Why use an online session guitarist?
As an online session guitarist, my job is to provide you with a quality recording of guitar[s] playing on your song. Maybe you can’t play guitar or you can’t play well enough to do justice to the way your song sounds in your head. Maybe it’s a question of style – each musician draws on the material they’ve performed over the years and you will want to pick someone whose style fits what you need. Either way, you can choose someone whose ideas and suggestions will, (hopefully), enhance your song and who offers a wide range of tones to suit your needs.
Also, it’s almost always quick and easy to “get someone in” – online session musicians have got the gear and are ready to go, so I should save you time and effort.
You can hear some samples of my guitar playing on the Samples page
What I use
My guitars have been with me for a long time and the Strat and Tele are both well gigged veteran instruments. Then again, the Washburn 12 string has played many a folk mass.
My Stratocaster is a Japanese Squier Strat, fitted with the Texas Special Pickups that Fender developed for Stevie Ray Vaughan in the neck and middle positions and a Seymour Duncan stacked humbucker in the bridge position, for those SuperStrat moments. Through some nifty switching built into the pots, I can coil-tap the humbucker for the classic out-of-phase Strat sound or even have all three pickups selected at once, for a very full tone.
The Telecaster is also a Squier, customised with Fender Texas Special pickups to give it an enhanced, bluesy tone.
The Line 6 Variax 700 is a true sonic chameleon and offers a wide range of acoustic and electric tones, recreating:
- 1960 Fender Telecaster Custom
- 1968 Fender Telecaster
- 1968 Fender Telecaster Thinline
- 1959 Fender Stratocaster
- 1958 Gibson Les Paul Standard
- 1952 Gibson Les Paul “Goldtop”
- 1961 Gibson Les Paul 3 Pickup Custom
- 1956 Gibson Les Paul Junior
- 1976 Gibson Firebird V
- 1955 Gibson Les Paul Special
- 1959 Gretsch 6120
- 1956 Gretsch Silver Jet
- 1968 Rickenbacker 360
- 1966 Rickenbacker 360-12
- 1961 Gibson ES-335
- 1967 Epiphone Casino
- 1957 Gibson ES-175
- 1953 Gibson Super 400
- 1959 Martin D-28
- 1970 Martin D 12-28
- 1967 Martin O-18
- 1966 Guild F212
- 1995 Gibson J-200
- 1935 Dobro Alumilite
- Danelectro 3021
- Coral/Dano Electric Sitar
- Gibson Mastertone Banjo
- 1928 National Style 2 “Tricone”
One of the features of the Variax is its ability to offer different tunings and I can offer Nashville tuning for the acoustic and some resonator guitars, for a different, brighter tone.
For amplification, I’ve found that in-the-box solutions enable a wide range of tones to be obtained that are just as good as my Marshall amp. Depending on what you need from me, I will get the best result possible using Native Instruments Guitar Rig 5, Line6 PodFarm, Cubase’s own VST AmpRack or Toontrack EzMix2, (including their Amp pack), to ensure that I can match the right guitar tone with the right amp sound for your song.
How it works
Via Dropbox or any similar service you use, you send me a .wav or .mp3 file of your song, with details of tempo mapping and a chord sheet if one is available. It may seem obvious, but you also need to tell me what you’re looking for from me, in terms of playing style, instrument choice and any effects. This can be as simple or complex a set of directions as you want. Each voicing constitutes a separate part and will be charged for – think of the number of musicians who would be needed to play what you want live. You also need to specify the format you want the parts to be recorded at – for example, 24bit stereo .wav at 44.1 or 48KHz.
Once I have recorded the part or parts, I will send back to you a mix of your song with the parts I have recorded added on, with the guitars turned well up so you can hear them. Once you’re happy with what I’ve recorded, I will send you an invoice via PayPal.
What you get
Once you have paid the invoice, I will send to you each part recorded in the format you specified, ready to import into your DAW. This will be the part processed through amp and effects settings, but I will also send you a mono DI signal for reamping as you see fit.
What it costs
|£50 – £ 50 – £ 50||£35 – £ 35 – £ 35|
|Single guitar part fully processed with amp and FX, ready to import into your session and mix||Additional part for the same song, fully processed with amp and FX, ready to import into your session and mix|
|24-bit stereo .WAV file unless you specify otherwise|
|Mono DI recording of performance for reamping electric guitars|