Make Your Overdubs FEEL Like Live Tracks

By edison

When recording a part solo, play like the band and crowd are there. If you find yourself laying a track on your own, just before laying the track, get someone to play drums or set up some loudspeakers to rehearse the part against the other elements of the band at the volume levels [...]

Use Your Phone Cam!

By edison

Use a camera for recall Every phone is a camera these days. When recording, once I’ve got the sound I want, I’ll take photos of the guitar controls, the amp settings, the mic position – both from the side to see distance from cab and from behind the mic to see it’s orientation [...]

Use Cheap Copper Shielding

By edison

“Name brand” copper shielding tape sold for guitars can run $10-30 for a mere 2 feet of tape. But if you go to your local hardware store, for $10 you can get 10-20 feet of copper tape (intended for repelling garden snails) which will do the same job just fine.

Use a Multimeter

By edison

Get a cheapo test meter (and use it) If you are wiring your own guitar, get a cheapo test meter that can test resistance, capacitance and at the minimum can test continuity of a circuit. If you have properly shielded and grounded your instrument, you should be able to put one probe on [...]

Balancing Clean and Overdriven Levels

By Andy Bassford

I’ve always found it a challenge to balance preset clean and overdriven lead sounds, especially in a festival or multi-act setting where setup time is limited. What seems to work for me is to play clean six string chords at roughly the volume I’m going to play and get a tone I [...]

Restring for Strength!

By Bobidge

Replace your second thinnest string (B) with a thicker one, and tune it to B but an octave lower than normal. Don’t be afraid to “Double Up” on guitar effects and use two of the same, works especially well with two delay pedals. Be careful with the amount of distortion if you double [...]


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Know Thy Tube Amp!

By Rod C. Venger

Whenever I acquire a new tube amp, I always pull the chassis and photograph the entire circuit chain, inn an overall sense but also in closeups of various sections. I use a high quality digital camera with a tripod and good lighting. I do a quick, overall study of the amp [...]