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Sep 21, 2016 09:00 AM

Alex Wilson

The Ins and Outs of Recording Your Guitar Direct In

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This article originally appeared on Soundfly.

 

Cranky neighbors. A dearth of suitable space to stack amps. A shortage of cash. There are any number of obvious and legitimate reasons for learning to record your electric guitar tracks direct in. When you get this skill down pat, you’ll find the approach delivers a great deal of speed and flexibility without compromising too much on sonic quality.

Nice mics in front of tube amps in good rooms still have their place in the world of recording, but the reality is that great records have been made using the ampless approach – to the delight of thin-walled neighbors everywhere.

5 Guitars You Should Never Buy

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Maybe your first guitar was grossly inadequate, and everything about it was blown away by the next instrument you bought yourself. More likely, that first axe colored your feelings about how a guitar should look, feel, and sound.

Manufacturers are always pulled in two directions, trying to push the envelope of technology and playability while also striving to save money and increase their profits. That’s why each guitar is a compromise. Here are some compromises that didn’t work.

The Foolproof Method for Recording Acoustic Guitar That You Need to Know

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Have you ever tried recording your guitar playing at home and found your sound to be... off? Try this simple, foolproof method that Graham Cochrane of the Recording Revolution uses every time he needs to record acoustic guitar. With his tips on mic placement and knowing the role of your guitar in the mix, you should come out with a perfect recording!

How to Fix 4 Common Guitar Problems at Home With Simple Tools

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There are plenty of instruments more fragile than the guitar – the violin, for instance. But nobody leaves his or her violin leaned up against the concrete wall of a practice space or on a couch in a dark room for a housemate to sit on.

Guitars lend themselves to spontaneity, and as such, they take a beating. Not only are they nearly as easy to break as a violin, they’re also bigger targets. If somebody stumbles through a room with a guitar, they’re almost guaranteed to step on the neck, sit on the headstock, or trip over the cord. To make matters worse, guitars also develop problems from humidity and just being played.

Fortunately, there are very few guitar problems that can’t be fixed at home with simple tools. But the solutions are not always obvious. This week, I stood in a room full of broken guitars with Don Trenner, a virtuoso guitarist, fix-it guru, and owner of so many instruments that he recently sold 20 guitars just to clear some space in his music room. Here are some of the patients we examined and the repair prescriptions.

Guitarists: How to Use Open Strings for New, Colorful Chords

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This article originally appeared on Soundfly.

 

If there’s one thing I’ve heard guitar students say over and over again, it’s that they love guitar and can’t wait to practice every single day of the week until they lose feeling in their fingers. But if there’s a second thing I’ve heard from guitar players, it’s that they feel trapped inside the patterns and shapes that they know and want to try and break free from them to feel more fluid on the neck. So let’s look at some ways to address the issue of fretboard confinement.