I was tracking electric guitars recently.

I was running the guitars through my pedalboard, which has a Line 6 M9 stomp box modeler at the end of the chain.

For amps I switch back and forth between my Vox AC4 and the Avid Eleven Rack. To do the switching, I simple had a cable running to the Vox and another running to the Eleven Rack. I would simply “patch” in the amp I wanted for a particular track.

But then I noticed something.

The M9 actual has stereo outputs. I’ve always simply used one output, because I’ve always used one amp.

But now I had two amps running at the same time.

It was almost like the cables WANTED to both be plugged in at the same time. They were calling to me. “Plug us both iiiiiiinnnn…”

So, I did.

On my mixer, I panned one amp left and one amp right. Then I pulled up a stereo delay effect on the M9.

’Twas glorious.

As you can imagine, recording electric guitar in stereo can cause problems (phase issues anyone?), and most of the time I would say it’s unnecessary.

But for two songs on my album, the primary electric guitar part needed something extra to make it stand out. Simply put, mono wasn’t cutting it.

Sure, I could slap on a stereo delay or reverb during mixing, but I wanted to capture the huge stereo image in my head.

(After all, I still want to get that GIRATS tattoo. Anyone with me?)

Anyhoo…I managed to record some pretty cool stuff, and I show you exactly how I did it (and how it compares to a standard mono guitar track) in my latest VIP training video.

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Joe Gilder
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