View Full Version : Recordings with mic'd electric guitars - no amps
01-06-2012, 01:29 PM
OK that is a convoluted thread title...
Are there recordings with strats, teles, LPs etc (solid body electrics) where they simply mic the acoustic sound of the electric guitar? I know it's a weird idea but I'm just curious if anyone has done this for a serious recording. I'm not talking about hollow body archtops that double as acoustic and electric instruments (but I will let a 335 slip into the discussion).
01-06-2012, 01:33 PM
I've heard of this being done, but not as a "standalone" track..combining it with another sound of some kind.
Specifics are slipping my mind.
01-06-2012, 01:35 PM
I think the Talking Heads did this with whatever guitar Johnny Marr was playing on the record that he played on.
01-06-2012, 01:42 PM
Buddy Holly's strat was mic'd on Peggy Sue.
01-06-2012, 01:42 PM
I do this a lot on my own recordings. Works great with my Reverend Slingshot, which is pretty resonant unplugged. I just stand a foot or closer to the mic and play it normally. Gives the song a nice percussive chime without muddying up the frequency spectrum. I have only used technique on strummed rhythm parts, don't think it work too well on other kinds of guitar parts.
01-06-2012, 02:05 PM
There's a prominent "mic'd unamplified solidbody" guitar sound happening in "Been Caught Stealing" by Jane's Addiction
01-06-2012, 02:14 PM
Every single album recorded by Little Feat with Lowell.
01-06-2012, 11:34 PM
"Taneytown" by Steve Earle is a really cool mix of his amp and guitar (probably an Epi Casino) miked.
01-06-2012, 11:36 PM
Not a guitar, but didn't Chris Squire do that on "Roundabout"?
01-06-2012, 11:46 PM
Intro to funky monks by chili peppers.
01-07-2012, 06:20 AM
Gibson ES-345 on Marty Robbins "El Paso". All of the lead guitar is simply the accoustic sound of and ES-345 mic'd played by Grady Martin.
01-07-2012, 06:27 AM
John Lennon on 'Revolution'
01-07-2012, 06:50 AM
The guitar is a strat, recorded by putting a contact mic on the tremolo springs.
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