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Old 12th August 2002
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Originally posted by catfish11
thanks jon, jules, loudist, davemc, et al....

really all i want to do is record a good sounding acoustic guitar.

After reading all of these posts, I really think that the simple solution is to hone your guitar playing skills to the point that you can actually play everything that you want to record, then go to a commercial facility and do so. For the cost of building any sort of a decent signal path, you could fly to LA, rent a really nice room with a great engineer for a couple of days and do your project.

It's not as much fun as buying gear, but you have to look at it this way - every hour you spend reading a manual or experimenting with a preamp is an hour that you didn't spend playing guitar and improving your chops . And that's what you want to do.

10 years ago I was a much better bass player than I am today, and a much worse engineer. That suits my long term goals, but I don't think it is the way you need to go.

Your mileage, of course, may vary.