Man, I’m excited.

For a couple reasons.

First, I watched the Sound City documentary over the weekend. If you haven’t seen it, you need to check it out.

Seriously, I think it’s required watching for anyone who records music. So stinkin’ inspiring.

I just wanna make music after watching it.

Check it out here:

The second reason I’m excited is because I got a new guitar over the weekend. I traded one of my Earthworks mics (I had three of them) for a custom telecaster. (It’s not a Fender, it’s actually a custom-made guitar from Bootleg Guitars.)

Anyway, I’ll post some pictures, etc. one day.

The point is…I’ve never owned a single-coil guitar (odd I know). I’m now able to get all the big thick Les Paul sounds AND the jangly, twangy tele sounds too.

My tonal palette has been expanded tremendously.

Why am I sharing this with you?

To brag?

Nope, not at all.

It goes along with what Graham and I were talking about in our latest podcast episode. It goes along with the spirit of the Sound City movie. It has to do with the ever-important WHY behind everything we do in the studio.

The music.

It’s all about the music, not the “stuff.”

As I said on the podcast, I never get very inspired by a microphone. But you bet your hiney I get inspired by an instrument. It brings out creativity in me. It makes me want to create more music.

The difference between music gear and recording gear?

Music gear (guitars, amps, pedals, keyboards, etc.) moves me TOWARDS making more music.

Recording gear oftentimes gets in the way and slows down the process.

So I have 2 questions for you:

  1. What piece of equipment are you eyeing right now?
  2. Will that piece of equipment move you towards making more/better music?

‘Tis a simple test, but it can really get to the heart of the matter, eh?

Don’t get lost in the gear and forget about the music.


Oh, and by the way…this week’s new training video for VIP members will be all about layering electric guitars in a song. Come hear my new baby in action. 🙂 The video goes up on Friday.

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Have a great day!


Joe Gilder
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