Tailor your sound
Of course, every song, guitar, and player is different, and while the acoustic guitar may not be the most obtuse instrument to record (we’re looking at you, drums), there are still some basics to understand that can help you tailor your sound to your liking.
Unlike, say, a vocal where sound radiates from essentially a single origin, the acoustic guitar radiates different timbres of sound from different points across its construction. The three most frequented sonic hotspots are the soundhole, the fretboard, and the bridge, and they all have their distinctive sound qualities:
The fretboard: a bright sound with tighter bass and great fretboard articulation (think the sounds of your left hand’s fingers manipulating the strings)
The sound hole: warm and bass heavy (sometimes too much so), with less definition but more power
The bridge: a mid-forward sound with more pronounced right hand articulation (think the sounds of your pick or fingers plucking the strings)
So if you feel that your song requires a deeper sound, try moving your Spire Studio closer to the sound hole (and further down the fretboard if it sounds too boomy), or vice-versa. If you want your acoustic to cut-through more, try positioning your Spire Studio beyond the bridge. Wherever you go, just make sure to experiment and trust your ears.
Getting a great acoustic guitar sound can be critical to a great sounding recording, and as it turns out, it’s not that hard either. But remember, the most important part of a guitar recording is the guitar (and the player), so with that in mind, go make some great recordings!