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Old 22nd December 2002
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Don't drive yourself so crazy.
If you have an electric guitar panned left of center, then a small bit of early room reflection effect (panned to your own taste) is all you need to give your ears the psychoacoustic pitch and phase cues you are talking about.
Besides, who wants to have sounds as they appear in nature anyhow? <-- half serious joke).

I usually like the sound of a snare drum close miked, but I would not want to be anywhere close to that puppy while it is being played.

The phase angles in the time differential between the ears is so small that digital at 44.1 or 48 will not capture it and reproduce it properly.
This is why real reverb (room, chamber, plate) will not come back with the same richness and energy after going through the a/d - d/a conversion process.