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Just as with the drums, finding the right place in the room can make all the difference when recording either an electric or an acoustic guitar. Even when a guitar amp is close-miked, the room contributes to the sound, so where it's placed in the room must be considered. Here are some things to think about when selecting a place to record either a guitar or an amplifier. Let's start with an amplifier first. If you're tracking, it's important that the guitar player is close to the rhythm section, but the amplifier doesn't have to be. Place it some place where it's away from the open mics of the drums, preferably in an isolation booth, a closet, or another room.
Take care not to place the amp too close to a wall or in the corner, since that will cause bass loading, which is where the low frequencies bounce off the wall and interact with the same frequencies coming out of the speakers. It's best to keep it at least 18 inches away from any wall. When you're overdubbing, you can treat the amp just like the drum kit and place it in the best sounding part of the room. As described in the drum chapter, if it's a combo amp, one thing to try is to raise the amp up on a road case or chair. This will eliminate the interaction with the floor and provide a cleaner sound, which may or may not work for the track.
Most acoustic guitars are recorded as an overdub so as not to pick up leakage from the other instruments unless you're recording in a studio with an Iso booth. Once again, you can treat the acoustic guitar just like the drum kit, and place it in the best sounding part of the room, as described in the drum chapter.
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