Document Type

Capstone Project (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Music & Performing Arts


Music and Recording Tech

First Advisor

Karen Wallace


The versatility of the acoustic guitar has proven itself in many shapes and forms since its invention in the 700s. Through modification of sound via performance techniques and signal processing, the acoustic guitar can prove to be a widely creative instrument. Signal processing tools such as equalization, distortion, reverb, and delay can even help the creation of unconventional sounds made by the acoustic guitar. Through this paper, I research the versatility of the acoustic guitar and its ability to recreate the sound of a band using these digital sound modification methods as well as physical modifications to the guitar itself. The benefits of recording with the acoustic guitar alone extend to the creative, financial, and legal advantages I cover in this paper. I explain my creative project to record two original songs using only the acoustic guitar with both digital and physical sound modifications to demonstrate its ability to benefit solo artists. I go in-depth about the process I took to record and mix the two songs and outline the challenges in the experimental portion of the project.

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