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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.


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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