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Guitar Recording...help!

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by Cosme, Dec 1, 2006.

  1. Cosme

    Cosme Guest

    Hi, these days I recorded a Mesa/Boogie Single Rectifier for the first time, with a JCM900 Lead 4x12 halfstack, I was impressed when this client brought such a piece of gear, I heard all sort of things about single, dual and triple rectifiers. But when I first heard it's distortion, I thought it lacked a bit in low end frequencies, then I confirmed this in the recording, I found it without body and sort of high-mid-filled. Is this normal in Single Rectifiers?, I've heard bands that use these and don't sound the same. Is there anything I can do to complete these guitars in the mix?
  2. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    Proof that looks arent everything!

    One would think that such a rig would be simply 'plug-n-play'....

    Its never quite that easy.

    This advice may or may not fit your situation, but its things I have found to be true.

    First. The newer Marshall cabinets leave a lot to be desired. Greenbacks, 25's, Vintage 30's, it doesnt seem to matter what driver is in em, they just dont have any body to them. Nice and loud and penetrating live, but lifeless and thin in the studio. The older cabinets do NOT suffer this malady. One of my bandmates has two older cabs....an early 80's straight box and a mid 70's slant. Both have plywood speaker boards and both sound great. The straight is much deeper sounding (more volume) while the slant has a top-end bark. I have a mid 60's Dallas-Arbitter 4-12 with 20 watt drivers in it. It is all marine-grade wood and has a great low mid growl to it even at relativly low volumes.

    Next. Single,double,tripple, rectifryers are just that.....I never have liked these amps. They have a lot of variable distortion to them, tooo much...I have always had to dial back what sounded great out in the room, but always sucked on the tape. It sounded like what you described. If only they made something that you could dial in some sweetness. Have you ever wondered why the majority of players who use these have a bunch of outboard stuff with em?

    Get an old Fender Bassman head.....A Fulltone OCD...Someone who knows how to play....Voila!
  3. Cosme

    Cosme Guest


    I'm totally relieved to see that i'm not crazy hahaha, that's cool, but I still have the problem present with my clients that spent a lot of money renting the single rectifier for recording, I've tried recording an overdub with a Randall 2x12 RG100 amplifier and it helps, what do you think, what would you do?
  4. djrr3k

    djrr3k Guest

    turn the bass up on the eq, high down, presence down a touch as well (not sure if the single has it), get a gain booster (Keely Katana is my fav) and hit the front end of that amp with a ton of bricks to try to get some balls out of it. enjoy!

  5. djrr3k

    djrr3k Guest

    forgot to add, might try some off axis mic placements

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