While the acoustic guitar remains one of the most simple instruments by design, it also remains one of the hardest to get a great sound on in the studio. It’s really not brain surgery, but knowing some of the basic laws of physics doesn’t hurt. Unfortunately, I skipped school that day and didn’t learn my physics, so I had to learn how to get a great acoustic guitar sound one mistake at a time. After making those mistakes, I sat down and formulated these laws which are considered to be the Ten Commandments of recording the acoustic guitar (by me anyway).
For the sake of argument I’m going to assume that if you’re reading this, you own a 4 track, or an 8 track recorder, a fairly small console, some basic outboard equipment, and you don’t own any $2,000 microphones. If you own 13 foot long console and a 48 track digital machine, you can skip this article because you probably know what I’m about to tell you.