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any good electric guitars for recording midi? $100-$300
Old 12th April 2018
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any good electric guitars for recording midi? $100-$300

between $100-$300 has anyone found a clean electric guitar to record in their daw that sounds good??

im fairly new to guitars and will be learning with it too.

Old 15th April 2018
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MIDI is a data stream, not an audio signal. If you're converting the guitar signal to midi it won't carry any tonal information whatsoever. If you're just recording the guitar signal into the DAW that's a digital audio signal, not midi. Absent other processing it with simply be a clean, somewhat bland and uninteresting sound. This will vary somewhat with what you use to connect the guitar to the DAW. A standard line input is contraindicated - the impedance and level will be wrong and deliver a flat, weak, lifeless tone. Some converters include an instrument (DI) input. It this case it depends on the quality of the circuit. Those on some cheap converters suck rotten eggs; those on other converters are quite decent. You'll want to look for an input impedance of 1 megohm or greater*. If your converter lacks a suitable onboard DI input you'll want a DI box, which converts the guitar signal to a mic level signal and connects to the mic input. DI boxers vary in quality and have been discussed to death in many other threads in the forum, use ther search function.

In any case the direct signal will be clean. You'll probably want some sort of amp sim plugin or program to add some character, or use an amp and mic.

You'll also eventually probably want to get into the wonderful world of guitar FX pedals, but that's a whole other topic.

To answer your initial question, a Squier Strat or Telecaster will be an excellent choice. They're good enough for a lot of pros to use as stage guitars when they don't want to risk using their more expensive instruments.


* - if no impedance rating is specified for the DI input it's reason to be suspicious and probably avoid using that converter, or get a DI box rather than use that input.
Old 16th April 2018
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Fishman Triple Play is what you seek for MIDI

The FTP is the way to go but it’s not cheap nor is it an elegant solution...you probably need a separate guitar to permanently mount the FTP pickup on it. That being said, FTP itself is quite accurate in sending MIDI info to your DAW and the sensitivity is adjustable by string. It’s pretty user configurable. If you can’t play keys (like me), this works pretty good. The FTP is about $350-400 plus the guitar..buy a decent/cheap guitar and make it your MIDI guitar.
Old 16th April 2018
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Based on his post, I am guessing the OP is not looking for a midi guitar, but simply for a guitar to record with.

If that's true, what John said: find a nice Squier Tele or Strat.

When you go to a shop, bring a friend who knows how to play guitar. He should be able to help you finding one that plays nicely.

But don't expect it to sound that interesting without a proper amp sim (or even better, a proper guitar amp).

Last edited by BasHermus; 16th April 2018 at 09:09 PM.. Reason: typo
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