Many purists go on about the necessity of recording on tape, but that's nonsense.
Recording on tape has very, very little to do with achieving a vintage sound, and does nothing that you couldn't achieve by running the recording through an equalizer or other effects.
Later on, in the Guitar section, I'll also talk about Standel and Echo Sonic, but they're produced in such small numbers that it's fair to say they'll only have historic interest to the most of us So...
As long as you get a Fender you'll probably be on the right track, because they all sound pretty good.
By Vince Gordon I'm often asked rockabilly guitar questions, so I have created this page that should answer most FAQ. There are - like with most things - different ways of achieving the same goals. The Scotty Moore sound (video) Recording Gretsch Electromatic Col Effects Johnny Burnette & The Rock'n'Roll Trio Rock Around the Clock guitar Brian Setzer's gear Carl Perkins' guitars Scotty Moore's strings You can get an "authentic" rockabilly guitar sound by following the advice, but it actually leaves you a lot of room to get your own sound. If you wanna check out my playing & sound you can listen to a sample of "Don't Tell me What I Want" from our CD New Set Of Rules and watch a video of "Take This Heart" from that CD.
Over the years I've had a bunch of vintage guitars. From Country Gentleman to Country Roc, a couple of 6120's and I've also played the odd White Falcon. "Don't Tell Me What I Want" listen to streaming audio - Check out my CDs here or find them on CD Baby - Interview from US Newspaper The Valley Advocate.
This would be a great reason to buy the book :-) HOWEVER!
The long and the short of it is, that analogue equipment is cool, but often costs too much and is unreliable.
If you're into Surf music it's a whole different ballgame though.
Here's a picture of my "live" settings for the Boss DD-3.
It doesn't have to be vintage at all, but they do look pretty cool. The distortion (which is where you get the right sound from) changes dramatically with change of volume.
Actually I started out playing a vintage Vox AC 30 and it wasn't bad at all. That's very impractically when you play live, where you have to adjust the volume after the size and acoustics of the place where you playing.