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Recording Basics: Electric Guitar

2 Comments 9 April 2012

Recording Basics: Electric Guitar

Ready to record electric guitar? Before you put your pick on a string, make sure these basics are in place.

Recording electric guitar is simple, right? You just plug the guitar into an interface’s guitar input, go through a DI box into a mixer, or stick a mic in front of an amp. But there are a few other basic considerations you need to consider first.


The type of guitar, choice of pickups, string material, and tone control settings make a huge difference in the overall recorded sound. Get as close as you can to the sound you want by working with these options first, then start experimenting with the mic and amp. Check intonation prior to the session (and whenever you change a string), and check tuning constantly: It’s virtually impossible to fix an improperly tuned or intoned guitar in the mix.

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Your Comments


  1. Mark says:

    Everything from the type of pick you use to the instrument makes a difference.  Good article, thank you for sharing!

  2. Ron says:

    I used to plug my electric guitar directly to my computer’s sound card. The computer wasn’t grounded so I learned a painful mistake.

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