“Recording Electric Guitars”, from Joe Gilder

Let me start off by saying that “Recording Electric Guitars” turned out to be way more than I assumed it would be. It is a ton of video content, broken up into four week course. It quickly becomes a course on recording, a course on tracking electric guitars, a course on the production of a song with electric guitars, and a course on mixing electric guitars. There is a lot of learning here, so know up front that you will be taken from mic placement right on through to mixing the finished guitar parts.


With that said, here is my review of “Recording Electric Guitars” from Joe Gilder.

Home Studio Corner is the place for all things home recording. Joe has amassed a large army of home recording nuts. This is no accident, as Joe knows how to get fabulous recordings from a home studio.

Recording Electric Guitars” can be difficult. Todays home studios have hundreds of options for the task that is recording electric guitars. Those options can take us all in many different directions. Let me give you some examples of what I am talking about…. Do we use a guitar amp? What about recording with pedals? Should we use todays digital products like Amplitube or Positive Grid? Do we use a D.I. signal and re-amp later? How do we tackle microphone placement?

 The bottom line is getting great guitar sounds in your home studio. That is all we want. The problem is that we have heard so much crap that we sometimes believe that getting a killer electric guitar recording, in a home studio, is impossible. Joe Gilder is here to tell us that getting a killer electric guitar recording, in a home studio, is possible. Joe will help us do this very thing. Welcome “Recording Electric Guitars“.

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Recording Electric Guitars” begins with a pre-recorded electric guitar based “Webinar”. Joe goes through some of the most common approaches for recording great guitar tracks. He also asks, and then answers, some of the most asked questions about recording electric guitars. You can expect to hear some of the following “guitar geek chat” in the webinar: solutions for buzzing amps, amp simulators, resolving effect pedal issues, microphone placement, cable questions, common microphone dilemmas, and a ton of great problem solving talk. This is one informative, guitar gear, home recording webinar. The webinar portion runs about 1.25 hours.

I heard some very good info here. Come to find out, I could have been recording my electric guitar amp a whole lot better. I have been recording things like electric guitars, live and in the studio, for a very long time. Joe explains the techniques and the issues that go along with recording amps with microphones. What he says about using microphones on amps makes so much sense! This is worth the price of admission alone. My recordings have already improved.

Joe continues to throw value on top of value, here in the webinar portion of “Recording Electric Guitars“. He first gives the listener two of his “secrets” for getting killer guitar tones. Then, he gives us his seven steps for recording awesome electric guitars. He then continues with some great tips for continuing to record guitar parts and tracks of guitar. This is “gold” for those trying to unlock some the mysteries associated with “Recording Electric Guitars“. Although Joe speaks rather quickly, at this point in the series, expect to learn about layering, recording with distortion, proxy effect, recording with effects, and some problem EQ frequencies.

Joe Gilder also has some other home recording studio products available. “Understanding EQ” , “Home Recording Tactics” , “Recording Electric Guitars“, and “Recording Killer Vocals“, just to name a few. These training products are all just as amazing, just as jam packed full of problem-solving, information-packed videos, audio clips, and other training aids too. Joe just has a way of making those often hard to achieve things like getting stellar recordings easy to perform. He explains things in detail and instills confidence in the viewer. I highly recommend these training aids to any of you that might be struggling to get killer home recordings.

Recording Electric Guitars” is very much like a class. Joe takes you, the student, through four weeks of lessons, things that you must perform, each week. The first week is a webinar that ends with homework that Joe issues as “a challenge”. This is fun and I found it very exciting.

The second week (or “Week two”) consists of eight videos and some audio files for us to import into a session. The eight videos are titled, “Tour of my rig”, “Tone”, and “Mic choice”, “Mic choice2”, “Mic placement part 1”, “Mic placement part 2”, “Tracking”, and “Recording overview”. Week three consists of a long video titled, “Mixing”.

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Video one starts with a tour of Joes electric guitar rig. We get to learn about Joes’ electric guitar, effect pedal board, guitar amp. Joe waste’s no time here, we are in his studio for only a few short minutes.


Video two of the “Recording Electric Guitars” “Week two” video series, is where we learn a thing or two about electric guitar tone. Joe speaks about loudness, amp volume, and recording tones vs. recording tones. Joe tells us that this video is not about getting great guitar tones, per say, but, instead, it is about recording a good guitar tone.


Video three of “Recording Electric Guitars“, is about microphone choice and placement. Joe quickly shows the three types of microphones that he has set up to record his electric guitar amp. He shows the distance and how they are aimed. He does this just to shed light on what is to come. He will be recording a guitar part and then we will listen back to the three tracks worth of guitar, and Joe will detail the minute differences between the three microphones. This is the good stuff.


In Video 4, Joe quickly explains how he has a session all set up to record the three microphones. Then he goes ahead and records a quick take, recording all three tracks. Then we are able to take a close look at the tracks.


This is where “Recording Electric Guitars” is going to pay off for me. I record my guitars rather quickly. After years of doing things the exact same way, Joe is going to force me to slow down and actually hear the differences that different microphones can bring to a song. I am really already getting a lot out of this series, and everything else, from this point on, is “just gravy”, or extra pay off. Joe also supplies the viewer with these very guitar session files.

