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DanHoodMusic says

This is my guitar sound

Yeah man!! That’s rockin’! sounds huge! Direct or amp??

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Acoustic guitar is tough too!! The room has more of an impact on an acoustic….

The ribbon I am using is an old Cascade Fathead 2.  with the Lundahl transformer.  Mine is from the very first batch ever sold by them.  I mostly like it.  It can tend to smear the bass a bit when super close to a loud amp, but I just move it back to accommodate.  It also has a low output, but that is insignificant to the loud source.  For the price, it is hard to beat!  Almost all of the electric stuff in my portfolio is recorded with that mic.  The cab and mic rarely move.
The cab sounds good, but the amp in that track is the star. It’s an Oldfield Marquis 36. It gives me every British voice I could want and also has it’s own thing that is pretty amazing… I also record with vintage Silvertone’s, and occasionally use amp sims. My pre helps out too! It’s fun to geek out on this stuff… I like to go all out with searching for guitar sounds!

Yeah, I’m unfortunately quite familiar with the room having an impact :P. I’m in a better space now, but still sub-optimal, and I think that’s my major hurdle at this point.

I have a Fathead 2, actually from a recommendation on an AJ forum post a while back, and I think it’s impressive for the price. It’s the stock transformer though – would be interesting to try with the Lundahl. I came very close to giving into buying a pair with the Lundahl upgrade and a Blumlein bar on sale for $649 last month, but largely because the Blumlein configuration relies on the room being decent I decided to hold off. Suppose I need to better learn to optimize the gear I’ve got first anyway :)

That may have been me!! I have had it for a long time, and I really like that mic! I struggle with my room as well, but I have it treated somewhat aggressively… I am in process of setting up another room in my house to record more ‘lively’ amps and acoustic guitars as well as vocals. It has a tile floor and wood walls (my current space is drywall and carpet) adjacent rooms though, so there is a ton of potential.

It’s easy to get bogged down in the gear, especially as a guitar player, but it’s amazing what you can accomplish with a set of ears and determination… : )

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DanHoodMusic says

And what preamp you used for mic?

I use an API 312 racked by Brent Averill Enterprises for a 500 series rack. Sounds great! stacks very well…

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OK… If anyone is still following along… I tried my best to emulate this tone… It’s on my latest upload… I don’t want to break rules by posting a link, but this is close to my ears…

This is a dual hum bucker guitar (vintage Gibson) with a compressor pedal into a clean boutique amp… The mic is a ribbon mic on a closed back cab into a vintage API pre. There is some post processing involved… mainly EQ and a reverb.

The original sound could very well be a tele in the middle position as well… Hope that is helpful!! Getting good guitar sounds can be very difficult! There are so many factors…

Sorry sorry sorry – I promised myself I wouldn’t geek out, but what ribbon mic are you using, and what do you think of it?

Sheesh, you’re telling me that recording guitar is difficult. I have a hard enough time with acoustics, and there aren’t even any pickups or amps involved.

Acoustic guitar is tough too!! The room has more of an impact on an acoustic….

The ribbon I am using is an old Cascade Fathead 2.  with the Lundahl transformer.  Mine is from the very first batch ever sold by them.  I mostly like it.  It can tend to smear the bass a bit when super close to a loud amp, but I just move it back to accommodate.  It also has a low output, but that is insignificant to the loud source.  For the price, it is hard to beat!  Almost all of the electric stuff in my portfolio is recorded with that mic.  The cab and mic rarely move.

The cab sounds good, but the amp in that track is the star. It’s an Oldfield Marquis 36. It gives me every British voice I could want and also has it’s own thing that is pretty amazing… I also record with vintage Silvertone’s, and occasionally use amp sims. My pre helps out too! It’s fun to geek out on this stuff… I like to go all out with searching for guitar sounds!

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DanHoodMusic says

Spot on, Dan. Fresh strings, vintage output pickups in middle position, vintage tube amp and choosing where to pick.

Thanks ToneCrate! I really enjoy chasing different guitar tones.

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DanHoodMusic says

OK… If anyone is still following along… I tried my best to emulate this tone… It’s on my latest upload… I don’t want to break rules by posting a link, but this is close to my ears…

This is a dual hum bucker guitar (vintage Gibson) with a compressor pedal into a clean boutique amp… The mic is a ribbon mic on a closed back cab into a vintage API pre. There is some post processing involved… mainly EQ and a reverb.

The original sound could very well be a tele in the middle position as well… Hope that is helpful!! Getting good guitar sounds can be very difficult! There are so many factors…

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DanHoodMusic says

anyone who thinks guitar cannot be done on a VST should check this out, http://www.vir2.com/instruments/electri6ity in the player at the top left click “Famous Riffs and Solos”

This is good !! In context of a full track, it would be difficult to tell the difference. Crunchy guitars that are layered are easier to “fake”…. BUT if the guitar is the featured instrument, or the main instrument, it is extremely difficult if not impossible to recreate the same inflections and interactions of wood, steel and magnets (or microphones) not to mention the “feel” or emotional content of the instrument. Guitars have overtones and resonances that affect the sound. The room is a big part of that as well.

I have a track in the queue that almost nails this tone… mine is lacking a bit of “woodiness” but it’s close…

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DanHoodMusic says
Checkout the Pettinhouse “Humbucker” – Key switches video – really good. http://www.pettinhouse.com/html/hg.html

This is actually pretty good! In the context of a track, I don’t know that anyone could tell the difference… Crunchy stuff is a bit easier to replicate, IMHO. Clean tones are difficult…

I think I am going to take Kurlykovs challenge… I need to write a new track anyways…

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DanHoodMusic says

Getting sounds in guitar land is a continually evolving, fun and experimental thing to do!! Guitar is my main instrument, so I spend a large amount of time thinking, listening and trying to get the best sounds possible…

Have fun!! it can be very involved, but it is a rewarding pursuit!

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DanHoodMusic says

It’s impossible to get the same type of inflection and feel with a VST for guitar. That’s definitely a clean dual hum bucker guitar in the middle position. There is some compression on it BEFORE it hits the amp as well as after. That isn’t Fender amp tone though, it’s more Marshall or boutique flavored.

Their guitar player uses a lot of Matchless amps, and various custom guitars and has great tone!

To replicate, you could use an amp sim into a clean Marshall style or tweed Fender Bassman with a compressor up front, and possibly compression on the virtual “mic” as well…

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