Not sure if this is the right part of the forum. In the middle of a kind of bog standard rock track, drum vst and bass recorded. For the guitars I was gonna have just straight power chords at one bit recorded with two guitars, one with humbuckers the other with singlecoils.
Then I was going to pan them slightly left and right but will this give an uneven sound?
Would I be better off with humbucker power chords and then use the singlecoils for octaves or arpeggios?

Or should I just have a go by myself and stop taking up space on the board?
Just give it a go. Nothing can really go wrong, so there's no harm trying. I always use the same settings for both rhythm tracks panned 90% left and right like this:
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I would always double track rhythm because it's the little differences between takes that make it sound bigger. You could also try triple tracking where you could use humbuckers for the two left/right panned tracks and single coils for a centre panned one.
All up to you.
Last edited by CorrosionMedia at Oct 8, 2014,
There's no problem with that at all. A lot of times, double tracking with two slightly different tones can help create a bigger mix. But, as with most things recording, it's up to personal taste, so go ahead and try it both ways and see which one you like the best.
I really think it's a matter of taste when it comes to panneling. I personally don't like it when the guitars are too far away from each other or even totally split into left and right side. With my old bands (mostly metal) we always doubled both the rhythem guitars with slightly different sound settings and overdubbed the lead guitar separately. But with my new band we wanna try out something different. No doubling at all. I am happy with the test recordings. For sure it's not as much of a wall of sound, but that's not necessarily something bad. It really depends on what kind of sound you aim for.
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Personally I always like to use different guitars/amps/OD settings when double tracking. To me, it gives the impression that there's two distinct guitarists.
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Doubling tracking your guitars will give a bigger/wider sound. I tend to use different mic simulations between the left and right channels such as an SM57 On Axis left and Off Axis right. Test out the different combinations with the humbucker sand singlecoils being panned and you'll find a sound that suits the song the best, might be both tracks with humbuckers or a combination of the two types.

I pan the tracks hard right and hard left. But then I might do two further tracks (quad tracking) which are again panned but less extreme. It builds a wall of rhythm guitars.

I overdub the melody or solo part and keep it more central as you might do with a vocal track.
there are probably no "rules" when it comes to that sort of thing. Even if u just think back to classic rock bands u can see several formulas at work

VanHalen-not much doubling at all. Sometimes had a "dry" main guitar on one channel with heavy reverb on the other channel

Randy Rhoads-lots of doubling/tripling

Stones/ACDC-2 different guitars playing slightly different stuff

here is some of my stuff, all of which has various doubling strategies. I dont remember exactly what I did on all of them lol. A lot of them are just purely doubled. Some have slightly different parts split left/right. Some have the same basic part with slightly different sounds. Some were recorded with the same sound but then eq'ed or reverbed a little different. Probably have to use headphones or balance to hear differences

Yes im Comin' to Gitcha (lol) http://www.wikiloops.com/backingtrack-jam-24164.php this one has some slight differences here and there. on the verse when it goes to the C chord with the little arpeggio you can hear that the left and right guitars are a little different. One is a higher harmony etc. When it goes to the heavy G chord in the chorus one guitar plays power chords and the other is open strings etc

Funky Blue Valhalla. http://www.wikiloops.com/backingtrack-jam-25140.php My guitars over other guys drums/bass. "verse" part is just 2 guitars I think. Its the same crunch sound as later but with the vol knob turned down. Pretty sure on the 2nd verse the parts are slightly different between left/right side. all in open D. I think the second half of the chorus, with the harmony leads, is probably 8 guitar tracks in all, 4 parts doubled and panned out to various degrees

Free Rolling Diddley (sounds like the band "Free", the Rolling Stones, and Bo Diddley at the end lol) http://www.wikiloops.com/backingtrack-jam-24694.php The verse is just 2 guitars playng mostly different stuff with vol knob turned down ala stones. Then that first chorus is either 6 or 8 guitars. 2nd chorus is probably just 4 guitars

Malleus Maximus. Zep feel, purely doubled with just 2 guitars (I think) http://www.wikiloops.com/backingtrack-jam-24260.php

AC AeroCuda http://www.wikiloops.com/backingtrack-jam-24607.php this one has slightly different parts left/right in some places. In some places its pure doubling. The chorus lick (sounds like "Givin the Dog a Bone" slightly) has one guitar playing single notes and the other side is playing power chords

Drop D http://www.wikiloops.com/backingtrack-jam-23595.php this one has a few different parts left/right. I think the very first lick is different left/rt. Also you can hear that the little part from .13 - .18 is different. One side did power chords and one did single note. I would have sworn that the whole thing was doubled but it sounds like the verse is just one guitar with the other side being reverb

Tristi Tempi open D minor acoustic doubling. DADFAD. Bridge has 4 guitars. http://www.wikiloops.com/backingtrack-jam-25271.php Try headphones on this one. The slower parts have more reverb

Ehrliche Fehler acoustic doubling. Some parts are 4 part. On the 4 part stuff I think there are slight differences on the overdubbed parts http://www.wikiloops.com/backingtrack-jam-24531.php

All of that is with 1 electric guitar (or one acoustic). I have a different guitar but it needs some work. When I get it right I will be able to experiment more with different sounds left/right