Micing Electric Guitar Strings

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Member Since: Dec 23, 2003

We were in the studio working on a song. We were getting ready to lay down the guitar tracks. The engineer was micing my guitarist's amp, and my guitarist was playing his parts with his amp turned down. He stopped playing, and I told him to keep playing and I moved my ear closer to his guitar. It sounded pretty cool. I looked at the engineer and he knew what I was thinking. He said "your thinking about throwing a mic on the guitar itself arn't you". I said "yes I am". My guitarist gave me a look like I had lost my mind. I just laughed and told him "it's tecnique... it's been done before". We left his amp in the big room and put him in an isolation booth with headphones and miced the strings. It sounded really good. We left the miced strings in the background and it just added another layer. It was a nice little picking part, and a perfect time to employ such a trick. Anybody else ever try this little trick? It might be worth checking it out some time.

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Since: Dec 30, 2002

Mar 07, 2004 05:21 pm

Yeah I've used it in the past for adding to a clean guitar sound - works well on bass guitar too.


Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Mar 07, 2004 08:09 pm

Yup, same here. It isnt a highly regarded technique, but I know several including jues and myself who use it on occasion. I tried it with an ES-335 through a Roland Jazz chorus 120 and it added a bit of click that was missing through the Roalnd amp.

...bringing sexy back
Since: Jul 01, 2002

Mar 08, 2004 10:21 am

jamie was trying something with micing an unplugged electric guitar - id love to know how that comesout for him, cos it sounds like a cool thing indeed...

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