I really enjoyed Andy Saphir’s nylon- string session lesson in the June edition of GT. There was a lot of useful content in his short composition. One thing I’d like to ask is, how did Andy record the piece so cleanly? I’ve never had much success recording my nylon string guitar, compared to my electric. Any tips would be gratefully received… Keep up the good work. Your publication is much appreciated. Simon, York, England Andy responds… Hi Simon. Thanks for your compliments, I’m really glad you’re enjoying my column. First off, I’ve got to say that I’m not a recording engineer, and my methods are less about knowing the science and techniques behind recording, and more just going with what I think sounds good, based on trial and error. My method for recording the acoustic is as basic as placing a studio mic ( I use a Rode) about six or seven inches from the sound hole, setting levels, and pressing record! After I’ve recorded, I’ll normally EQ the sound a bit by cutting some of the bass frequency to get rid of ‘ boom’, perhaps dropping a bit of mids and maybe boosting the high end for a bit of ‘ sparkle’ and then adding some reverb. I think the main thing is to try to record the natural sound of the instrument and play cleanly with a nice tone coming from your fingers. Then any cutting or boosting of relevant frequencies can be done post- recording, in order to let the guitar sit in the mix in a way that you like, and which works for your song.