Before you even begin to ponder microphone placement, there are a few things that you have to do to get the best possible sound out of your guitar.
v The night before you are going to record, remove your strings.
Ø Older strings have a dull, darker tone and intonation can be kind of whacky.
v Before you restring, wipe down your entire guitar.
Ø Oils from skin contact on your guitar can build up and can begin to deaden the sound
Ø There are guitar cleaning products and I recommend using them. I like Dunlop Formula No. 65 because it both cleans and polishes.
Ø Make sure you clean and completely wipe down the entire guitar. I usually do this is in the same order so I know everything has been completed.
§ Back of body
§ Sides of body
§ Back of headstock
§ Front of headstock
§ Fret board
§ Front of body
Ø Give everything one last wipe down with a microfiber cloth.
v Now, restring your guitar
Ø Keep in mind that new strings are more prone to finger screech
§ To battle this, I like to use coated strings. You can also use string lubricants.
v Make sure you give your strings a really good stretch.
Ø If you don’t stretch your strings, they will not stay in tune.
§ There are multiple methods to doing this and I will be doing a post on the best methods in the near future.
Ø After stretching, make sure you play a quick song to make sure everything sounds good.
§ Don’t play for more than five minutes.
Ø Put your guitar back in its case, close it up, and don’t even look at it again until you are ready to record the following day.
Note: Make sure that your guitar is set up properly before restringing. This is incredibly important for overall sound, intonation and ease of playing.
As always, just press record; you never know what may come out.