wants to use the EQ to shape the guitars tone in a way that is not as 'destructive' as the guitarist wants. Which entails leaving the EQ relatively flat and just using the bands to "edit" the signal rather than shape it. Maybe a mere cutting the 125 and 256 bands is enough, or dropping the sub lows entirely. Maybe a slight boost at 4 kHz for clarity and maybe 8kHz too for good measure. Cut the 'bass' knob on the amp to about 2-3 so I don't overload the mic/pre with too much bass noise. Result - The guitar sounds like $*^t Do I start with a good guitar tone and then go from there? Or do I start from square one trying to get the best recording I can? I'm really not schizophrenic I swear....right? (No you're not) ok, good.