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6 Stupid-Ass Electric Guitar Recording Mistakes


Guitarists are like girls.

Can’t live with them, can’t live without ’em.

And I should know. I’m one of them.

And I also live with a girl….

Point being, we get caught up in our “tone” a lot. Even when our “tone” has nothing to do with the song at hand.

I’ve done these mistakes time and time again. It’s nothing big, it’s just a part of being a proud guitarist.

Even when I thought my tone was an invaluable part of the process, I have been proven wrong.

Because……

People might not care that much about your guitar licks.

Maybe they’re just interested in the actual song.

Just an idea. Far out right?

Anyway, from my experience, here are some stupid-ass mistakes you should keep in mind when you’re recording guitar.

I’ve done ’em, you’ve done ’em. Let’s try to

Here’s some mistakes you should avoid.

  1. Recording with your newest and
  2. Recording with your mic right up against the grill with no care about how the amplifier actually sounds.
  3. Only recording DI with an amp simulator. Seriously, learn how to use a microphone.
  4. Using too much distortion.
  5. Compressing too much on the way in. The guitar has to breathe dude!
  6. Relying on a guitar tone that you know won’t fit the song, just because you think it’s cool. It won’t work.

Of course, I’m just skimming the surface here. There’s a lot more where that came from.

If you want to be safe and learn how to properly record the electric guitar, jump onto Joe Gilder’s Recording Electric Guitar Class. It just started, and I think there’s a few places left before it fills up.

If it’s full, send me an e-mail so I can yell at him to let you in. Or alternatively, tell him I sent you. He’s bound to let you in!

Learn the mysteries of recording electric guitar right here:

Recording Electric Guitar.

Image by: Roadside Guitars


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About Björgvin Benediktsson

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  • Marco

    This blog is always about rules. Rules are not the best for creativity. If it sounds right, go for it, as long as you dont destroy your equipment.

    I seriously desagree with these 2 points:

    -Only recording DI with an amp simulator.

    -Using too much distortion.

    First, envision the sound that you’re after, then decide how you are going to record it 🙂

    • Björgvin Benediktsson

      Happy to hear a different viewpoint. But I have to disagree that this blog is always about rules. It rarely is.

  • Marco

    This blog is always about rules. Rules are not the best for creativity. If it sounds right, go for it, as long as you dont destroy your equipment.

    I seriously desagree with these 2 points:

    -Only recording DI with an amp simulator.

    -Using too much distortion.

    First, envision the sound that you’re after, then decide how you are going to record it 🙂

    • Björgvin Benediktsson

      Happy to hear a different viewpoint. But I have to disagree that this blog is always about rules. It rarely is.

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  • I’m curious about your point about recording with DI…

    Planning on doing some guitar recording over the next two weeks using Behringer DI box into Abelton. I’d love to mic up an amp, but I don’t have a decent amp and I live on a busy road near a hospital – so this is next to impossible without buying a new amp and moving.

    Using Ableton’s “amp simulators” was my plan, but do you have any other advice?

  • I’m curious about your point about recording with DI…

    Planning on doing some guitar recording over the next two weeks using Behringer DI box into Abelton. I’d love to mic up an amp, but I don’t have a decent amp and I live on a busy road near a hospital – so this is next to impossible without buying a new amp and moving.

    Using Ableton’s “amp simulators” was my plan, but do you have any other advice?

  • Who says rules are not best for creativity? Probably some non-creative nitwit. Without any rules or guidelines to art, you just end up with bullshit nonsense. “How creative!” Look, if you “envision” a ridiculous guitar tone that doesn’t suit the tune in my house, you’ll get a verbal dope-slap.

    Creativity without purpose is masturbation. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

    Like your blog. And there are so many more. I appreciate your restraint concerning the matter.

  • Who says rules are not best for creativity? Probably some non-creative nitwit. Without any rules or guidelines to art, you just end up with bullshit nonsense. “How creative!” Look, if you “envision” a ridiculous guitar tone that doesn’t suit the tune in my house, you’ll get a verbal dope-slap.

    Creativity without purpose is masturbation. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

    Like your blog. And there are so many more. I appreciate your restraint concerning the matter.