Joe details what he hears, between the three tracks, as a home recording enthusiast, and how it will work in the song. He knows what he is talking about here, so please listen close. I am learning a lot about “Recording Electric Guitars“, and perhaps just as importantly, how these tracks work in a song. I can now hear the subtle differences that had eluded me for a long time, thanks to Joes explanation and demonstration. After some close listening, Joe decides on the Sure SM 57 microphone, and promises a new, better placement for our microphone. I am excited to learn more about how Joe finds a nice place to put the mic.


Video 5, “Mic placement part 1”, Joe explains how he likes to go about finding a sweet spot for mic placement. This is a quick minute and a half video, but that is all we need here. Let me add that it is nice to actually see someone do the steps that I have only heard discussed so many times. Just saying, it is nice to see it for once, that’s all.


In Video 6, “Mic placement part 2”, we are back at the mixing screen. Please know that Joe and his guitar can be seen in a smaller “screen in screen” section. This video is 23 minutes, so get ready for some very good learning. Joe describes the three step process he uses to find the sweet spot. He then explains how the microphone is routed. He is using a PreSonus preamp in this case, but we do not need to use a preamp to get great recordings.

Joe plays little parts as he moves the mic away from the amp. He plays the guitar right up on the amp and details what he hears. Then he pulls it back and does the same thing. This is really helpful and it really backs up what so many people have talked about. Next, Joe angels the mic and follows suit.


Joe records two of his favorite “spots” and then we listen and compare. Again, this is the powerful stuff that really drives home the learning. Examining things in solo, with Joe, and with the backing tracks drives things home. I actually feel as if I can get much better electric guitar recordings now. Joe has taken me through his process and pointed out just what to listen for. “Recording Electric Guitars” is fantastic!


Video 7, “Tracking” is a visual into how Joe plans on tracking the takes. He shares his vision, then he tunes up, and then he goes for the gold. Joe tracks along until he hits the wrong note. It is nice to know that I am not the only one that hits the wrong notes. Joe layers up a second track, using a different pickup. I am loving the whole “learning how Joe layers tracks” part of this. Track by track Joe puts a killer song together that sounds amazing! It was great to watch Joe and to listen to his explanations too.


Video 8, titled “Recording overview” is where we get to see what Joe ended up with. Joe goes out of his way to break down each part of each track, and explains why they work. He brings in each track, describing as he does so. Joe got amazing guitar tracks right in front of my face, and he told me what he was doing. The great thing to take home here, pun intended, is that I can do this myself. Joe is a great teacher, and he instills that confidence that I was lacking. I recorded electric guitars all the time, but mine never sounded as good as Joes do. I  am now positive that my guitar tracks will be the best they have ever been. I have learned how to record the best possible tone, and how to layer parts that just work together. The whole layering of interesting guitar parts has really got me thinking about what is possible! “Recording Electric Guitars” is so much more than I thought it would be.


Joe walks the viewer through his song, and how he brings it to life with his guitar parts. This is so amazing. Getting such a detailed look at the actual guitar production was unexpected. Joe explains how he adds excitement and builds energy in a song by adding guitar parts. Now, no one needs to be a guitar here. Joe explains that his parts are rather easy and simple, but most importantly, they work! Getting this knowledge puts “Recording Electric Guitars” over the top in value. This is like getting a course inside a course! Really, this is amazing! Keep in mind we have yet to mix the guitars. That is going to make “Recording Electric Guitars” a course, inside a course, wrapped up in a course. Boom.


The final video in the series is titled “Mixing”. If you have ever witnessed a mixing video from Joe Gilder, than you should know what you can expect here in video 9. Joe is perhaps one of the best at taking a collection of tracks and then mixing those into a song. He ends up with a song full of energy and emotion, ready for mastering. Since the title is “Recording Electric Guitars“, then the emphasis is on the guitar tracks, and Joe shows you everything that he does to obtain great sounding guitars.


Joe slowly walks through each step of the entire process. Joe gives the viewer a complete mixing lesson in “Recording Electric Guitars“! He EQ’s the tracks, one by one, compresses the tracks, one by one, and explains all of this in great detail. I just can’t believe the value here. Joe has simply added “Recording Electric Guitars” to his long list of “over delivered products”. Guys, this video alone is over 1.2 hours in length! Joe gives you everything you will ever need to know when mixing electric guitars. So well done!

The last of the four weeks worth of training is another “webinar type”, podcast style of recording. The recording is actually some of Joes critiques. These guitars and whole mixes are from folks that took the “Recording Electric Guitars” course. Critiques are so darn important when it comes to learning. They can also be a very important learning tool. The inclusion here of critiques is a great idea.

Joe plays the whole mixes and then the guitar parts in solo mode, just so the listener can learn about what is really going on, and how they got there.

Don’t forget that you get all of the session files from the course, and you can mix them down just like Joe did. The learning is amazing up to this point, and it has not stopped just yet.

All in all Joe Gilder has amassed a pile of teaching here. It does not matter what brought you here, to this very review, but I bet it is because you are sick and tired of poor sounding electric guitars in your home recordings. If you are like me and you are struggling to obtain great sounding electric guitars, or maybe you are wondering how to layer guitars up to get that “wall of guitars”, or perhaps you might be trying to learn about mixing the guitars in your recordings, or all of the above, “Recording Electric Guitars” has what you are looking for.

What are you waiting for? Purchase “Recording Electric Guitars” right now and get better guitars starting today. Plus, I will send you a free copy of the “The Pro Mixers Playbook” just for using these links.

2 Responses to ““Recording Electric Guitars”, from Joe Gilder”

  1. roger says:

    How much is recording electric guitars sir?

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