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Recording Electric Guitars - by Jerry Finn engineer/producer (Greenday, Blink-182, Sum41)
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There are several keys I've found to getting a great electric guitar sound. First, I always record with more than one amp at the same time. This allows you to mix tones together to get just the right sound – something that’s not too easy to identify. I no longer use SM57s on any guitars cabs. I use a large diaphragm condenser and a ribbon mic on each cab.
The condenser gets the highs, while the ribbon gets the lows. Both mics are placed right next to the grill. One is just left of center and one just right of center (where the dust cap meets the cone). I mix these two sounds together, add fx, and then print to tape. I believe you have to commit to the sound up front. Many engineers try to keep everything separate and add fx later. Players play to the sound, so you just have to get a sound and go with it.

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