astro64 wrote: ↑
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:25 pm
I thought I still heard a lot of reverb in this recording. Am I wrong? No doubt it is nice guitar, no argument there.
Frank does some mastering on the recordings to try and bring the guitar back to what it sounds like in person. I think in this case it was subtle and in fact he got the recordings to me 24 hours after the take so I don't think he spent a whole lot of time messing with it. The fact is the straight recorded sound isn't representative of the instrument, it's representative of what mics hear and then condense and then turned into digital files in the computer etc.... However I invite anyone to come over the give the guitar a spin to find out what a real time experience sounds like.
For me the records serve the purpose of creating that interest in prospective clients but in the larger context I view what we are doing as a way of informing the guitar world of what I find compelling. I have been extremely critical of the "development" of the guitar, not because I am a purist but rather the tone and incredible tonal capabilities of (what I consider) a great guitar is what got me into the instrument in the first place and is the first thing sacrificed on the alter of bigger and louder. Which will always have very limited success as long as people play guitar by plucking them. The fact is, the color/dynamic range and tonal evocations possible on a great guitar are the one thing that elevates the instrument above all others (for me). Take that away and you just have a very limited instrument that can't compete with others. So as the guitar world marches forward by necessity and demand of the musicians, I want people to have the opportunity to keep in their minds and ears; why the guitar is so special and hopefully that won't be lost in the evolutionary process. I am very encouraged by what has been coming around my shop in terms of younger musicians. It's like watching scales fall from their eyes.