Guitar input

The manual tells me that
“You will need a shielded adapter cable that goes from a 1/4 inch mono plug (to plug into the guitar) to a mono mini-plug (to plug into the computer line input port).”
Will this be sufficient?

2.5mm is the connection to a tiny personal recorder. You’re after 3.5mm like this.

This one’s stereo. not mono, so yours will have one dark ring on the shaft instead of two.

There is another way to get there. Use my cable and one of these to plug into your guitar.

This has the advantage of sending your guitar to both left and right of the stereo Line-In of the computer.

If you have a laptop and only have Mic-In, none of this is going to work.


Although you can get “sound” from a guitar into the mic or line-input, the impedance is “wrong” (too low) and it will affect your tone.

If you are using an effects pedal between the guitar and the computer, it will usually have lower impedance at it’s output, and it should be a reasonable match for a soundcard’s line input.

Also, the guitar speaker & cabinet affect the tone, and guitar amps are generally designed to distort “nicely” when overdriven. You can get amplifier simulator software & plug-ins (“amp sims”) to help with this.

If you want to go direct and you need good tone and good quality, you need an audio interface with a guitar/instrument input. The [u]Behringer UCG102[/u] is probably the most economical instrument interface.

The most common way to record electric guitar is to stick an SM57 microphone in front of the amp. Then you need an audio interface with a proper mic preamp and XLR connector, or a mixer or preamp in-between the mic and the computer’s line input. (The mic inupt on a regular consumer soundcard is basically worthless for high quality recording. The line input is often acceptable if you have a line-level signal.)