The electric guitarist is the mad scientist of music. Oddball tunings, e-bows, beer-bottle slides, and capos that cover only four strings are just another day at the office for a guitar player. This is totally appropriate for musicians who spent their teen years not so much practicing the guitar as conducting experiments on it.
You don’t see a lot of cellists plugging in wah-wah pedals, or drummers adding effects loops to their hi-hats. These flights of fancy continue in the studio, where guitarists are rarely content with the typical signal path of fingers to guitar to mic to mixing board. Of course, not all of those studio tricks actually sound good. Here are seven ways to add the lightning to the monster sound you’re building.