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Old 03-11-2024, 04:41 PM
jim1960 jim1960 is offline
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Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
Just play a guitar you like playing, and let the person mastering fit it into the overall mix.
The mixing engineer makes it fit the mix. The mastering engineer is generally dealing with the song as a whole and making more global adjustments (exception for someone doing stem mastering which is sort of like wearing both hats).
2023 Iris ND-200 maple/adi
2017 Circle Strings 00 bastogne walnut/sinker redwood
2015 Circle Strings Parlor shedua/western red cedar
2009 Bamburg JSB Signature Baritone macassar ebony/carpathian spruce
2004 Taylor XXX-RS indian rosewood/sitka spruce
1988 Martin D-16 mahogany/sitka spruce

along with some electrics, zouks, dulcimers, and banjos.

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Old 03-12-2024, 02:10 AM
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I have two guitars, a Gibson J-15 and a Martin 00-15m.
The Gibson is pretty hard to get to sit in the mix with
strange and sometimes downright ugly overtones here and there,
demanding a lot of EQ adjustments. I have tried different strings but it doesn’t help.

The Martin is a little darker but the EQ on that one is very even.
As a result my J-15 is my composing guitar and when time
to record I almost always prefer the Martin.
Gibson J-15 2015
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Old 03-12-2024, 08:12 AM
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The "best guitar for recording" has a lot to do with personal preference.

I love John Leventhal's recorded guitar sound and he relates at 55:00 minutes in his Truetone Lounge interview his strong preference for the Guild M-20 when he's going to do studio work:

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Old 03-16-2024, 06:12 PM
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I have found it matters little when the guitar is the primary body of the song. Find a great sounding guitar and try to capture it's voice. But on full band mixes, with electric guitars, bass, drums, maybe keys, etc., I find that guitars with strong fundamentals and less overtone are easiest to dial in. A maple bodied guitar is my weapon of choice.
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