Whether you simply want to record your own guitar playing or record guitar as part of complete songs, recording guitar in your PC home recording studio is easy. Also, using DAW recording software, you can add a wide variety of effects and simulate different amplifier set-ups.
Recording Electric Guitars
Although it is possible to record your electric guitar using a microphone, controlling noise and feedback can be an issue. Hence, it is preferred to record by plugging directly into your USB audio sound card or pre-amplifier using a standard guitar cable.
Alternatively, there are a number of hardware devices designed specifically for recording guitar. For example, IK Multimedia Stealthplug allows you to plug your guitar directly into your PC. However, you should ensure that whatever device you use is supported by your DAW software.
Once your guitar is connected, while recording, you can then use your DAW recording software to add effects such as Chorus, Lead, Wah Wah or simulated Amplifiers to adapt your sound.
These effects can also be changed and applied to the recorded sound, so you can experiment with different sounds.
Recording Acoustic Guitar
You should record your acoustic guitar using a good microphone. However, note that still have the ability to apply effects from your DAW software (so you can turn your acoustic guitar into something that sounds like an electric, if you want!)
Recording Electro-Acoustic Guitars
If you have an electro acoustic guitar, experiment with recording using two channels: one using a standard microphone and the other using a guitar cable. By adding effects and mixing, you can create some interesting stereo sounds.