3. Amplifiers and Microphones
Its all very well having a great guitar set-up and spending a short lifetime getting the exact sound you want, but if you record it with a poorly positioned or low quality microphone, youll have wasted your time. Likewise, using an expensive mic with a top-notch valve preamp to record a mediocre set-up will also give you poor results.
As always with any sort of audio chain, the end result is only as good as your weakest link. Ideally, all items should be of a similar standard from source to output. The same applies to the rest of your studio; spending a small fortune on mics and pre-amps is a waste of money if youre monitoring on low quality speakers with a limited frequency response.
Large guitar amplifiers are great for live work, but its often smaller models that perform best in the studio where space is more limited. Having a large cab blasting deafening volumes doesnt guarantee a great sound when recording.