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Recording 101: Electric Guitar

Hi, it’s Warren Huart here. I hope you’re doing marvelously well, and today, I’m going to be talking about recording the electric guitar.

Here I have a nice rock and roll relics Telecaster.

[electric guitar]

Which is a great guitar. I use it a lot. And a BAE DMP mic pre. It’s a 1073 mic pre. Here’s our mic input here. We’ve got an SM57 coming in just plugged in the front there. There’s an output going to our M-Box that we’re using at the moment. This is our input sensitivity and our gain control. I have it set at 30 here.

Here one click up gives us a little bit…

[electric guitar, distorting]

A little bit of distortion from the pre.

[electric guitar, distorting]

Which in some instances, might be kind of nice. There’s some classic Led Zeppelin tones where you’ve got some pre distortion.

[electric guitar, distorting]

It can get crazy. I’ll show you.

[electric guitar, adjusting gain]

Hear that?

[electric guitar, distorting]

So that’s actually additional distortion from the pre.


[electric guitar]

Our output sensitivity here is the volume going to our DAW, and that’s full out. I’m coming back a bit here, because I — that’s too much gain for me, and that’s too little, so I’m here, and I’m just allowing a little bit of freedom of movement here so I don’t distort my signal going into my DAW.

We’ve got our level set.

[electric guitar]

We have a 57 on the cab here.

[electric guitar]

Pretty good level. We might be able to give it a little tiny bit more.

[electric guitar playing]

It’s a great crunchy tone. It would be really, really good for fill in stuff on — like rakes on a chorus.

[electric guitar, arpeggiated]

I like this kind of sound because I can also use it for just — you know, played softly, it’s clean.

[electric guitar, softly]

So we’re printing a pretty decent level.

[electric guitar, softly]

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Warren Huart

Warren Huart

Warren Huart is an English record producer/musician/composer and recording engineer based in Los Angeles, California. Learn more at

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