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The Boys Of Summer (Made Easy): Gear & Tone

 

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For this song I'll be using my Martin-style "VKV" acoustic, and I'll be strumming the strings with a medium pick. I'll be getting the tone that you hear in this video from a combination of this built-in L.R. Baggs pickup/microphone and the overhead mic that I'm also talking through.

After the performance has been recorded I'll also add some hall reverb to add a little extra drama. If you play this song acoustically in a room you'll have to make do with whatever natural reverb the room provides, and that will be fine as well. But if you ever record this song or perform it live through a PA system, it can be nice to add some dramatic reverb. If you don't have a steel-string guitar you can also play the parts on a nylon string acoustic or even on an electric guitar with a clean tone and on the neck pickup.